Stephen Byrne – Raise Your Heads

stop looking at the ground stop glaring at your phones stop hiding under rocks stop drowning beneath the sea stop avoiding the eyes of someone in need stop social media lies stop the bullies who hide between the tapping of their laptop keys stop...
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Mary Stewart – The Merlin trilogy

“My Lord, when you look for what I am looking for, you have to look in strange places. Men can never look at the sun, except downwards, at his reflection in things of...

Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is a chef and writer originally from Dublin and now lives in Chicago. His debut book Somewhere but not Here was selected by Vinita Agrawal for the RL Poetry Award, 2016 International...
Bobbie Sparrow - Beat the same drum

Bobbie Sparrow – Beat the same drum

It’s not enough to suckle and rear two sons who have never been here before    nor will ever be seen again it’s not enough to hold a home in your heart invisibly    steer it with spirit it’s not enough...
Bobbie Sparrow - One degree warmer

Bobbie Sparrow – One degree warmer

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Mikael Niemi – The man who died like a salmon

It is considered as a crime novel, but perhaps this is due to a habit rather than to a true adherence to this style. Well, the triggering event that starts the book’s plot is...

The Sky Is Red

1944. In the slum of a rural town, Carla and Giulia, hardly more than children, live together with their grandma. Carla is tough, determined and, despite her young age, unscrupulous; Giulia is nice and...

Bobbie Sparrow – New years day 2018

Four sheep stand round in grown comfort on top of a frost- bitten hill the ragged bushes at their back stop no wind two kneel to tooth the grass filling their bellies with the surprising green you could stare straight into the...

Bobbie Sparrow

Bobbie Sparrow is a poetry writing Psychotherapist.  She was long listed for the Over the Edge new writer’s award 3 times and short listed for the Galway University Hospital Poetry Competition 2016. Her poems...

Seamus Scanlon – The Long Wet Grass

The resonance of tires against the wet road is a mantra strong and steady. The wipers slough rain away in slow rhythmic arcs into the surrounding blackness. The rain falls slow and steady, then...

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