Nenagh writer Julian Gough has been nominated for this year’s Davy Byrnes Short Story Award for his story, Harvest.
The story centres around a husband and wife who stay up late to watch the Oscars and have a distracted conversation in which neither is quite listening to the other. The judges described it as a “sweet and powerful evocation of a mature relationship, with the suggestion of unfathomable loss at its heart”.
Julian, who made four albums with Toasted Heretic, won the BBC National Short Story Award and has been shortlisted for the Everyman Bolinger Wodehouse Prize. He is the author of three novels, Juno & Juliet, Jude in Ireland and Jude in London, and the poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate.
Last week he joined with other Irish writers in criticising the Government’s decision to name its next two naval vessels after Irish writers Samuel Beckett and James Joyce.
Julian is the son of Dick and Betty Gough, Knockalton, and lives in Berlin. He took part in last year’s Dromineer Literary Festival. The festival has a second link to the nominees as Danielle McLoughlin, who has been nominated for her story, The Dinosaurs on Other Planets, won the Dromineer Literary Festival Flash Short Story competition in 2013.
The winner of the competition will receive E15,000 and all six shortlisted stories will be published in one collection by The Stinging Fly Press.
Davy Byrnes pub on Duke Street, Dublin, was immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses, and is where Leopold Bloom went for his Gorgonzola cheese sandwich and a glass of burgundy.