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Notes on Contributors

Graham Allen

is a Professor of English in UCC. He won the 2010 Listowel Single Poem Prize and has been short-listed for other prizes, including the Crashaw Prize and the Strong/Shine First Collection Prize. His epoem Holes and collection The One That Got Away (2014) are published by New Binary Press. His new collection, The Madhouse System, is due for publication this summer.

Dean Browne

studies at UCC, where he is writing a Masters thesis on the reception of Shakespearean Romance by W.H. Auden. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Southword, The Penny Dreadful, Poetry (Chicago), Banshee, and elsewhere. Recently he read for the Introductions Series at the Cork International Poetry Festival.

Ed Cashman

is a writer who lives in Cork City and is currently studying for his Masters in Creative Writing at UCC. His first collection of poems Dead Heat was published by Bradshaw Books in 2014.

Tadhg Coakley

is from Mallow, and has lived in Cork City almost all his adult life. In 2015 he took early retirement from his job, having worked for 30 years, to write full-time. He is currently an M.A. Student in Creative Writing in U.C.C.

Patrick Cotter

has published a verse novella, two full collections and several chapbooks. New work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Financial Times, Poetry, Poetry Review, PN Review and elsewhere.

Kathy D'Arcy

is a poet and Irish Research Council funded Creative Writing PhD scholar.  She teaches with UCC's Women's Studies MA and Creative Writing departments.  Her collections are Encounter (Lapwing 2010) and The Wild Pupil (Bradshaw 2012).  She is 2016 editor of the Cork Literary Review.

Madeleine D’Arcy’s

début short story collection, Waiting For The Bullet (Doire Press, 2014), won the Edge Hill Readers’ Choice Prize 2015 (UK). In 2010 she received a Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction and the overall Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Writer.

Jenni deBie

is an MA student at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. She is also a recent graduate of Angelo State University, a native Texan, and an aspiring poet, novelist, short story-ist, and general scribbler.

Austin Dowling

is from Limerick. He is a final year undergraduate studying English and Politics in UCC. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the UCC English Society and has previously worked as an Editorial Assistant with The Limerick Post and as Fiction Editor of the UCC Express.

Alison Driscoll

is from Cork and is happily studying English in UCC. She has been dabbling in writing for many years and has had work included in 'The Unfinished Book of Poetry', UCC Express and the 'Fair Re-Tales' publication. She has served as Vice Chairperson of the English Society for two years.

Robert Feeney

taught English for six years in Japan before returning home to pursue a Masters in Creative Writing at University College Cork. He is the author of several short stories, articles, plays, and a sitcom script that was kindly rejected by the BBC. His favourite colour is either blue or grey.

John FitzGerald’s

work is published in journals and newspapers. He was awarded the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Prize for 2014 and was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award in 2015. He is a recipient of a Key West Literary bursary. John currently works at University College Cork as University Librarian. 

Sean Flynn

is from Clonakilty, Co. Cork. He is a second-year student studying English and Greek & Roman Civilisation in UCC. His short story The Crawlspace  was shortlisted in the RTÉ Radio One Francis MacManus Short Story Competition, and was read out over the radio. Turning to poetry, he was awarded The Seamus Heaney Memorial Prize from the English Society for his poem A Poem Regarding Cultural Identity in 2015.

Anna Foley

is a current student in the MA Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in online and print journals, including The Lonely Crowd, The Incubator and Silver Apples Magazine. She was recently shortlisted in the ‘From The Well’ short story competition, run by Cork County Library and Arts Services.


Caroline Healy

is an undergraduate English student in second year.  She has been writing poetry for a short time but really enjoys the process and very much hopes to continue writing in the future as much as possible.


Nicole Johnson

is from Minnesota and has been living in Ireland for two years. She's getting her Masters in Creative Writing at UCC, while writing a travel lifestyle blog. City Girl Story, includes her own writing and photography. 

Mark Kelleher

,27, is from Passage West. He received an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from UCC in 2015 and is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing MA programme. He has previously written for The Evening Echo, The Huffington Post and United We Stand.

Majella Kelly

is from Galway. A teacher and a photographer, known as Fotissima, her poetry has been short listed for numerous poetry prizes and published in Skylight 47, The Galway ReviewCommunion(Australia) and Crannóg.


Rosi Lalor

made her way to Cork from Liverpool via Madrid, Manchester, London, Brighton and Dublin. She made her way to poetry via all manner of trials, tribulations and observations. In 2012 she released an album of original songs called Flowers For The Living and is currently on the MA in Creative Writing programme at UCC.


Sheila Mannix

is a student at UCC. She was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions series 2013 and wrote the text for the Sirius Arts Centre's 2015 exhibition Notes on the Lusitania. Recent publications include Tears in the Fence (UK) and Tripwire: a journal of poetics (USA).


Thomas McCarthy

was born at Cappoquin and educated at UCC. He has published seven collections of poetry as well as two novels. He is a member of Aosdána, winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize and the O Shaughnessy Award for Poetry. Pandemonium, poems, will be published by Carcanet Press in October.

Sophie Mckenzie

was born in Cork in 1996 and attended Gaelscoil na Dubhglaise and Coláiste Dáibhéad. She writes poetry and short stories in both Irish and English. She won first place in both the Irish and English categories in the Cuisle Young Poets Competition in 2012.


Eoin Murray

was a BA student in UCC. He was published in the UCC Express, Vantage, Pen to Paper and GlobalFest, Mayfield Arts. He self-published an illustrated collection of poems entitled Love & Flies, Revisited.


Marcella O’Connor’s

stories have appeared in Zymbol, Ambit, Cyphers and Crannóg as well as on Columbia Online and Litro Online. In 2014, she won the WOW! Award for fiction.

Niamh O' Connell

is from the Limerick area and is a second year doing the BA in English. She has only ever written on the side and this will be her first published work. The creative writing module on her course is what led her to poetry, a new form of writing for her.

Aoife O' Leary

is an MA creative writing student. She works as an English language teacher. She recently returned from a four year stint in Australia and has returned to live in her native County Kerry.

James O’Sullivan

has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The SHOpSouthword, Cyphers, and Revival. His third collection of poetry, Courting Katie, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry.


Conor Newton Rowell

is currently in the Creative Writing MA at UCC. Born in Paradise, California, he has a BA with honors in Political Science from California State University, Chico. He spent two years as a staff writer for Synthesis Magazine and worked for his local social services department.


Nora Shychuk

was born in a tiny town in Pennsylvania. She is currently working toward an MA in Creative Writing at University College Cork. Telling stories is her favorite thing, but she is also quite partial to coffee, wandering aimlessly, and watching movies at an impressive yet pathetic rate.

Barret Sills

is from Tramore, Co. Waterford. He is a student in University College Cork currently studying biological sciences, and he enjoys writing.


Kelly Warburton

, 29, is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing in UCC. She has an Arts degree from UCC in English and Psychology and has an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUI Galway. She previously worked in publishing in London. She lives in Cork with her two friends and her dog Brody.

Laura Whelton

is a Cork native who previously studied Fine Art in GMIT and later trained to be a chef in Fine Dining. She graduated from UCC in 2014 with a 1H in English and signed up for an MA in Modernities in 2015. She has been widely published.