Lauren Foley


Lauren Foley is Irish/Australian. In 2016, she won the inaugural Overland/Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, was shortlisted for the Short Story of the Year for the same story: K-K-K; also published in Award Winning Australian Writing by Melbourne Books. Lauren was further Highly Commended in the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award for: I Don’t; and was awarded a Varuna Residential Writers’ Fellowship by the Eleanor Dark Foundation, NSW, 2016. Lauren was recently shortlisted in the Irish Times/Hennessy Literary Awards Emerging Fiction category, 2017. She lives in Skerries, County Dublin and has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Here you can read Lauren Foley’s short story “Hot Rocks”.

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June Caldwell
June’s short story collection is due in 2017 with New Island Books. Her story SOMAT is published in the award-winning The Long Gaze Back – An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson and was chosen as a ‘favourite’ by The Sunday Times. Shortlisted and/or Highly Commended for: The Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award; Lorian Hemingway (USA); Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize; RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland short story competition; Over The Edge New Writer of the Year. She is a recipient of a John Hewitt bursary and an Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) literature award after completing an MA in Creative Writing at Queens’ University, Belfast. Her short fiction is published in The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Sixteen Magazine, Literary Orphans, RTÉ Ten, The Bogman’s Cannon, North West Words, Woven Tale Press, and Popshot Magazine, as well as a biography of a Trouble’s moll with Gill & MacMillan (2006). You can listen to June talking about writing short stories on Hen House with further mention of her writing on CBC Sunday Edition (Canada).