Friday, March 16, 2007

The Fish Award

Here's an example of the kind of rapid-fire literary posting I was talking about in the n+1/TEV post: for the first time in its history, the prestigious Fish Short Story Prize has been awarded to an Irish writer, Kathleen Murray from Dublin. The 2007 Anthology will take its title from her story, A Paper Heart is Beating, A Paper Boat sets Sail. She began writing when she took a course with the poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill in 2004; this was probably the one at the Irish Writers Centre, from which the anthology The Incredible Hides in Every House was produced. I like what Murray says about how she began writing - "I think good writing gave me the inclination to attempt to write" - and also about how she feels, having won the Fish award:

I feel that it is the story itself that has won though, not me, and I am pleased most of all for the story itself.


Anonymous said...


Great post. Do you know where it's possible to read her story online?


hesitant hack said...

Hmmm, just had a look, but no sign of the story online yet. Do have a look at the Fish page though, if you have't already - they have a few of the past winners' stories online. I'm not a fan of the micro-story or short short genre, and there are quite a few of those, but I think there are some longer ones too.

Thanks for dropping by...

Anonymous said...

Oops sorry about that name thing ESV ... still new to this lark, wasn't intentional,