Events and Submissions

Apologies for the long silence – I was overtaken by events of my own, as it happens.  Here’s a quick posting of some upcoming events & openings for submissions.  I’ll be back soon with some thoughts on historical fiction in a discussion with the poet Nessa O’Mahony, whose latest collection Her Father’s Daughter was launched this week by Salmon Press.

From Glimmer Train:

  • Maximum word count: 3,000. Reading fee is $15 per story; please, no more than three submissions per category.Writing Guidelines.

When in doubt, which is where you’ll be living your life as a writer of all your work, short or long, write something simple and follow it out past knowing…listen.—Ron Carlson

  • Second- and 3rd-place winners receive $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700.
  • The results of the Very Short Fiction Award contest will be officially announced in the January 10th bulletin, and finalists will be contacted directly by 12/23.


From Umbrella Theatre Company:

THREE NEW PLAYS at the Maureen O’Hara studio in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum will open on Tuesday 7th October. Each play will be enacted with script in hand, assisted by video animation and scene setting.

The three plays, on successive Tuesdays and Wednesdays,  cover a broad and interesting range of themes from :

  • a comedy set in 1950’s Ireland to
  • a very topical play on issues affecting the lives of Irish women from the 1960’s to the present day.
  • a stimulating perspective on the impact James Joyce’s literary pursuits may have had on his two children, Giorgio and Lucia.

The High Priest of Hackballscross by Michael Casey

– Tues 7 & Wed 8 Oct 2014, at 8pm.

Safe by Celia de Fréine
– Tues 14 & Wed 15 Oct 2014, at 8pm.

Joyce’s Wake by Michael Casey
– Tues 21 Oct & Wed 22 Oct 2014, at 8pm.

Tickets: €7


Booking: Mill Theatre 01 -296 9340   or online at



From The Progressive Film Club:

(This screening will be devoted to environmental issues)

Where :  The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St., Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
When  :  Sat. 25th October 2014
Time   :  15.00hrs

(A) 3pm – The Last Ice Merchant – 15mins

Ecuador is small in size yet rich in geographic diversity. The land ranges from the towering, snow-capped Andes to the lush, coastal lowlands, the Amazon jungle and the Galapagos Islands. Chimborazo, with an elevation of 20,700 feet above sea level, is the tallest mountain in Ecuador and the closest point on Earth to the sun due to its proximity to the equator. The summit is covered with snow-capped glaciers.
Twice a week for over half a century, Baltazar Ushca has hiked up the slopes of Mount Chimborazo, the tallest mountain in Ecuador, to harvest glacial ice that covers the highest altitudes of this dormant volcano. In the past, up to forty ice merchants made the journey up the mountain to mine the ice; today, however, Baltazar works alone. Even his brothers, Gregorio and Juan, both raised as ice merchants, have retired from the mountain to find more steady work.
The Last Ice Merchant tells a story of cultural change and indigenous lifestyle through the perspectives of three brothers who have dealt with change in different ways.

(B) 3.30pm – The Wisdom to Survive – 60mins

Climate Change, Capitalism & Community

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.
The film examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.
Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption.
Directed by John Ankele & Anne Macksoud
Videography: Michael Sacca
Music: Eugene Friesen – Cello
A film by Old Dog Documentaries




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