Contributors

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett is called Alan Bennett for the time being, but soon he might be called something else so watch out for that. He has been published in an Irish Times ‘Book of The Year’ – 30 Under 30, New Tricks with Matches the UCD anthology of creative writing, Wordlegs ebook and online literary magazine, Daydreamer magazine, Entertainment.ie and he has featured on Kildare Arts Council’s ‘Stories for The Ear’ compilation, and recorded two stories for Podcasts.ie. He completed a Masters in creative writing in UCD in 2012. He currently lives in Dublin and is working on his first (hopefully) publishable novel.

Margaret Scott

Margaret lives in Kildare with her husband Keith Darcy, two little girls Isabelle & Emily, four dogs, two cats, two donkeys, a pony and a rabbit. An accountant by day, Margaret recently fulfilled a life long dream of being a published author and her first book ‘Between You and Me’ (published by Poolbeg Press) recently enjoyed several weeks in the ROI top ten Bestsellers List. Margaret’s writing focuses mainly on the trials and tribulations of family life and she is currently working on her second novel.

Malu Bremer

Born in the Netherlands, Malu Bremer (26) graduated with an M.A. in Film and Theatre Studies (2010) and an M.A. in English Literature & Linguistics (2012) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She traveled to perform her poetry in Vienna, Prague and Dublin, before being accepted to Trinity College’s M.Phil in Creative Writing in 2011. Her work has been taken note of in The UK Telegraph, The Galway Review, The Poetry Bus, and the Oscar Wilde Centre anthology “A Thoroughly Good Blue”.

Jack Napes

Jack Napes is an Irish writer based in Tokyo. He is fond of terse statements. Jack is featured in the picture.
He is the diminutive one.

Jack Napes Picture

Susanne Wawra

Susanne is a German visual artist who lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her series of paintings and drawings include here, called “Face It”, are abstracted portraits of clients in mental institution St. Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin, summer of 2012.

Teresa Sweeney

Teresa Sweeney is from county Galway. She is 30 years old and writes poetry, short fiction and flash fiction. She was short listed for a short story in the WOW! Awards 2011 and her story ‘On the Record’ published. She was named in the Fish Publishing flash fiction competition long list in 2012, and published in Wordlegs online magazine, Issue 11, 2012. Teresa’s short story ‘How to Plan the Perfect Murder’ features in Roadside Fiction, Issue 2, in December 2012. In March 2013 her story ‘Liar Liar’ will be published in Boyne Berries journal.

EM Reapy

EM Reapy (28) is an Irish writer and has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. In 2012, she was chosen as Tyrone Guthrie’s Exchange Irish Writer to Varuna Writers’ House Sydney receiving an Arts Council Travel and Training Award to complete this. She edits wordlegs.com, is a Pushcart Prize nominee and is director of Shore Writers’ Festival. In collaboration with Doire Press, she compiled and edited ’30 under 30′ an anthology collection of young Irish writing.

Alice Walsh

Alice Walsh lives and works in Dublin. She is the founder and editor of The Bohemyth. Her writings have been published on wordlegs.com, roadsidefiction.com, thebohemyth.com and Podcasts.ie. Her work has been short listed and long listed in various competitions. Last year Doire Press published her story Downaround as part of the wordlegs 30 Under 30 Anthology. She is currently working on a themed short story collection.

Lucy Montague-Moffatt

Lucy Montague-Moffatt is a 23-year-old writer, comedian and student from Dublin. Her work has featured in the e-book Wordlegs Presents: 30 under 30, The Bohemyth, Wordlegs, Absinthe Revival, Yesteryear Fiction and the short story collection published by Doire Press: 30 under 30. She was a winner of the Fishamble: Tiny Plays competition and has been commissioned for the last two years to write the first year show for the ICFE drama course. She is currently a columnist for the UCD Observer.

Sinead O’Hart

Sinéad O’Hart normally spends her time writing stories for children and young people, but occasionally she lets her dark side out with a twisty story for grown-ups. She likes medieval stuff, reading, tea, and custard, among other things. She blogs about reading and writing at sjohart.wordpress.com. A long listed author in the 2013 Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair competition with her Young Adult novel ‘Tider’, she’s currently at work on a trilogy for young readers. Her work is forthcoming in ‘The Bohemyth’ and ‘The Looking Glass Magazine’.

 

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson is an Annapolis, Maryland based writer and mixed media artist. She writes a blog about the Ins and Outs of living with bipolar disorder, and explores mental illness in many different genres. Some of her collaborative Flash-Drama work will appear in the next issue of Young Fresh and Relevant.

