Greatest Story Ever Told – DBF After Dark Festival Club Nicole Flattery, John Patrick McHugh and Eithne Shortall in conversation with Gavin Corbett and Brendan MacEvilly
What story would you tell people if asked to deliver your best? What yarn or anecdote from your own life are you certain would captivate an audience? A sad one, a sentimental one, hilarious, profound, mysterious, bizarre?
We are excited to invite you to our DBF After Dark Festival Club, where Holy Show’s Peter McNamara and novelist Gavin Corbett invite three writers, Nicole Flattery, John Patrick McHugh and Eithne Shortall, to tell the greatest true story from their own lives, in roughly 5 minutes, with a little extra time to spare for chats before and after that explore the differences in the stories we tell on and off the page, and how we choose to tell them. Bring a drink down from the bar for this casual yet entertaining walk-in, unticketed evening event in cinema room of Brooks Hotel at the heart of Dublin’s shopping and nightlife district.
Starting from 8.30pm, each 15 minute event begins at half hour intervals, allowing time between stories to mingle and meet both authors and other guests at DBF23.
8.30pm: Eithne Shorthall
9.00pm: John Patrick McHugh
9.30pm: Nicole Flattery
Please note capacity in the cinema room is limited so attendance at events will be on a first-come, first-served basis, but all welcome to the bar area upstairs!
Nicole Flattery is the author of the story collection Show Them A Good Time. She is the winner of An Post Irish Book Award, the Kate O’Brien Prize, the London Magazine Prize for Debut Fiction, and the White Review Short Story Prize. Her work has appeared in the Stinging Fly, the Guardian, the White Review, and the London Review of Books. A graduate of the master’s program in creative writing at Trinity College, Dublin, she lives in Galway, Ireland.
John Patrick McHugh is from Galway. His work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Winter Papers, Banshee, The Tangerine and Granta. His non-fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His debut collection of short stories, Pure Gold, is published by 4th Estate.
Eithne Shortall is an author, journalist and occasional broadcaster. Her debut novel, Love in Row 27, was a major Irish bestseller, and the follow-up, Grace After Henry, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and won Best Page Turner at the UK’s Big Book Awards. Her third novel, Three Little Truths, was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick.
Gavin Corbett is the author of three novels: Innocence (2003), This Is the Way (2013) and Green Glowing Skull (2015), and a book of photos with text, The Giving Light (2017). This Is the Way was named Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Encore Prize. He has been the writer-in-residence at Trinity College, UCD, Temple Bar Galleries + Studio, and the University of Galway. He lives in Dublin.
Peter McNamara is a writer from Dublin, who co-founded and co-edits Holy Show magazine. His story ‘The New Place’ won 2nd prize in the Francis MacManus national story competition 2018. He has won bursaries and development awards from the Arts Councils of Ireland and of Northern Ireland, and his work has appeared in The Stinging Fly, the Irish Times, and been broadcast on RTÉ Radio One.