WORDS FROM IRELAND

Lauren Foley - Hot Rocks

Lauren Foley – Hot Rocks

Seaside village, North County Dublin, Ireland, 1993 Her first boyfriend used to kiss her after coffee and oranges. It was a strange taste. But she got used to it. They’d sit behind the harbour wall...
Lauren Foley

Lauren Foley

Lauren Foley is Irish/Australian. In 2016, she won the inaugural Overland/Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, was shortlisted for the @Writing.ie/BGEIBAs Short Story of the Year for the same story: K-K-K; also published in Award Winning...
Nuala Ní Chonchúir poem

Nuala Ní Chonchúir – The Red Massey Ferguson

He styles her Blessed, Beloved, straddles her to feel her exquisite torque; when she won’t turn over he wheedles in tones a spinster might use on a cat: ‘Whisha, come on, girl, be good now.’ She thrums to life...

David Butler – Home Truths

It’s the air that hits, immediately you step through the door. The throat gags, just like the last time, and the first time. It refuses the tepid disinfected atmosphere on which floats a spoor...

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Robert E. Howard – The One Black Stain

They carried him out on the barren sand where the rebel captains died; Where the grim gray rotting gibbets stand as Magellan reared them on the strand, And...