Get to know our Issue IV contributors!
Graeme Coughlan is a photographe, actor and filmmaker from Dublin. Recently he just picked up an award for best actor for his role in “Bluebell” which is currently making it’s way through the international festival circuit. His photography work focuses mainly on nature and the natural form and a collection of his work is currently being displayed in Kennedy’s Cafe Clontarf.
Lea Mc Carthy
Lea Mc Carthy is a 22-year-old from Sligo. She is in the final year of a degree in Italian and English with Creative Writing at NUIG. She has previously had work published in the Wild Words literary collection and screened at the National Irish Film Institute for the Fresh Film Festival. Lea has been scribbling stories since she was six years old and hopes to have a career in writing. She is particularly concerned with the writing of rural Irish lives, LGBTQ+ stories and forgotten narrators.
Seamus Cogley is a reader and writer who grew up in Wexford town before moving to Dublin. His academic and professional background is in linguistics and technology. When not teaching machines how to understand language, he spends his time writing his first collection of short fiction.
Christopher Joyce is a writer based in Dublin, Ireland. He mainly writes poetry but occasionally dabbles in prose. He is currently studying for his MPhil in Contemporary and Popular Literature and is writing pieces for a possible collection. His work has appeared in Bombinate, Nothing Substantial, This Is Not Where I Belong amongst others. You can follow him @hypochriss on instagram and twitter.
Laura Sheary is from Tipperary and lives in Belfast. She is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University, where she is working on a novel and researching intersections that exist between sound and language in contemporary fiction. She writes and performs music as part of electronic duo Kyoto Love Hotel.
Shane O’Neill is a writer from county Wicklow, Ireland. His fiction has been broadcast on RTÉ Radio One and his dramatic writing has been staged at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. His short stories have also been published in various journals, including Literally Stories and WriteNowLit. O’Neill’s doctoral research on Samuel Beckett is funded by the Irish Research Council.
Liz studied English at TCD then went on to study for a Master’s in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University in London. You can follow her on Twitter at @lizmacbride
Sue Hann’s work was long-listed for the Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2020. She won the Diana Woods Memorial Award in 2020. Her writing has been published in journals such as Popshot Quarterly, Longleaf Review, Multiplicity Magazine, Brevity Blog and Litro Online, as well as various flash fiction anthologies. You can find her on Twitter @SYwrites.
Based between the McGillycuddy Reeks and the Sliabh Mish mountain ranges in Kerry, but a native of the Waterford and Kilkenny border, I got my BA in English from WIT. I currently have a lovely job working with adults and children with intellectual disabilities. I am using lockdown as a time to finally focus on my creative side and this is my first piece to be published.
GB Clarkson lives and works in the UK Midlands, though her roots are in the West of Ireland. Her first full-length collection, Monica’s Overcoat of Flesh, came out during lockdown in 2020 from Nine Arches Press. She has a chapbook, Crucifox, forthcoming from Verve Poetry Press in May 2021.
Tom Jordan is a writer from Dublin. He recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin where he studied English. He is currently working on his “first batch of actually potentially publishable stories,” and looking for a job. You can find him on twitter @hodgesfishes.
Emer Ní Fhoghlú
Emer Ní Fhoghlú is a writer from Waterford. She has worked in film and theatre, and is a contributor to Bad Bride Magazine, Hoax Magazine and EMPWR.ie. She was short-listed by Bray Literary Festival and Sunspot Lit 2020 for her short stories.
Aidan is a semi-reluctant writer of occasional bits and bobs. He lives in Dublin where he (semi-reluctantly) organises eye-surgeon conferences for a living.
Colleen Kyan Manning is a Japanese/Irish writer who is currently studying Creative Writing with English and German in NUI Galway. As a child in Japan, Colleen would watch Hayao Miyazaki’s films. This short story pays homage to his skilful artwork when producing Studio Ghibli animation. This is Colleen’s first significant publication.
Sadbh Kellett is an Irish writer whose work has recently been published in anthologies and journals such as Poems from Pandemia, Strange Times, Paper Lanterns, and Boyne Berries. Kellett is also a PhD student working on Gaelic Mythology in Irish and Scottish Writing at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. When not writing or studying, she loves to go birdwatching and hiking, and can’t wait to travel again.
Kurt Luchs (kurtluchs.com) has poems published or forthcoming in Into the Void, La Piccioletta Barca, and London Grip. He won the 2019 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest, and has written humor for the New Yorker, the Onion and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. His books include a humor collection, It’s Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It’s Really Funny), and a poetry chapbook, One of These Things Is Not Like the Other. His first full-length poetry collection, Falling in the Direction of Up, is forthcoming from Sagging Meniscus Press. He lives in Portage, Michigan, USA.
Mary McGonagle Johnson
Mary McGonagle Johnson lives in Malin Inishowen, Co Donegal. She moved back to Donegal a few years ago, having had spent many years in Manchester where she was a member of the Manchester Irish writers, which was a very active groupwhere they wrote poetry and short stories. They self published a number of short stories and poems, which she contributed to. She also had some stories published in Ireland’s Own, as well as some women’s magazines.
Simon Howells was born in Wales in 1971
Astrid Vallet is an English graduate from France, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies. She’s very eclectic and her crow brain absolutely will pick up any shiny idea, tinker with it, hoard it until she can make something sincere out of it. Her work appears in Honeyguide Literary Magazine and is forthcoming in Crow & Cross Keys; it usually revolves around queer, neurodivergent women like her, and she’s decided that that’s okay. She tweets at @astriddoeswrite.
Stephen Cox is from Dublin. He has lived in Spain and Portugal, and is currently based in London. His writing has appeared in The New Statesman, Literary Review, the Dublin Review of Books, and elsewhere.
Karenlee Thompson is an Australian-born writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She is the author of the bushfire-themed collection of short fictions (Flame Tip) and her work has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She wrote commissioned art pieces for MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and she has been shortlisted for a number of prizes, including The Scottish Arts Trust, the Hal Porter and the Tasmanian Writers Prize. Karenlee has a degree in Journalism and English Literature and she now travels the world full-time gathering story pebbles.
Caitlin Young is an undergraduate student at Queen’s University Belfast. Her work has been published in The Honest Ulsterman and Tir Na Og among others. She is Editor in Chief of student literary magazine ‘The Apiary’.
Aisling Kearney lives, writes, and works in Dublin. Recently completing her B.A. in Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin, she is now beginning to submit her work. On the last Saturday of April, she will be published in New Irish Writing in the Irish Independent. She is currently working on her first novel. Her Twitter handle is @wittynitwit.
Kik Lodge is a British teacher/translator based in Lyon, France, where she lives with her two kids. Her flash has featured in Litro, The Moth, Tiny Molecules, Common Breath, Cabinet of Heed, and Reflex Fiction and she is currently working on a short story collection based on the churchgoers next to her flat.
David Donovan is an Irish playwright currently based in Berlin, his previous works include Monastic at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and Sistemic at Smock Allies Scene and Heard Festival, this is his first short story publication.
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