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The Stinging Fly!

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

News from Dublin, Ireland! The cutting edge magazine,The Stinging Fly, will be presenting three readings in NYC from their latest New York Issue. Read about all the excitement from editor, Declan Meade.


On Monday, I fly from Dublin to New York along with four writers—Aifric Mac Aodha, Emer Martin, Sean O’Reilly and Keith Ridgway. We have three events lined up on three consecutive nights at venues around Manhattan. It’s very exciting and more than a little scary.


Right from the first issue of the magazine coming out in the spring of 1998, we have organised events in Dublin, and these have become an integral part of what The Stinging Fly does. We bring together all these writers on the pages of each of our issues, and then we bring them together in the flesh and we have them share their work and then they talk and drink and talk some more. They get to meet with their readers too. One of the main reasons the magazine has survived all this time is that we have a loyal band of readers who subscribe to the magazine and who come and participate in our events.


In Dublin, our events start on Irish time. I often find myself pacing an almost empty room as the advertised start-time comes and goes. (Almost empty because typically one or two people will arrive way ahead of time, but they will not be the kind of people who make me any less nervous.) Then suddenly, at five or ten minutes after the hour people begin to arrive and, within twenty more minutes, the room is full and my spirits lift and I know we’ll have another good night.


But three consecutive nights! We’ve never attempted that in Dublin. But to go to New York—to have been given this wonderful opportunity—it seemed like the only way to do it was to go all out and to try and do as much as we possibly could.


So, yes, I’m anticipating a few nervous evenings next week, waiting to see if people will turn up to our different events. I know I’m going to meet a lot of writers, many of whom have contributed to our New York issue, and up to now we’ve only communicated by e-mail. I hope I’m going to meet some new readers for the magazine too— and I hope we all have a few great nights together.

~ Declan Meade


The Stinging Fly in New York, three events on three nights, October 25, 26 & 27, is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America during 2011. The Stinging Fly magazine publishes new Irish and international writing. We welcome submissions from January to March each year.



 (Photo by John Minihan)


Declan Meade has published and edited The Stinging Fly magazine since 1998. From 1999 to 2004 he edited the James Joyce Bloomsday Magazine for the James Joyce Centre in Dublin. In 2005 he set up The Stinging Fly Press that he continues to run in tandem with the magazine. He has edited two anthologies of short stories, These Are Our Lives (2006) and Let's Be Alone Together (2008). In 2004 and again in 2009, he organised the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award, Ireland's biggest short story competition.


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The Stinging Fly in New York - 3 events, 3 nights - October 25, 26 & 27 as part of Imagine Ireland




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