The Poetry Bus Magazine is going from strength to strength thanks to the dedication of its editors Peadar and Collette O’Donoghue who have once again produced a wonderful issue (PB5) packed with new work from established and emerging poets and artists – there’s some stunning art work in this issue. And it comes with a CD of readings from selected contributors along with a track from Roger Gregg’s Serpent In The Bee-Loud Glade.
The journal is beautifully produced on high quality paper and the quality of the work is impressive too. I’m proud to have one of my first poems published here along with so many talented poets. Names familiar to me include Niamh Boyce, Melissa Diem, Alan McMonagle, John Saunders, Oran Ryan, Stephanie Conn, Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Kate Dempsey, Ann Fallon, Liz Gallagher, Afric McGlinchey, Michael J Whelan, Karl Parkinson, Micheal Gallagher, Knute Skinner, Liz Quirke, Richard W. Halperin, Noel King, Brian Kirk, John MacKenna, Alan Jude Moore, William Wall.
Check out the brand new site of The Poetry Bus who are now publishing grimoires (a ‘grimoire’ is a book of magic) of poetry, art work and photography. The first grimoire published by the The Poetry Bus is Fiona Bolger‘s, The Geometry of Love between the Elements and is another example of high production values and quality content.
Fiona’s book is available here and from The Winding Stair Bookshop in Dublin. You’ll find Peadar O’Donoghue‘s collection of poetry Jewel (published by Salmon Poetry) there too as well as PB5.
Get your ticket on the bus by submitting for the next issue!
My story ‘Pete’ is included this special issue of Wales Arts Review celebrating the short story. Thanks to John Lavin, editor, for inviting me to contribute a story along with a piece on a recent favourite of mine by Czech writer Ivan Klima.
There are interviews here with Rachel Trezise and Will Self.
Read fiction from Shena Mackay, Katy Darby, Nigel Jarrett, Chrissie Gittins, Gary Raymond, John Lavin and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.
In Favourite Short Stories authors Patricia Duncker, Matthew Francis, Alison Moore,Stevie Davies, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Nigel Jarrett, Kate North, Tyler Keevil, Jim Morphy, Jimena Gibert and Chris Cornwell all talk about a work of short fiction that means something to them. Senior Editor, Gary Raymond, reflects upon Saul Bellow’s ‘The Bellarosa Connection’, Adam Somerset discusses Somerset Maugham’s unduly neglected, ‘The Alien Corn’, and Georgia Carys Williams writes about the influence of Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper. Elsewhere, acclaimed novelist and short story writer Cynan Jones contemplates his on-off love affair with the short story and takes a look at a selection of his favourite pieces. And in recognition of this week’s announcement that William Trevor has been awarded The Charleston Trust/ University of Chichester inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Short Story Writing, John Lavin contributes this issue’s long form essay, an in depth look at what is perhaps the essential Trevor story: ‘The Ballroom of Romance.’
Dylan Moore, looks at Bernardo ‘Atxaga’s prize-winning, genre-defying ‘short story collection’ Obabakoak.’ In ‘New Short Story Collections’, acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jon Gower looks at the new books fromMary-Ann Constantine, Adam Marek, Eduardo Halfon and Hassan Blasim. Carl Griffin’s examines the connections between poetry and short fiction, in Stephen Dobyns: Finding the Short Story in the Poetry of a Novelist and Richard Gwyn’s dreamlike, short-story-like prose poem ‘The Days.’
Lots of great reading for any short story aficionados out there!
Delighted to have my poem ‘The Creases in John McCormack’s Shoes’ included in the latest issue of The Lampeter Review, the journal of the Lampeter Creative Writing Centre of The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. I’m very happy to feature alongside the wonderful poets and writers listed below. Thanks to the editorial board which includes Dic Edwards, John Lavin and Ros Hudis and special thanks to Ros Hudis, editor of Issue 7 for including my work.
My poem ‘hartstown haiku’ is included in a new anthology of poems dedicated to Michael Hartnett: edited by James Lawlor and published by Revival Press in conjunction with Limerick Co Council. The anthology will be launched by Paula Meehan in Limerick this Saturday, 27th April, at the The Red Door, Newcastle West, during the festival Éigse Michael Hartnett.
