​Claire Keegan​ - Crafting Fiction

Friday 25 May 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets $7.50
Tickets available until 25 May 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

This event is a co-production with the Queensland Writers Centre.

What makes a good story? If you took apart a piece of fiction, what would you find? If anyone has these answers, it’s Claire Keegan: an award-winning Irish writer whose short stories have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta and Best American Stories, and translated into 15 languages. 

Join Claire in conversation with Carody Culver for an illuminating discussion about the complexities of crafting fiction.

Claire Keegan has written Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (Faber & Faber). These stories, translated into 17 languages, have won numerous awards. Walk the Blue Fields was Richard Ford’s Book of the Year in The Guardian, 2010 and won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded by Hilary Mantel. Foster won the Davy Byrne’s Award, then the world’s richest prize for a single story.

Of Antarctica, The Observer said, “these stories are among the finest stories recently written in English.” Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the strongest collection published in the British Isles. Foster was elected by readers as the best story published that year in The New Yorker and was then published in Best American Stories. Keegan also has earned an international reputation as a teacher of fiction, having taught workshops on four continents.

"Every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion." Hilary Mantel

"The best stories are so textured and so moving, so universal but utterly distinctive, that it’s easy to imagine readers savouring them many years from now and to imagine critics, far in the future, deploying new lofty terms to explain what it is that makes Keegan’s fiction work." The New York Times

"Every single word in the right place and pregnant with double meaning." Jeffrey Eugenides, The New York Times

"Keegan is a rarity, someone I will always want to read." Richard Ford

"Perfect short stories." Anne Enright

$2.50 of each ticket sale to be donated to Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

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