 

Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint is obsessed with words. She sells them to anyone who will pay in order to make a living and uses them to write fiction with the rest of the time. Her first novel, As If I Were a River, is at final polishing stages and an extract will be published in an anthology in 2013. Her Saintly Writer blog features in the book of the Festival of Writing 2012 and two of her short stories were long-listed in the 2012 Fish Flash Fiction prize. Amanda also runs Retreat West, which provides writing retreats, workshops and short story competitions.

 

Bernard O’Rourke

Bernard O’Rourke is an Irish writer and freelance journalist based in Dublin. His short stories have featured in The Infection anthology – a collection of short stories set in a post-pandemic world of the undead published in 2011 by Pantoum Press – and 30 Under 30 – a collection of prose and poetry by young Irish writers, published by wordlegs in 2012. His short stories have also been published in The Linnet’s Wings, Outburst, and on wordlegs.com. You can find him on twitter (@guyserious), where his witty tweets go mostly unappreciated.

 

Orla McAlinden

Orla McAlinden is a new writer. Born in Northern Ireland at the height of the ‘Troubles’, she moved, alone, to Dublin aged eighteen. There she witnessed the unexpected birth, short, dazzling life and sudden, horrifying demise of the Celtic Tiger. She admits to being still a Northern girl at heart, with all the complications and contradictions that entails.

Her personal narrative non-fictions have been published in America and on www.writing.ie. “Control zone” was awarded second prize in The Valhalla Press flash memoir competition and “Drumming our way to the future” will be included as an Honorary Mention in the Fish Anthology 2013. As yet, her short fiction remains unpublished. Orla tweets at @orlamcawrites

 

Michael Carey

Michael Carey was born and raised in Northern Ireland and now lives in North London, (which is a good place to live if you are trying to become a writer of fiction). He has been recently published in a variety of journals and has a novel edited to within an inch of its shelf life. More details about all of the above can be found at: http://apparentlyaspark.wordpress.com/. I am also here… sometimes funny, often angry…. occasionally thoughtful. https://twitter.com/Menaman1

 

Alison Wells

Alison Wells lives in Bray with her husband and four children. A graduate of Psychology and Communication Studies, her short fiction has been published in many mags, anthologies and zines including The Sunday Tribune, Crannóg, Metazen and UK National Flash Fiction day’s Jawbreakers. Bridport, Fish, and Hennessy New Irish Writing shortlisted, she recently won the fiction category of the Irish New Big Book of Hope. Alison blogs for Writing.ie and on www.alisonwells.wordpress.com. She’s released some short fiction ebooks and as A.B. Wells has published a comedy sci-fi Housewife with a Half-life.

 

Fiona Sherlock

Fiona Sherlock is 24, works as a copywriter by day and eats too many olives by night. Borne from the palindromic flatlands of Navan, she now lives in Ballsbridge and runs a little website about Ladies’ Days competitions.

 

Chris Connolly

Chris Connolly left the world of paid employment to write full-time in 2012. His work has appeared in such publications as the ‘Global Shorts’ short story anthology, Boston Literary Magazine, The New Guard Review, WordLegs, The Galway Review, Boyne Berries, and has been broadcast on RTE Radio. In 2012 he was the winner of the Canon-Sheehan Perpetual Literary Award. He was also short listed for the RTE Francis McManus Short Story Award, the Over The Edge: New Writer of the Year Award 2012, and was a runner-up in the Penguin/RTE Short Story competition. He has twice been short listed for the Fish International Short story competition. ‘Every Day I Atrophy’, a collection of his stories from the website Outsideleft, was published in November by SideCartel in electronic format.

 

Trish Orr

Trish Orr is a poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared (under the name Tricia Orr) in The Pedestal Magazine, Entelechy: A Journal of Contemporary Ideas, DoveTales Literary Journal (a Writing for Peace project), and Contemporary Haibun with forthcoming poetry in A Hundred Gourds. She lives in New Hampshire, but is currently enjoying a three-month sojourn in New Mexico.

 

Alison Miller

Alison U Miller lives in Scotland and writes poetry and prose. She studied English Literature at the University of Aberdeen. In 1996 she won the Alan Spence Creative Writing award and prizes in Lanarkshire Writer of the Year. Her poetry and articles have been published in The Scotia Bar Poetry Anthology, The Evening Times, Gloss Magazine, Orlando Sentinel and The Bohemyth. She completed her first novel Jaded Genes whilst living in Florida. Chasing the dream, inspiring others to chase theirs. Twitter: Alison U Miller @MillerMatters

 

Sue Wright

Sue Wright is a writer from Brisbane (Australia). She tweets as @drimzelroad and writes mostly for children and imaginary friends. In 2012 she started a small publishing company called Tiny Owl Workshop and have been publishing other people’s stuff ever since.

