Flames as a metaphor
The Irish short story competition, worth 35000 euros (approx $57000 NZ) is the world’s richest prize for a short story collection.
“Just to have made it from the original list of 77 to the final six is thrilling” said Kidman.
“I have been invited to attend the Cork festival in September and think I will go to be part of the excitement. My granny came from Cork, it’s the least I can do for her,” she laughed.
Kidman is up against five others including American author Nathan Englander, whose book What we talk about when we’re talking about Anne Frank is considered by some English book critics to be the front runner. Kevin Bank, Etgar Keret, Sarah Hall and Lucia Pirello are the other nominees.
The award is sponsored by Cork city council and the winner will be announced on July 5.
The NZ Post award winners will be announced in August.