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Odd and Ends

November 20, 2010

Some nice short story related news recently with a shortlisting in the 2010 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award based in the beautiful Linen Hall Library in Belfast. The shortlist is here.

Arlen House is launching 7 new collections this coming Tuesday in the Unitarian Church at 6.30. I am looking forward to Patrick Kavanagh Award Winner, Geraldine Mitchell’s debut collection ‘World Without Maps,’ but they all look interesting – Kate Newmann’s ‘I Am A Horse’, Tom Duddy’s ‘The Hiding Place’, Jim Chapson’s ‘Scholia’, Máighréad Medbh’s ‘Twelve Beds for the Dreamer’, James Liddy’s ‘Fest City’ (posthumous), and Geraldine Mills and Lisa C. Taylor’s ‘The Other Side of Longing.’

Heading to see Goldfrapp in the Olympia on Saturday – there has been a little controversy on fan forums about whether Alison mimes or not – no, she really is that good! Can’t wait to hear Dreaming, Utopia and Hairy Trees .

Tried out the Quantum Sofa meeting the other week – it was a nice domestic version of the traditional reading – a suburban salon kind of thing. Good work and nice people.

Am still reading ‘Oblomov’ – it’s probably very appropriate that it’s taking so long.

And finally I am re-obsessed with Sigur Ros just in time for Christmas. This video for ‘Glosoli’ is gorgeous and never gets old.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Niamh permalink
    November 20, 2010 4:39 pm

    And when are you going to put time aside to re-read Armafail!?!?

    Well done on the short listing – great stuff

  2. November 20, 2010 4:42 pm

    Well, one of the reasons that Oblomov is not finished is because I am reading Arma-yay!

    Thanks missus!

  3. Louise permalink
    November 20, 2010 6:51 pm

    You are just too good!!!! ENOD LLEW. I am tired of writing it the other way around. Mad jealous, but delighted for you as always.

  4. November 20, 2010 7:51 pm

    Thanks Louise, lol at the ENOD LLEW!

  5. November 21, 2010 4:42 pm

    Congrats on the shortlist.
    I think it’s absolutely mad for Arlen house to launch all those at the same time, if the aim is to sell books. No one is going to buy them all on the night. Probably most people will buy one or two. Madness.

  6. November 21, 2010 5:21 pm

    Thanks, Kate. I can see your point though I hadn’t thought of that before. It might be for reasons of economy though ideally all of those poets deserve a night to themselves.

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