Reading Journal: Monday 6th January 2014

So yeah, my journal entry for Monday 6th January. Emmm...bit of a problem there as it happens. I'm sure you know how it is when you spend so much time reading that you leave no time for writing, or you spend so much time writing that you leave no … [Read more...]

Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2013 longlist announced

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize longlist for 2013 has been announced, revealing a record entry for the UK's only prize for single-author collections of short stories published in the UK. Now running in its seventh year, the 2013 Edge Hill Short … [Read more...]

EdBookFest Giveaway: Win one of two PERSONALLY SIGNED copies of Kevin Barry’s Dark Lies the Island

So, you know that the Edinburgh International Book Festival starts on Saturday right? And you know that I'm going to be banging on about about it for the next couple of weeks? Let it be known though, that I only do so to bring something of a 'being … [Read more...]

Shortlist for 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award unveiled

The shortlist for the 2012 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award has been announced, revealing an eclectic final six, with collections from eminent authors around the world. American, Lucia Perillo's debut work of fiction goes … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

In a Nutshell: Dark Lies the Island is easily as good as Barry's debut collection There Are Little Kingdoms, and in some respects - mainly in terms of maturity - it's even better. I may have been worried going into this one thinking that I may have … [Read more...]

Short story review: Berlin Arkonaplatz – My Lesbian Summer by Kevin Barry

Story Title: Berlin Arkonaplatz – My Lesbian Summer by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: Young Irish writer Patrick arrives in Berlin one summer, and shares an apartment with a lesbian Slavic fashion … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

Story Title: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: As Sara stays alone at her father's summer house, she fights the demons inside. She's a self harmer, and despite having much to … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: White Hitachi by Kevin Barry

Story Title: White Hitachi by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: The Mullaney brothers may be perpetually involved in crime but then they really only have each other, and a beat up white Hitachi van … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: The Girls and the Dogs by Kevin Barry

Story Title: The Girls and the Dogs by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: On the run from the law (and just about everyone else), the narrator decides to lay low for a bit, staying in a decrepit … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: Doctor Sot by Kevin Barry

Story Title: Doctor Sot by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: The aged Doctor Sot suffers from terrible headaches and to dull the pain he continually swigs on naggins of Jamesons whiskey. During a trip … [Read more...]