At the Project Arts Centre
Following on from the great success of the Long Night of the Short Story at the Galway Arts Festival in 2015, Anne Enright, Laureate for Irish Fiction presents five writers, five short stories, with musical responses from Lisa O’Neill.
Prepare to be entranced by The Long Night of the Short Story, when writers take it all the way to the sweet or bitter end. The evening includes writers Mike McCormack, Lisa McInerney, Danielle McLaughlin and Colm Tóibín with all proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust
Sheila Pratschke – Chair of the Arts Council
“On the 21st of December - the winter solstice - we have asked the Irish public to join us in celebrating some of Ireland's finest writing. Our Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright is a great champion of the short story form, and we are proud to help her shine a light on their beauty and marvels on this long, dark night.”
‘Five writers, five complete stories, each with a musical response from Cavan’s amazing Lisa O’Neill. There’s no hurry. The Long Night of the Short Story is a meditation and a journey in the company of Ireland’s finest writers (there will be a shelf at the back groaning with all their awards). Colm Toibin, Lisa MacInerney, Danielle McLaughlin, Mike McCormack and curator Anne Enright, read stories for the longest night of the year in the project Arts Centre, 21st December
'I have always thought that my wildest ideas, my furthest adventures were in my short stories.'
‘What better celebration of solstice night, with its intimations of turnings, tiltings and realignments, than this magical combination of music and short stories. I’m excited, and very honoured, to be part of it, and especially pleased to see the proceeds going to the fantastic Peter McVerry Trust, a charity that’s doing such amazing work’
The Laureate for Irish Fiction is an initiative of the Arts Council and is supported by University College Dublin (UCD), New York University (NYU) and the Irish Times. The honour has been developed to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally, to encourage the next generation of writers and to encourage the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.
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