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JOHN COTTON POET (Read by Bev Cotton)

  JOHN COTTON 1925-2003 POET (Read by Bev Cotton) Obituary, The Guardian, April 2003 From “Here’s Looking At You Kid” Headland, 1992 CHERNOBYL At night the darkening maze of branches Threatens as the forest broods They heard it fidget, breathe And tried to estimate its moods Read omens as the ghost-owl mothed Its way across […]

Pam Lecky reads for Speakeasy

Pam Lecky is an Irish historical fiction author, writing crime, mystery, romance and the supernatural. Pam is represented by the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency in London. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Society of Authors and has a particular love of the late Victorian era/early 20th Century. Her debut […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Excerpt from Darkling by Fiona Cooke Hogan

Excerpt from Darkling, a dark faerie tale taken from The Lights Went Out and Other Stories by Fiona Cooke Hogan She slipped through the woods with the agility of one well used to nocturnal ramblings, knowing how to pick her way along the meandering path regardless of the moon’s milky glow that shone through the […]

Suzy Suzy by William wall

Suzy Suzy – a new novel by William Wall

The Irish Times review of the new novel Suzy Suzy by William Wall says  Suzy Suzy is "Everything a great book should be.  William Wall’s central character is vulnerable, unwittingly hilarious with a powerful voice. The book is set in post Celtic Tiger Ireland, where Suzy’s property developer dad is another source of constant irritation […]

Nick Smith reads his short story ‘Altostratus’

Nick Smith has been writing short stories, flash-fiction, essays and longer works the best part of his adult life, occasionally dabbling in poetry. He is a voracious reader and loves films and whilst his work tends towards a strong, imaginative content, he has a philosophical outlook and a firm belief in the ‘reality of fiction’. […]

Jim by Philomena Barry

Jim- a poem by Philomena Barry

I am the grains of sand You carry home from the beach, I am the spider's web That you can't quite reach, I am the fragment of dream That you almost remember, I am the light from the fire And the crackling embers, I am the rain on your face And the wind in your […]

A story by Nick Smith: My Father.

My Father was a big man. He measured over six-foot-three and weighed as much, but his hero’s stature was stunted, his shoulders rounded by the burdens of several life-times. Now he lay, almost un-burdened. My Father smiled at the two visitors who rested their hands on the foot-board of his bed, one short, the other […]

Riding Against the Lizard by William Wall

ON THE NEED FOR ANGER NOW ‘Anger is the political sentiment par excellence. It brings out the qualities of the inadmissible, the intolerable. It is a refusal and a resistance that with one step goes beyond all that can be accomplished reasonably in order to open possible paths for a new negotiation of the reasonable […]

Attracta Fahy, Rae McKinlay and John Devoy

Join us for another great line up of spoken word performances crossing three genres. Award winning poet Attracta Fahy reads from her new book Dinner in the Fields. Mystical story teller Rae MacKinlay talks Wolves and legends and travel writer John Devoy features in a documentary film about the writing of his travel novel Quondam. […]

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 […]

Bonny Braeside – Letters from my Father

“Every dark cloud is having its backside warmed by the sun” ‘Come up and see my etchings,’ he said. It was 1963 and the young man was an assistant where I was staying at the Derwentwater Youth Hostel. And there were etchings! Replying to my letter home dad wrote that he would have viewed such […]

Stanley Notte reads for Speakeeasy

Stanley Notte, visual artist, writer, poet and performer and stalwart of the spoken word and storytelling scene reads exclusively for Skibbereen Speaekasy.

Jaki Mc Carrick

An excerpt from The Jailbird by Jaki McCarrick

An excerpt from my short story "The Jailbird", from my debut short story collection The Scattering. That night I arrived home to find Ma had bolted the door. I’d had a few jars with Martha in town and had walked her back on the balmy night to Josie’s, her aunt’s place. (In the pub, we’d […]

The Desecration By Trudy Hayes

The Desecration By Trudy Hayes

Elsie is sitting on a bench. She does not look up as a man approaches. He skirts around her playfully, watching her, smiling.     Paddy whistling breaks into song        ‘When I fall in love, it will be forever’ He takes Elsie into his arms and waltzes her, owning her in the dance, his hands on her body. […]

Lynn Buckle reads for Speakeasy

Lynn Buckle’s contentious debut literary novel The Groundsmen was published by époque Press in 2018. Winner of the Greywood Arts Prize, John Hewitt Society Bursary and funding from Culture Ireland.

