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Reading @ Banshee Launch, Cork International Short Story Festival

Posted 31/8/2016

SEPTEMBER 8th: Reading @ Banshee Launch, Cork International Short Story Festival

Banshee Journal


Readings & Journal Launch
8th September at 2.30pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE


Join us for readings from the autumn/winter issue of Banshee, a print journal of exciting and accessible writing from Ireland and around the world.

“A fresh, eclectic mix … there’s no ‘safe’ writing here.” – The Sunday Independent

Banshee is edited by three female writers and friends in their late twenties: Laura Jane Cassidy, Claire Hennessy, and Eimear Ryan.


Aoife CasbyAoife Casby works as a writer, editor and visual artist and is currently studying towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University. She was shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2016 and is completing a collection of short fiction. Aoife has been awarded literature bursaries from the Arts Council and Galway County Council. 


Dearbhaile HoustonDearbhaile Houston’s fiction and poetry has been published in Wordlegs, The Incubator and Icarus. She is currently completing an M.Phil in Gender Studies at Trinity College Dublin.



Clara Kumagai

Clara Kumagai’s writing has appeared in Room, Event, Megaphone, and Icarus. Her short fiction is forthcoming in The Stinging Fly and she is currently completing a young adult novel. She is from Ireland, Canada, and Japan.


Catherine TalbotLiving in Dublin, Catherine Talbot is undertaking an M. Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College. She was shortlisted for the Fish Prize 2016 for ‘Richard’s Grief’. Her short story ‘Shrinking From Life’ was longlisted for the inaugural Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award and the Fish Prize 2015.


Tom VowlerTom Vowler’s debut story collection, The Method, won the Scott Prize in 2010 and the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize in 2011. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels What Lies Within and That Dark Remembered Day, and editor of the journal Short Fiction. His second collection of stories, Dazzling the Gods, is forthcoming in 2017.


More about the editors:

Laura Jane Cassidy is a writer from Co. Kildare, represented by the Darley Anderson Literary Agency. Her first two novels were published by Puffin. She received the 2014 Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award, and is currently working on her next novel. She gives writing workshops and enjoys volunteering with teenagers in Fighting Words. Tweet her at @ljcassidy.

Claire Hennessy is a writer, editor, and creative writing facilitator from Dublin. She is the author of several novels for young adults and children, and is currently working on a collection of short fiction, supported by an Arts Council bursary. She is powered almost entirely by tea and is tweetable at @clairehennessy.

Eimear Ryan is an award-winning short story writer from Co. Tipperary. Her fiction has appeared in The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, New Irish Writing and the Faber anthology Town & Country. She was previously an editorial assistant for Conjunctions literary journal in New York. She now lives in Cork and works in educational publishing. Tweet her at @eimear_ryan.

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