Helena Mulkerns is an Irish writer who has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Elle, The Irish Times, Hot Press and The Irish Echo, among others. She also worked for ten years in UN peacekeeping missions in Central America, Africa and Afghanistan. Her short fiction has been internationally anthologised and shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing literary awards, America’s Pushcart Prize and Ireland’s
Francis MacManus Short Story Award. She holds an MA in English Literature and Publishing from NUIG, and has edited two anthologies:Turbulence and Red Lamp Black Piano. She is a recipient of a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland and her fiction debut,
Ferenji, a collection of themed short fiction, was published by Doire Press in 2016.
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Martin Malone, a former soldier with six tours of duty to Lebanon and Iraq, is the author of novels, a memoir, short story collections and radio plays. He also writes for TV and stage. His first award winning novel Us was followed by After Kafra and The Broken Cedar.
His short story Valley of the Peacock Angel was nominated for the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and published in The Sunday Times. He is the inaugural winner of the Cecil D Lewis Award for Literature.
His prose appears in the Irish National Art Gallery's anthology Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art.
Rugadh Simon Ó Faoláin i mBaile Átha Cliath agus tógadh é in Iarthar Dhuibhneach. Tá ceithre leabhar filíochta foilsithe aige. I measc na ngradam atá buaite aige dá scríbhneoireacht tá Duais Glen Dimplex, Duais Strong, Duais Bhaitéar Uí Mhaicín, Duais Cholm Cille agus Duais Foras na Gaeilge. Tá sé ina stiúrthóir ar An Fhéile Bheag Filíochta, féile dhátheangach ealaíne bhliantúil ar an mBuailtín. Is amhránaí sean nóis aitheanta é le suim ar leith in amhráin an tsár-amhránaí Duibhnigh Seán de hÓra.
Simon Ó Faoláin was born in Dublin and raised in the West Kerry Gaeltacht. He has published four books of poetry. Amongst the awards his writing has won are the Glen Dimplex Prize, The Strong Prize, the Walter Macken Prize, the Colm Cille Prize and the Foras na Gaeilge Prize. He is Director of An Fhéile Bheag Filíochta, an annual bilingual poetry and arts festival in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh. He is also a noted sean-nós singer with a particular interest in the songs of the great West Kerry singer Seán de hÓra.