By The Lonely Crowd

‘What Did You Do in the War, Dad?’ Tony Curtis

In Issue Five, we featured ‘Pro Patria’, Tony Curtis’s moving poem to his father. Here Curtis discusses the motivations and story behind the poem, which you can now also read online.  What had my father, Leslie Thomas Curtis, done in the war? There is a time in one’s life when unanswered questions, perhaps previously unformed questions come to mind and will not leave. The structured formulae of tv programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? encourages a delving into the past of families and, aided by pretty straightforward computer skills, it seems as if many of those perplexing…

ONLINE FICTION: ‘Why, Molly?’ by Tanya Farrelly

Molly stands in the doorway, portfolio clutched beneath one arm, and watches Jake clear the snow from the driveway. Head bowed in concentration, he hasn’t seen her come out of the house. The shovel scrapes on the tarmac and he tosses another pile of dirty snow onto the lawn. Molly wishes he wouldn’t do that.…

On Writing ‘Lockjaw’ – Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy is Associate Director of Creative Writing at University College Cork. She is the author of three novels, Mother of Pearl, The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey, and two collections of stories, A Lazy Eye and Prosperity Drive. She has taught creative writing in the US and Ireland since 2000. In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious US Lannan Award for work ‘of exceptional quality’. Mother of Pearl, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Whitbread (now Costa) Award and The Pretender and The Rising of Bella Casey were both nominated for the Dublin Impac International Literary Award. She has over thirty years’ experience as a journalist on three of Ireland’s national newspapers.

Danielle McLaughlin: ‘Primal Cuts’

Danielle McLaughlin’s short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Times, and elsewhere. Her debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs On Other Planets, was published in Ireland in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press, in the UK and US in 2016 by John Murray and Random House, and, most recently, in Slovakia by Inaque.

How I wrote ‘There’s a Café in this story’ – Alison Wells

Alison Wells is a psychology and communication studies grad and author (as AB Wells) of the comedic fantasy Housewife with a Half-Life. Her literary short fiction has been published in Ireland, the UK and Australia including in The Stinging Fly, Crannóg, New Planet Cabaret & UK Flash Fiction Day’s Jawbreakers and Scraps. Alison blogs on & and has been Hennessy, Bridport, Fish and BBC Opening Lines shortlisted.

On Writing ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow’ – Jessica Bonder

Jessica Bonder is an American fiction writer and actor. She has previously published works in STORGY Magazine, The Bohemyth, Vending Machine Press, The Fiction Pool, Split Lip Magazine and Unbroken Journal. Her short story ‘Not Today’ won first place in STORGY’s 2015 Short Story Contest, judged by author Paul McVeigh. She holds a BA in English and Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New Jersey. Tweet her @jessbonder.

Stroking Felix: On Writing ‘Living Under a Helicopter’ – Camillus John

My story entitled, ‘Living Under a Helicopter’, about a man who has to live with a helicopter on his back for twenty years was inspired by the song, ‘Sound of Da Police’, by big, African-American motherfucker and hip-hop Godhead, KRS-One. “Woop-woop! That’s the sound of da police Woop-woop! That’s the sound of the beast” His album, Criminally…

READ BY THE AUTHOR: ‘my german wine’ – Mark Mayes

Mark Mayes reads ‘my german wine’, his poem from Issue Seven of The Lonely Crowd. Mark Mayes’ début novel, The Gift Maker, is published by Urbane Publications. He has published stories and poems in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the celebrated Unthology series (#5, #9, and accepted for #10) from Unthank Books. His work has…

Three Poems – Fred Johnston

Fred Johnston discusses his three poems in Issue 7 of The Lonely Crowd. I was delighted to have three poems published in The Lonely Crowd, Issue 7. And especially to have some space in which to talk about them. I am aware, of course, that poems ought to ‘talk’ for themselves. So the best I…


NOTE ON THE DELAYED PUBLICATION OF THE BEAUTIFUL ROOMS BY VALERIE SIRR: ‘Valerie is currently recovering from the effects of long term undiagnosed b12 deficiency which is now being addressed. She expects to be well enough to launch THE BEAUTIFUL ROOMS in Spring 2018.’ Listen to Valerie read a short story from the collection, ‘Made…