Story “We Will Sin Together” in Winter Papers #7

I’m overjoyed to see my short story “We Will Sin Together” included in the latest issue of the annual arts anthology Winter Papers (#7).

I’m in some incredible company, and strongly urge any who can to order a copy before it sells out.

When it comes to finding titles for my short stories, I often end up using little semi-cryptic words or phrases that have no meaning beyond private ones for me based on a memory or something they inspire. The alternative is just as likely to be a piece of music that I feel has some resonance with the story. That’s the case here, where listening to the song ‘We Will Sin Together’ by Jehnny Beth seemed the perfect fit for what I was trying to do.

Butterfly in View Source from Solas Nua

For St. Patrick’s Day this year, the arts organisation Solas Nua, based in Washington D.C. have published View Source online, a collection of contemporary writing from Ireland, as suggested by some of the leading Irish literary journals.

My short story, Butterfly, has been included, as nominated by gorse.

The story will also appear in the next print issue of gorse.

Thanks must go to gorse, for nominating my piece, Fallow Media, for curating the collection, and Tom Roseingrave, who provides the narration, and background sounds

I hope you enjoy it.

Download Free Broken Dimanche Prize 2020 Shortlist Sampler

Congratulations to both Miriam Stoney and Kristian Vistrup Madsen, the joint winners of the Broken Dimanche Writing Prize 2020.

The shortlisted submissions, including my own entry, have been assembled into a sampler which can be downloaded FOR FREE via the link below

I hope you enjoy the work, and the sample from my own work This, and thanks again to Broken Dimanche for shortlisting me.

Shortlisted for Büro BDP Writing Prize 2020

I’m delighted to have made the shortlist for the Büro BDP Writing Prize 2020.

The prize is run by Broken Dimanche, an independent English-language publisher based in Berlin.

I’m not sure when the prize will be announced, and considering the Covid-19 situation both in Ireland and Germany, I suspect any plans the publisher may have had when they invited submissions will have changed radically in the intervening months.

Still, it’s great to be nominated for such a prize.

Triptych published by The Aleph Publishing

Huge thanks to The Aleph Publishing, who have managed to survive the pandemic and publish my short story ‘Triptych‘ which won The Aleph Writing Prize 2019.


Looking at the pictures sent to me by the publishers it really looks like they’ve done an amazing job putting the story together and I for one can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The story is available in a very limited edition, so anyone wishing to get their hands on a copy of the first piece of work by me to appear on its own, you should follow the link here:


Thanks once again are due to The Aleph, it’s something I’m really proud of and I’m so happy to see how beautiful it all looks.


Keywords 03. on RTE Radio 1

Episode 3 of Keywords, featuring my piece of short fiction ‘C’ is broadcast again tonight at 10:00pm on RTE Radio 1.

The picture below is taken from the Sunday Times Culture supplement of 12th July where Keywords was the Pick of the Day


Keywords 03 ST Image 12-07-20

If you’re at a loose end for something to do of a Friday night (and at the moment who isn’t!), you could do worse than give it a listen.




Come You Masters on Juxta Press

I first came across Juxta Press when I purchased a copy of ‘Fish Out Of Water’ by Claire-Louise Bennett, and apart from the quality of the writing I really enjoyed the quality of the physical book they produced. While it is a short work, as an object the book shows just how much work and care they put into everything they do.

Browsing their website I noted they were accepting submissions for their Positions collection, short fiction presented online with accompanying artworks.

I was really happy to see them accept, and publish, my own short story ‘Come You Masters’, which you can read here;


Come You Masters


I hope you enjoy it.

The story is based around the contemplation of Goya’s Disasters of War series of prints, and if one single image sums the story up it may well be this


Sad presentiments of what must come to pass (Tristes presentimientos de lo que ha de acontecer)