Members of our class will be in Listowel for Writers’ Week 2012. Our book will be on sale and on Friday the 1st of June at 2:30pm they will be reading from their pieces in the anthology.
This is will take place in St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, which has plenty of space for anyone who would like to listen in. There is a lovely mention about us in the Listowel Writers’ Week Brochure. It costs €10 to attend with an €8 concession.
- Liz McManus will be reading Excerpts from her novel The Disappeared.
- Hsiang-En 劉 will be reading her poetry.
- Malu Bremer will be reading from her short story “After the Tone.”
- Brent Dougherty Mueller will be reading excerpts from his novel The Children of the End.
This post is by Liz McManus, Excerpts from her novel The Disappeared appear in our anthology.
In 1989 I won the Short Story Award at Listowel Writers’ Week. A proud moment but, to my lasting regret, I couldn’t travel down to Kerry for the award ceremony because a General Election had been called. A friend received the award on my behalf and trundled back to Bray with an inscribed cut-glass decanter with my name on it. I put it on the mantelpiece but it wasn’t the same. I knew I’d missed something special. Life as a politician demands total commitment The writer and political activist, Grace Paley once said, when she was asked why she never wrote a novel “ Because life is the short and art is too long.” That rang a bell with me.
But second chances do come along. This June, other writers and I will be travelling to Listowel, not to receive awards, but to give readings from A Thoroughly Good Blue. We will be a representative group from the Master’s in Creative Writing Class of 2012 in TCD. We come from the United States, China, Belgium and Bray. We are poets and fiction writers; young writers and not so young.
We will be going to a unique place of literature in Ireland, since Listowel has been the birthplace of an extraordinary number of writers.
For me, it will be a special journey. In my mind I’ll be going to pick up that award and I’ll only be twenty-three years late.