Issue 42/Volume Two

Summer 2020


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The Covid-19 pandemic has presented us with production and distribution problems. Our printers and our distributors are unable to operate business as normal, and we are still working from home. This means that we cannot produce our summer issue at the usual time this year. However, we are working to have the issue ready to print and distribute just as soon as that’s possible, so hopefully the delay won’t be too long.

In the meantime, we have produced a PDF sampler of issue 42. You will receive this automatically when you pre-order the print edition, or you can order it on its own.

In the PDF you’ll find a taste of what’s to come in the full, 240-page print issue. The pieces included in the sampler are marked with an asterisk below. The sampler also contains notes from various contributors on how the pandemic looks from where they are.

The sampler is also being sent out to our patrons and subscribers.


  • denotes inclusion in PDF sampler


*Aude (translated by Cristy Stiles) — ‘The Enigma Of The Bend’
*Alex Bell — ‘Caledonia Whipping Boy’
*Niamh Campbell — an excerpt from This Happy
*Robin Fuller — ‘Chinese Whispers’
*Yan Ge — ‘The Little House’
Louise Hegarty — ‘Getting The Electric’
Eva Kenny — ‘Colonialism With Nowhere To Go’
Thomas Morris — ‘Aberkariad’
*Philip Ó Ceallaigh — ‘My Life In The City’
And a sequence of Fan Fiction by
Wendy Erskine | Hugh Fulham-McQuillan | Louise Nealon | Max Porter

Featured Poet

*Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe — Four poems


Maria Isakova Bennett — from ‘Painting the Mersey’
*Dylan Brennan — ‘Desertion’
*Emily S. Cooper — ‘Minotaur By Proxy’
Jonathan C. Creasy — ‘Accidental Order’
*Michael Dooley — ‘Eavesdropping’
Liliane Giraudon (translated by Sarah Riggs & Lindsay Turner) — from ‘Love is Colder than the Lake’
*Kathleen Heil — ‘May be stopped there’
*Mícheál McCann — ‘Look. Over here’
*Jess McKinney — ‘The Good Kind of Green’
Manuela Moser — ‘Notes towards France/A list of things that make me nervous’
*James O’Sullivan — ‘Corpse Paths’
*Katie O’Sullivan — ‘Sonnet to a SoftBoy™ (He Microwaved My Heart)’
*Celia Parra (translated by Patrick Loughnane) — ‘As I said I am’
Kimberly Reyes — ‘The crow is barking up a storm’
*Bridget Talone — Two Poems
Anna Walsh — Three Poems
Ruth Wiggins — ‘O’


Peter Sirr, translating Diarmuid Johnson — ‘Cáil Na Seod’ / ‘The Shining River’


Camilla Grudova — ‘A Boat To Bilbao’
*Ali Isaac — ‘The Word & The Kiss Are Born From The Same Body Part’
Tim MacGabhann — ‘Forms of Inadequacy’
*Lisa McInerney — ‘Fantastic Babies: Notes on a K-pop Video’
Jeff Young — ‘Bad Influences’

Cover Artwork

*Kirsty Woods

Cover Design

Emily Good

Additional information

Delivery Region

Ireland & Northern Ireland, Rest of the World

PDF Sampler

Print and Digital, PDF Only