Butcher’s Dozen

Sean O'Reilly on the reissue of Thomas Kinsella's ‘Butcher's Dozen’ to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday: “a timely reminder that the past has to be fought for and poetry is not beyond lending a hand.”

Criticism Essay 25th January 2022

Didn’t You Have To Be There?

How a ‘blockbuster sci-fi contagion plot’ has caused one teacher to question the meaning and value of the traditional writing workshop.

Essay 26th June 2020

Safe Words

Embarrassment, unease, discomfort – these are the building blocks of a new language; the first steps on a path beyond the consoling myths of the everyday.

Essay Issue 39, Volume 2: Winter 2018-19


Fiction Issue 31, Volume 2: Summer 2015 (The London Issue)

Roth Unbound

Criticism Issue 27, Volume 2: Spring 2014

The Cavalcade

Fiction Issue 26, Volume 2: Winter 2013

All Day And All Of The Night

Fiction Issue 20, Volume 2: Winter 2011 (The New York Issue)

A Life Apart

Criticism Issue 15, Volume 2: Spring 2010

Inherent Vice

Criticism Issue 14, Volume 2: Winter 2009

Kieron Smith, Boy

Criticism Issue 11, Volume 2: Winter 2008-09

What the Curlew Said

Criticism Issue 9, Volume 2: Spring 2008

Sean O'Reilly

Sean O’Reilly is the author of Curfew and Other Stories, Love and Sleep, The Swing of Things, Watermark, and Levitation. He is a member of Aosdána.