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Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions

Exciting Opportunity for new writers at the Irish Writers’ Centre

STARTS/ The Irish Writers' Centre (IWC) is pleased to announce an exciting new event which should come as a welcome addition to Dublin's literary calendar. The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions will take place once a month at the IWC, 19 Parnell Square. Up to four new or emerging writers will be selected and invited to read one of their short stories at each event. This is the perfect opportunity for short story writers who are working towards a first collection or who previously may not have had an opportunity to read their work in public.

Although poetry is well served in Dublin with many events and readings organised by the stellar Poetry Ireland, among others, there is currently no dedicated ongoing short story event in the capital. The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions hopes to fill this void by providing both a platform for short story writers and a space for short story enthusiasts to come together for a monthly feast of short fiction. IWC Chairman, Jack Harte, himself an enthusiastic short story writer and theorist, welcomes the initiative. “The Writers’ Centre will be dedicating itself to providing more and varied opportunities for the promotion of prose literature in future,” says Harte. “This Introductions series as a very important platform for new short story writers and for the form itself that has been for so long the Cinderella of the literary forms.”

The event will take place on the last Wednesday of every month and featured readers will be chosen on the basis of work submitted in advance. The submission deadline for the first reading in the series has just passed and the IWC are delighted by the positive response and the large volume of submissions received. Further details about submitting work to The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions can be found on the IWC website:

The inaugural event and wine reception will take place on Wednesday 27th of January from 7pm-9pm. Featured readers for the evening are Aideen Henry, Niamh Bagnell, Mary O' Shea, and Annemarie Neary. It is open to all and promises to be a convivial night celebrating exciting new voices in short fiction.

For further information please contact:

Máire T. Robinson 01-8721302,