Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Writer-in-Residence Publishes Another Novel!

Sue Guiney’s latest novel, Out of the Ruins, is being published and is now available in paperback and ebooks.

This is the second in her series of novels set in modern day Cambodia. It imagines a clinic founded by Khmer and Westerners working together to battle the very real issues of women's health care among the poor living within Siem Reap, a city steeped in a glorious past and hurtling towards an unsure future. It also takes a hard look at the sex trade and asks the question, how can good and evil reside together within the same heart.

Although this isn’t a sequel to her first Cambodian novel, A Clash of Innocents, it does have some overlapping characters and concerns. It’s more of a companion piece to the first book, although reading both books makes it an even better experience. Of A Clash of Innocents, Anam Cara alumna and much-published author Tania Hershman said: "This is a story that will grip you, with its very real and flawed protagonists and fascinating setting. I read the book straight through, I was utterly absorbed."

In the UK, the book can be found or ordered in all good bookshops. In the rest of the world, as well as the UK, you can find it on Amazon, or The Book Depository http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Out-Ruins-Sue-Guiney/9781908742438
Or you can buy it directly from the publisher http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk/titles-fiction-sue-guiney-out-of-the-ruins.htm.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Stinging Fly Announces Short Story Competition for 2014

We are delighted to announce the return of Ireland's biggest short story competition: the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award 2014

€15,000 for the best short story plus five runner-up prizes of €1,000
Competition Judges: Anne Enright (right), Yiyun Li and Jon McGregor

Sponsored by Davy Byrnes and organised by The Stinging Fly in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

—The competition is open to Irish citizens and to writers who are resident or were born in the thirty-two counties. Entries must consist of a previously unpublished short story written in English. The maximum word count is 15,000 words, no minimum. Only one story per entrant.

—We will be accepting entries from December 1st 2013. No online entries. Entries must be posted/delivered to Davy Byrnes Short Story Award, c/o Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Libraries, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

—The deadline for receipt of entries is Monday Feb 3rd 2014. There is a €10 entry fee, payable online or by cheque/postal order.

—The six short-listed writers will be announced in late May/early June 2014 and the overall winner announced in June 2014.

We are very grateful to Redmond Doran of Davy Byrnes for the generous sponsorship, and to the office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature for their support.

Two Commissions Available for Artists

Ballinamore Community School
Per Cent for Art Scheme

Ballinamore Community School, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim.
071-9644049 office@ballinamorecs.ie

Under the Per Cent for Art Scheme Ballinamore Community School wishes to commission new visual artwork to celebrate and coincide with the construction and opening of Ballinamore Community School.

The aim of the commission is to provide an opportunity for artists to develop new work influenced by the history, context, and aspirations of the students, teachers, parents and community of Ballinamore and the surrounding region.

Projects financed under this scheme should maintain the highest level of artistic excellence, be innovative in nature and display a high level of understanding of the context of the commission.

The project is divided into two separate commissions.

COMMISSION 1 - The first commission is for a collaborative art programme to be explored, developed and completed in conjunction with the students and staff of the school which will result in finished work to be installed internally in the new building (most likely wall mounted). Applicants for Commission 1 should have undertaken a HSE approved Keeping Safe programme or equivalent. The successful applicant will undertake a garda vetting procedure before commencing the commission.

COMMISSION 2 - The second commission is for a piece of fixed permanent public sculpture of resilient and weather resistant material with minimal maintenance requirements. The work is to be situated in a preselected location to the front of the school which is clearly visible from the adjacent public road as well as to all school users.


The maximum budget for both commissions is €45,000 inclusive of all artists’ fees, costs, expenses, VAT, insurance and any other charges. It is expected that Commission 1 will have an estimated budget of between €3,000 - €10,000 while Commission 2 will have an estimated budget of between €35,000 - €42,000.


To register your interest in either or both projects, email mailto:office@ballinamorecs.ie or write to Padraig Leyden, Art Commission Coordinator, Community School, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim expressing your interest in the project before 4.00 pm on Friday Feb 7th, 2014 and providing your name, address, telephone number and email address. When registering, please indicate if you intend to attend the project site visit.

Irish Arts Council Announces Fiction Award

The Arts Council has announced that it has established a new award which will honour an outstanding Irish fiction writer, and encourage the next generation of Irish fiction writers.

The Laureate for Irish Fiction has been developed by the Arts Council and is supported by University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU). The Irish Times is media partner for the Laureate.

The Laureate will be awarded by the Arts Council to an Irish writer of national and international distinction. The honour will be used to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally and to encourage the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.

The Laureate will have a three-year term. Over the period, he or she will teach creative writing to students at University College Dublin and New York University, will spend time developing his or her own work, and will participate in a number of major, public events and promotions. The Laureate will receive €150,000 over the three years.

The Arts Council will coordinate the nomination process which will begin immediately and include key members of the literary community as well as a spread of national organisations.

The judging panel for the final selection will include a high profile Irish writer, a high profile US writer and representatives from the Arts Council, UCD, NYU and The Irish Times.

Following the announcement in December, Pat Moylan, Chairman of the Arts Council, said: "I am very proud that the Laureate for Irish Fiction has been created by the Arts Council. The Laureate represents a milestone for Irish literature and will place Irish writing at the forefront of global public thought."