Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Irish Short Story Month March 1 to March 31

Year III
March 1 to March 31

Event Resources-Links to lots of short stories, from classics to brand new works.  Please consider joining us for the event.  All you need to do is complete a post on any Irish Short Story and let me know about it.  I will publicize your post and keep a master list. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

There is no sign up form, no Mr. Linky.   Just let me know by emailing me or leaving a comment anywhere on my blog letting me know of your participation.   Guest posts are very welcome, just contact me about your plans.  

This is my month-Carmilla

My intention is to make it as easy as possible to participate.  You can also post on a biography of an Irish writer, a history of the famine or pretty much any topic broadly related to the Irish short story.   

Am I a shape shifter, maybe-
What is so great about Irish  writers??

Carmilla, don't you
mean this is our month?
Here are some of the accomplishments of Irish writers who had short stories as part of their repartee.   Bram Stoker created the vampire craze, with some help from Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, that still has its teeth in the throat of the world.  Samuel Beckett was the most important playwright since Shakespeare.   James Joyce revolutionized the literary world with Ulysses.  Jonathan Swift wrote the world's greatest satire.  William Butler Yeats well might be the greatest poet who ever lived.   In this century four Irish writers have won the Nobel Prize, four the Man Booker Prize.   Ireland's literary output in terms of quality  at least equals that of England and the United States combined.  There are fifty, that I know of, Irish short story writers that would be national treasures in any other country that are just another writer in Ireland.   The literary form the Irish most dominate is the short story.   

I only grace R. L once or
twice a year with my presence-
Aeedem-a priestess of Newgrange
What will happen during the event?

One of my goals this year is to read and post on a lot of new to me Irish writers.   Another of my goals is to support as I can contemporary writers of short stories from Ireland, especially emerging writers.   I will be posting  some Q and A sessions with Irish writers which, I think, will help us understand from the inside what it is to be a writer, especially one from Ireland.  I will be posting a lot during the event.   Maybe as many as 150 posts plus guests posts so we might go over the 120 posts count.   I have already written 80 posts for the event.   

Some of my posts will attempt to go deeper into things than others.  it partially depends on my state of mind when I write it and also on how the story I read impacts me.  I resist the term "book reviewer" and do not like to be called that!   I read things and I write posts on them.   

If you are an Irish writer and want me to feature your work, please contact me.   I am also very willing to post or repost short stories by Irish authors, with them retaining full ownership of their works.  

My objective is to end the month knowing more about the Irish short  story than I do at
the start.   My co-hosts will be along for the ride.   

Mel u


Suko said...

Mel, thank you for hosting this event, which has become a favorite of mine. I plan on posting on a story or two next month!

Mel u said...

Suko-I will look forward as always to your posts-thanks very much

Song said...

Count me in Mel! I've decided to have a go at Dubliners for this event. :)

Mel u said...

Risa =thanks so much