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I Am Dublin: For the birds by Gavin Corbett

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I Am Dublin: For the birds by Gavin Corbett

Our flash fiction competition 'I am Dublin' during the Five Lamps Festival showcased emerging writers and established writers including Gavin Corbett & Paula McGrath. We have shared the winning entries on our blog and are delighted to be able to share the stories of Paula and Gavin with you as well. Below is Gavin's story.         For the birds Gavin Corbett I’m a romantic, I suppose. I like the shine of the granite and I like the stories. I like BTs’ bed linen for the softness, that’s my indulgence, and I like that I’ll never see the inside of Fitzwilliam Square. I’m...

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I Am Dublin by Paula McGrath

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I Am Dublin by Paula McGrath

During the Five Lamps Festival the Irish Writers Centre hosted a flash fiction competition 'I am Dublin' which showcased emerging writers along with some established writers including Paula McGrath and Gavin Corbett. We have shared the winning entries on our blog and are delighted to be able to share the stories of Paula and Gavin with you as well. Below is Paula's story.       I Am Dublin Paula McGrath From up here, says the bird, it is a city like any other, concrete brick machines glass, a river, a port. And look, over there, on the crest of...

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I Am Dublin: The Last Gig by Fionnuala O'Connor

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I Am Dublin: The Last Gig by Fionnuala O'Connor

  Our final winning entry for the I Am Dublin flash fiction competition was submitted by Fionnuala O’Connor. She has been writing short stories since the 1980s albeit with a gap of about fifteen years. She was born in Dublin and has lived there most of her life, moving in 2004 to Bray. The Last Gig Fionnuala O'Connor   Dermot takes his saxophone out of its case. It is as beautiful as ever. He hasn’t played for  a year, since before he came here. He puts it to his lips . This audience looks unresponsive, slumped in their seats, and some...

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Announcing EU Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist

Conor Kostick Deirdre Sullivan Donal Ryan EU Prize for Literature 2015 EU Prize for Literature Shortlist Fergal Tobin Irish Fiction Irish Writers Centre Louise Phillips Mary Costello Nessa O'Mahony Stephen Boylan

The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to be the first to announce that the following titles have been shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature 2015, a prize for emerging talents in the field of contemporary fiction (alphabetical order):

- Mary Costello, Academy Street (Cannongate Books, 2014)
- Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland, 2012; originally published by Lilliput Press)
- Deirdre Sullivan, Primperfect (Little Island, 2014)

Ireland is one of twelve countries who will provide a national winner of the EU Prize for Literature in 2015. See the EU Prize for Literature website for more. 

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