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

Emer O’Hanlon wins inaugural Stinging Fly/FBA Fiction Prize

O'Hanlon's winning story, 'Diana in a lonely place' was published in our Summer 2021 issue.

News 18th May 2022

Notes on resilience

"It hurts to struggle, to reach for things that you might not yet be able to meet... When will I be enough? All I can do is keep writing, keep meeting my ideas and my words with an openness that I encourage in others and struggle to find in myself."

Essay 4th May 2022


"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

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

What Gets Us Through

As a new year begins, we asked some of our editors, writers and contributors to write about something that has made a significant impact on them over the past while.

Blog Post 5th January 2022


"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


'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

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


A story from Philip Ó Ceallaigh's upcoming collection.

Fiction 5th May 2021


"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

Essential Viewing

“Out of everything I watched, only one show truly captured my imagination and that was the BBC police drama Line of Duty.”

Essay 6th March 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

Edna O’Brien’s 90th Birthday Banquet

Louise Nealon invites us all to join her in raising a glass to the queen of Irish literature.

Essay 15th December 2020


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

In the Blood

A fugitive returns to his belligerent, brilliant uncle in Ciarán Folan's story of hard men, lost talent, and twisted alliances.

Fiction 2nd December 2020


Everything changes for a young dealer tasked with selling diesel-laced hash in Aoibheann McCann's tough and grungy Galway.

Fiction 1st December 2020

Black and White-head

David Tierney imagines a ravaged Galway, where a farmer returns to her land to find defiance and hope and an unexpected adversary.

Fiction 30th November 2020

Very Wonderful

Portrait of a brother.

Fiction 4th November 2020

All Made Through Imperfection

A new short story from the author of 'Darker With the Lights On'.

Fiction 6th October 2020

Sleeve Notes From The King

A stranger on a motorcycle roars through a family.

Fiction 3rd September 2020

Night Person

“The night is a portal into which you enter with strangers.”

Fiction 5th August 2020

Fly Roundtable: Writers and reading

Four writers, all leading classes during this year's Stinging Fly Summer School, discuss the joys and challenges of reading.

Blog Post 10th July 2020

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



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