Colin Barrett, last year’s winner of the  Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015, says it is “the shortlist for which all short story writers surely dream of one day making”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Six books are in contention for this week’s 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015. They are Refund by Karen E Bender (Counterpoint(...)

Among the best short story writers (top row): John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver; (Bottom row): Ron Rash, Flannery O’Connor and Richard Ford

And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there From The Star Spangled Banner (1814)(...)

Susanne Bier’s extravagantly cast adaptation of Ron Rash’s much-admired novel Sabrina has been searching for distribution for well over a year. To pu(...)

Colin Barrett: hidden and at times disturbing depths lurk beneath the surface bravado. Young Skins was published in Britain last spring by Jonathan Cape.

An Irish writer has held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. By w(...)

Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Ron Rash and Deborah Levy. Photographs: Emilia Krysztofiak, Ulf Andersen/Getty Images, Ben Pruchnie/Getty

(For the full how to write series click here) Last week’s article dealt with inspiration, but deciding on the right form for an idea may help f(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

When he wasn’t writing very short stories or novels about war, Ernest Hemingway also came up with pithy remarks about being an author. “There is nothi(...)

Hisham Matar’s superb novel Anatomy of a Disappearance   failed to make it past the Impac longlist.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s Kevin Barry, an artist of daring and linguistic panache, has been declared the victor. This is the third Irish Impac win to date, and at suc(...)

The expression “legends in their own lunchtime” wouldn’t come close to summing up the gathering of literary l(...)

Now in its 28th year, Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature is one of the best arts festivals in Ireland. As well as an array of chil(...)