Issue Five Editorial

I’ve been editing student writing going on three years at this point, and one thing that never fails to amaze me is just how good it is. There’s an awful lot of literary and journalistic talent in our midst, and that’s true no matter the genre: fiction? Fantastic stuff. Current affairs? Wonderful. Poetry? Outstanding. But it’s not just raw talent that makes an article stand … Continue reading Issue Five Editorial

Editor’s Note: January 2018

It feels like ages since I’ve written one of these editorials. Almost as though it’s been a whole year. Happy new year, everybody! It’s officially 2018, and it’s still early enough for most of us to feel optimistic about the next eleven months or so. Long may that continue. If it can’t continue that long, may it at least continue into February. January is a … Continue reading Editor’s Note: January 2018

Motley Tries to Write a Novel

Look, we’ve all thought about it, and it can’t be that difficult, surely – there are only 26 letters in the English alphabet, so unless you want to get fancy with your punctuation, that’s very manageable. Surely. In my lifetime, I’ve made a start on over twenty novels. The only one I ever finished is better described as a novella, and it was about the … Continue reading Motley Tries to Write a Novel

Smells Like Dean Spirit

UCC telepathy researcher Eddie Dean is certainly a memorable stage presence, writes Lauren Mulvihill I’ll try almost anything once, which is how I ended up in a dark warehouse down an even darker road in the middle of Cork City one Sunday night. A red glow crept out of the doorway and onto the ground outside as I approached the building and was directed in. … Continue reading Smells Like Dean Spirit

Interview: Dry Roasted Peanuts

I met JJ Lee, Marc Ó Cearnaigh, Chris O’Sullivan and Robert McDonnell – otherwise known as Dry Roasted Peanuts – in one of Cork School of Music’s many practice rooms on a humid, mid-July afternoon. The space was mostly taken up by two shiny grand pianos – Robert tapped out a tune on one as we all took our seats. I used the other as … Continue reading Interview: Dry Roasted Peanuts