Get to know our Issue II contributors!
Kaitlyn Yates (b. 1993) is a writer and 35mm photographer. Her most recent publications include Philadelphia’s Toho Journal and NYC’s Photographers Collective Winter ’19 Issue. Her, her partner and their indifferent cat live in New York City.
David is a copywriter and has a Masters in American literature and film from UCC. His work has been published in Huffington Post, HeadStuff and Medium but cites once being quoted on Carly Rae Jepsen’s Wikipedia page as his greatest literary achievement to date.
Jenny O’Gorman has been writing since she was a small child, her vivid imagination and passion for reading forming a happy alliance at the tip of her pen. Her previous writing credentials include publication in From Whispers to Roars magazine, Neonbeam magazine and the Power of the Pen anthology; she was also the winner of Hodder & Stoughton’s Just Write contest in March 2016. Recently trained as a psychotherapist, she intends to keep writing creatively alongside her role as a counsellor.
Anita Gracey has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, Washing Windows – Irish Women Write Poetry (Ed. Eavan Boland), Abridged, The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry NI, The Poets’ Republic, The Blue Nib, Culture Matters, CAP Anthology, Bangor Literary Review, Woman’s Aid Anthology and Waterways Story-making Festival. Her work has featured in The Poetry Jukebox. She was shortlisted Over the Edge New Writer of the Year 2018 and shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing in 2019. Anita is a single mum and a wheelchair user from Belfast.
Luke Power is a writer currently living and studying in Galway. He moves between writing fiction, poetry and songs depending on the mood he’s in, but his focus currently is putting together a collection of short fiction about the strangeness and wonders of rural Ireland and then getting his novel written. Previous publications include ROPES Literary Journal and a local collection of short fiction. He was a regional winner in the Hot Press “Write Here, Write Now” competition 2018.
Elizabeth Murtough is graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College and the 2018 Poetry Ireland Introductions series. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, most recently within Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets published by Dedalus Press. She is the co-founder and editor of Channel, an Irish environmentalist magazine of poetry and prose. You can find her on twitter @eamurtough
Alicia Byrne Keane
Alicia Byrne Keane is a PhD student from Dublin, Ireland. She has a first class honours degree in English Literature and French from Trinity College Dublin and a MSt. in English Literature 1900-Present from Oxford University. She is working on an Irish Research Council-funded PhD study of ‘vagueness’ and translation in the work of Samuel Beckett and Haruki Murakami, at TCD. Her poems have been published in The Moth, Entropy Magazine, Impossible Archetype, and Poethead, among others. She has performed at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, and Lingo Festival, and has had two spoken word performances recorded for Balcony TV.
Aisling is a writer from Wicklow. She is a previous winner of the Greywood Arts Winter Writing Residency Award and has been shortlisted for the RTE Radio 1 Francis McManus Short Story Prize, Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize and Lilliput Press Short Story Prize. Her work has previously appeared on RTE Radio 1, in Harper’s Bazaar, Banshee, Crossing the Dissour, the HCE Review and the anthology, Bridges Between. She received her MA in Creative Writing from UCD and is currently a participant in the Stinging Fly Fiction Workshop for which she received a fully-funded place on the program.
Claire Hennessy is a writer, editor, reviewer & creative writing facilitator based in Dublin. Find her online: www.clairehennessy.com or @chennessybooks (Twitter/Instagram) where she is probably yammering about what she’s reading.
Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill
Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill is a bilingual poet, who writes in both Irish and English. Siobhán completed her degree BCL (Law & Irish) with University College Cork, in 2018. She also holds a Masters in European Law & the Irish Language. She is currently training to be a solicitor in Dublin.Siobhán was the winner of the Collection of Poetry Award at Listowel Writers Week 2019 for the best collection of unpublished poems. She enjoys kayaking in the wilds of the Irish landscape and as a Kerry woman, her drink of choice is Dingle Gin (inevitably). You can find her on social @sodacus.
