I’m delighted to announce my début chapbook of poetry has just been published with Smithereens Press. Rootless is now free to read online. I first discovered Smithereens as a reader when searching for poetry by Christine Murray, and found even more offerings by poets I also admired including Doireann Ní Ghríofa, David Wheatley, Colm Scully and Tom French. There I also read Dylan Brennan and Billy Mills for the first time, poets whose work I’ve been taking note of ever since. It’s been important to me to find a ‘home’ for my writing where I could feel some pride in residency, and going on the strength of the work at Smithereens, it was a real buzz to receive an acceptance letter from editor Kenneth Keating. Kenneth was fantastic to work with, encouraging me to follow a more contemporary approach to structure, rather than forcing them into the traditional shapes the poems were resisting. (And how about this amazing image he found for the cover by Margus Kyttä?) For this experience, I’m grateful. http://smithereenspress.com/
Long Story, Short Journal is proud to be featured at the 2015 Cork International Short Story Festival, where editor Jennifer Matthews will be introducing readings by two contributors: Eimear Ryan and Susan Burke-Trehy. Join us for a free reading at the Cork Central Library, Grand Parade at 2.30PM on Wednesday 23 September 2015. For more information about this and other festival events (including readings by Claire Keegan, Danielle McLaughlin, Kirsty Gunn, and more), visit the Cork International Short Story Festival website.