Sleep Watchers

‘Over Zoom one night, a therapist tucks her dark hair behind her ears and introduces herself as Maeve. They are about the same age, in their late thirties. She doesn’t ask about Orla’s childhood, or root around for scars. She says, Tell me what’s happening.’

Fiction 17th June 2022

The Baby

Fiction Issue 45/Volume 2: Winter 2021-22

Blackbirds

"When the other kids made fun of him for the holes in his jumper or not knowing who He-Man was, he just looked out the window towards home, the big house up the road and down the lane."

Fiction 11th May 2022

Plaster

"I couldn’t get out of bed, I couldn’t shower, I couldn’t call my friends. Everyone has had a time like this—when they look in the mirror and, sure enough, an unknown animal stares back."

Fiction 7th April 2022

Four Stories

Anam Zafar's translations of Najat Abed Alsamad's work offer shattering insights into everyday experiences of the war in Syria.

Fiction 9th March 2022

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‘I sit in my van and let it idle for a while, allowing the gentle hum of the engine to settle me. I take several deep breaths in. I don’t know why this has unnerved me so much. It is such a silly meaningless thing.’

Fiction 1st February 2022

Harlow

"His mother had a choice between keeping the monkey or having the baby. She told the story often, in company, with a roll of her eyes and a helpless grin, as if this was the sore spot, the branching crossroads where her life had gone wrong. "

Fiction 4th November 2021

Respawn

'You talk and talk until you run out of breath and still when you get home there are things you wish you had said. Just once I would like to wake before myself and see what I am with my eyes closed.'

Fiction 6th October 2021

St Alban’s Drive

‘Your mother’s on the radio,’ she said, ‘being racist.’ This had surprised me; the radio bit. My mother had an aversion to talk radio.

Fiction 1st September 2021

Diana in a lonely place

An archaeology student's chance encounter on a summer dig in Greece brings a private obsession full circle and provokes a reckoning with past occurrences.

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

The Youths

In this exquisitely written story of a relationship, two colleagues strike up a workplace rapport that will alter the course of their lives.

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

Any Holidays?

"They wore travel outfits, comfy and subtle. Tiny shorts and big hoodies in creamy colours. Shorts said: actual holiday. Hoodies said: chill, not like the other young ones going away, flashing bikinis at baggage claim."

Fiction 12th August 2021

Peter and Jane

'Sometimes I long for home, but not home as it is now, home back then. Back when it was nice. When the sun was always out, and we could play all day out of doors. Before I had to be a woman.'

Fiction 7th July 2021

The Strange Kid

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

The Mountain Lion

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

For Someone To Remember Them

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

We All Go

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

Britney Spears’ Sandwich

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

An Aesthetic Matter

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

In The End

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

Mallards

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

Hot Dog

Fiction Issue 44/Volume 2: Summer 2021

Graceland

A story from Philip Ó Ceallaigh's upcoming collection.

Fiction 5th May 2021

Responsibilities

"She felt both important and embarrassed, now, in the street. The afternoon was ageing amiably. The all-year plastic Santa bracketed to a chimney on Attracta Road was dusty in soft sun."

Fiction 7th April 2021

Gloria and Max

'Gloria! he said, not loud enough. Gloria! he shouted again. It sounded ridiculous, like some kind of dreadful Van Morrison tribute act. Gloria!'

Fiction 3rd March 2021

Words for Things

"What do you think of, I said to my husband that evening, when you think of Monica Lewinsky?"

Fiction 3rd February 2021

These Are The Tools God Gave Us

A troubled investigator exposes deeds too wicked to speak of in Mike McCormack's story for cold nights and guilty consciences.

Fiction Issue 43, Volume 2: Winter 2020-21

The Little House

A group of writers from different generations camp out in a Chinese city square, musing on survival in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.

Fiction Issue 42, Volume 2: Summer 2020

Magnetic

Michelle Coyne's anaesthetised protagonist falls into dangerous, freeing obsession on an Icelandic holiday.

Fiction 4th December 2020

Make Way, Folks, the Mannion Brothers Are Coming Through

A despairing brother is roused by Mattie Brennan's unforgettable Mannions on a hard-drinking train journey from Galway to Dublin.

Fiction 3rd December 2020

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