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Five Years of Banshee Press

15 October , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm IST


Eimear Ryan

With Ellen Brickley, Tom Vowler, Marie Gethins, Kevin Power and Bebe Ashley

In partnership with Banshee Press

Banshee Press was founded by three writers and millennials — Laura Cassidy, Claire Hennessy and Eimear Ryan — in 2014 to publish exciting, accessible and contemporary writing in all forms. The first issue of the literary journal Banshee appeared in September 2015, and last year the press moved into book publishing with Paris Syndrome, the acclaimed debut collection of short stories by Lucy Sweeney Byrne.

This autumn, Banshee Press is celebrating its five-year publishing anniversary with the release of a bumper edition of Banshee — issue #10 — as well as the publication of Gold Light Shining, the debut collection of poetry by Bebe Ashley.

To mark the occasion and celebrate five years, Banshee Press will be joined by five of its brilliant contributors: Ellen Brickley, Tom Vowler, Marie Gethins, Kevin Power, and Bebe Ashley. Join us to hear them read from their work and chat about form, process and the literary landscape, and to toast the next five years of Banshee.

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Bebe Ashley

Bebe Ashley lives in Belfast. She is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. Her work can be found in Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Poetry Ireland Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Jukebox and The Tangerine. Her debut collection, Gold Light Shining, is forthcoming from Banshee Press in October 2020.
(issue #9 & Gold Light Shining)

Ellen Brickley

Ellen Brickley’s writing has appeared in The Irish Times, Inis and Women on Writing. She is currently working on an essay collection supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, and a contemporary young adult novel.(issues #2, #3, #5 & #10)

Marie Gethins

Marie Geth­ins’ flash appeared in Banshee, NFFD Anthologies, Flash, Jellyfish Review, Litro, NANO, Wales Arts Review, Synaesthesia, The Nottingham Review, Spelk, Ellipsis Zine, Paper Swans, 101 Words, Fictive Dream and others. Marie is a Pushcart and Best of the Short Fictions nominee and an editor of Irish ezine Splonk.
(issues #6 & #9)

Kevin Power

Kevin Power is the author of two novels, Bad Day in Blackrock and the forthcoming White City (Scribner UK, 2021). His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Dublin Review, Literary Review, The Dublin Review of Books, The Irish Independent, and elsewhere. He is Assistant Professor of Literary Practice in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.
(issue #6)

Eimear Ryan

Eimear Ryan’s writing has appeared in Stranger’s Guide, Winter Papers, Granta, The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, and the anthologies Town & Country (Faber) and The Long Gaze Back (New Island). She is co-editor of Banshee and lives in Cork.

Tom Vowler

Tom Vowler is a novelist and short story writer living in south west England. His books include The Method, What Lies Within and That Dark Remembered Day. He is a lecturer in creative writing at Plymouth University, where he gained his PhD. Tom’s second collection of stories is titled Dazzling the Gods and his new novel, Every Seventh Wave, is forthcoming in 2021. 

(issues #3, #7 & #9.5)

This is a LIVE online event

The Dublin Book Festival is brightening up the cool autumn evenings with weekly events from Thursday 24th September until the beginning of the festival. With podcasts, poetry readings and crime-writing classes, you won’t want to miss this jam-packed series of events!

Join us as we take a seat with guests such as Christine Dwyer Hickey, Graham Norton, Dr Marie Cassidy, and Marita Conlon-McKenna and many more to discuss their riveting new books as well as a wide variety of topics, such as the career of a state pathologist, writing historical Irish fiction and how to write a best-selling crime fiction novel.

Click here to view the full programme of events for our Autumn Series.