Friday, January 29, 2010

Icarus Magazine

We received the following statement from Dan Sheehan, the editor of Icarus Magazine:


Celebrating 60 years of creative writing from Trinity College

Icarus magazine, Trinity College’s creative writing journal, celebrates its 60th birthday this year. Since 1950, the publication has been committed to encouraging, fostering and showcasing the creative talents of thousands of students and alumni of the college.

Just some of the recognisable authors who have contributed to and/or edited the magazine in the past include Michael Longley, Sebastian Barry, Brendan Kennelly, Eavan Boland, Marina Carr, Paul Muldoon, Gerald Dawe, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Frank O’Connor, Justin Quinn, David Wheatley, Louis MacNeice, Paul Durcan and Derek Mahon.

To celebrate this milestone, Icarus are excited to announce that along with our enhanced November and February issues (Which include pieces from poets Brendan Kennelly, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Matthew Sweeney, Justin Quinn and Gerald Dawe) they will be releasing a detailed retrospective collection this spring to showcase some of the finest prose, poetry, drama and literary essays from six decades of the magazine. The collection will also include articles by former editors, a broad selection of illustrations and photography, as well as a special section devoted to the connection between Icarus and The Irish Times since its inception.

This 150+ page book will be available within the college as well as at a number of bookshops and writing centers around the city. It is our hope that this collection will be a fitting and lasting tribute to Icarus and its contribution to the cultural life of Trinity College and the wider Irish literary scene over the past 60 years as well as a handsome addition to any bookcase. It will also serve as a rare opportunity to exhibit the early work of so many of this country's most prolific and acclaimed writers, and give an insight into how the magazine shaped their careers.

To learn more about our 60th anniversary celebration and the launch of our retrospective collection, or to receive copies of our November and February issues, contact the editor at"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions - Line-Up Announced!

We are delighted to announce that we have selected our four featured readers for the inaugural event in our new series, The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions. They are Aideen Henry, Niamh Bagnell, Mary O' Shea and Annemarie Neary.

Aideen's short story Morning Surgery was shortlisted and commended in the Aindreas McEntee Prize for Irish Medical Writers in February 2009. Her flash fiction piece School Run is forthcoming in Boyne Berries. She has just completed her first collection of short stories and her first collection of poetry, Hands moving at The Speed of Falling Snow, will be published by Salmon Poetry in April 2010.

Niamh is a member of The Lucan Writers' Group and has been a regular performance poet on the Dublin scene since last May. She read poetry on the Literary stage at Electric Picnic and on the mainstage at Castlepalooza. Her first short story to be published was printed in last year's Kay's Book, as part of the Kay McDonnell Memorial Competition run by South Dublin County Council.

Mary has published a number of stories, one a Hennessy award winner. She was runner-up in the William Trevor Short Story Award in 2008.

Annemarie has been writing for the past 10 years, but only started to 'emerge' in 2008 when she submitted a story to the Bridport Prize and was shortlisted. In the course of 2009 she won the Brian McMahon Short Stroy award at Listowel Writers' Week, was awarded third prize in The Fish International Short Story Prize and advanced to runner-up in the most recent Bridport Prize.

You can hear these four writers read their work at our inaugural event which takes place on Wednesday the 27th of January at The Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, from 7pm-9pm. The event is free and open to all, so do come along for what promises to be a great evening.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who submitted. We were delighted with the volume of stories we received and the high standard of the submissions. Choosing our four readers was a difficult task, but we look forward to doing it all again next month! The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions will be an ongoing event, taking place on the last Wednesday of every month. Details of how to submit work for future readings can be found on our website:

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Five Literary Evenings in Howth



All readings are free and open to the public at 

the Howth Yacht Club, Harbour Road. 


Hugo Hamilton—Friday 8 January 8 p.m. 

Hugo Hamilton is the award winning author of the memoir The Speckled People.  His latest novel is Disguise (2009).  This spring a new novel, Trespassing, will be released. 

Catherine Bailey & Ted Deppe—Saturday 9 January 8 p.m. 

Catherine Bailey is a fiction writer, playwright, and textile artist from Pennsylvania.

Ted Deppe’s latest books of poems are Cape Clear (Salmon) & Orpheus on the Red Line. 

Kate Newmann & Joan Newmann—Sunday 10 January 8 p.m. 

Donegal-based poets Kate and Joan Newmann co-authored Belongings in 2009.  Kate is author of The Blind Woman in the Blue House and Joan’s latest book of poems is Prone. 

Annie Deppe & Lewis Robinson—Tuesday 12 January 8 p.m. 

Annie Deppe’s latest book of poems is Wren Cantata, from Summer Palace Press (2009).

Lewis Robinson most recent book is Water Dogs, a 2009 novel from Random House. 

A Stonecoast Sampler—Wednesday 13 January 7:30 p.m. 

A lively evening with U.S. writers Amy Alvarez, Mihku Paul Anderson, Vincent Basso, Ashley Horn, Mary Pauer, Joanne Turnbull, Julie Scharf, & Tamra Wilson.  Join us! 

For more information, phone 087-909-1724