Get to know our Issue III contributors!
Sarah Griffin is an Irish actress, writer and visual artist. A love of dreamlike storytelling lies at the heart of her works. She has an MA in Psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin and this fascination with the human mind can be witnessed in the bizarre narratives of her handmade collageccs.
Sophie Furlong Tighe
Sophie Furlong Tighe is a poet and drama student from Dublin. She is the editor of Icarus Magazine and has work published or forthcoming in Ghost City Review, Kissing Dynamite, and Boston Accent Lit among others.
Carol McGill lives in Dublin. Her short stories have been published in Capsule Stories, Sonder, Crannóg, Number Eleven Magazine, Silver Apples Magazine, and the anthology Words To Tie To Bricks. She has also had work appear in the online magazines Q/A Poetry, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Rookie and Germ. She is currently organising the Morning Coffee Writing Competition with Sonder Magazine. She was the 2019-2020 chairperson of Trinity Literary Society. She tweets at @WordsByCarolx.
Avril Caprani is an emerging writer from Co. Meath. Having studied Modern Languages at UCD, she has lived between Ireland and Spain for the past five years. This is her first literary submission.
An Italian poet, playwright. Her political chapbook “silviotrump” was published by Moria Poetry, Chicago, USA. Her poems are featured in anthologies in UK (The quality of Mersey, Liverpool; Hidden Voice Anthology 1, Manchester), USA (Extreme, a social environmental anthology, Vagabond, Los Angeles), Canada (June 2020, 845 Press, London, Ontario); in magazines in USA (Giallo, Clay Literary, Wine Cellar Press, Prismatica, The Confessionalist)), UK (Abridged, Forever Endeavour, In the red 18), Nigeria (The Sub-Saharan Magazine), Italy and Romania. She writes both in English and Italian about political social contemporary issues. She is a lesbian feminist human rights advocate. Twitter: @piccoli_serena https://serenapiccoli.wixsite.com/serenapiccoli
Cass Caldwell is new to writing. Her work has been shortlisted for the Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Competition 2019. This is her first publication in print. She has no other credits.
Christopher Linforth is the author of three story collections, The Distortions (Orison Books, 2021), winner of the 2020 Orison Books Fiction Prize, Directory (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2020), and When You Find Us We Will Be Gone (Lamar University Press, 2014).
Marie Gethins’ flash fiction has featured in NFFD Anthologies, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Jellyfish Review, Fictive Dream, Litro, NANO, FlashBack Fiction, Wales Arts Review, Banshee, Synaesthesia, The Incubator, The Nottingham Review, Spelk, Ellipsis Zine, Words with JAM, Paper Swans, 101 Words, and others. She won or placed in Dorset Fiction Award, The Short Story, Tethered by Letters flash, Flash500, Dromineer, The New Writer Microfiction, Prick of the Spindle and 99fiction.net. Marie is a Pushcart and Best of the Short Fictions nominee and an editor of the Irish ezine Splonk.
Sarah is an aspiring writer who lives in Orkney with her family and two cats. She takes creative inspiration from the wild beauty of her island home, motherhood and folklore. She has had various publication successes for her poetry and short stories and was chosen to be part of the ACE funded ‘MumWrite’ (twitter @MumWrite) project for experimental writing. Follow her on Twitter @burray_bonxie
My name is Iarlaith Cunningham, I’m a third year creative writing student in NUIG. I adore writing poetry. I write about anything and everything, from family to the nature of poetry itself. I only started writing three years ago and it has been such a journey. I love this line of work. It’s freeing, ridiculously enjoyable and not to mention addictive!
Robyn Gill is studying English Literature and Drama Studies in Trinity College Dublin. Her short stories have been published in Lilun Magazine and Fighting Words annual supplements with the Irish Times. Her plays have been produced by DU Players, Trinity’s drama society. She is currently an associate artist with the Axis Theatre and one of the 2020 Irish Writers Centre Young Writer Delegates for the International Literature Festival Dublin.
Ali Isaac is a writer and blogger who lives in Co. Cavan. She has recently been shortlisted for the Penguin Write Now 2020 program, the results of which will be announced in October. She has also been awarded a writing mentorship by Words Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland. She currently has an essay published in The Stinging Fly S/S 2020 edition.
