Kirsty Gunn & Claire Keegan in conversation with Paul McVeigh

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Host: Cork International Short Story Festival
Location: Triskel Christchurch Tobin Street Cork
Speaker: Kirsty Gunn, Claire Keegan and Paul McVeigh

Kirsty Gunn published her first novel with Faber in 1994 and since then has written five works of fiction and three short story collections. Translated in over twelve territories, and widely anthologised, her books have been broadcast, turned into film and dance theatre, and are the recipient of various prizes and awards, including Scottish Book of the Year 1997. A regular contributor to a range of international newspapers and magazines, she is also Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, where she established and directs the writing programme. She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and two daughters. Her latest work is a collection of short stories, Infidelities Faber and Faber, which has won the 2015 Edge Hill Prize and was shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor Award. Her essay My Katherine Mansfield Project is published this september by Notting Hill Editions.

Claire Keegan was born in 1968 and grew up on a farm in Wicklow. Her first collection of short stories, Antarctica, was completed in 1998. It announced her as an exceptionally gifted and versatile writer of contemporary fiction and was awarded the Rooney Prize for Literature. Her second short story collection, Walk the Blue Fields, was published to enormous critical acclaim in 2007 and won her the 2008 Edge Hill Prize for Short Stories. Winner of the Davy Byrnes Memorial Prize, her long short story, Foster is now published in a revised and expanded version by Faber and Faber. Claire Keegan lives in County Wexford, Ireland.

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