The Stinging Fly – Galway 2020 Issue

Date 01.11.2020 - 30.04.2021
Venue Online
Organiser Stinging Fly
Event Website Click here

The Stinging Fly is celebrating Galway’s designation as a 2020 European Capital of Culture with a special issue that will explore, among other things, Galway’s identity as an Irish and European city. With a line-up of contributors that includes Galway natives tackling notions of home, and writers from further afield inspired by the pull of city and county, the issue reflects on the mundane and the mystical, the self and society, what connects us, and what flings us apart: all human life, as one will happily find  streets of Galway on any given day.

The issue will be published in November 2020, with additional stories to be published on The Stinging Fly website between November 2020 and February 2021.The Stinging Fly will also host a series of online talks and readings during that time to coincide with the publication of the issue.

The issue is on sale in bookshops around Ireland including Dubray, Kenny’s and Charlie Byrne‘s in Galway. It will also be for sale on The Stinging Fly website

Guest Editor: Lisa McInerney
Guest Poetry Editor: Elaine Feeney


Aoife Casby | ‘Pilgrimage , or The Liminal Situation of a Connemara Erratic’
Gavin Corbett | ‘Faeces In My Airbnb’
Dean Fee | ‘Bad News’
Fred Johnston | ‘She Taught Me To See Unicorns’
Mike McCormack | ‘These Are The Tools God Gave Us’
Alan McMonagle | ‘Balm for the Halfpenny Place’
Andrew Meehan | ‘The Billionaire Kevin Carty Photographed With Fifty-Nine Of His Sixty Dressage Warhorses’
Kathleen Murray | ‘Glass To Sand’
Mary O’Donoghue | ‘In the Inn District’
Michael Phoenix | ‘What Was It Like There’
Emer Rogers | ‘The Next of the Last’


Carolann Caviglia Madden | ‘Ode to the Marriage and the Divorce’
Emily S. Cooper | ‘Keen’
Elaine Cosgrove | ‘The Unseeing’
Louis de Paor | ‘Tearmann’
Annie Deppe | ‘Nestling, green’
Attracta Fahy | ‘This is I’
Tiana M. Fischer | ‘Rain Lyric’
Ella Gaynor | ‘Deadman’s Beach’
Aimee Godfrey | ‘God is a Surgeon or a Huntsman or a Wolf’
Aideen Henry | ‘The Trees, They Do Be Tall’
James Martyn Joyce | ‘Furey Meets The Bishop’
Joanne McCarthy | ‘I want to become a punk at 40’
Neil McCarthy | ‘Skinny Dipping’
Afric McGlinchey| ‘The First Migration (or Running Away After the First Slap)’
Geraldine Mitchell | ‘Island Life’
Cian Murphy| ‘wanna be’
Jade Murphy| ‘In a London Fish Shop’
Anne Mulkeen Murray | ‘No Love Lost’
Nessa O’Mahony | ‘Doon Cottage’
Katelyn O’Neill | ‘Letter to my 13-year-old self’
Katie O’Sullivan | ‘Exposure Therapy’
Ruth Quinlan | ‘The Corrib Great Southern, 2020’
Liz Quirke | ‘Madame Helene on the Prom’
Moya Roddy | ‘Hell in Connacht’
Toh Hsien Min | Two poems
Molly Twomey |‘Liz’s Kitchen’


David Wheatley, translating Joe Steve Ó Neachtain | ‘Dóthain’ / ‘Fill’


Kevin Barry | ‘Awkward Relations’
Megan Buckley | ‘Creativity, Community, Poetry: Women Writing In Late-Twentieth-
Century Galway’
Stan Carey | ‘Wasn’t It Herself Told Me?’ Irish English Dialect in Galway
Rob Doyle | ‘Ballyphallus — Sex, Magic and Yeats’
Róisín Kiberd | ‘A Hell Taxonomy’
Clara Kumagai | ‘Memorials’
Peter Murphy | ‘Where We Come From’
Nuala O’Connor | ‘Blowing In and Blowing Out’
Colin Walsh | ‘A Stranger Rides Into Town, A Man Goes On A Journey’


Maeve Curtis

Cover Design

Catherine Gaffney