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February, 2011

034Della by Anne Enright

Della is a touching story about the strange attraction that blossoms between two old neighbours who never previously got along. Enright handles the situation and characters with wonderful subtly, maturity and understanding.

Enright shot to international fame in 2007 when she won the Man Booker Prize for her fifth novel, The Gathering. This followed the Davy Byrne Award in 2004. Since then she has published two collections of short stories, Taking Pictures, from which Della is taken and Yesterday’s Weather.

Other available stories on the web include Natalie and In the Bed Department

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033Wish 143 by Ian Barnes

The Oscar nominated struggle of a terminally ill fifteen year old who has one dieing wish – to lose his virginity.

This is a funny and touching short with sharp dialogue, that never tries too pull at our emotions or feel sorry for itself. Definitely worth a watch.

Before this Ian Barnes has mostly directed for television.

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032Madagascar by Bastien Dubois

An orginal animation beauitifully delivered in the style of a travel diary. It subtially utilises 3D to switch from pen sketch to charcoal, from crayon to water colour, to felt, newspaper and memoriblia stuck on the page. The honest and indepth account of life in Madagascar, carnet de voyage leaps from the pages. It is undoubtable a forerunner for this year’s short animation oscar.

Dubois is an animator from France and this is his first animation.

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031A Good Man… by Flannery O'Connor

A Good Man is Hard to Find is the title story of O’Connor’s first collection. She published 32 stories and two novels in her short life and is considered one of the foremost Southern writers. Her stories often rely on rural settings and ugly characters.

She has many other famous stories including Good Country People and The Life You Save May Be Your Own

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