My writing has always been a direct reflection of my life, the highs and of course, the lows. In recognition of my sexuality though, a lot of my work has been based on whom I would consider to be the love of my life, and on the flip side of that rather positive work, I write about my sexual abuse history and its impact. As an individual who grew up in a sexually/ domestically abusive home by cause of my father, my sexuality was always hidden, which my Arabic background also enforced. And when I came out as gay, my sexuality became a “consequence” of my tragic childhood, in a societal view. My current partner was the first person I told about my abuse, and in turn, she changed my life by the courage she inspired in me. It would be my biggest ambition to one day have a book published in appreciation of her.
Adam Cooper is an aspiring writer from Offaly, Ireland. From a young age, Adam has been interested in literature, often found buried in a book or trying to write his own. He is hoping to become an English teacher so he may share his enthusiasm for English with young minds. Recently, Adam has been focusing on writing poetry, although he also writes the occasional short story. His collection of poems maps out the progression of young love and the impacts it can have on a maturing soul. It highlights the fiery beginnings and ultimately the sombre ends. Above all, the collection is a celebration of the many lessons learned throughout such a crazy time.
Aoife O’Connor is a writer, musician and teacher. In her career as an educator, she has encouraged her students to express themselves through writing. Students have responded to this by developing a passion for poetry and stories, with some particularly talented students winning national creative writing competitions under her tutelage. She is now focused on putting that passion into her own writing. Aoife lives with her partner and their two beagles in Dublin.
Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan is a Dublin-based arts manager and writer from India, who has also lived in North America, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK. She has been featured on The Moth and Mortified podcasts, with work aired on NPR and Irish radio. She also regularly performs at literary and cabaret events in Ireland. Chandrika was selected for the Irish Writers Centre XBorders programmes in 2018 and 2020. Chandrika’s poetry is included in Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets from Dedalus Press, and her work has been published in The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry Ireland Review, and Banshee. She recently won third place, and was highly commended, in the Fingal Poetry Prize 2020. She is the first ever guest editor of Poetry Ireland’s Trumpet literary pamphlet, and book reviewer for Children’s Books Ireland’s Inis magazine. By day she is Marketing and Development Manager for Fishamble: The New Play Company.
Clodagh Mooney Duggan
Clodagh Mooney Duggan is an emerging poet. Born in Wexford in 1992, she has since become a writer, actor and director. Originally training as an actor, she graduated from The Gaiety School of Acting in 2013. Since graduating, she began to write for the stage, her most recent credits include Made from Paper, which premiered in Dublin 2020 in The Scene and Heard Festival. The Women Who Loved Me & The Women Who Couldn’t was her first published poetry collection, which was published in Poethead in March 2020.
David Fallon is an Honours English Bachelor of Arts student at Waterford Institute of Technology. Writing poetry since the age of 15, he submits work to various publications and anthologies. He was recently published in an Anthology Remembering Palestinian Victims of Occupation; Turangalîla-Palestine, compiled by J.Ennis and D.A Mallaghan.
Diarmuid Fitzgerald was born in 1977 in Co. Mayo and grew up in Co. Cork. He lives in Dublin. Two collections of haiku have been published by Alba Publishing, Thames Way in 2015 and A Thousand Sparks in 2018. A chapbook of poems Camino Cantos is forthcoming from Lapwing Press. He has completed a collection of poetry called The Singing Hollow. Poems have appeared in The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Crossways, Crannóg, Boyne Berries, the Blue Nib,Impossible Archetype, Flare,It’s aQueer City: All the Same, an Anthologyof LGBT Writing from Limerick, TeachersWho Write anthology, Mustang Bally anthology, and All to One Side anthology. A poem won 2nd place in the Ballyroan Library Competition 2018 and in 2020. Diarmuid won an Individual Artist Bursary 2018 from South Dublin County Council. Sixteen poems were highly commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Contests IV and V in 2019.
Eoin Mc Evoy
Eoin Mc Evoy is an amateur visual artist and poet who works in the Irish language. His poetry explores queer relationships and desire. He is a member of the LGBTQ+ artist collective Aerach.Aiteach.Gaelach. and the Irish-language network An Queercal Comhrá, which strengthen the Irish-speaking queer community through social gatherings and spread awareness of queer Irish language arts and histories. Eoin is a past winner of the Craobh Aimhirghín poetry competition, one of the Literary Competitions of Oireachtas na Gaeilge.A short bio with personal history, key achievements, or an interesting fact.
Frances Wilde is a 24-year-old writer from Nottingham, UK, living in Dublin, having previously lived in Galway. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Film Studies – Theory and Practice. Her poetry was recently read at the Irish Writers Centre WomenXBorders event and has appeared in Flash Literary Journal Lancaster.
Jennifer Nolan was born in 1992 and has spent the 28 years between then and now collecting a vast array of pets, writing lots of silly fantasy-based short stories and less silly, less fantasy-based poems. She hails from County Kildare, where she still lives and works in Animal Welfare. She’s also terrible at writing biographies.Her poetry tends to revolve around mental health, her experiences as an LGBTQ+ person, and a general sort of nostalgia. The selected poems are from a bit of all of these topics, written over the course of the last three years or so.
Jessica Anne Rose
Hello, my name is Jessica Anne Rose and I’m an 18 year old writer and aspiring musical theatre singer. Hopefully by the time this is printed, I’ll be over in London studying musical theatre, if predicted Leaving Certificate grades didn’t backfire on me. I identify as bisexual although I say I’m 80% gay at this point. My first feeling of romantic attraction happened to me when I was 12 on the school bus. I went to an all girls convent school. It was unexpected, though if you really look back at baby me wearing flannels and find my diary from when I was eight where I wrote ‘I wouldn’t kiss a boy for chocolate,’ the signs may have been clearer. My pronouns are she/her.
