Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Issue 33/Volume Two

288 pages
Price: €15.00
Price (Outside Ireland): €20.00

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‘… a frequently visceral but immensely stimulating collection that succeeds in showcasing original and challenging new Irish writing and showering the reader with memorable and evocative new perspectives.’

Diarmaid Ferriter, The Irish Times


In the Wake of the Rising

a special bumper edition

43 writers respond to the events of 1916, the background and the legacy.

Short Stories | Essays | Memoir | Poems | Drama



Kevin Barry, Joan Win Brennan, Colette Bryce, Lucy Sweeney Byrne, Siobhan Campbell, Evelyn Conlon, Gavin Corbett, A.M. Cousins, Therese Cox, Catriona Crowe, Kevin Curran, Martina Evans, Aisling Fahey, Elaine Feeney, Elaine Gaston, James Harpur, Anthony Hegarty, Desmond Hogan, Seamas Keenan, Lauren Lawler, Hilary Lennon, Dave Lordan, Paul Lynch, Patrick McCabe, Mike McCormack, Iggy McGovern, Lisa McInerney, Belinda McKeon, Eoin McNamee, Patrick Maddock, Aidan Mathews, Lia Mills, Patrick Moran, Julie Morrissy, Jimmy Murphy, Stephen Murray, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Val Nolan, Jessamine O’Connor, Donal O’Kelly, Glenn Patterson, Grahame Williams, Mary Woodward

Guest editor: Sean O'Reilly


from Sean’s editorial:

‘There are many reasons behind the publication of this special edition of The Stinging Fly in the centenary year of the Easter Rising. Perhaps the most important one, I would say, is that any literary magazine, whether it likes it or not, is a product of the times in which it is made. Hopefully, it is also an inspirational and critical response to those times. So it was both tempting and necessary to put out a public call for submissions for this edition of the magazine, in order to engage with this year of national introspection, this year right now, 2016, this here moment. The issue would open up an alternative space for writers to re-read and respond to the events of that Easter Monday, the background and the legacy, and to the Proclamation itself, a founding document of the Republic, outside of the official events and memorials planned by the government of the day—which, as I write, is preparing to go to the people again. The writers were free to respond to this material in whatever way they wanted, in any shape or form.’


From the issue:

Kevin Barry: Some Notes on Names and Deeds

Evelyn Conlon: 1916, you're asking me?

Catriona Crowe: How Do We Know What We Know?

Dave Lordan: The Multimedia Revolution in Poetry

Lisa McInerney: The Butcher’s Apron

Glenn Patterson: Tomorrow Never Knows



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