October 9th

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Banshee issue #10 with Emma Flynn, John Patrick McHugh, Niamh Mulvey, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan & Nathan O’Donnell


7pm (€5)

Banshee is a print journal of exciting, accessible, contemporary writing from Ireland and around the world. Editor Eimear Ryan presents this launch with fiction readings from five contributors to issue 10.

Emma Flynn's fiction, non-fiction and reviews have appeared in Banshee, Vox, The Cardiff Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times and others. She is currently writing her first novel.

John Patrick McHugh's work has appeared in The Tangerine, Winter Papers, Granta, and The Stinging Fly.

Niamh Mulvey is a writer and editor. She has previously published work in The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times and The Pool. She is co-founder and director of a new personalised children's books publisher, In the History Books.

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan is a Dublin-based arts manager and writer from India. Her work has been aired on NPR and Irish radio and is published in Writing Home: The 'New Irish' Poets from Dedalus Press.

Nathan O’Donnell is a writer, researcher, and one of the co-editors of Paper Visual Art. He has been appointed writer-in-residence at Maynooth University 2020-2021 and is currently working on a non-fiction book.

Bret Anthony Johnston & Ron Rash in conversation with Alannah Hopkin


9pm (€5)

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Remember Me Like This, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize. Bret is also the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times. In 2017, Bret won The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, “the world’s richest and most prestigious prize for a single short story.” After directing the creative writing program at Harvard University for eleven years, Bret is now the Director of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin.


Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena and Above the Waterfall, in addition to four prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

Alannah Hopkin is the 2020 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow. She has been short-listed for the RTE Short Story Award. Her story collection The Dogs of Inishere was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2017.