|Frank O'Connor Award shortlistee, Valerie Trueblood|
The Frank O'Connor Festival has been re-named The Cork International Short Story Festival. This is the 12th year of the festival and it's in my top two - maybe even my top one - of lit fests.
They have a new website here and the programme for the festival is now up. Two friends of mine are reading at it, Órfhlaith Foyle and Kathleen Murray, along with a host of literary stars including Colm Tóibín and Edna O'Brien. English writer Clare Wigfall will give a four day masterclass. I am looking forward to meeting in person San Francisco-based Irish writer Ethel Rohan who I only know virtually so far. Ethel reads on the Friday with the lovely Alison MacLeod.
I am conducting a public interview with American writer and shortlistee for the Frank O'Connor Award, Valerie Trueblood, on the Friday at 3pm in The Ballroom of the Metropole Hotel. She is a wonderful writer and a lovely woman, so it is my honour and pleasure and I can't wait!