Short short stories and some summer loving
Newsflash just in, the Ireland Literature Exchange, along with the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing, is coordinating a new pan-European flash fiction competition, Flash Europa 28.
Five Irish winners will be published in Chinese by Bookworm, a China-based literary organisation, and distributed online free of charge to Chinese readers. Stories must be a maximum of 500 words, set in Ireland and written in English or Irish. Applicants must be no older than 28 years of age and the deadline for submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org is August 15, 2014. For more info go to www.flash-europa-28.org.
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Martin Amis, Lynn Barber and Lee Child are just some of the writers expected at next month's dlr Mountains to Sea Festival which takes place in Dun Laoghaire. Among many delights there's a Haiku-writing walk, a Giant Teddy Bear Library sleepover, plenty for crime aficionados and Anthony Cronin reads his epic RMS Titanic to the backdrop of Donal Lunny's score. For more info go to www.mountainstosea.ie
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All good things come to an end and this is the final week of our Summer Books Collection. Complete your cool quartet with the aptly titled Summer Nights, Allie Spencer's exciting escapist read. Flora is en route to San Francisco for her dream vacation when boyfriend Barney dumps her. She hooks up with cousin Bella, a singer in Abba tribute band, Abbadabbatastic : cue lunacy, laughter and love. 'A fun, romantic tale that circles around loss, love, relationships, and self-discovery' gushed one smitten critic. Pick up your free copy of Summer Nights with this newspaper at Dunnes Stores; if you've bought the paper elsewhere take a copy to your nearest Dunnes to redeem your copy while stocks last. Enjoy!