Banshee: New Literary Journal Seeking Submissions

banshee140x210There’s a new literary journal on the block and, knowing the people behind it (Laura Jane Cassidy, Claire Hennessy & Eimear Ryan),  this is going to be good quality stuff. Everything from the ethos, to the organisation, to the work accepted and the overall presentation, promises to be top notch – and they’re open for submissions. Personally, I can’t wait to see the results.

Over on, Claire explains a little bit more…

We’re all writers; we know that talking and dreaming and hoping only take you so far. We also know what anything creative in any way is like – it is almost inevitably more work, and takes longer, than you imagine it will be.

But we’re doing this anyway. In part because several great outlets for Irish writing, such as The SHOp and wordlegs, are now closed; in part because there are lots of marvellous newer outlets, like The Penny Dreadful  and The Bohemyth  and Colony  and Gorse , going from strength to strength. In part because there are longstanding outlets like Hennessy (no relation, alas) New Irish Writing, now in The Irish Times , and The Stinging Fly , continuing to do a great job; and in part because there is always a need for new blood, for new editorial eyes, in anything creative. And mostly because we love words and language and what people can do with them.

Fair play to the girls. There can never be enough great journals as far as I’m concerned.

The first submissions window for Banshee is open until March 31st, and they aim to reply to all submissions by the end of May…

You can read the full details here:


February in pictures…

As requested, here’s the last month’s round-up of activities in photo format. As a writer trying to be as self-sufficient as possible, I found that even though February was a short month, there was still plenty to do and lots of variety. Enjoy!

Submitted to the Bryan MacMahon Competition

Designed & built an ideas board

Cleaned the tunnel & all our pots

Planted seeds (cabbage, sprouts, tomatoes, chillis & peppers)

Wrestled with live scallops

Swapped to homemade bread

Trained on Social Media in Galway Arts Centre

As you can see, I’ve been busy. However, I don’t want this to be a one-way stream. Everyone leads an interesting life, whether they realise it or not, and I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.

What surprises did February 2012 bring you?