Issue One




Kevin Higgins lives in Galway, where with his wife Susan Millar DuMars he co-organises the Over The Edge: Open Reading series. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005.

In 2005 he was short-listed for the Hennessy Award for Poetry and awarded a Literature Bursary by the Irish Arts Council. The Boy With No Face was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet.   Two of his poems appear in the first issue of Moloch.

"Upfront, delivered in an informal, conversational manner which delights in its own wry black humour, it is the poetry of the urban twenty-first century, casting a sharply critical eye over the condition of contemporary society." Metre




Couplet is an ingenious object: two poets’ respective collections printed back to back. Each poem is faced, not with a blank page, but with the other poet’s upside-down poem.

This being Pretend Genius Press, the style is - for want of a more sensible word - experimental. The influence of those dead white men, the Beats, is obvious. A ruddy disregard for traditional forms, syntax and sometimes even spelling makes it challenging but, on the whole, refreshing reading.   To read more visit our blog www.molochjournal.blogspot.com

Both poets, James Browning Kepple and Kim Göransson, had a poem in the first issue of Moloch.






A young Irishman sits in a Paris jail. He has confessed to a murder his lawyer is convinced he did not commit. There is a witness on the run in the city of Paris, and she, a young street kid, may have the answer. But his neurotic Paris lawyer, haunted by his own rural upbringing in an elite and snobbish profession, has more personal problems. The city of Paris is the principle character in this novella of frustrated idealism, art, love and crimes of the heart. And over everything hangs the shadow of the 'war on terror.

Fred Johnston co-founded, alongside Neil Jordan and Peter Sheridan, The Irish Writers' Co-operative in the early 70's. He also founded Cúirt, Galway's annual literature festival and the Western Writers' Centre. In 1972 he was one of the first recipients of a Hennessy Literary Award for prose.   His poem Bad Manners in a Small Irish Town appeared in the first issue of Moloch.





When Watermarks sent out the call for writing and art across five Dublin campuses what came back was the first kind of watermark: abewildering flotsam and jetsam of styles and subjects. It was proof,if proof were needed, of the diversity of creative activity abuzzamong Irish students.

However, the call went further still and was answered by some more distant voices who, through their contact with Dublin or Dubliners,have become a part of the creative scene of the city.

And what of the second kind of watermark? We believe that the work that we have selected from that flotsam, and above all the conjunction of word and image, succeeds in some way at the creative endeavor: to shed light on some truth from an angle, to take truth by surprise.

This delightful collection of celebration was the first venture of Clodagh Moynan and Ailbhe Darcy, a selection of work can be read online by clicking the image.





The first issue of Moloch features art by Myles Creane, Nitoo Das, Nessa Darcy, Blaise Harvey, Daire Lynch, Damien O’ Reilly, and Brigid Murray.

Writers include Nitoo Das, Kim Göransson, Kevin Higgins, Fred Johnston, Stephen Kelly, James Browning Kepple, Alan Peart, and Jim Murray.

Edited by Clodagh Moynan and Ailbhe Darcy.

To read this issue click on the image!





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