Jonathan Cape novelist Kevin Barry has been shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His story, Beer Trip to Llandudno, follows a tight-knit group of ale-obsessed men travelling from Liverpool to Llandudno for their latest bittersweet tasting trip.
Among the contenders for the £30,000 prize is former Booker nominee Emma Donoghue. She is joined by the Chinese-American Jean Kwok, whose debut novel was a bestseller; the children's and teens' author Linda Oatman High; the Welsh poet and environmentalist Robert Minhinnick; and Tom Lee, whose fiction is being adapted for film.
The winner of the award will be announced at a gala dinner at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on Friday, March 30, when you can also catch a judges' discussion about the shortlist - www.oxfordliteraryfestival.org
Before then, you can savour the stories at three events at Waterstones in Piccadilly, on March 27, 28 and 29, or read them in an anthology available only from Waterstones at £2.99. The £8 tickets for the events (featuring some of the writers and judges, and special WordTheatre readings by the likes of David Morrissey and Riz Ahmed) include the anthology and a glass of wine and are available on 020 7851 2419 and at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin's new collection of short stories, Dark Lies The Island, is published on 5th April.