Previously at Speakeasy

Nessa O’Mahony reads for Speaekasy  

Nessa O’Mahony was born in Dublin and lives there. She won the National Women’s Poetry Competition and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize and Hennessy Literature Awards. She is the recipient of three literature bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, the most recent being in 2018. She has a PhD in Creative Writing […]

A M Cousins reads REDRESS  

A.M. Cousins’ poems can be found in The Stinging Fly, Poetry Ireland Review and poethead.com. Her poem Not my Michael Furey won the FISH Poetry Prize in 2019 and her work was shortlisted in The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition 2015, 2016 and 2019. She is a regular contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]