SEIS Academic Forum Series （No.710）
Forum on Irish Studies
Colin Barrett: the Art of Short Story Writing
Speaker: Colin Barrett
Date: March 19, 2019 (Tuesday)
Venue: Room 115, School of English and International Studies
Mr.Colin Barrett is an Irish-born short story writer who now lives in Canada. He is to talk about his latest works, the art of short story writing, his own career and inspiration, and his relationship to Ireland.
About the speaker:
Colin Barrett began publishing his short stories in the Dublin-based literature journal The Stinging Fly in 2009, and published his debut collection, Young Skins, in 2013. Growing up in County Mayo before moving to Dublin to complete an MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin, the young writer has been widely praised for his literary debut. Barrett has been awarded the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. The stories contained within Young Skins tell of the lives of young men and women in the fictional town of Glanbeigh: a collection of drug dealers, bouncers, recovering addicts and others whose lives are shaded with loneliness and unfulfilled dreams. Writing for the Irish Indepedent, David Robbins described Barrett as 'a writer who understands people, place and the effects of porter on the human psyche.'