Autumn ’17 Irish Literary Journal Round-Up: part one

We round up the latest releases from Irish literary journals, zines and websites over the past few months.

Abridged 0 – 51: Wormwood is online now and available in print copy to order. Known for its unique photography and submission calls, Abridge defines ‘Wormwood’ as “the refusal to countenance or admit to change, the scapegoating of those different in sex, race, faith and opinion” and much more beyond.

A New Ulster has recently released The Hidden and the Divine: Female Voices in Ireland, a semi regular anthology of essays, poetry and prose. If you can forgive the lack of proofreading and the crime of poets’ names being misspelt, it contains work from thirty contemporary women writers such as Lynda Tavakoli, Órfhlaith Foyle, Chris Murray and Csilla Toldy.

Bindweed has starting rolling out its seven issue, ‘Lady-jump-out-of-bed‘ (each edition is named after a nickname for the bindweed plant) with further poetry and fiction to be come in December and January. Read our interview with the editors here.

The Bohemyth has new work adding this month (so far) from Ronan Hession, Bernard O’Rourke and Aileen Ferris.

Issue 2 of Bombinate is out now, featuring prose from Kate Kiernan, poetry from Conor Cleary, Saul Philbin Bowman and Julie Anne Gilligan and others, and the now-expected “silly doodles”. Copies are available to order for only £1. Read our interview with editor Toby Buckley here.

Issue 18 of The Caterpillar, for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish) jam-packed full of new artworks and ‘wordworks’ is out and available to order now.

Cold Coffee Stand has new work up for November from Odrán Waldron, Mia Anderson, and Colin Dardis.

Crannóg 46, the autumn 2017 issue, was released at the end of October, with 100 pages of fiction and poetry plus an author interview with Mary O’Donnell.

Dodging the Rain publishes new work at the start of each month, but has been adding to November’s issue over the last three weeks, and is now moving to publish on he first of every second month (December 2017, February 2018, etc.) with a standing submission deadline for each issue of the 18th.

The latest Dublin Review of Books, looks at books by Seán McSweeney & Gerard Smyth,  José Eduardo Agualusa, Martin Amis, Fergal Lenehan, Augustus Young, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and Remembering the Troubles: Contesting the Recent Past in Northern Ireland edited by Jim Smyth.

In the autumn issue of the Dublin Review, Eileen P. Keane writes about her complicated and at times harrowing relationship with her father; Colm Tóibín’s rich and surprising long story ‘The Philosophers’ Walk’; Nicola White recalls her part in a 1990 performance by Marina Abramović and the mysterious disappearance of a python; Brian Dillon writes about Claude Cahun, a French artist who, in her approach to gender play and self-portraiture, was many decades ahead of her time; and new fiction by Niamh Campbell and Nicole Flattery.

The latest FourXFour Poetry Journal, featuring new poetry from Northern Ireland, showcases Linda McKenna, Amy Wyatt, Brendan Cleary and Rosie Johnston.

gorse no. 9 is out this month, featuring Clare Archibald, Amanda Bell, Niamh Campbell, Zoe Comyns, Arnold Thomas Fanning, Uschi Gatward, David Hayden, Shoshana Kessler, Darragh McCausland, Colm McDermott, Paula McGrath, Gavin Murphy, Eilean Ni Chuillenain, Doireann Ni Ghriofa, Imogen Reid, Mike Saunder, Maurice Scully, Zoe Skoulding, Alan Titley, Nathan Walker and Sydney Weinberg.

Honest Ulsterman‘s October 2017 edition includes interviews with local and not so local writers such as June Caldwell, Wayne Holloway-Smith and Zeina Hashem Beck amongst others. We also glimpse a frustrating present with Éamonn Brown, this month’s Featured Artist and the Xenpohon Project by McGibbon/O’Lynn presents us with a terrifying future.




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