I began writing poetry this year, though I’ve read and studied many poems over the years. I wrote ‘hartstown haiku’ after reading Hartnett’s ‘inchicore haiku’ published in 1985. It contains 87 haiku and senryu written according to the 5-7-5 format, the first collection of haiku and senryu by an Irish poet. Many English language haiku poets write free-form haiku. I wanted to celebrate Hartnett’s haiku and to try to echo his insights into contemporary Dublin working class life. I’m delighted and honoured to be included by James.
The anthology includes work by many contemporary poets and among the well-known poets featured are Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Eavan Boland, Theo Dorgan, Peter Fallon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Pat Boran, Paula Meehan, and Paul Durcan. Not forgetting, John W Sexton, Eileen Casey, Eleanor Hooker, Nuala Ni Chonchuir and many others who I’m looking forward to discovering in the book.
Thanks to Jennifer Matthews, editor, for her great introduction:
‘Balan’ brings us into the mind of a young man whose confidence outweighs his skills of perception, whose understanding of his family and his place in the world is about to change drastically. This tale is in turns funny, heart-wrenching and startling: an honest examination of the first days of the recession from Hennessy Award-winning writer Valerie Sirr.
The Long Story, Short, created by Jennifer Matthews, poet, writer and editor, is a literary journal that publishes a short story every month, favouring tales that take their time. Longer than flash; fewer strings attached than a novel.
Here’s Jennifer’s manifesto: ‘We are an exclusively online publication, publishing new stories on a monthly basis. Only one story will be published at a time, for optimal opportunities to promote the most current author’s work. This format, rather than multiple stories across 2 or 3 annual issues, reflects contemporary reading habits, and provides the readership new material on a regular basis. The Long Story, Short literary journal aims to provide authors a link to their work on the web that they’ll be proud to share, and readers a quality source for stimulating and engaging literature.’
I’m proud to have my story featured in the journal along with many excellent writers, whose stories are available by scrolling down here. Jennifer is an encouraging and conscientious editor and a pleasure to work with.
The site features original photography, and the photograph of the young man above caught the character of ‘Gerry’ uncannily accurately. It’s just how I pictured him. Thanks to photographer Patrick Warner from Montana, USA.
Thanks to Gerry Beirne too for scooping it on to his brilliant site Irish Literary Times where you can find regular updates on what’s current in Irish Writing.
There’s a very interesting article here on why you should send your work to literary journals like Long Story, Short:
The Importance of Literary Journals and Short Stories (whatifyoucouldnotfail.typepad.com)
You might also like:
- Day 202: 18 Literary Journals That Inspire You to Write (inthegardenofeva.com)
I’m delighted to hear that I won second prize in The New Writer Magazine (UK) Micro Fiction Category. The judge, Catherine Smith, was twice shortlisted for the Forward Prize among other accomplishments. I received a very welcome sterling cheque and a lovely letter from the magazine with these encouraging comments from Catherine: “I admired each (of the top six) writer’s confidence in knowing what to leave out – the power of specific imagery to suggest more than was actually stated in the stories. In ‘The Bridge’ (by Valerie Sirr), I admired the risks the writer took with imagery and language, the sense of menace lurking beneath the surface.” My piece will be published in The New Writer’s ‘The Collection’ in July.
ROPES, Galway (the MA in Literature and Publishing class’s annual Review of Postgraduate English Studies at NUI Galway) is using my Twitter length story for their 20th issue, ‘Links’. The launch date is set for 26th of April, 2012 to coincide with Cúirt International Festival of Literature.
I had a flash piece longlisted for Flash500’s competition and ‘Made You Look’, my short story was longlisted for Ink Tears Short Story Competition. Ink Tears is an interesting project supporting new writing and you can get involved as a writer or a reader. Some members of their community are here where you’ll see some familiar faces.
Finally the US magazine ‘The Rusty Nail’ are publishing my flash story ‘Tyrants’ in their next issue. They publish work both on their webzine and in a print edition and some of their writers have impressive bios so I’m very pleased to be included.
Thanks to the editors and judges of the above and if you’d like to submit work to any of those outlets just click on the links.