A unique opportunity to hear four Galway fiction writers at Sheridan's Wine Bar on Monday September 5th, 8pm. The writers will read stories that have been shortlisted in the R.T.E. Francis McManus Short Story Competition. Three of the readers, Davnet Heery The Little Girl in Pink, Aideen Henry Saibh and Geraldine Mills The Street With Looking Glass Eyes were shortlisted in 2011 and the fourth reader, Jim Mullarkey Heaven was runner up in 2002. MC for the night is Kevin Higgins. All are welcome.
A long-time resident of Cois Fharraige, Connemara, Davnet enjoys solitary walks along the shore and on the bog, day-dreaming. Recently graduated from the MA in Writing at NUIG she has had a giddy summer reading at literary festivals countrywide for the launch of the MA class anthology Bicycles with Umbrellas. Primarily a poet (she has been grant aided by Galway Co.Co. to work towards a collection Camellia) she also enjoys writing plays.
Aideen story, Saibh, was shortlisted in 2011 for the Francis McManus Short Story Award and recorded on RTE Radio. As part of the Atlantis Collective Aideen Henry’s short stories have featured in three short story anthologies launched each year at the Cúirt International Literary Festival; The Town of Fiction (2009), Faceless Monsters (2010) and Eat the Swans (2011). Her short story, Morning Surgery, was shortlisted for the Aindreas McEntee Prize (2010). Oculoterra was selected for the inaugural Lonely Voice Series at the Irish Writer’s Centre Reading in Dublin in January 2010.
Jim has been shortlisted twice in the RTE Francis McManus Competition, the last time in 2005 for Mary up in Donegal. He has been long-listed for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award and the Fish Short Story Competition. He was runner-up in the 2003 Galway Cúirt Poetry Festival. Jim read at the inaugural Cúirt Festival/Over The Edge showcase reading in April 2006. In recent years Jim has facilitated creative writing workshops for adults with learning difficulties. His first collection of short stories, And, will be launched by Doire Press on September 17th in Galway Museum at 1pm.
GERALDINE MILLS is an award winning poet and short story writer and has been published nationally and internationally. She has published four collections of poetry and two of short stories ‘Lick of the Lizard’, (2005) and ‘The Weight of Feathers’, 2007 (Arlen House). She was winner of the Inaugural Penguin/ RTÉ Short Story Competition, 2010. Other awards for fiction include the Moore Medallion, The OKI Award and she has been shortlisted 6 times for the Francis MacManus Competition. Geraldine was the millennium winner of the Hennessy/Tribune New Irish Writer Award for her short story ‘Lick of the Lizard’. She teaches creative writing in Ireland and the US.