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The COVID-19 launch of Crannóg 52

Welcome to the first, and hopefully last, virtual launch of Crannóg magazine.

At 6.30 PM  Irish time on Friday March 27th we’d all hoped to be gathered upstairs in The Listeners’ Club at the Crane on Sea Road in Galway welcoming our readers and our audience, enjoying good conversation, shaking hands, hugging, as we’ve done 51 times before.

Ger and Jarlath would be at the desk presenting readers with their copy of Crannóg 52  and busily selling Crannóg. Tony would be on the stage introducing each reader to read their poem or story. He would hold up the cover image of issue 52 and thank Sande in Canada who finds the cover art for all our issues.

Damian, our video maker, would be there sticking his camera in your face getting you to wave happily at it and later we’d put the whole thing on our website so those of you around the world who couldn’t make it to the Crane could see the entire evening’s entertainment and wish you were there!

Who’d have thought a tiny particle could stop the world never mind a Crannóg launch, a particle so small  it seems half a million of the little devils can fit on the head of a pin.

But thanks to technology we can salvage something. We asked all our contributors to send a file of their reading in audio or video so we could put together this little virtual launch reading. Below you can listen to the result and read about each writer. We give the page number of their work from Crannóg 52 so you can read from your copy and listen at the same time. Or if you wish you can close your eyes, imagine you’re upstairs in The Crane, the mic is on, and you’re sitting among the audience listening attentively.


Because of the COVID-19 shutdown Ger and Jarlath won’t sell any copies. Our bookshop sales throughout the world will be zero. The boxes of Crannóg 52 that arrived from the printers will lie on the office floor. But again thanks to technology (and the amazing Irish postal service, An Post) we hope to fix all that by asking you to buy Crannóg 52 online by clicking here. Or take out a subscription if you haven’t already done so. We’ve emptied some of those boxes already and sent copies to contributors, subscribers, reviewers and others. You can help to empty the rest by spreading the word on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Zoom, whatever way you can. We need literature at this time. In the words of William Carlos Williams:

 It is difficult

to get the news from poems

                        yet men die miserably every day

                                                for lack

of what is found there.

Thanks and stay healthy, safe, and creative

From all at Crannóg

Christine Valters Paintner is the author of twelve books of nonfiction and a collection of poems titled Dreaming of Stones. Her poems have appeared in several journals in North America, UK, and Ireland including Tales from the Forest, Crannóg, The Stinging Fly, The Blue Nib, Headstuff, The Galway Review, Boyne Berries, Tiferet, Spiritus, Presence, and Anchor.

Christine's poem is on page 50 of Crannóg 52

Nicola Geddes has been published in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The Galway Review, Crossways, The Blue Nib, Skylight 47 and Poethead and in the recent anthologies Writing Home (Dedalus Press) and Children of the Nation (Culture Matters). She received Special Commendation in the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2017 and was Highly Commended in the 2018 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition. In 2019 she won the Irish Times New Irish Writing competition

.Nicola's poem is on page 26 of Crannóg 52

Sandra Bunting is a member of Miramichi’s Words on Water and the Galway Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of four books: poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Other work has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary magazines and newspapers. She was instrumental in setting up the Academic Writing Centre at NUIG and taught creative writing there, as well as teacher training in EFL. A recent project was the development of the Miramichi Literary Trail.

Sandra’s poem is on page 52 of Crannóg 52

SK Grout is the author of the micro chapbook to be female is to be interrogated (the poetry annals, 2018). She holds a post-graduate degree in creative writing from City, University of London and is a Feedback Editor for Tinderbox Poetry. Her work also appears in  Landfall, Rising Phoenix Press, Banshee, Parentheses Journal, Barren Magazine and elsewhere.

Sarah’s 's poem is on page 64 of Crannóg 52

Claire Loader was born in New Zealand and spent several years in China before moving to County Galway. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Dodging The Rain, The Bangor Literary Journal, Tales From The Forest and Crossways.

Claire's story is on page 85 of Crannóg 52

Morag Smith’s short fiction and poetry have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including New Writing Scotland, Nitrogen House, Crannóg, and Gutter. She is one of the four Glasgow Mirrorball Clydebuilt poetry apprentices for 2019–20.

Morag's poem is on page 84 of Crannóg 52

Hildred Crill has been published in FIELD, Poetry Ireland Review, Ars Interpres, Poetry, among other journals.

Hildred’'s poem is on page 6 of Crannóg 52

Valerie Nieman’s third collection, Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse, was published in 2018. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, and Chautauqua, and in anthologies, including Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She was highly commended in the Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize.  Her fourth novel, To the Bones, was published in 2019 by West Virginia U P. She teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University.
Valerie's poem is on page 66 of Crannóg 52

Richard W. Halperin’s fourth collection from Salmon is Catch Me While You Have the Light, 2018; his tenth collection from Lapwing is Sunday Visits, 2019. His work is part of the UCD Irish Poetry Reading Archive.

Richard's poem is on page 36 of Crannóg 52

Frank Golden’s last book of poems was gotta get a message to you (Salmon Poetry). His last novel was The Night Game (Salmon Fiction). He lives in the Oughtmama Valley, Clare, in the West of Ireland.

