WRITER EDNA O'BRIEN PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOHN MINIHAN, LONDON 1971
The news just in from Cork is that Edna O'Brien has been announced as the winner of the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award for her collection Saints and Sinners (I reviewed it here). An Irish winner at last, right?! Congratulations, Edna, I'm delighted for you!
She gave a stunning reading last night at the Cork Short Story Festival.
My commiserations to her fellow shortlistees, who were each worthy of the award. Wonderful writers all.
I am back in Galway, exhausted after a fantastic time at the festival. I ate too much, drank too much but I never can get enough of that short story love. It was brilliant. Pics and report to follow.