Ruth Ennis is a trainee bookseller, specialising in teen and YA literature. She has completed her M.Phil in Children’s Literature in Trinity College Dublin and was a Young Writer Delegate for the International Literature Festival Dublin with the Irish Writer’s Centre in 2019. She is the co-founder of Paper Lanterns, a new journal for all things teen and YA literature. She has been published with Children’s Books Ireland, The Dublin Book Festival, UCD Caveat Lector, UCD Observer, Dublin University Players Magazine and The Blue Nib. She aspires to be a children’s author.
Róisín Bugler has had work published in Boyne Berries, Ropes and The Poetry Bus. She is involved with Scariff Bay Community Radio coordinating a literary show called ‘A Flow of Words’. She was the winner of Strokestown Percy French prize for Witty Verse and runner up in the Padraig Colum competition both 2019.
An emerging author of fiction. Her stories have been anthologised, broadcast and translated. Her debut novel Have You Found Luke? was a joint winner at the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2016 and her award-winning (Fish Short Story) Wrong Whisky is included in a reading list by Saint Mary’s College California. She works for writers at the Irish Writers Centre, is a member of WomenAloudNI, and holds the MPhil (Dist) in Creative Writing from TCD. Her greatest ambition is to be a cat.
Deirbhile is a Dublin-based writer, bookseller and editor who likes daffodils. Her other talents include symmetrical eating.
Daniel Wade is a poet and playwright from Dublin. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New Theatre, Dublin. In January 2020 his radio drama Crossing the Red Line was broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Extra. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry has appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012, incl. Cassandra Voices, The Missouri Review, The Agonist, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Live Encounters, Fresh Air Poetry, The Galway Review, A New Ulster, Banshee Press and Zymbol.
Virginia moved to Dublin from North Carolina in August with her family to read for her masters in writing at Trinity College. Her essay on the move, ‘The Winter Place,’ was published in the Irish Times in December. She is currently working on a Vietnam War-era novel set in the southeastern US.
Sean Gray is a graduate of English media and Culture from IADT Dun Laoghaire. Despite having a keen and lifelong interest in the arts and writing, this is his first literary submission and publishing.
Bríd McGinley, has overcome a lifetime of procrastination and discovered the joy of writing flash fiction. Her work has appeared in The Bangor Literary Journal, FlashFictionMagazine, and she has read at Flash Fiction in Armagh and at TenX9. From Moville on the Inishowen Peninsula in majestic Co. Donegal, she has an MA in Irish Literature in English from the University of Ulster.
Elspeth Wilson is a poet, writer and researcher who is interested in blurring the boundaries between art and academia. She is currently querying her debut book which was shortlisted for the Nan Shepherd prize for underrepresented writers in nature writing. She can usually be found in or near the water.
Fiona Ennis has an MA in English Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway and a PhD
in Philosophy from University College Cork. She lectures in Literature and Philosophy in Waterford Institute of Technology. She won the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019 and has read her short fiction at literary festivals including the IMMRAMA Festival and Waterford Writers’ Weekend.
Jenny Darmody is a journalist and deputy editor of sci-tech news site, Silicon Republic. She spends most lunch breaks writing short stories or editing her novel. She has previously been published in The Galway Review, The Incubator Journal, Brave Voices Magazine and Honey & Lime. Jenny was also one of four Young Writer Delegates at the 2018 Dublin Book Festival.
Nuala Doherty grew up in County Kildare and now lives in Dublin City. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and Maynooth University where she studied English Literature, Anthropology, Museum Ethnography and Sociology. She has previously worked for the National Museum of Ireland and, most recently, in post-primary education as an English teacher.
Colm O’Halloran is a writer who has spent his life growing up and living in Dublin. He grew up in the red brick suburb of Drumcondra and has seen the best and the worst of Dublin. He recently finished a degree in Irish Culture and Literature and is trying to figure out the next step in his life.
Laura-Blaise McDowell holds an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, most recently in Still Worlds Turning, an anthology of new Irish writing from No Alibis Press. Last year, she was longlisted for the Hinterland Prize for Nonfiction, and shortlisted for the Benedict Kiely Short Story Award. She was runner-up for the Dalkey Creates Short Story Prize, and had two stories longlisted for the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards, with Balloon Animals making the shortlist.
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