 

Michael N. Shanks

Michael Naghten Shanks, 26, is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from Dublin. His writing has featured variously, online and in print, in publications such as Boyne Berries, The Bohemyth, The South Circular, theNewerYork, and in multiple issues of wordlegs. He is one of the featured writers in the wordlegs anthology ’30 under 30’, published by Doire Press. He will also feature in the forthcoming anthology ‘New Planet Cabaret’, published by New Island Books in association with RTE ARENA. He was shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2013 and was a finalist in the Uniquely Dublin competition. He has read his work at events including Shore Writers’ Festival, Big Smoke Writing Factory Presents: FLASH BULBS, and the 10 Days in Dublin festival. He is the founder and editor of literary journal Samizdat Plus and is a consultant editor for The Bohemyth. Follow him @MichaelNShanks

 

John MacKenna

John MacKenna is he author of seventeen books. His new novel Joseph will be published next year and his novel Clare will be republished – both by New Island Books.

 

Yohann Walter

Yohann’s work can viewed here.

 

Eleanor Leonne Bennett

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award winning photographer and visual artist. She is the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of The Year 2013 and has also won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography and The National Trust to name but a few. Eleanor’s photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, The British Journal of Psychiatry, Life Force Magazine, British Vogue and as the cover of books and magazines extensively throughout the world. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in New York, Paris, London, Rome, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Washington, Canada, Spain, Japan and Australia amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010. In 2012 her work received coverage on ABC Television.
eleanor.ellieonline@gmail.com
www.eleanorleonnebennett.com

Stephen Lynch

Stephen Lynch was born in Dublin. He’s been published in Metazen, Marco Polo and Revolver. He is the co-editor of
The Red Line Magazine
.

Nikita Gill

I am Nikita Gill, a twenty five year old writer. Once upon a time I wrote an unknown book called Your Body is an Ocean. I am presently the editor of a literary journal called Modern Day Fairytales.

Amber Koski

Amber Koski is a writer of experimental forms with a love of simple diction. Identity and sexuality are themes in her prose. She is often inspired by her childhood in the Deep South and her poetry tinges on Southern Gothic. She is currently completing her Creative Dissertation Project for Kingston University earning a masters in Creative Writing and Pedagogy September 2013.

Ciara Chapman

www.ciarachapman.com

Deirdre McClay

Deirdre McClay has published stories in both the UK and Ireland, including in the Sunday Tribune, Irish Times, Crannog, Boyne Berries, Wordlegs, Ranfurly Review, The Linnet’s Wings and Friction Magazine. In 2011 she was a winner in The Lonely Voice Short Story Competition, and in 2012 was Highly Commended in Doire Press International Fiction and
Poetry Chapbook Competition. She was nominated for the Hennessy First Fiction Award in 2005.

Fayroze Lutta

Fayroze has been a bad waitress, a horrible barista, a very green optimistic graduate Urban Planner, then a hardened bitter nihilistic Urban Planner. Her only real home is her Olivetti typewriter onto which she pours all her emotions, between being blind drunk, smoking thousands of Gauloises cigarettes and occasionally sniffing an oily rag to help her stay upright and stabbing the keys.

Grace Phelan

Grace Phelan, a UCC graduate, is a Waterford-based writer. She has had six-word stories published in the Irish
Independent
. She is currently working on a young adult novel. She enjoys walks on the beach, yoga and staring at Husky dogs while trying not to crash her car.

James Seymore Guinevan

James was born in 1979 and was raised outside a small village called Ballindangan. He is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design, majoring in fine art printmaking. He then became a member of the Limerick printmakers and remained a member there for 3 years before he began his travels. He currently resides in South Korea, teaching and completing his work for his next exhibition. Some more of James’s work can be viewed here.

K. S. Moore

K. S. Moore is based in Waterford, but originally from Swansea in South Wales, where she managed the publishing company ‘Young Welsh and Poetic’ between 2005 and 2008.

Recent achievements include reaching the final of FlashMob 2013 and having a story published in National Flash Fiction Day’s FlashFlood Journal. She has also been published in the Bohemyth and has a poem forthcoming, in the Winter issue of Welsh literary magazine: The Seventh Quarry.

