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Video Readings by our Contributors

Paul Kestell reflects on a year of Speakeasy

Paul Kestell reflects on a year of lockdown Speakeasy performances, celebrates the much missed Angela Byrne, and reads his new poem ‘Empty House’ for us.

Rude Judes performs for Speakeasy

Rude Judes rings through from Cobh with more saucy fun in verse for this month’s Speakeasy. Rude Judes (aka Judith Coffey) scribbled ditties for years. From her childhood in Sydney, Australia, to teenage years in Crosshaven, then those impressionable London years in her 20s-30s until she returned home to Ireland for Millenium. Now a resident […]

James Lawless reads American Door for Speakeasy

James Lawless reads from American Doll

James Lawless is an Irish poet and novelist. His awards, include the Scintilla Welsh Open Poetry Competition, the WOW award, the Cecil Day Lewis Award, the Sunday Tribune/Hennessy and Willesden Herald award nominations, and he was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize for short stories (2014) and was an award winner in the Colm Tóibín Short […]

Poet Terry McDonagh reads for us

Terry McDonagh, www.terry-mcdonagh.com poet, translator and dramatist has published eleven poetry collections, bilingual letters (German English), drama, prose and writing for children. He taught creative writing at Hamburg University and facilitates in schools, colleges and at literary festivals in Europe, Asia and Australia. His poetry has been published worldwide and translated into German and Indonesian. […]

Una Mannion reads for Speakeasy

Una Mannion reads from her debut novel ‘A Crooked Tree’. Una Mannion was born in Philadelphia and lives in County Sligo. She has won numerous prizes for her work including the Hennessy Emerging Poetry Award and the Doolin, Cúirt, Allingham, and Ambit short-story prizes. She edits The Cormorant, a broadsheet of poetry and prose. Her […]

Victoria Keating sings with Declan Sinnott

Victoria Keating is a singer, writer and blogger who digs a good garden and prefers books to shoes. Victoria’s first single is called ‘Little Rooms’ It’s the title track of her debut album, which will be released in September 2021. This song is her first release as a solo artist, and it is very special. […]

Poet Moyra Donaldson reads for Speakeasy

Moyra Donaldson is a poet and creative writing facilitator from Co Down. She has published nine collections of poetry, Snakeskin Stilettos, Beneath the Ice, The Horse’s Nest and Miracle Fruit, from Lagan Press, Belfast and an American edition of Snakeskin Stilettos, published in 2002 from CavanKerry Press. Her Selected Poems and The Goose Tree, were […]

Colm Scully Poet and Filmmaker Reads for Speakeasy

Colm Scully is a poet and poetry filmmaker from Douglas, Cork. He has previously won the Cúirt New Writing Prize and been selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions. He has been published in Abridged, Cyphers, The Poetry Bus, The Honest Ulsterman and been shortlisted for a number of competitions. His collection “What News, Centurions?” was published […]

Mike Gallagher reads for Speakeasy Skibbereen

Mike Gallagher is an Irish writer and editor. His prose, poetry, haiku and songs have been published worldwide. His writing has been translated into Croatian, Japanese, Dutch, German, Italian and Chinese. He won the Michael Hartnett Viva Voce competition in 2010 and 2016, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2011 and won the Desmond […]

Mags Wade Dark Matter video

Relevant Creative Work Two plays of mine, Silk Kimonos and The Adventures of Aurora, have had professional productions in Sligo, ,London at various arts centre, Tricycle Theatre Upstairs and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I have devised and written plays for many different groups  as my way of  teaching  theatre skills to them. Doing and being are […]

Seán Lysaght reads for Speakeasy

Seán Lysaght is from Limerick in Ireland and taught for many years at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Castlebar, Co Mayo. He is the author of six volumes of poems, including The Clare Island Survey (1991), Scarecrow (1998), The Mouth of a River (2007) and Carnival Masks (2014), all from Gallery Press. He has […]

Jack Grady reads

Jack Grady is a founder member of the Mayo-based Ox Mountain Poets. His poetry has been published in Ireland, the UK, Canada, the USA, France, Portugal, Greece, Columbia, India, Nepal, and Indonesia, and some of his poems will be appearing, translated into Spanish, in the February issue of Alameda 39. His most recent publication credits […]

Andy Howden reads from his novel

London based writer Andy Howden reads from his new novel Melting in the Middle. Long-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize, Melting in the Middle is a literary comedy about redemption and second chances, played out amid the madness of modern life. For Stephen Carreras, life is in turmoil. His career with Britain’s worst chocolate company […]

Eileen Sheehan reads for Speakeasy

Eileen Sheehan lives in Killarney and is originally from Scartaglen, in the Sliabh Luachra area of County Kerry. She has read at festivals in Ireland and abroad including The Shanghai Literary Festival; the ACIS Conference in Davenport, Iowa and The Cork International Poetry Festival. Anthology publications include The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish […]

Audrey Molloy Reads for Speakeasy

Audrey Molloy is an Irish poet based in Sydney. Her first collection, The Important Things, will be published by The Gallery Press in 2021. Her debut pamphlet, Satyress, was published by Southword Editions in 2020. Her work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The North, Magma, Mslexia, The Moth, The Tangerine and The Irish Times. […]

Acclaimed novelist Nicola Pierce

Nicola Pierce published her first book for children, Spirit of the Titanic, to rave reviews and five printings within its first twelve months. City of Fate, her second book, was shortlisted for the Warwickshire School Library Service Award, 2014. Nicola went on to write Behind the Walls (2015), a rich emotional novel set in the […]

C. Lee McKenzie young adult novelist

C. Lee McKenzie writes contemporary/realistic novels. Double Negative, Not Guilty, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding on the Edge are five written for the young adult-crossover market. Double Negative was chosen as one of the top ten Young Adult novels in 2019. Her middle grade fiction include adventure-fantasies Alligators Overhead, Great Time Lock […]

Poet Mary J. Oliver reads for Speakeasy

Mary J. Oliver has a background in the visual arts. Her first book, Jim Neat, The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck was published by Seren 2019.  It’s a collection of poems, archival material and photographs, a distillation of 10 years’ of research into the mysterious life of her father. She was […]

Novelist and filmmaker Caroline Farrell

Caroline Farrell is a writer and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of the novels ARKYNE, STORY OF A VAMPIRE (2015) and LADY BETH (2017) winner of an Eric Hoffer Award 2019 (Mystery/Thriller Category) and ‘Best Novel’ at The Carousel Aware Prize Awards 2017. In 2018, Caroline wrote and directed the short film […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fiona Bolger reads for Speakeasy

Fióna recently launched her first poetry collection, a compound of words (Yoda Press, 2019). She lives between Ireland and India. Her work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Southword, The Brown Critique, Poetry Bus, The Chattahoochee Review and others. She co-edited All the Worlds Between (Yoda Press, Delhi, 2017), a poetry project between Ireland and […]

Aine O’Gorman sings for Speakeasy

Aine 0 Gorman is a singer-songwriter based in WesÇCork. A multi-instrumentalist, she writes primarily for voice and piano and creates lush string arrangements. Her songs have a hypnotic folk sensibility; delivered with strength and tenderness. Having played with various bands, including ‘From the Forest’ with Vickie Keating and renowned guitarist Declan Sinnott, Aine recently signed […]