Online Fiction & Poetry

The Writing of ‘Tin’ / Nuala O’Connor

‘Tin’ is a commissioned story and, therefore, I approached and wrote it differently to the stories that occur to me in a natural way. Firstly, the story had to be designed to be read aloud. BBC Radio Ulster and 14-18 NOW – the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary – asked a…

Nuala O’Connor: Tin

Down the years there has always been an ease between Patricia and Malachy that’s hard for others to slip between. It’s as if they have an invisible rope that binds them and no one can get beyond it, not even me. Their attachment didn’t bother me overly much before, but I’m the woman of the house now and I won’t have Patricia sharing soft looks with my husband. Mrs Cahill from down the way – who has watched out for us since Mammy passed – told me I need to announce myself. So I rise now and step away from the table; I place Patricia’s old cushion onto the settle by the wall and I sit into Mammy’s chair by the fire.

Feeling Unentitled / Mary Morrissy

Mary Morrissy discusses ‘Repossession’, her new short story in Issue Twelve of The Lonely Crowd.   Getting the right title for a story is important and there’s usually an ‘aha’ moment when you find it, or it finds you. With ‘Repossession’ this moment never came, so as far as I’m concerned, it is still a…

Issue Twelve Preview: ‘Space is a Doubt’ by Fiona O’Connor

Fiona O’Connor introduces her new short story ‘Space is a Doubt’, featured in ‘Five Years’: Issue Twelve of The Lonely Crowd. The Lonely Crowd · Read by the Author: Introduction to ‘Space Is A Doubt’ by Fiona O’Connor   Fiona O’Connor is a former Hennessy Short Story Award Prize winner. She contributes to The Irish…

‘A Frontal Lobe Love Poem’ Glyn Edwards

In honour of Valentine’s Day, Glyn Edwards reads the beautiful ‘A Frontal Lobe Love Poem’, from Vertebrae.   Find out more about Glyn Edwards and Vertebrae here. Image by Jo Mazelis. Follow Jo on twitter here.

On Three Poems Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal

Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal discusses her three poems featured in Issue Eleven of The Lonely Crowd. While living in Dublin during the year of 2017, I relocated to Antwerp, Belgium for the summer to work on the archives of Samuel Beckett at the University of Antwerp. That summer often felt like wearing the shoes that didn’t quite fit…

Winter Readings: ‘A Millennial’s Christmas in Wales’ by Dan Tyte

Dan Tyte reads a Christmas short story as part of our Winter Readings series of podcasts. Millennial identical twins Gerard and Stephanie are back home for Christmas Day. Expect family politics with all the trimmings. The stand-alone story also acts as the first chapter of Tyte’s latest novel, The Offline Project (The Big Issue called…

Winter Readings: Three Poems by John Freeman

John Freeman reads his three poems from Issue Eleven of The Lonely Crowd. John Freeman is a prize-winning poet and critic whose work has appeared in magazines and anthologies over several decades. His most recent books are What Possessed Me (Worple Press), and Strata Smith and the Anthropocene (Knives Forks and Spoons Press), both published…

Books of the Year 2019 / Part Four

Contributors to The Lonely Crowd pick the best books that they have read this year. Jaki McCarrick My reading in 2019 was disparate and strange. At night I mostly read fiction, some novels I had already read or missed classics or works published a few years previously. During the day, I read books I’d been asked to review, much…

Books of the Year 2019 / Part Three

Contributors to The Lonely Crowd pick the best books that they have read this year. Lisa Harding When I was gifted the much-hyped bestseller Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, I was sceptical. The grandiose claims that this a ‘once-in-a generation book’, that it is a ‘masterpiece’,’ astonishing’, ‘compelling’, an ‘instant classic’ made me weary and wary, and yes, prone…