Three Evenings Celebrating New Irish and International Writing

After nearly a decade and a half of publishing the best new Irish and international writing, Ireland’s leading literary magazine The Stinging Fly is coming to New York, staging three events on consecutive nights, Oct. 25-27, at three very different venues: Columbia University, The Center for Fiction and The Swift Hibernian Lounge

Part of Culture Ireland’s year-long Imagine Ireland initiative, the three literary evenings will celebrate the launch of a special New York-themed issue of The Stinging Fly, a journal of short stories, poetry, author interviews, essays and book reviews. The Stinging Fly also operates the successful book-publishing imprint The Stinging Fly Press, which has published titles by Sean O’Reilly, Kevin Barry (winner of the 2007 Rooney Prize) and Michael J. Farrell, as well as several highly acclaimed anthologies of short stories.

The Stinging Fly in New York details:

Tuesday, October 25, 7pm
Writing Dublin, Writing New York: a discussion moderated by Declan Meade, editor and publisher of The Stinging Fly. Nick Laird, Emer Martin, Sean O’Reilly and Keith Ridgway will discuss the literary and cultural connections between Dublin and New York, and share their experiences of writing at home and away.
Where: The Center for Fiction,
17 E 47th Street (between Fifth and Madison)
New York, NY 10017

Wednesday, October 26, 8pm
Reading at Columbia U. hosted by Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art: Readings by visiting writers Aifric Mac Aodha, Sean O’Reilly and Keith Ridgway and Columbia PhD student Max McGuinness all of whom have contributed to the New York issue.
Where: Columbia University, Morningside Heights Campus
116th and Broadway, Dodge Room 501
New York, NY 10027

Thursday, October 27, 7pm
The Stinging Fly New York issue launch party at The Swift Hibernian Lounge: A night of readings and music to mark the official launch of the New York issue. Readers on the night include Ciaran Berry, Tim Dwyer Martín Espada, Emer Martin, David McLoghlin, Idra Novey, Jana Prikryl and Mark SaFranko.
Where: Swift Hibernian Lounge
34 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

The Stinging Fly is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council. New York events are supported by Culture Ireland’s Imagine Ireland, a year-long season of Irish arts in America in 2011, with funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.