She blogs at ksmoore.com and has had articles published at Writing.ie. She performed her poetry at Waterford Writers’ Weekend this year and has been awarded a place on Artlinks Clinic Mentoring with Grace Wells. She is also the Clonea & Rathgormack Correspondent for The Munster Express.

L.A. Craig

L.A. Craig writes short fiction. Her work can be found at Metazen, The Molotov Cocktail, Every Day Fiction, The Pygmy Giant, First Stop Fiction, Ether Books, Writers’ Forum magazine and in the National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, Jawbreakers and Scraps. Visit www.lacraig.co.uk or Tweet to her @lac00000

Laura Cleary

Laura Cleary is a poet and writer living in Dublin. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications including wordlegs, Outburst, The Poetry Bus, can can and the 2012 Bare Hands Poetry Anthology. Her poem “Breaking Point” was shortlisted for the 2011 iYeats Emerging Talent Award, and she was a featured poet in the recent Ash Wednesday series in Ranelagh, Dublin. She received first prize in the inaugural Heart in Mouth competition for her performance of her poem “Note to a Mislaid Friend”. Her first play “And You Expect Me To..?” was featured as part of 10 Days in Dublin 2013 and is available to view here. She currently lives in Dublin with her partner Colm and an extensive nail polish collection.

Niecy O’Keeffe

Niecy O’Keeffe has previously been published in Southword no.13 when she was short listed for the Séan O’Faoláin prize under the name Denise O’Keeffe. She has been long listed for the Fish Publishing short story competition, the Cúirt New Writing Talent prize, shortlisted for the Five Stop Short Story competition and shortlisted for the Penguin Ireland RTÉ Guide short story competiton. She was also awarded the Ether Books Publishing Writer Award 2012.

Alayna Palmer Hanneken

In November, Alayna Palmer Hanneken graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She was a student editor for The Louisville Review in 2011 and some of 2012. She was the editor of The Purple Patch in 2009 and the associate editor in 2010. Alayna’s short story “Roadside Cotton,” under the name “The Cruelest Act,” received Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 79th Annual Competition. The story was also shortlisted for The Masters Review. Her creative nonfiction piece “Creative Creeper” was published in The Storyteller. She currently resides in Sullivan, Missouri.

Brindley Hallam Dennis

Brindley Hallam Dennis writes short fiction. Several of his stories have been performed by Liars League (in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Sedbergh!) and others. He runs LitCaff a monthly short fiction (with added poetry) event in Carlisle. Read his blog at http://Bhdandme.wordpress.com and on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/user10561844

David McVey

David McVey worked for many years at the University of the West of Scotland and has taught Creative Writing for the Open University. He has published around 100 short stories, a number of academic papers and non-fiction that focuses on history and the outdoors. He enjoys hillwalking, visiting historic sites, reading, watching telly, and supporting his home-town football team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy FC.

Graham Connors

Graham Connors is a thirty year old writer and playwright who has previously been published in wordlegs magazine, 30 Under 30 (both e-book and paperback editions), Allegory magazine, The Burning Bush 2, Under Thirty magazine, The Bohemyth, The Lit Garden, Headstuff, Podcasts.ie and long-listed for the Doire Press International Chapbook competition. He is the founder and editor of Number Eleven Magazine as well as contributing editor for the Dublin Informer newspaper. He has lived in Dublin for the last ten years but is a country boy at heart. Someday he’ll find his way back home, just not after dark. Strange things happen after dark…
www.numberelevenmagazine.com.
www.facebook.com/NumberElevenMagazine

Nicholas Murray

Nicholas Murray is a writer and artist based in London. As a bit of a generalist, I enjoy using various methods of performance to change the way I dispense my fiction. Currently I’m the editor of publisher and live literature production outfit, Annexe.

Phoebe Hamilton-Jones

Phoebe Hamilton-Jones has been writing for several years now and was long-listed for the Iggy Litro Writing Competition last year. The Swimmer was inspired by Deborah Levy’s recent collection.

Rob Walton

Born in Scunthorpe, and a graduate of Newcastle University’s Creative Writing MA Rob has written for the Hull Daily Mail, Scunthorpe United’s programme, an online schools’ resource for the Tyneside Cinema, books for teachers and numerous articles for education magazines. He has written several shows for The Big Fun Club, and his play The Bumps was performed in Newcastle (June 2013). He has collaborated on projects including Parky Tales for Newcastle Gateshead Initiative/Magnetic Events’ Enchanted Parks. In 2012 he worked with sculptor Russ Coleman and the local community to write the text for the New Hartley Memorial Pathway. He was commissioned by New Writing North to write a short story, published in Platform, 2012. Stories have been published in Stations (Arachne Press). Positional Vertigo (Askance), Root (IRON Press) and Stories for Homes (Shelter). Children’s poems have appeared in Let’s Play! (Frances Lincoln). Online appearances include Pygmy Giant, Paragraph Planet, National Flash Fiction Day and 1000words. He lives in North Shields with his family.

