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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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I Am Dublin: Killing JB by Laurence Keogh

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I Am Dublin: Killing JB by Laurence Keogh

     The recent I am Dublin Flash Fiction Competition was a great success with wonderful talent being showcased. In our third instalment of winning entries you can read Laurence Keogh's entry Killing JB below. Laurence Keogh has lived in Dublin most of his life and is fascinated by its history. He works in marketing and the last book he read was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Killing JB Laurence Keogh On an afternoon in spring, I saw John Banville coming out of the Mark’s and Spenser’s on Liffey Street. I am a great admirer of his work. I followed him...

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I Am Dublin: Joy by Sinead Flynn

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I Am Dublin: Joy by Sinead Flynn

In the second post of our showcase of the I am Dublin Flash Fiction Competition winners we have the pleasure of reading Sinead Flynn's winning entry. From County Meath, Sinéad has enjoyed living in Phibsborough for the past few years. She teaches singing, drama and English language to a variety of wonderful people. Apart from writing Sinéad loves mythology and animals – especially dogs. Joy Sinead Flynn Mick surveyed the anxious faces of his three children with the most disapproving grimace he could muster. ‘Lads I’m very disappointed in ye.’ Katie and Shane lowered their heads while Keith stared wide eyed at the...

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I Am Dublin: Liffey. If He. Dares by Louise Cole

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I Am Dublin: Liffey. If He. Dares by Louise Cole

   Following the success of our recent showcase of the I am Dublin Flash Fiction Competition with Five Lamps Festival we will be posting each of the four winning entries here for the enjoyment of all.  Entrants were encouraged to channel their inner Anna Livia Plurabelle and to seek inspiration in the charm of our fair city – cracks and all. Our first author is Louise G. Cole, she  performs at the Word Corner Café in the Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, and at pop up shows in the West with the Hermit Collective. She also blogs about writing. Read her winning entry below. Liffey. If He....

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Compass Lines: Days by Karl Whitney & Philip Terry

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Compass Lines is a writers’ exchange project aiming to establish links between writers and communities in the North and South of Ireland, while additionally examining relationships between the East and West of these islands, through workshops, public discussions, and the commissioning of new collaborative writing. Compass Lines aims to encourage artistic fusion and integrate a sometimes fragmented audience, geographically and otherwise, through the strategy of combining writers with various concerns and backgrounds. Eschewing their comfort zones and usual patterns of working presents a diversion and a challenge to the writers, and a way of instigating discussions about ideas of process...

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