The Fish Anthology returns, and a fine catch for connoisseurs of the short story, poetry and prose it is.
The winner of the Fish Short Story Prize is 'A Paper Heart Is Beating, A Paper Boat Sets Sail' by Kathleen Murray. Originally from Carlow, Murray has a gifted and inventive approach . . . her almost mathematical insight into origami and her subtext of literary/poetic/community function are sublime . . . and she tells a tale that might be located anywhere but which is totally informed of an Irish sensibility.
The winner of Short Histories II is 'Dancing on Canvey' by British author Lane Ashfeldt.
She's an author of remarkable power to judge by her account of events in 1953 when the sea flooded Canvey Island. Her story is told from the perspective of a superbly portrayed young girl seeking to attend a dance on the island on the night of the tragedy.
Ashfeldt's work is as poignant as it is compelling and rooted in thorough research.
Orlaith O'Sullivan from Dublin produces 'Gilt' a bracing "Grand Guignol" of manuscript espionage and murderous intent.
Fish provides delectable food for thought.