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Back To Bones by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Christine Dwyer Hickey has published seven novels, one short story collection and a full length play. The Cold Eye of Heaven won The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2012. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines worldwide and have won several awards.

Photo: Deirdre Power



Consolata by Nuala O’Connor

Nuala O’Connor aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir lives in East Galway. Her novel, Miss Emily, was shortlisted for the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015 and longlisted for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award. Her fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published in 2017 and Becoming Belle, her fourth novel, will be published in 2018.


Dogs by Helena Mulkerns

Helena Mulkerns has been internationally anthologised and shortlisted for America’s Pushcart Prize and Ireland’s Hennessy Literary and Francis MacManus awards. She has edited two literary anthologies and is a recipient of a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. Her debut short story collection, Ferenji, was published by Doire Press in 2016.

Photo: Stefano Masse


Hollow by Paul McVeigh

Paul’s short stories have been published in anthologies and journals and read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5. He is co-founder of London Short Story Festival. The Good Son, Paul’s first novel, won The Polari First Novel Prize and is currently shortlisted for the Prix du Roman Cezam in France.

Photo: Roelof Bakker


In the Event of an Emergency by Patricia McAdoo

Patricia has written a children’s book, Claddagh, The Tale of the Ring and a non-fiction book, Writing for Wellbeing. Her short stories have been published by Poolbeg, Books Ireland and Crannog. She has been shortlisted for the Francis MacManus, Poolbeg and Over the Edge short story competitions.


Upcycle: an account of some strange happenings on Botanic Road by June Caldwell

June Caldwell is author of the acclaimed Room Little Darker (New Island Books/Head of Zeus). She is a prizewinner of the Moth International Short Story Prize and has been shortlisted for numerous others. Her first novel, Little Town Moone, is forthcoming from John Murray.