The next reading I attended was by Molly McCloskey, an American writer who makes her home in Ireland. Molly has two collections published, as well as an acclaimed memoir about her brother's schizophrenia. She read an intricate, moving story set in Africa and Dublin, about a doomed love affair. Molly is an intelligent writer, she uses wonderful, dense language and there are always great insights in her stories. An excellent reading.
Back to the Starving Artist's café then for lunch (if it ain't broke don't fix it) where I had the best lentil soup of my life. I also ended up in fresh company and it was a pleasure to chat with writers Garry Craig Powell from England who lives here; South African Sandra Jensen who lives in Cork and Ryan O'Neill a Glaswegian who makes his home in rural New South Wales. Ryan has a new book just out in Australia The Weight of a Human Heart which will be out with Old Street in the UK very soon,and also in the USA. It looks like a fabulous read.
|The Shirley doll|
|Panel: Sandra, Tania, Sylvia, Nuala & Bob|
I was on the Flash Fiction panel in the afternoon, ably chaired by Sylvia Petter. My fellow panelists were Sandra Jensen, Tania Hershman and Robert Olen-Butler. We each read a flash story and then the discussion ranged from how publishers/editors/readers feel about flash, to how we write them. It was a lively panel with good audience engagement.
|Bosco - an Irish icon :)|
* One bag turned up - but not the one with my books :(
|On the bridge: Mary Costello, Paddy O'Reilly, Alistair MacLeod, Jamie O'Connell, Ann Luttrell, Alexander MacLeod|