Cathy Donelan, Deano

Cathy Donelan is a writer from the West of Ireland. She is currently studying for her degree in Arts with Creative Writing at NUI Galway. Her fiction has appeared in ROPES and The Honest Ulsterman. Her poetry has appeared in the Galway Review and in ANU. She has won the December 2015 Poetry Pulse Prize…

Lynda Tavakoli, An Appropriate Act of Love

Lynda Tavakoli, author of Attachment and Of Broken Things, facilitates an adult creative writing class in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Her poetry and prose have been broadcast on both BBC Radio Ulster and RTÉ Sunday Miscellany. Her literary successes include poetry and short story prizes at Listowel, the Mencap short story competition, and the Mail on Sunday…

Rachael O’Connor, Passing Through

Rachael O’Connor hails from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick and holds a Masters in Writing from NUI Galway. She has previously published articles, short stories and excerpts via Campus.ie, The Galway Review, and Sin Newspaper. Currently she lives in Germany. I cut through the hospital on my way to college because it’s faster that way. But…

Neil Slevin, My Ball

It was Uncle Ronnie whose kick sent it into the Donegal sea. But I’m not sure he was even there. I watched my ball land in the water, drift away from me. The spring current sucking it into the horizon. Bobbing there, it treaded water like a forlorn swimmer before it sank beneath the waves….

Aine Ni Mhaoileoin, Art Matters

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the things you did. Sail away from the safe harbour, explore, dream.”        Mark Twain In recent times, much has been made of the impossibility of earning a living through art. You may win prizes for your…

Dana Rabe, Pastrami & Rye, Private Eyes (Part 3)

Pastrami–female, 20s-30s Rye–male, older than Pastrami but not by much Dill–male, Pastrami’s age or slightly younger Claire–female, French, 20s   –> NOTE: Claire’s name is pronounced by all characters with an “eh” in front of it so that is sounds like “eclair.” She accomplishes this by sniffling and in combination with her accent.  Dill says…

Rebecca Spicer, Pieces of Me

Meeko. The mischief-maker. Her only joy in life was causing trouble throughout the forest. She loved to jump from branch to branch knocking off nests and disturbing owls from their sleep. On warm days when the sun was shining brightly, Meeko was at her worst. She disliked seeing the forest inhabitants happily enjoying the pleasant…

Helen Harrison, Strands

Helen Harrison was raised on the Wirral, seven miles from Liverpool, by Irish parents, and has lived most of her adult life in Co Monaghan, Ireland, where she is married with a grown-up daughter. She enjoys travelling, meeting characters, and reading poetry. She was a guest reader at various venues in Ireland during 2016 including: O’Bheal, Cork…

G.W. Bollard, Paris is a Celebration Part 2

Midnight Cowboy “I can resist everything except temptation.”                                                             Oscar Wilde We slipped inside slowly and spotted the manager, his hands waving about dramatically in rage. His brow and lips slick with grease. The man standing across from him had handsome features, was tall and well-built. Under his red baseball cap locks of wavy golden…

Frank Roddy, Pretty Far From Pillow Talk: A Review of The Pillowman

The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh Presented by the Gaiety Theatre and Decadent Theatre Performance: February 5th 2017 matinee Martin McDonagh is probably best known for his films. In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths are two movies drenched in morbid humour and this play shares that. In fact, The Pillowman makes McDonagh’s films seem positively cheery. While…

Robert Filos, Folk Writings From The Future

Robert Filos is an author of poetry and short stories that combine beauty with humor and wit (and brutal truth sometimes) while highlighting social and world issues. He was born and raised in The Bronx, and now makes his home in the South Carolina Low-country with his wife and children. A Bruised Peach A bruised…

Kathryn Reynolds, Vista

Kathryn Reynolds is from Galway and living in Barcelona. She teaches English while travelling. She loves writing and has tried her hand at different forms. She is currently taking poetry workshops with Over The Edge. She studied theatre in Sligo and Galway, and one of her plays was produced during the Jerome Hynes One Act…