Cork County Library and Arts Service is launching the From the Well short story competition 2018.

The competition invites entries from writers aged 18 and over who are registered library members in any country. 

Twenty stories will be shortlisted by writer Billy O’Callaghan and will be announced end of April 2018

A winner from the shortlisted stories will be selected by a panel of judges including Billy O’Callaghan, Claire Kilroy and Eimear Ryan.

The winning story and the nineteen other shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology in June 2018
The winning story title will be the title of this publication

The winning writer will be awarded a place on a week long workshop of their choice at the West Cork Literary Festival 2018 and €250 towards accommodation.

Conditions of Entry

Entrants may submit only one short story which must be the original work of the author.

Stories must be less than 2,000 words. 

Stories must be previously unpublished and not accepted for future publication elsewhere.

Stories must be typed and entries must be accompanied by an entry form. The name of the entrant must not appear on the story itself.

The Judges’ decision is final

Copyright of each story will remain with the author; however Cork County Library and Art Service reserves the right to one publication and/or one broadcast of shortlisted stories

For further information please contact Sinead Donnelly, County Arts Office (021)4346210.

Entries should be sent to Arts Office, Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road, Cork or sinead.donnelly@corkcoco.ie

The closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Friday 16th February  2018

The entry form is downloadable from here.


Women's Vote

Cork County Library will host a panel discussion at the 
Council Chambers, County Hall on International Women’s Day
8th March 2018, 12.30pm, to mark the 
100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

The discussion will be chaired and facilitated by author Denyse Woods, with an exciting line up of panellists:

Colette Sheridan, Journalist
Rola Abu Zeid O’Neill, Women’s Studies, ACE (UCC)
Liz Maddox, Chairperson of the Older People’s Council
Fiona Finn, Chief Executive Officer, NASC.

This event is free and all are welcome, but places must be booked in advance, by contacting Library HQ at (021) 4546499 or by email at corkcountylibrary@corkcoco.ie.




Author Danny DentonDanny Denton appointed Writer in Residence at Cork County Library

Cork author Danny Denton has been appointed Cork County Library’s new Writer in Residence. His debut novel, The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow, has recently been published by Granta to considerable acclaim, grabbing the attention and praise of critics at home and abroad. It has been described variously as “a grim dystopian Ireland that is all too believable” (Irish Times) and as “tender, brutal and utterly original” (Foyles). Danny has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships on the road to this latest success, including, in 2009, a bursary from Cork County Council’s Arts Office. As Writer in Residence, his finely honed literary skills will now be put to use in guiding and inspiring a selection of library-based creative writing groups and individual writers around County Cork, at Midleton, Carrigaline, Millstreet, Skibbereen, Mallow, Bantry and Youghal.
It is proposed to set up new writing groups at Millstreet and Carrigaline Libraries and we are calling all aspiring writers in those areas who are interested in putting pen to paper, to get in touch with the library as soon as possible and book your place on one of the courses. 
The residency will also provide one-to-one mentoring for writers at the selected libraries- booking is advisable as places are limited. This element of the residency is not restricted to members of writing groups.
The residency will commence in March, please contact one of the participating libraries for details, or email sinead.donnelly@corkcoco.ie

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