The Stinging Fly is delighted to announce Róisín Kiberd as our new non-fiction editor. Róisín is the first dedicated non-fiction editor of the magazine, taking on the role with immediate effect with Issue 51 Volume 2 due to be published in November 2024.

Róisín has written essays and features for The Dublin Review, Winter Papers, The White Review, The Guardian and Vice, among other places. Her first book, The Disconnect: A Personal Journey Through the Internet, was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2021. She lectures in creative writing at the University of Galway.

Róisín’s work has been published in the magazine on several occasions. Her recent review of Naomi Klein’s Doppleganger is available to read here. More recently, Róisín led the creative non-fiction workshop as part of the annual summer school at the Irish Writers Centre.

Róisín is currently reading creative non-fiction submitted during the most recent submission round in May.

For those considering sending in work, Róisín has this to say:

I’m truly delighted to be taking on this role. The Stinging Fly has had a transformative effect on my work as a writer, just as it has done for so many others, in Ireland and elsewhere. It’s an honour to be invited to play a part in this process, and to help bring new and unique creative non-fiction into the world. As non-fiction editor, I want to challenge writers, and readers, to explore everything offered by this form. Writers, please send me work that’s courageous, honest, sharp, formally inventive and exciting. I look forward to being surprised!

On the latest episode of The Stinging Fly Podcast, Róisín spoke with host Nicole Flattery about what she finds most exciting in creative non-fiction. You can listen to their conversation here.

Commenting on the appointment, The Stinging Fly editor Lisa McInerney has this to say:

I’m so pleased to have Róisín on board as our non-fiction editor. I’ve been an admirer of her writing for years now; we first worked together on her essay ‘A Hell Taxonomy’ for our special Galway 2020 issue, where I was thrilled by her imagination and vision. Róisín is not only brilliant in how she develops ideas, and in her instinct for the particular and peculiar — she’s a generous reader and editor too. She is a fantastic addition to The Stinging Fly team, and I’m so looking forward to working with her.