Contributors Bio's


Myles Creane is an artist and law graduate from Wexford. He currently resides in Dublin where he studies Dance. His art has been exhibited in Liberty Hall and has appeared in Watermarks.

Nitoo Das is an artist, writer and lecturer living in Dehli, India, where she teaches womens studies and creative writing.

Nessa Darcy is a defastenist minister for social conscience and holder of Public Office 05-06. She studies fine art and printmaking at the National College of Art and Design, and dreams of being a Romanian bus-driver. Her work was recently exhibited in Gallery 53 as part of the exhibition – Four Jacks and a Cork.

Kim Göransson was born in Northern Sweden. He currently resides in Danville, VA in the United States of America. He has been published by such eminent forces as The Turk Magazine, Watermarks, and Last Night’s Dream Corrected. He is currently working on a book of poetry and short stories – Couplet – with James Kepple which will be published by Pretend Genius Press.

Blaise Harvey is an artist from Donegal. Her work has been published in various journals, Watermarks, Blás and Inis Duinn. She has shown her work in the Millenium Forum in Letterkenny, Liberty Hall in Dublin and some of her work is currently on display in the Arch Inn, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.

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. Also 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. A collection of Kevin’s essays and reviews – Poetry, Politics & Dorothy Gone Horribly Astray – was published by Lapwing Press in October 2006. A second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please will be published by Salmon in 2008.

Fred Johnston was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1951. In the early seventies he co-founded, alongside Neil Jordan and Peter Sheridan, The Irish Writers' Co-operative. 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 novels include Atlanta and Mapping God. He has published eight volumes of poetry, a collection of stories, Keeping the Night Watch. A critic, translator and essayist, he was Writer-in-Residence to the Princess Grace Irish Library at Monaco in 2004 and in 2000 received a Prix de l'Ambassade to translate the poems of Michel Martin. A folk-singer and musician for many years, his latest album, Local Papers, was launched earlier this year. His novel set in Paris, The Neon Rose, was published in the UK this year.

Stephen Kelly is from Drimnagh, Dublin. In 2003, he won the UCD English Department poetry prize. He has been published in Watermarks and entertained the masses with wonderful readings in a variety of Dublin venues.

Daire Lynch is an artist and musician living in Dublin. He is a multi instrumentalist, a qualified sound engineer, and did a stint in animation studies until he claims the bouncing ball drove him mad. His work has been exhibited in Liberty Hall.

Damien O’ Reilly is an artist currently residing in Bray. His work has appeared in various publications and exhibitions. The two paintings 20 Meters South and The New Black will be appearing in a new personal magazine called Papercuts. This magazine will be self funded and published without any sponsor. He hopes it will give artists, story writers and poets the chance to display their work to the public and gain exposure. He is also studying graphic design, loves the colour purple and is the only person on the planet that thought The Hulk was an amazing movie.

Alan Peart sometimes lives in Ireland with his cat. In general he would rather be watching a martial arts movie, unless there's a party to go to.

Brigid Murray is a graduate from ADM in Ballyfermot College of Further Education, and is currently on a year out from NCAD. Her artwork has been published in Watermarks, and has been exhibited in Liberty hall.

Jim Murray was born, bred & buttered in Kilkenny in 1956. He made his debut into the world on the eleventh anniversary of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Jim is an accidental writer. He fell into it as result of having nothing better to do on Saturday afternoons. He became an incurable addict of the blank page and pen trade. Nowadays, Jim doodles and scribbles (his pseudonym is the Qiill) for the Northwest Xtra, a free newspaper distributed over 10 counties, stretching from Galway to Donegal – or from Donegal to Galway, whichever way you want it.


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