Leah Keane is a native of Castlerea, County Roscommon. She graduated from NUI Galway in 2018 with a BA in English, German and Creative Writing. Unsurprisingly, she is now a barista. Her work has been published in print by Poetry Ireland Review, Skylight 47 and The Stony Thursday Book, and online by The Poetry Village and The Mouldy Bike Periodical. She has studied poetry under Alvy Carragher and regularly attends Galway’s Over the Edge literary events.
Mícheál McCann is from Derry. firstname.lastname@example.org His poems appear in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Banshee Lit. and The Tangerine. He was a winner of the inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Prize in 2019, and is featured on Poetry Ireland Introductions 2020. His first pamphlet of poems is forthcoming from Green Bottle Press in 2020.
Morrigan Chadain Ní Coileáin
Morrigan Chadain Ní Coileáin is an Irish writer and artist. They are best known for writing poetry and their work in Fine art. As a poet, they write on subjects ranging from past experiences to feminism to queer identity. Morrigan splits their time living between Ireland and France and lives with their grand cats.Before they started writing and painting, Morrigan experimented with various interests: design, editing, fashion.
Orla Fay, from County Meath, edits Boyne Berries and Drawn to the Light Press. Recently her work has appeared in Tales From The Forest, Impossible Archetype, Crannóg, Cyphers and The Lake. She won 3rd place in The Oliver Goldsmith Poetry Competition 2019 and was highly commended in The Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award 2019 and The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award 2019. Her poem The Natural Order appeared in The Irish Times as a poem of the week in July 2019. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Salmon
Richard Kilian Neville
Richard Kilian Neville is a 22-year-old actor and poet from Cabinteely, currently studying European Studies in Trinity College. His work addresses family, sexuality, and politics.
Riocárd Ó hOddail ( Richard Huddleson)
A lot of Ireland’s queer history has been hidden away and denied to us. Now we have the massive task of uncovering and breathing life into that neglected past, pulling bodies out of the cold clay. As I sleuth my way through sources in the archive, trying to piece that fleeting past together, I realise that these people looking back at us have been actively silenced. There’s very little written down about what they themselves made of the Ireland of their day and what kind of future they longed for. Frozen in time, they are still bodies on photographic film or subtle, ephemeral traces, like a fading handprint or a used condom lost in a landscape. In my work, I try to give these ghosts a voice, to imagine what they’re thinking as they battle on through life.
S. H. Bramble, born November 2000, is a genderqueer writer from Galway who is currently studying English in college. He enjoys writing poems about love and being trans but is presently spending most of his spare time working on a fantasy novel. He solely writes in green biro because he feels they don’t get enough love. S. H. Bramble wrote a one act play on the theme of diversity that received an honourable mention in the RTÉ Schools Playwright Competition in 2017. He thinks it is important to include queer characters in his writing and so draws a lot of inspiration from his own experiences as a queer person.
S.J. Saighead is a Kilkenny born, Dublin-based poet, playwright, and novelist. His work has previously appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Mutability Literature, HeadStuff, and Hot Press. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry and first novel, both exploring themes around queer life in Ireland. He also has founded and edits literary journal Mutability Literature, and online exhibition space The Artistic Differences Project.
S. Nix was drawn to the escapism offered by stories from a young age. Keenly interested in literature and film, she graduated with a Bachelor of Screen Arts from New Zealand, before returning home to Ireland. She spends most of her free time either animating or writing. She is interested in art’s capability to capture and emphasise the mundane moments of life, and the emotions that make those moments stand out. Her work aims to reflect this, and often deals with themes of relationships and self-reflection.
Sam Ó Fearraigh
Sam grew up in Gort a’Choirce, Co. Donegal, where he recently returned after two years working in Spain. He writes poetry, short stories, and non-fiction, as well as scripts for stage and screen. He has worked as a theatre director, and has also taught English in Ireland and overseas. Despite being raised in the Gaeltacht, he spoke very little Irish until adulthood when he was drawn back to the language and began to study it seriously. In 2017, he earned a masters in Modern Irish from NUI Galway.
Shia Conlon, b. 1990. makes work centered around marginalized voices and about growing upin the landscape of working class Catholic Ireland. They have exhibited in London, New York, Dublin, Helsinki, San Francisco amongst others. Their work has been published in The New York Times, i-D, Dazed and Confused and in Pilot Press Modern Queer Poets alongside CA Conrad, Eileen Myles and more.
Úna Nolan is a 19-year-old word lover from Dublin, Ireland. As a child she was rarely found not absorbed in a book, and growing up she found a passion for communicating her feelings via the written word. Poetry has been a large part of her life for several years now, and she continues she work on expressing herself through it. She has been previously published in Crossways Literary Magazine.
Méabh Ní Bhraonáin
Writing has always been a passion of mine but only since leaving college, September of last year, have I had time to dedicate to it again. Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere but I find the best work comes when there’s something of a story to tell. I’m still very new to poetry. I’m reading all that I can and trying to find my own voice and style. The work I’ve entered includes a poem written during unprecedented times, one written during dark times, one of the most pathetic poems you’ll ever read and one personal homage to a Greek tragedy.I was born in Dublin, although raised in Cork for most of my childhood before returning to Dublin where I have lived since. I go to school, due to sit my Leaving Certificate in June 2020 and hope to study in DCU, school and homelife was where I gained most of my inspiration to begin writing poetry. I came out as a gay man in March of 2019 to my small family of 4.