Young Irelanders Colin Barrett, Claire-Louise Bennett and Rob Doyle at West Cork Literary Festival 2015
Young Irelanders is an exciting anthology of short stories that will open your eyes and soul to a new and continually evolving Irish literary scene. Edited by Dave Lordan and published by New Island in June 2015, it features the work of twelve of Ireland’s most gifted and daring contemporary short-fiction writers and three of those will read their work for you at 1PM on Wednesday, July 15th.
Where: Bantry Library, Bridge Street, Bantry, Co. Cork When: 1PM, Wednesday, July 15th Cost: Free
The West Cork Literary Festival reading features Colin Barrett, Claire-Louise Bennett and Rob Doyle.
Colin Barrett was born in Mayo. His debut collection of short stories, Young Skins, was originally published by the stinging fly press in Ireland. It won the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, the 2014 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the 2014 Guardian First book award. His short story The Ways was longlisted for the 2015 EFG Times Short Story Award. His work has appeared in the Stinging Fly, Five Dials, A Public Space, The Guardian and The New Yorker.
Claire-Louise Bennett was born in Wiltshire, in the southwest of England. After studying literature and drama at the University of Roehampton in London, she moved to Galway. Her short fiction and essays have been published in The Stinging Fly, The Penny Dreadful, the Moth, Colony, The Irish Times, The White Review and gorse. In 2013 she won the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize and received an Arts Council bursary. In 2014 she was awarded a grant from Galway City Council. She published her début short story collection, Pond, in April with the Stinging Fly Press.
Rob Doyle published his first novel, Here Are the Young Men, in 2014 by Bloomsbury and the Lilliput Press. His second book, This Is the Ritual, will be published in January 2016 (Bloomsbury / Lilliput). Rob’s fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Dublin Review, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Stinging Fly, The Sunday Business Post, Gorse, and elsewhere. Rob studied Philosophy and Psychoanalysis at Trinity College Dublin.
The Young Irelanders anthology also includes work by Sheila Armstrong, Kevin Curran, Oisin Fagan, Mia Gallagher, Alan McMonagle, Roisin O’Donnell, Eimear Ryan, Cathy Sweeney and Sydney Weinberg.
Young Irelanders reinvigorates the traditional Irish short story with a palpable sense of adventure. From Kevin Curran’s heart-wrenching portrayal of bullying and suicide, to Roisin O’Donnell’s beautifully poignant narrative of a Brazilian girl’s journey to Ireland for love, to Rob Doyle’s searing tale of infidelity, the characters in these tales are searching for love, for courage, for release, and for glory. Surging with an energy and vigour synonymous with this new generation of Irish writers, the stories are in turn profound, shocking, lyrical and dark, while remaining endlessly and exuberantly inventive.