Last month, Liberties Festival Dublin held its very first flash fiction competition. Writers were called on to submit their best 50-300 words on the theme ‘Liberties’ – either the concept of liberties or The Liberties area of Dublin, Ireland.
We were bowled over by the entries and decided the only decent thing to do would be to let the world read some of the best pieces we received. And so our collection “Liberties: Flash Fiction from Ireland” was born.
You can download it from iTunes here. Or download in many different formats from Smashwords here.
Congratulations to all our authors, we hope to see much much more of your writing!
…Mark Jenkins for his story “Tommy ‘Liberty Boy’ Lee” and Gary J Byrnes for his story “Privilege Revoked”. Congratulations to them and well done to all who participated on the night. Also, a big thanks to all our writers who entered and those who were chosen to read. There was such a diverse selection of stories to choose from and we would like to give people the chance to read a wider selection of our entrants, plus those who read on the night. Therefore we will be releasing an ebook collection to mark our very first Liberties Festival Flash Fiction Competition!
We will release updates on this forthcoming collection in the near future and will also be posting some media from the night. In the meantime, here are some pics of our readers on the night. All of you – Be proud, go forth and most importantly…WRITE!
Tom O’Brien conjured up images of childhood with Cadbury’s sandwiches and lighting the fire after mass in “I remember the Liberties in the rare oul times…”
Carol O’Reilly read Margaret Casserly’s very funny exchange between “Two young wans in Dublin a long time ago”.
Dawn Lowe read the historical, haunting “Man-Midwife”.
Sue Kinsella took us on a gentle journey through The Liberties with “Michael’s Liberties”.
Mick Jordan made us all wonder what WE would do in “Free at last!”
Emmaleene Leahy turned tragedy into beauty in her poetic piece “Liberties Taken”.
Caroline Hurley gave us a look at The Liberties from the Tower of London in her historical piece “Letter to The Liberties”.
Michael Jay gave us a little bit of (hilarious) treasure with “Taking liberties”.
Camillus John jockey-backed us around The Liberties until we found the coddle we liked best with “Who’s afraid of coddle?” (Not us!)
Gary J Byrnes gave us a satirical look at Dublin in 2028 in his winning piece “Privilege Revoked”.
Mark Jenkins told us the funny and evocative tale of “Tommy ‘Liberty Boy’ Lee” in his winning piece.