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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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A Poet's Rising live event

A Poet's Rising live event

at the Irish Writers Centre, 31 March 2016  Catherine Dunne      ‘When I think of all the false beginnings… The man was a pair of hands, the woman another pair, to be had more cheaply, the wind blew, the children were thirsty – ’ Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s poem ‘For James Connolly’ was the first to be recited to a spellbound audience at the Irish Writers Centre in Parnell Square, Dublin, last Thursday night. I found these opening lines deeply moving – they brought me right back to when I was ten or eleven and read my first adult biography. It...

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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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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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