There will be two conferences on the short story on these islands this year:
An International Conference on the Short Story In English, subtitled 'The Lonely Voice' takes place at University College Cork, June 19th to the 22nd.
10th International Conference on the Short Story In English
Edge Hill and Liverpool John Moores Universities are co-hosting a conference in the Capital of Culture, on May 10th.
No further info available just yet.