Viccy Adams

Viccy Adams is a former Leverhulme Trust artist in residence, and a creative researcher. She’s writing a novel about fertility economics and climate change and collaborating on a number of creative projects from women’s tailoring (www.bespokenproject.com) to digital innovation (www.twopoint5.co.uk). She tweets @viccyiswriting and her website isvsadams.co.uk

James Keane

James Keane, co-founder of Number Eleven Magazine, is a graphic designer based in Dublin. He has a strong interest in the visual arts, simple living and the tiny house movement.

Anna Byrne

Anna Byrne studied film in GMIT, Galway. She has been published in Wordlegs, Scissors and Spackle, Bohemyth, among others.  She currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Annalisa Deeney

Annalisa Deeney was born and raised in London. She has lived in Co Donegal, Ireland,  for seven years where she works as a pharmacist. She is a member of the Garden Room Writers and enjoys the support, camaraderie and fun of being part of a writing group.

Charles Bane, Jr.

Charles Bane, Jr. is the American author of The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor, 2011) and Love Poems (Aldrich Press, 2014). The Huffington Post described his work as “not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them.” Creator of The Meaning Of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project, he is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida.

Conor O’Reilly

Conor O’Reilly is originally from just outside of Dublin but now resides just outside of Seoul. He is a writer, teacher, internet addict, amatuer photographer, and father. Mostly his published work has been poetry, but of late he has been dabbling in prose. For more visit his blog, www.ifihadaminutetospare.com.

Daniel Hickey

Daniel Hickey is a writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry from County Mayo, Ireland. His work has been published both in print and online, in publications such as the Mayo Anthology of Poetry, the Mala Literary Journal and Ink, Sweat and Tears. Daniel currently lives and works in China, where he teaches creative writing at Sichuan University. He has previously worked as a journalist.

Elizabeth Rose Murray

Elizabeth Rose Murray (represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates, London) has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland, including Southword, South Circular, Word Riot and 3am. She has been shortlisted in the following competitions: Francis MacManus 2013 (Short Story), Penguin/RTE Guide 2013 (short story), Powers/Irish Times 2013 (flash fiction), Writing.ie/Anam Cara 2013 & 2012 (flash fiction) and Aesthetica Creative Works 2011 (poetry). In 2012, she performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station – a live writing installation at the Cork Midsummer Festival. Visit her Green Fingered Writer blog and chat to her on Twitter. If you’re looking for inspiration, try her Pinterest boards.

Fiona Honor Hurley

Fiona Honor Hurley returned to her native Galway after sojourns in Dublin, Glasgow, and Valencia. She works as a technical writer for a large multinational company. Her articles have appeared on the websites Bootsnall.com and SavvyAuntie.com and she has been published by Crannóg magazine. Further blathering can be found at her blog, http://fionahurley.wordpress.com/

Holly Day

Holly Day was born in Hereford, Texas, also known as “The Town Without a Toothache.” She and her family currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches at the Loft Literary Center. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and Guitar All-in-One for Dummies.

Jonathan O’Brien

I am a young writer (is 36 still young?) from Carlow and a member of the Carlow Writer’s Co-operative. I write short stories, flash-fiction and I am currently working on a novella. I dabble in poetry from time to time. I have been published previously in Spontaneity and What Champagne was Like, the 2013 anthology of the Carlow Writer’s Co-operative. See www.carlowwriters.org for more details. I have also been published as part of flash-fiction day 2013, please see http://flashfloodjournal.blogspot.ie/2013/06/the-super-man-by-jonathan-obrien.html. I also write a blog where I post some stories, poems and occasional opinions on writing on www.writerjobrien.wordpress.com.

Paul FitzSimons

I have been a writer for 8 years and have written  short stories and TV and film scripts. I am represented by the literary agency The Book Bureau and my novel Burning Matches is being considered for publication. I am also a regular contributor to the online writing magazine writing.ie, writing a weekly column and interviewing people in the writing industry.

Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint grew up on the outskirts of London in a town where everyone always seemed to be going somewhere else. Now she’s a nomad and has lived in many different places in the UK, including London, Exmoor, Brighton, the Lake District, and on a canal narrow boat. She also lived in New Zealand for three years and having an Australian adventure for 2015. A magazine features writer by day, her love is for fiction and her short stories have appeared in various places. Amanda’s first novel is out on submission to agents and her second one is in progress. Find her at her blog on Twitter and on Facebook.

Carina McNally

Carina McNally, from Beara, Co. Cork, is a social care worker in the intellectual disability sector and a commissioned writer of children’s short stories for the RTE Radio 1 programme Fiction 15 (producer Aidan Stanley) 2007 -2009. Over the years she has had short stories published by a variety of magazines, some out of / still in print e.g. Beara Arts, Island Magazine, Xclusive and Lumen and is the current book reviewer for Curam magazine.

Deirdre Moran

Deirdre Moran lives in Kildare and spends most of her spare time writing and gardening on an allotment. She discovered flash fiction in 2013 and since then has been published in Silver Apples Magazine and has had pieces chosen for Flash Bulbs, the Dublin International Flash Fiction Day event, and read at the Big Smoke Writing Factory Winter Literary Café.

Kenneth Duffy

Kenneth Duffy is a secondary school teacher in an Irish language school. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and the second most annoying cat in the word. He has previously had work published with the Bohemyth, Wordlegs and Word Riot.

Marie Kennedy

Born in NFLD, Canada  in1961 to Irish parents who moved back and forth across the Atlantic a couple of times before settling just outside Cork city in Ireland. I attended university there and pursued a degree in Comp. Sc and Mathematics while reading literature avidly and discovering film on Channel Four and BBC2. Served my time as a s/w designer, tester and product manager for a multinational mobile telephony corporation in various countries around the globe. Backpacked across China and a few other Asian countries and worked a few odd jobs. Pursued film studies and writing courses whenever I could. I came to the States with my husband in 2000 and became a full-time mother in 2002. I have been experimenting in both the short story and the short film format for a little while now and I just love the form.

Matthew Cook

Matt Cook has been a hospital porter, a script consultant and a retail snoop but is currently a freelance writer based in Manchester, UK. His fiction and reviews have appeared on Small Doggies, PANK, Tusk, Imbroglio and Cooldog.

Matt tweets at @mattjohncook and blog at www.hellomattcook.com where there are more examples of his work.

Peter Hurtgen

Irish/German Americano, born in Chicago, raised in DC, spent most of my life in FLA, and currently reside in LA. I’ve travelled the globe, taught, danced and worked with my hands, abandoned religion, had some love affairs, yet remain unmarried. I’m very good at producing very bad televsion.

Stefen Styrsky

Stefen Styrsky’s poetry and fiction has appeared in “The James White Review,” “Cactus Heart,” “Best Gay Stories 2014″ and “The Tahoma Literary Review.”

Tamara Jones

Former languages teacher pleased to be devoting all her time to writing, a lifelong ambition that can now be fulfilled.  Beats lesson preparation and marking any day.  Winner of Jotters United ‘Spirit’ short story competition.  Story ‘Stalking the Watcher’ published in Jotters United.  Flash story ‘Take A Number Please’ accepted for publication in Short Story Sunday.  Lives out the back of beyond on the edge of a forest and when not writing, spends inordinate amounts of time gardening and watching the wildlife.

Tracey Parker

Tracey K. Parker is a college English instructor with a PhD in English from the University of Arkansas. Her work has been published in Control Literary Magazine, The Cooper Street Journal, and PRISM in addition to her published academic work. She is also a co-editor for Control Literary Magazine. She lives in Springfield, Missouri in the United States.

Lynn Mundell

Lynn Mundell co-edits 100wordstory.org. Her work has been published in The Sun, Eclectica, Oblong, and First Class Lit, with more forthcoming in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and Counterexample Poetics. Lynn used to think she coined the term “scairytales” to describe some of her writing, but this appears to be yet another of her failed inventions. Lynn lives in California with her husband, two sons, and a backyard full of dandelions.

Gillian Best

Gillian Best has been short listed for the Bridgeport Prize for short fiction (2013), was runner-up in Unbound Press’ first novel competition (2011), a finalist in Glimmertrain’s short story award for new writers (2007), and won the Bronwen Wallace award for short fiction (2003). She has had short fiction published in the UK and her native Canada and is the holder of a PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Glasgow (2011). Originally from Canada, Gillian now lives and works in Bristol.

