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...

iii the march, Milan

we climb up to fog where the Plain of Lombardy is not plain they are talking about sleet it sounds like the end of everything the station clock is haunted by Benito Mussolini the time is 1922 but we’re not going to Roma Termini no...

Statement Regarding the Recent Human Soul Experiments

I have to say I was sworn to secrecy of course, my boss insisted on that. So that makes it, to say the least, difficult maybe even impossible for me to be totally...

The Space Between Louis and Me

Introduction A poet, short-story writer and novelist with many books and collections to her name, Mary O’Donnell is in the enviable position of having the respect and admiration of the contemporary Irish literary community...

Three Poems by Angela Carr

Introduction for Angela Carr’s poems   I first saw Angela Carr perform some of her poems at a Stinging Fly launch in the Irish Writers Centre last year. Her performance and her words held the...

Van Gogh

Introduction Here at the Irish Writers Centre, we are always looking for new ways of supporting writers in their work. In my role as director, I hear time and again that there are certain...

À la Descartes

  Introduction A grey-haired plastic-bag-carrying intellectual wanderer invites himself to stay in a faded country mansion where bohemians Bartholomew and Bella live in elegant dilapidation. They dine on fish and on a diet of homemade...

Introduction to the Irish Writers’ Centre

Founded in 1991, the Irish Writers’ Centre is the national resource centre for Irish literature.  Our mission is to support and promote writers at all stages of their development, however we welcome all...

Chauncey

Introduction   It is with great pleasure to introduce Brendan Mac Evilly in this issue of Inkroci and to feature an extract of his story “Chauncey” – a Dublin story if ever there was one. ...

Flight

Call me Aisling. You think you know the story, the one about the old woman turned to a radiant girl by the love of the rightful king, when, if you ask me, it’s more like...

POPULAR

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...