With the aim of helping previously unpublished writers on their journey, and thanks to the generous support of Arts Council Ireland, we are thrilled to announce that Issue VII and Issue VIII will feature one established author, who will explore the themes of each issue and offer insights for readers and writers alike.
We could not be happier to tell you that our featured writer for Issue VII is the one and only Sue Rainsford!
Within the pages of Issue VII, you’ll be able to discover a completely original piece of work from the author of Redder Days and Follow Me To Ground that delves into the theme of ‘Identity’. We also got the chance to sit down with Sue and pick her brain about writing – its inspiration, the process of researching, and how to navigate getting your voice heard. It was certainly a constructive and exciting discussion to have, and we came away with an abundance of ideas and motivation (alongside many ‘oh my god, did we really get to speak with Sue Rainsford’ moments), so we cannot wait for you to get to read it in Issue VII.
Sue Rainsford is an Irish fiction and arts writer based in Dublin. A graduate of Trinity College, IADT and Bennington College, she is a recipient of the VAI/DCC Art Writing Award, the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award and a MacDowell Fellowship. She has been awarded residencies by such institutions as the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Maynooth University, and recent commissions include RTÉ Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4. Her début novel, Follow Me To Ground, was originally published by New Island Books in Ireland where it received the Kate O’Brien Award, was long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Award when it was published in the UK by Doubleday, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly when it was released in the US by Scribner. Most recently, her short story, “Shorn”, was a finalist for the 2021 New York Radio Festival Awards, her second novel, Redder Days, was published in Ireland and the UK by Doubleday in 2021, and she was appointed Writer in Residence at UCD for 2022.
Keep an eye out for when pre-orders open; you won’t want to miss out!