Bayveen O’Connell is based in Dublin and loves travel, history and the macabre. Her flash fiction and CNF have appeared in the 2020 Flash Fiction Day Anthology, 2019 & 2020 Flash Fiction Day Flood, Ellipsis Zine, Molotov Cocktail, The Cabinet of Heed, The Bohemyth, Former Cactus, Scum Lit Mag and others. She has a flash forthcoming at The Forge Literary, and has facilitated regular writing workshops in Leitrim since 2017.
Grace Kelley recently completed her M.Phil. in Children’s Literature in Trinity College Dublin. She is one of the co-founders of the teen and YA literary journal Paper Lanterns. Many moons ago, she spent her final year of her B.A. in Trinity (again) studying playwriting under the tutelage of Marina Carr. Grace’s writing has been shortlisted for The Allingham Festival, and published with the Red Line Book Festival, Palm-Sized Press, and Reflex Fiction. She is also a book reviewer for Children’s Books Ireland Inis magazine.
Orla Ní Dhúill
Orla ní Dhúilll is writer and environmentalist from Dublin, who can be found too often on Twitter at @naturallyorla, and on even more too many podcasts. She works as a conservation officer for the Native Woodland Trust by day and is co-founder of monthly poetry night ‘New Romantics’ dedicated to inclusion, growth and contemporary romanticism by night. Her work usually touches on her relationship to nature, her mental health and memory.
j. taylor bell
j. taylor bell is from Fort Worth, Texas. He was the Seamus Heaney Centre International Scholar of 2018-19 and a finalist for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Other poems can be found in Ambit, Gutter, and Poet Lore. He’s moving to Melbourne, Australia soon to start a PhD, so come say hello/goodbye depending on where you are. Or peep some extremely occasional twitter banter @jtaylorbell1
Gene Murphy is from Cloghane, Co. Kerry and is a Copywriter by trade. He holds degrees in both Business and Advertising and even worked for a time as a Stonemason. His passion for writing became an obsession after undertaking a course with the DFEI, and he’s currently studying with the IWC. As well as writing short stories and flash pieces, Gene is also working on his first novel. Aside from writing, he enjoys spending time with his fiancée and family, reading and going to gigs. And buying CDs. Lots of CDs.
Abby Connolly is a full time student, part time fry cook, artist and aspiring writer, or writer aspiring to be noticed, from Dublin. She writes poetry and theatre pieces but her true heart lies with fiction which, to date, has been featured in student run magazines including The Attic. She hopes to write more devotedly in the future but is first focusing on finishing her UG in English Studies at TCD. Some of her work can be seen @uglyprettyscary.
Ellen Brickley’s writing has appeared in Banshee, WOW: Women on Writing, and the Irish Times. She has read her creative non-fiction at the Dublin Book Festival, Galway’s Cúirt festival, and at the Irish Writers’ Centre. She is currently working on an essay collection supported by the Arts Council, and a novel for young adults. When not writing, Ellen works in heritage management, studies history at Trinity College Dublin, and reads incessantly.
Andy Hamilton is a fiction writer and journalist based in the West of Ireland. He is currently working on his debut novel, Three Weeks in November, as well a collection of short stories.
Richard Barr lives in Belfast and has had several stories and essays published in the last few years, including in Lancaster University’s The Luminary, The Big Issue and The Scum Gentry Alternative Arts & Media. This last year he’s been published in The Honest Ulsterman, Misery Tourism, New Critique, Litro Online, and has work upcoming in Headstuff.
John Davis is the author of two collections, Gigs and The Reservist. His work has appeared recently in DMQ Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, One and Rio Grande Review. He moonlights in blues and rock and roll bands.
Avril is from Mullingar and worked as an English teacher in Dublin for ten years. She moved to Galway in 2018 to pursue a Masters in Publishing and Literature at NUI Galway. She now works as a content writer and is pursuing creative writing on the side – a mix of poetry and short stories. She recorded an EP of original songs in 2014, available on SoundCloud. This is her second published poem, the first of which, ‘Tightropes and Tigers’, appeared in Sonder’s first issue in 2019.
Hannah Harmon Conlon
Hannah Harman Conlon is from Dublin and lives in London where she scribbles as much as possible about strangers on the Tube. She has been recently published in Perhappened and The Jumble Magazine as well as a recent short story featured on an episode of Lippy Kids. She has had a piece published inThe Irish Times and contributes to literary and visual arts journal, An Capall Dorcha.
Áine O’Hara is a writer, artist and designer based in Dublin. Recent work includes: ‘The patient will see you now’ as part of A4 Sounds Studios project award and ‘GAA MAAD’ as part of Dublin fringe festival. See aineohara.com for more info
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