|Me, reading at Bray Literary Festival|
|Questions and Answers. L to R: Tanya Farrelly, Niall McArdle, Doreen Duffy, Me.|
Tanya's debut short story collection When Black Dogs Sing, was published by Arlen House in September 2016. Her novel The Girl Behind the Lens is out now with Harper Collins.
Check out the full Bray Literary Festival programme here.
My fellow ones to watch:
Doreen Duffy read her short story, Tattoo, in a quiet captivating style that really exhibited the power of her work.Doreen studied creative writing at Oxford University online, at UCD and at NUI Maynooth. Her work has been published internationally. She won The Jonathan Swift Award and was delighted to be presented with The Deirdre Purcell Cup by the Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival.
Niall McArdle read his brilliant short story The Joker's Smile Cannot Stop the World from Turning energetically and really grabbed the attention of the audience. He also read a sensuous excerpt from a novel for which he is currently seeking a publisher.
Niall is a Dublin writer, blogger and critic. In 2016 he was nominated for the Hennessy Literary Awards and the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition, and in 2017 he was longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Colm Tóibín Short Story Award. His work has appeared in Phoenix Irish Short Stories, the Irish Times, Banshee, Spontaneity, and Honest Ulsterman, and has been broadcast on RTÉ Radio. He writes about culture for 2paragraphs.com and tweets at @ragingfluff
The winners and runners up for the Flash Fiction and Poetry Competitions were also announced:
Flash Fiction Competition:
1st Prize – Ronan Keenan
Runner-Up – Niamh MacCabe
1st Prize – A.M. Cousins
Runner-up – Simon Lewis