Boston-born writer and editor Anthony Glavin is the author of two short story collections, One For Sorrow and The Draughtsman and The Unicorn, and two critically acclaimed novels, Nighthawk Alley and Colours Other Than Blue.
ANNEMARIE NÍ CHURREÁIN is a poet from North West Donegal. She has been awarded literary fellowships by Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany), Jack Kerouac House (Florida) and Hawthornden Castle (Scotland).
Susan Tomaselli is founder and editor of Gorse journal, and editor at Gorse Editions. Her essays have been published in The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Elysian: Creative Responses (New Binary Press 2017), We'll Never Have Paris (Repeater Books 2019) and elsewhere.
Jinx Lennon brings his whole bag of fears, beliefs, observations, inspirations and hope and throws it out into the audience to uplift them and inspire them on tightrope of raw energy sound ,awkward and real in its intensity.
Little John Nee is a writer and performer based in the west of Ireland. He is a prolific creator of work for theatre; he has developed a style of storytelling theatre with music that has won him international recognition; a nomination for a Helen Hayes Award in Washington DC.
Anna Kelly began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Hamish Hamilton (Penguin), where she worked with authors including Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, Paul Murray, Pat Barker, Mohsin Hamid and Robert Macfarlane.
Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in various journals, newspapers and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Irish Times, Southword, The Penny Dreadful, Long Story Short and The Stinging Fly.
Stephen Murray is an award winning poet and the director of Inspireland. Since 2007 he has provided workshops to over 30,000 Irish teenagers and adults. A graduate of the Faber Academy, his critically acclaimed debut collection ‘House of Bees’ was published in 2011 by Salmon Poetry, followed by ‘On Corkscrew Hill’ in 2013.
Lisa Harding is an actress, playwright and writer. She has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, the Lyric theatres among others and on RTE. Plays have been performed at the Project, Battersea Arts Centre and Theatre 503 in London. Short stories have been widely published and anthologised.
JJune Caldwell has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. Room Little Darker, her acclaimed collection of short stories was published by New Island Books in 2017 and Head of Zeus (UK) in 2018.
Sophie Coyle delivers stories carved in her own lore, conjured by her own unique lyrical dynamism. Her songs are charmed with a rare and seductive magic. These dark enchantments have seen her play support for a host of celebrated artists such as Dick Gaughan, Mundy, John Spillane, Ger Wolfe and Luka Bloom.
Nuala O’Connor lives in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Her fifth short story collection Joyride to Jupiter was published by New Island in 2017; her story ‘Gooseen’ won the UK’s 2018 Short Fiction Prize and was published in Granta; it is now longlisted for Story of the Year at the 2018 Irish Book Awards.
Lucy Luck is an agent of literary fiction and non-fiction at C&W Agency. She joined in 2016 having previously worked at Rogers, Coleridge & White, Lucy Luck Associates (which she founded in 2006) and Aitken Alexander Associates.
Jessica Traynor’s debut poetry collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award. In 2016, it was named one of the best poetry debuts of the past five years on Bustle.com.
Abby Oliveira is a writer & performer based in NI. She has performed her poetry in the mucky fields of festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, and Body&Soul, to the National Concert Hall Dublin, and Singapore Writer’s Festival. She has also toured work in Australia.
Anakana Schofield won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel Malarky. Malarky was also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named on many Best Book of the Year lists for 2012 and 2013.
Oisín Fagan has had short fiction published in The Stinging Fly and the anthology Young Irelanders, with work featured in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2016, he won the inaugural Penny Dreadful Novella Prize for The Hierophants.