Stuart Snelson

Stuart Snelson’s stories have appeared in 3:AM, Ambit, Bare Fiction, The Bohemyth, HOAX, Lighthouse, Popshot and Structo, among others. He has been twice-nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Links to previous stories can be found at stuartsnelson.wordpress.com. He lives in London where he is currently working on his second novel. He can be found on Twitter @stuartsnelson

Diego Baez

A bit about me: I grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University – Newark. An inaugural fellow at CantoMundo in 2010, his poems, fiction, and reviews have appeared most recently at OstrichThe Acentos Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges.

Audrey T. Carroll

Audrey Carroll is a MFA candidate with the Arkansas Writer’s Program and graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University.  Her work has previously been published in The Legendary, The Blue Route, The Cynic Online Magazine, the Red Fez Review, and others.

Karl MacDermott

Karl MacDermott is an Irish writer. He has written extensively for radio and has had comedy series’ on both RTE Radio 1 ‘Gone But Forgotten’ , ‘Here’s Johnny’ and BBC Radio 4 ‘The Mahaffys’ . He has also written a television comedy drama ‘Straight To Video’ for RTE Two and over the years has contributed many satirical articles to the Irish Times and has had stories published in online magazines including Every Day Fiction, Pure Slush, Literary Orphans, Menacing Hedge and The Big Jewel. His debut novel ‘The Creative Lower Being’ was published in 2007. A new novel ‘Ireland’s Favourite Failure’ is available on Amazon Kindle. He is currently writer-in-residence at his home in Dublin.

Kelly Pells

Kelly Pells is a third year English with Creative Writing student with a passion for historical and fantasy fiction.

Noreen Lace

Noreen’s poetry and fiction has appeared in The Northridge Review, The Avatar Review, and Natural Bridge, among others, with her poetry receiving an honourable mention in the Directions Poetry Contest. She is currently working on a novella with hopes of publication in the spring.  Her website is http://www.NoreenLace.com

Clare Kane

Clare Kane works in advertising in London and her creative writing has appeared in various outlets including the Daily Telegraph, Man Repeller, 1000 Words and Toasted Cheese.

Reggie Mills

Reggie lives in Toronto, Canada where he drinks too much coffee. He is previously unpublished.

Ruth Bennett

Ruth Bennett currently lives in London, although she has written stories whilst living in locations as diverse as Peru, Australia and India. She works as a children’s fiction editor by day and snatches time to write her own fiction around that. Her flash fiction has been published by Litro US and she is currently working on a collection of short stories. Say hello on Twitter @ruthmarybennett.

Carol McGill

Carol McGill lives in Dublin where she makes to-do lists and then avoids doing things. However, she does occasionally have productive periods which result in things being written. To aid her procrastination from increasing schoolwork, she also writes a blog. https://treasuretimesten.wordpress.com/ She enjoys chocolate and pretty stationery. Her work has been published in the anthology Words To Tie To Bricks as well as in Germ, the online magazine. She has been shortlisted and longlisted in the Brilliant Flash Fiction writing competitions, and in May she won the Puffin/RTÉ Guide teen writing competition in Ireland. Most recently, her short story Coveted Nightmare was published in Silver Apples Magazine.

Lane Ashfeldt

Lane Ashfeldt’s short stories have appeared in The Guardian, Punk Fiction and Southword, among other places. She is the author of SaltWater, a book of short fictions linked by the theme of the sea, published by Liberties Press. 

Liberties Press to www.libertiespress.com/shop/saltwater
ebook www.amazon.co.uk/Saltwater-Lane-Ashfeldt/dp/1909718343

Carolyn Batcheler

I am an ex- nurse who began writing three years ago. I live in the North East of England. I mainly write short stories but have written 2 books and some poetry. I particularly like haiku form. I perform poetry using the tag-line “Black hearted bitch, with an inner happy unicorn” Writing makes me happy!

Gerard McKeown

Gerard McKeown is an Irish writer living in London. His work has been published in 3:AM, Litro and Neon, among others. His story Dunvale was highly commended in The Moth’s 2015 short story competition.

Stephen McGurk

Stephen McGurk, an Irish author, has been travelling Europe for the past 6 years collecting stories, experiences and pain.  He is currently residing in Ireland where he is developing his first novella.

Daniel Soule

Once Dan was an academic but the sentences proved too long and the words too obscure. Northern Ireland is where he now lives. But he was born in England and raised in Byron’s home town, which the bard hated but Dan does not. They named every other road after Byron. As yet no roads are named after Dan but several children are. He tries write the kind of stories he wants to read and aims for readers to want to turn the page. Dan’s work has featured in The Incubator, Storgy and the horror magazine Devolution Z.

