Tar Heel Pride!

Ron and his lovely wife, Ann

Congratulations to Ron Rash, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize! I was so honored to be shortlisted with Laura, Robin, David, and T.C. Boyle, but it was particularly exciting to hear “Appalachia” in the description of the winner’s work (if I could not hear “Tidewater,” that is). During his brief and gracious thank-you, Ron said how much he learned as a young writer from Irish writers, including Seamus Heaney and Frank O’Connor. You should read Ron’s beautiful winning collection, Burning Bright, if you haven’t already.

A few more photographs from Cork:

Pat Cotter, the festival's tireless director, with Liadain O'Donovan, Frank O'Connor's daughter

Frisian poet-writer-musician Nyk de Vries reading flash fiction in downtown Cork

with Laura van den Berg

Cork, with a view of the Metropole Hotel



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  1. Belle, it was a huge pleasure and an honor to be there with you! Thanks for the lovely photos. XO Laura

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