The Irish Quarter
A Celebration of the Irish Short Story
Future Plans for The Reading Life
Bottom Line, The Irish Quarter is not going away.
|"If it were not for me, The Reading Life
would be closed for lack of interest"-Carmilla
The Irish Quarter was scheduled to end on July One. I really do not wish to close the event but I also want at some time to end it as an event with a beginning and close just so I can restart it no later than March 1, 2013 as The Irish Quarter Year Three. The dated portion of the Irish Quarter will run a bit longer but it will end. I will permanently be open to guest posts related to the Irish short story
There will from now on be a part, a very big part, of The Reading Life called, "The Irish Quarter". As long as I maintain my blog, there will be an Irish Quarter where short stories by Irish writers, from those of the 18th century to those published yesterday, have a place of honor.
More and more when I ask myself would I rather read an 800 page novel or 80 ten page short stories the answer is I would rather read the short stories. For sure it would be a much more intense experience. The short story is coming to seem more and more of a primal art form to me.
|"Oh Carmilla, why so negative"
Emerging Irish writers will now be a permanent feature of The Reading Life. Anyone interested in being featured please feel free to contact me.
|"Carmilla, maybe I can cheer
I have posted on a number of collections of short stories by Irish writers and I will be posting on all these additional works, hopefully, pretty soon. I am quite open to adding to this list and in fact I do have a number of collections of short stories by authors of other nationalities that I hope to also post on in the next few months.
1. Lark Eggs: New and Selected Stories by Desmond Hogan-Desmond Hogan extended event now in process
2. Cut Through The Bone by Ethel Rohan
3. The China Factory by Mary Costello
4. And: Short Stories by Jim Mullarkey
5. West by Eddie Stack (completed July 2)
6. Out of the Blue by Eddie Stack
7. The Love Object by Edna O'Brien
8. What's Not Said by James Martyn Joyce
As part of the Irish Quarter I will also post on Mentioning the War: Essays and Reviews 1999-2011 by Kevin Higgins.
I also will be posting very soon on stories by Danielle McClaughlin, Neal Jordon, Aidan Higgins, and Joyce Cary.
I have in the last few months been in receipt of a number of very interesting books from authors outside the scope of the Irish Quarter. I will still read and post on the ones I said I would in emails to the authors and publishers but I overall make no promise to post on a book just because someone gave it to me. I also need to be allowed to post on the books when I can
My greatest thanks to all of the participants. Just as I said I would and did last year I will do a post in honor of the participants. Because there are so many I will have to break to into two or three posts. The first post will be a spotlight on those in their second year of participation in the event. I think I will add a permanent post to my blog listing the Irish writers I have posted on, but I am still thinking on this.
I am also going to very soon start another event which will run concurrent with the Irish Quarter. The event will be "Short Stories of the Indian Subcontinent". I will talk more about it soon.
I will also continue posting on Short Stories of the Philippines in conjunction with Nancy of A Simple Clockwork. We are focusing on older stories, mostly at least from fifty years ago. Nancy knows a great deal about Filipino culture so it is potentially valuable resource for those interested in the field.
My blog will have its third year blog-a-versary on July 7 and I am sure that will stimulate me to do some posts on the over all future of the blog, as I see it now.