Twitter: @Grammatologer
Blog: Clockwork Rainbows

Jane Seaford

My novel ‘Archie’s Daughter’ was accepted by Really Blue Books (nothing to do with porn) and e-published in 2012. It has received excellent reviews. Several of my short stories have been placed, highly commended or short-listed in international competitions. Many have appeared in anthologies or magazines. Others have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand. As a freelance journalist I had a column in a magazine called ‘Bonjour’ and sold pieces to the Guardian, the Independent and other British publications. And I am the joint fiction editor for Takahe, a New Zealand literary magazine.

 

Shauna Gilligan

Shauna Gilligan lives in Kildare with her family and a black and white cat called Lucky. She writes short and long stories and is interested in the depiction of historical events in fiction, and creative processes. She is currently working on her second novel set in Mexico.

 

Alex McMillan

Alex McMillan lives and teaches in Lima, Peru. When not teaching he reads and writes poetry.

 

Colin Dardis

Colin Dardis is one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 His work has been published widely throughout Ireland, the UK and USA. His work has won competitions with Glebe House Harmony Trust 2015, Fun Palaces #WriteScience 2015, and Edit Red Writers’ Choice Award for Poetry 2006. Colin is also the founder of Poetry NI and editor for Lagan Online. www.colindardispoet.co.uk

 

David Brennan

In 2014 David returned to Ireland after living in Japan for 12 years. He currently lives in Cork. In the last year he has won the Frank O Connor Mentorship Bursary Award(2016) and been short listed for the Doolin Short Story award, the Curtis Bausse Short story award and long listed for the Fish Memoire prize. He has also published stories and poems in Memoryhouse, The Ogham Stone, Crabfat, Tokyo Journal and Jungle Crows (a Tokyo anthology). He is currently working on a collection of stories, a novel or two, and a few other things!

 

Trish Bennett

Trish is the winner of ‘The Leitrim Guardian 2017 Literary Award for Poetry’.  She has read many stories and poems on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Time of Our Lives’ (2016).  In 2016, she received a bursary to attend “The John Hewitt Summer School” in Armagh.  She was long listed for the Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year award’ in 2013.  Her stories and poems have been published in ‘The Galway Review’, ‘Spark’, ’Ireland’s Own’, ‘The Leitrim Guardian’, Poetry In Motion’s ‘New Belfast Poetry Map’ & ‘Making Memories’ anthologies and the Fermanagh Writer’s ‘Tails of the Unexpected’ Anthology.  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/baabennett

Blog: Bennett’s Babblings.

 

Margarita Meklina

Margarita Meklina is a Russian-born bilingual writer who works and lives in the city of Dublin. An author of the recently published young adult novel ‘The Little Gaucho Who Loved Don Quixote’, as well as six collections of short stories in Russian, she is a regular contributor of literary fiction and essays to such magazines as The Honest Ulsterman, The Galway Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Cumberland River Review, The Red Earth Review, Words Without Borders, and many others. Her work in translation from Russian was also published in Norton Anthology’s Flash Fiction International, Mad Hatters’s Review, Eleven Eleven by California College of Arts and Crafts, and Russian Life.

 

Sean Fitzgerald

Originally from Liverpool, Sean now lives in the southwest. His fiction has been published in The Ham, The Honest Ulsterman (HU),Thursday Online and Holdfast Magazine. He is currently engaged in a creative practice doctorate writing genetic-fiction, at the University of Winchester. He works as a lecturer in film & tv production at Bucks New University.

 

Philip Loyd

Philip Loyd has been published in more than 100 print magazines in 12 countries, and in hundreds of online publications as well. Included in his many awards is the Hemingway Center Short Story Prize. He is represented by New York Literary Agent Jan Kardys. Loyd lives in Houston, Texas.  http://PhilipLoyd.com

 

Jane Larkin

Jane Larkin is an Australian writer with a diverse interest in literature from Shakespeare to Stephen King. As a current doctoral student, with a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Education, and a Masters of Communications in Creative Writing, Jane believes words have the power to transform realities.  

 

Helen de Búrca

Twitter handle is @helenlechat and some of Helen’s other publications appear here:

 

http://strandspublishers.weebly.com/results.html

http://everydayfiction.com/tag/helen-de-burca/

http://irishliteraryreview.com/fiction/the-snowman-by-helen-de-burca

http://webstory.ch/Liste/Auteurs/215-helene-page-egalement-helen-de-burca (in French)