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Event: The Short Story with Sinead Gleeson, John MacKenna and June Caldwell
Date: Friday, October 13th
Time:  11:00 am
Venue: Naas Community Library

A panel of three of Ireland’s most gifted writers, Sinead Gleeson leads a conversation on reading and writing the short story.  

Sinéad Gleeson’s essays have appeared in Granta, Banshee, Winter Papers and Gorse. Her short story Counting Bridges was longlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. She is the editor of three short anthologies, including The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland. She is currently working on a collection of non-fiction. 

John MacKenna is the author of nineteen books; twelve stage plays and a number of radio plays. His most recent work for stage was Between Your Love and Mine - a requiem for young people written by Leonard Cohen and arranged and directed by MacKenna. The Mental, his third play in the Barrow trilogy, which began with Corner Boys and continued with Lucinda Sly, is currently on tour. His short-story collection Once We Sang Like Other Men was published last March 2017, to critical acclaim.

June Caldwell worked for many years as a journalist and now writes fiction. Her story SOMAT was published in the award-winning anthology The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinéad Gleeson and was chosen as a ‘favourite’ by The Sunday Times. She is a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize and has been shortlisted for many others, including the Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, the Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award, the Lorian Hemingway Prize, and the Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast, and lives in Dublin.           


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