Sunday, October 14
2.15pm – 3.45pm
Whitney Modern Gallery
with Declan Meade, Jessica Traynor, Wendy Erskine, Maria Behan. Moderated by Ethel Rohan
Stinging Fly Stories is a collection of 40 short stories first published in the Stinging Fly magazine. It is a celebration of The Stinging Fly’s first twenty years as a home for new writers and new writing.
Declan Meade is the publisher, editor, and co-founder of The Stinging Fly literary magazine, which focuses on showcasing new and emerging Irish and international writers. Stinging Fly Stories collects 40 short stories to celebrate the first twenty years of a publishing platform for new writers and new writing, highlighting work by 40 different authors.
Jessica Traynor is a writer, dramaturg, and creative writing teacher from Dublin. Her debut poetry collection ‘Liffey Swim’ was published by Dedalus Press in 2014 and was nominated for the Strong/Shine Award. She has been described as “a poet to keep reading and listening to” by the Cordite Review, who said that “her language is fresh, erudite and engaging. Her writing future is sure to be a bright one”.
Traynor’s second poetry collection, ‘The Quick’, is to be released by Dedalus Press in September 2018.
Wendy Erskine lives in Belfast. Her work has been published in The Stinging Fly, and Female Lines: New Writing by Women from Northern Ireland (New Island Books) and is forthcoming in Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber and Faber), Winter Papers and on BBC Radio 4. Sweet Home is her first collection.
Maria Behan’s fiction and non-fiction have garnered recognition in America and Europe, including Ireland’s prestigious Francis MacManus Short Story Award. Her fiction has been featured in the anthologies Stinging Fly Stories and These Are Our Lives; her non-fiction has appeared in HuffPost, the Irish Times, and other publications. She is the author of “Spotlight,” a monthly column about the U.S. political scene that appears in the Berlin-based online magazine The Wild Word.
Editor Sarah Gilmartin writes that ‘the style and scope of the stories in this anthology are not easily categorized. Writers, both emerging and established, are always nudging at the form. Some tweak tradition, others aim to blast it apart. The stories in The Stinging Fly are about anything and everything. The ones that excel draw us fully into an experience, scratching away at the surface to explore what lies beneath.’
Ethel Rohan, Event Moderator
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Ethel Rohan lives in San Francisco. Her stories and writing often center on the body—its joys, secrets, memory, urges, and horrors.
Rohan’s first novel, The Weight of Him, was published by St. Martin’s Press, February 14, 2017, and from Atlantic Books shortly thereafter. She is also the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for The Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. She wrote, too, the award-winning chapbook Hard to Say (PANK) and the award-winning e-memoir single, Out of Dublin (Shebooks).
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