Frank's poem is on page 28 of Crannóg 52

Maureen Weldon represented Wales at Ukraine’s Terra Poetica poetry festival. She was commissioned to translate some of the work of Ukrainian Poet Alexander Korotko. Her poetry has been widely published in poetry magazines, journals, anthologies, including Crannóg, Poetry Scotland, Vsesvit, Ink Sweat & Tears. She has published five chapbooks, the latest of which is Midnight Robin (Poetry Space Ltd).
Maureen’'s poem is on page 82 of Crannóg 52

Anne Callan writes short stories and plays. Her work has been published in literary magazines and featured on radio. She is a member of Dundalk Writers. Her play Welcome to the Ritz was shortlisted for the 2019 PJ O’Connor Awards.

Anne's story is on page 9 of Crannóg 52

Cath Drake  has been shortlisted for the Venture Poetry Prize and the Manchester Poetry Prize, and was second in the 2017 Resurgence Poetry School eco-poetry prize (the Ginkgo Prize) and highly commended in 2019. Sleeping with Rivers won a Mslexia/Seren poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice. The Shaking City, her first full collection, is out in 2020 with Seren Books.  

Cath's poem is on page 73 of Crannóg 52

Hope you’re enjoying this virtual launch of Crannóg 52. Contributors are continuing to send in audio and video of their readings.
Crannóg 52 has a total of 43 contributors - more than we could accommodate at a physical launch. So that’s one good outcome.
Check back intermittently.
More to come.

Sinéad Creedon has been published in The Attic, Ireland's Zine, Nothing Substantial, WOW: Women On Writing and Crannóg 49. She was selected as Young Writer Delegate for the Irish Writers Centre in 2018. In 2019, she was longlisted for the Marian Keyes Young Writer Award.

Sinéad’s story is on page 76  of Crannóg 52

Mary Madec’s third book, The Egret Lands With News From Other Parts, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2019.

Mary's poem is on page 60 of Crannóg 52

Orla Fay is editor of Boyne Berries. Her work has appeared in i am not a silent poet, The Irish Times, Visual Verse, Poetry Ireland Review, Ropes 2019 and Quarryman V. She was shortlisted for the Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2019 and the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards 2019. She won 3rd Prize in The Oliver Goldsmith Poetry Prize 2019. She blogs at Twitter@FayOrla

Orla's poem is on page 16 of Crannóg 52

Sherre Vernon has written two award-winning chapbooks: Green Ink Wings and The Name is Perilous. She is a 2019 recipient of the Parent-Writer Fellowship to Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and served as the fiction editor for Fickle Muses.

Sherre's poem is on page 88 of Crannóg 52

Patrick Chapman is the author of eight poetry collections and four books of fiction. His latest publications are Open Season on the Moon (Salmon Poetry, 2019),  Anhedonia (stories, BlazeVOX, 2018) and So Long, Napoleon Solo (novel, BlazeVOX, 2017).

Patrick's poem is on page 8 of Crannóg 52

Maurice Devitt won the 2015 Trócaire/Poetry Ireland Competition. He has been runner-up or shortlisted at Listowel Writers’ Week, Cúirt New Writing Prize, the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Interpreter’s House and Cork Literary Review. He is curator of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site, chairperson of the Hibernian Writers’ Group and has recently published his debut collection Growing Up in Colour with Doire Press.

Maurices's poem is on page 14 of Crannóg 52

Marybeth Rua-Larsen won the Luso-American Fellowship for the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal in 2017 and was awarded a Hawthornden International Fellowship in Scotland in 2019. She’s had recent work in Orbis and Magma, among others, and her chapbook Nothing In-Between was published by Barefoot Muse Press.

Marybeth's poem is on page 91 of Crannóg 52

Rebecca Gethin has published five poetry publications and has been a Hawthornden Fellow and a Poetry School tutor. Her collection, Messages, was a winner in the first Coast to Coast to Coast pamphlet competition. Vanishings from Palewell Press and a second chapbook from Marble are forthcoming in 2020.

Rebecca’s poem is on page 25 of Crannóg 52

Submissions for Crannóg 53 are open
from May 1st to May 31st.

See Submission page for details.

Breda Joyce has completed an MA in Creative Writing in UCC. She was shortlisted for the Hennessy award and the Anthony Cronin Award in 2019 and longlisted in the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition. She was a finalist for the 2019 Kinsale Arts Festival competition. She won the Judith Aronson creative writing competition in 2018. She has had poems published in Skylight 47, The Galway Review, Musebox, The Honest Ulsterman, Bangor Literary Journal, and The Quarryman.
Breda's poem is on page 40 of Crannóg 52

Abbie Neale is an English writer and painter. Her poetry has appeared in The North, Strix Magazine, Whirlagust, Playground Poems and Abridged. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Yaffle Prize, won the Poetry Business’ New Poets Prize and the international prize in the York Mix Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet Threadbare is due from Smith|Doorstop in 2020.

Abbie's poem is on page 58 of Crannóg 52.

Tanya Farrelly's collection When Black Dogs Sing (Arlen House) was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and won the Kate O’Brien Award 2017. Her two psychological thrillers are The Girl Behind the Lens and When Your Eyes Close (Harper Collins). She holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Bangor University, and teaches at the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. She is the founder/director of Staccato Literary Salon and Bray Literary Festival. Her second short story collection is due from Arlen House in 2020.                    Tanya's story is on page 41 of Crannóg 52