Ards Arts Centre:

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North Down Museum:

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Aspects Irish Literature Festival

20th September - 6th October


Claire Simpson

Saturday 28 September

The Rise of The Short Story
with Claire Simpson and Mia Gallagher

North Down Museum

Claire Simpson was born in north Antrim and educated in Dublin but now lives and works in Belfast. A journalist for more than 13 years, she also hosts a weekly news podcast. She has an MA in creative writing from Queen’s University, Belfast and has had work published in Crannog magazine and Surge: New Writing from Ireland. She is working on her first collection of short stories.

Prize-winning author Mia Gallagher’s novels are HellFire (2006), awarded the Irish Tatler Literature Award 2007 and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (2016), longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Award 2016. Mia has received several literature bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and has enjoyed the role of writer-in-residence in many different environments. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Mia has also written for the stage and worked as an actor. Shift (2018) is her first short-story collection.

Claire Simpson
Mia Gallagher