Estelle Birdy reads for Speakeasy

Estelle Birdy is a writer, yoga teacher and mother of four, living and working in Dublin but when she wins the Lotto, she’s moving to West Cork. She has recently completed a Masters in Creative Writing at UCD and is currently working on a novel about a group of young fellas living in Dublin’s city […]

John Devoy on RTE Nationwide

Local author John Devoy read from his acclaimed travel book "Quondam" which is an account of his epic bicycle journey across two continents.  RTE Nationwide have made a short interview film which airs on 16th December at 7pm. John's Biography John Devoy grew up in the 1960’s, on the shores of Cork harbour. He studied […]

Deirdre Wadding reads for Speakeasy

Deirdre Wadding is a native of Wexford town now living in Kilrane Co Wexford close to the sea with her family.. She is a former teacher , a Storyteller, a lover of words and stories in all forms She is an Irish Pagan priestess and founder of COIRE SOIS School of Irish Spirituality..her work focuses […]

Peter Murphy performs at the Dora Keogh

Peter D Murphy was born in Killarney where he spent his first three years before his family had to move to Dublin. Growing up in the verdant braes of Templeogue, Peter was schooled by the De La Salle brothers in Churchtown where he played rugby for “The Wine and Gold.” He also played football (soccer) […]

Paddy Cullivan, Moze Jacobs and Anton Floyd

A brilliant and varied line up featuring the multi-talented Paddy Cullivan (of Late Late Show band fame) and now introducing his latest 'historical entertainment' revealing some of the10 Dark Secrets of 1798. Supporting Paddy are acclaimed poet Anton Floyd reading from his latest book and multi-media artist Moze Jacobs, also of the De Barra's Spoken […]

Daniele Serafini

Poems by Italian poet Daniele Serafini

Return to Campoformido to my father Tullio, aviator Returning to Campoformido it is as if your photo (the one in your flying jacket Your comrades close by & your face unguarded to the future) had never been taken. Returning to Campoformido it was as if, unexpectedly, you stepped from the family album to retrieve, this […]

Daniel Wade

Three Extracts from Daniel Wade

Extract 1: Port of Kinsale Sonata A harbour chain once hovered heavily underwater where yachts now lie in watch, like jangling centurions. Past shorefront restaurants, sun-seeking day trippers hoist their selfie sticks like battle ensigns over a pier that time and tide sponge down together, identikit ‘keep-out’ signs blocking each gangway. But you’ll find me […]

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 […]

Eileen Moynihan reads for Skibbereen Speakeasy

Eileen Moynihan was born in Essex England, and grew up on the Isle of Wight from the age of three. At the age of 22 she moved permanently to Ireland, where she lived in West Cork, and more recently on the border of Co. Roscommon and Longford. For most of that time she was teaching […]

The Days of Jael by Paul Kestell

The Days of Jael by Paul Kestell

I wanted to leave home loads of times. I think the first time I was about seven years old; we were living with grandad then and I woke to hear his soft music fill the house. I slide down the stairs and pushed the door of the sitting room open using my shoulder. He was […]

Paddy Cullivan talks to Skibbereen Speakeasy

EXPERIENCE the incredible true story of Ireland’s 1798 Rebellion through song, imagery and storytelling in the capable hands of historical entertainer and musician Paddy Cullivan. Inspired by the American and French Revolutions of the late-18th Century, the ’10 Dark Secrets of 1798’ is a historical drama of ‘Game of Thrones’ proportions, bringing a staggering array […]

Angela Byrne, Nick Smith and Daniel Wade

Another dazzling release from Skibbereen Speakeasy featuring award winning poet and artist Angela Byrne, talented playwright and Hennessy New Irish Writing winner Daniel Wade, and short story writer supreme Nick Smith. Daniel Wade is a poet and playwright from Dublin. In January 2017, his play The Collector opened the 20th anniversary season of the New […]

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 […]