Galway writers long-listed for award

THREE GALWAY writers - Jim Mullarkey, Orfhlaith Foyle, and Fred Johnston - have been long-listed for the prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2012.

Now in its sixth year, the Edge Hill Prize is the only British award that recognises excellence in a published collection of short stories and has attracted established names competing alongside relative newcomers for the £5,000 main prize and £1,000 Readers’ Prize.

Orfhlaith Foyle has been nominated for Somewhere in Minnesota (Arlen House ). The writer and poet was born in Nigeria to Irish missionary parents. Living there as well as Kenya and Malawi has had a profound effect upon her writing.

Fred Johnston has been nominated for Dancing in the Asylum (Parthian ). The writer, journalist and musician from Galway is also the founder of the Western Writers Centre.

Jim Mullarkey has been nominated for And (DoirePress ). Mr Mullarkey has recently facilitated creative writing workshops for adults with learning difficulties.

The winner will be announced in May.

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