Notes on Contributors

Thomas McCarthy

was born and raised in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. He was educated at University College Cork and is the author of two novels and eight collections of poetry including The Sorrow Garden, The Lost Province and Merchant Prince. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award. He lives in Cork.


Eoghan Walsh

lives and writes in Cork City. He has given readings of his work at the Cork World Book Festival and West Cork Literary Festival. He can be found lurking at

Niamh Prior

is from Kinsale in Co. Cork. Her poetry and fiction has been published in The Holly Bough, Revival, poetry24 and The Stinging Fly. One of her poems was performed by Rampart Players at Kinsale Arts Week. She has read at Liss Ard Festival and West Cork Literary Festival.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

is a poet from Cork. She was educated at University College Cork and Oxford University. She has won several awards including the Patrick Kavanagh Award for her first collection in 1973. In 2010 The Sun-Fish won the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Ní Chuilleanáin taught in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin until her retirement from full-time teaching in 2011. She lives in Dublin.

Maeve Bancroft

lives in West Cork with her husband and three sons. She works as a Community Information Nurse and writes in her spare time. She has been published in the Irish Times/Powers anthology, Celebrating What Truly Matters.

Gerry Murphy

attended University College Cork and has published seven collections of poetry including My Flirtation with International Socialism in 2010. He has translated the work of Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska which appeared as Pocket Apocalypse in 2005. Murphy’s poetry has also been adapted for actors and musicians as The People’s Republic of Gerry Murphy. He lives in Cork City.

Alan Kelly

is a native of County Dublin. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2012 with a BA in Classical Studies and History. During a year abroad in 2010 he studied Native American History and Creative Writing at the University of Connecticut. He moved to Cork with his wife Marie in 2012.

Bridget Sprouls’s

poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Stinging Fly, Surge: New Writing from Ireland, The Belleville Park Pages, and Casino. In 2013 her work was shortlisted for the Atlantic Writing Prize in the categories of Short Fiction and Writing for Children.

William Wall

is a full-time writer of fiction and poetry. He has published four novels, two collections of poetry and one of short stories. He has won numerous prizes, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Sean O’Faoláin Prize. In 2005 his novel This is the Country was long-listed for the Man Booker prize and short-listed for the Irish Book Award. He lives in Cork. For further information see

Fiona Whyte

lives in Crosshaven, Co. Cork. Her work has been shortlisted for the K Award and for the Listowel Originals Prize for a short story co-written with Madeleine D’Arcy. She is the winner of the Tipperary Libraries Premier Short Story 2015 competition. Her work has been published in Crannóg magazine and in the Evening Echo.

Greg Delanty

is a poet from Cork city. He was educated at University College Cork where he edited The Quarryman. He has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Allen Dowling Poetry Fellowship, and the Austin Clarke Centenary Poetry Award. He spends most of the year in Vermont where he teaches at Saint Michael’s College.

Michelle McAdoo

lives in Ballincollig with her husband and three little boys. She is a primary teacher. She has read her poetry at Ó Bhéal and has been broadcast on Sunday Miscellany. Her work has also been published in 100 words 100 books by O’Brien Press in January 2015.

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

is a poet born in Lancashire to Irish parents. She lived in the Dingle Gaeltacht from the age of five and studied at University College Cork. She is the recipient of the O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry and the American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She has served as visiting professor of Irish Studies at NYU and Boston College and was named Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2002–2004. She lives in Dublin.

Madeleine D’Arcy

lives in Cork City. In 2010, she received the Hennessy First Fiction Award and the overall Hennessy Award of New Irish Writer. Her début short story collection, Waiting For The Bullet, was published by Doire Press in April 2014. For more information, please go to