I had a great time lunching, drinking and chatting with Tania Hershman, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, John Minihan, Zsuzsi Gartner, Kevin Barry, Sinéad Gleeson, Witi Ihimaera, Billy Ramsell, Declan Meade, Sandra Jensen, Nick Parker, Kate Bernheimer, Liadain O'Donovan and so many more.
And did I mention tiredness?! I was teaching a 3 hour workshop each morning as well as attending as many events as I could squish in, so I was like a zombie half the time. Do excuse me if you spoke to me and I looked at you as if from far, far away. I am not the most energetic person on the planet especially when hotel-sleep (i.e. very little sleep) is involved.
|Craig Taylor, editor of Five Dials|
|Canadian authors Zsuzsi Gartner, Johanna Skibsrud and D.W. Wilson with Patrick Cotter|
|Tania Hershman reading from 'My Mother is an Upright Piano'|
Thursday evening saw Mike McCormack and Joe Dunthorne read together. I must not have had my camera that evening as I have no pics. Both read brilliantly and their Q&A was excellent. Mike talked about the importance of place in Irish writing and about the fact that his 'head is rooted in Mayo' as a writer though he has lived in Galway for most of his adult life. (Mike's new collection Forensic Songs (Lilliput) will be launched this Friday in Dublin.)
|Nick Parker, self, Tania Hershman|
|On Friday Juno and her Dad joined me in Cork - aw!|
By contrast to Zsuzsi, Sarah read her Finland-set story from her wonderful collection The Beautiful Indifference, a tense, atmospheric piece set on and in a lake. Spooky. Great Q&A afterwards in which Sarah articulated much of what I believe. We could be BFs, I'm sure of it :)
|Sandra Jensen reading at the Flash event for Culture Night|
|Éilís Ní Dhuibhne|
|Lydia Davis dwarfed by the festival book|
Once again, a fabulous festival where I bought an armful of books and met a whole lot of new people, listened to new-to-me writers and old favourites. In a sense, the week is overwhelming when you normally spend so much time squirrelled away. But you need to be overwhelmed now and again and no place better for it, for me, than Cork. Thanks again to all at Munster Lit for another great year.