On Rejection

'I got through it, not by talking, or thinking my way out, but by feeling. At one point over that painful weekend, my gut in knots, I realised: if I can feel this, I can get through anything.'

Essay 28th July 2022

Practice, Process, Product

A lecture on the facets of writing and being a writer, first delivered at Bray Literary Festival in September 2019.

Essay Issue 41, Volume 2: Winter 2019-20

Problem Pages

Reflecting on the creation of her first collection of short stories, Mia Gallagher elucidates the perpetual lesson of writing: that it’s always easy, and always hard.

Essay 31st July 2018

Sunrise Sunset

Tina Pisco's diverse set of short stories blends taut realism with a magical sensibility.

Criticism 7th February 2018

Passing Open Windows

Mia Gallagher explores the ‘still, beautiful, profound’ autofiction of Rachel Cusk's 'Transit'.

Criticism 3rd November 2016

A God in Every Stone / Fallen

Criticism Issue 30, Volume 2: Spring 2015

Before The House Burns / You

Criticism Issue 17, Volume 2: Winter 2010-11

On First Drafts…

Essay Issue 12, Volume 2: Spring 2009

Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher's books are HellFire (Penguin Ireland, 2006), winner of the Irish Tatler Literature Award, Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island, 2016), longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, Shift (New Island, 2018), longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award, and Dubliners, co-authored with visual artist Mario Sughi (Marinoni Books, Milan, 2022). Mia is a contributing editor with The Stinging Fly and a member of Aosdána.