With Niamh Boyce, Michael O’Higgins and Máire T. Robinson. Facilitated by Ferdia Mac Anna

As the short story continues to go from strength to strength, this panel of award-winning authors looks at the different aspects of writing in this genre. “Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner” – Neil Gaiman.Niamh Boyce won the 2011 Hennessy Award for her poem Kitty. Her novel The Herbalist won Newcomer of the Year at the 2013 Irish Book Awards and was long-listed for an IMPAC. Her stories have been shortlisted in the Hennessy, Francis Mac Manus and Molly Keane Awards, published in literary magazines, and anthologised. Her poetry collection was highly commended in the 2013 Patrick Kavanagh Award. She is working on a new novel and a short story collection.

Ferdia Mac Anna is a director of Film and TV dramas, novelist and screenwriter. His book The Last of the High Kings was made into a film starring Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea and Christina Ricci.

Michael O’Higgins previously worked as a journalist for Hot Press and Magill Magazine. His two stories published in New Irish Writing, The Great Escape (2007) and The Migration (2009) were both Hennessy award-winners. His first novel, Snapshots, will be published by New Island Books in October
2015. By day, he works as a trial lawyer in the Criminal Courts of Justice. He lives in Bray, County Wicklow with Patricia and his three children.

Máire T. Robinson lives in Dublin. She graduated from NUI, Galway in 2008 with a Masters in Writing. Since then, her short stories have been published in the Irish Independent, Horizon Review and Crannóg Magazine. Máire was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award in Emerging Fiction in 2012, and was the overall winner of the Doire Press Chapbook Competition, 2013. Her chapbook of short stories, Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart, was published by Doire Press. Her first novel, Skin, Paper, Stone was out earlier this year.