March 1 to April 14
Irish writers of all sorts, please contact me if you would like to be featured on The Reading Life.
This year I have begun to do Q and A sessions with writers. I now have 47 either online or in house waiting to be posted. About 20 more are in various stages of development. I am now seeking contacts beyond just short story writers to poets, novelists, playwrights, editors, publishers, and book store owners.
Every Q and A is written for the person doing completing it.
The less ISSM3 is just me blathering on, the better it will be.
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all who join us"-Rory
I am a total outsider to Irish culture. I live on the other side of the world. Of course in many ways it puts me at a disadvantage but it also gives me an outsiders perspective. I do not have any preformed notions. I do not think one university is better than another, one religion better, north of south better, Dublin, Cork, or Galway a better city for writers. I have no alliances with any literary group. I have no private agenda.
|"Do a Q and A so we can have|
some private time"
During ISSM2 in 2012 I did a feature on what I referred to as Emerging Irish Women Writers. I have been following as much as I can the career of these writers since then and most seem well on their way to significant careers as writers. I like to imagine that someone will do an Irish Short Story Month twenty years from now (somehow I doubt it will be me) and my guess is some of the writers I have featured at the start of their careers will be included in IMMS23.
Based on my readings, the future of the Irish short story as a world dominating class of literature is secure. People who talk for whatever reason about the death of the short story have just not done their reading or they are just seeking attention.