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John W. Sexton reads for Speakeasy

John W. Sexton was born in 1958 and lives on the south west coast of Kerry near Kenmare. He is the author of seven full poetry collections, the most recent of which is Visions at Templeglantine (Revival Press 2020). His previous collections are: The Prince’s Brief Career, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, […]

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James Rooney reads for Speakeasy

James Rooney. Lives in Skerries, Co Dublin. Very fond of Skerries too. Has published his first book of poetry with Lapwing…”Molly, poems to mildly amuse…” Enjoys the writing community in Ireland…and further…a wide and varied bunch of wonderful. A novel on the way, plus another poetry collection, and believe it or not, some rocky songs, […]

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Karl Parkinson reads for Speakeasy

Karl Parkinson is a writer from inner-city Dublin. Sacred Symphony his third collection of poetry is published by Culture Matters. The Blocks his début novel was published to critical acclaim in 2016 by New Binary Press. In 2013 Wurmpress published his début poetry collection, Litany of the City and Other Poems, and his second poetry […]

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Award winning writer Jaki McCarrick

Jaki McCarrick is an award-winning writer of plays, poetry and fiction. Her debut short story collection The Scattering was published by Seren Books and was shortlisted for the 2014 Edge Hill Prize. The collection includes her story The Visit, which won the 2010 Wasafiri Short Fiction Prize and was included in Best British Short Stories […]

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Margaret O’Driscoll reads her poetry for Speakeasy

Margaret O’Driscoll lives in West Cork, and is a busy mother of seven and grandmother to thirteen. In 2016 she published her first collection of poetry and since then her work has been published worldwide and translated into many different languages. She has been invited to read at international poetry festivals in many countries including […]

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Fiona Cooke reads for Speakeasy

Fiona Cooke is a writer and blogger living in rural Ireland. She is greedy and refuses to be tied to genre. Her first book was published in 2015; The Lights Went Out and Other Stories, a quirky collection of long and short fiction in a mix of genres from dark faerie, to romance, contemporary fiction […]

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Playwright Trudy Hayes reads for Speakeasy

Trudy Hayes is an author, playwright, and journalist. She wrote “The Politics of Seduction”, and her last play, “Do Nothing, Say Nothing, Be Nothing” was produced by Fishamble Theatre. Her stories have been widely published and anthologised, and she was nominated for a Hennessy Award. Her play, “Out of my Head”, was nominated for the […]

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Helena Mulkerns reads for Speakeasy

HELENA MULKERNS is a freelance writer and author whose debut title, Ferenji, was published by Doire Press and her story “Dogs” shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. She has been internationally anthologised and was shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize and the Francis MacManus awards among others. She previously worked as a journalist (Irish Times, Hot […]

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Emer Martin reads from The Cruelty Men

Emer Martin’s The Cruelty Men, her most recent novel is published by Lilliput Press and has been nominated for Irish Novel of the Year 2019. Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the […]