A monthly, online publication for flash fiction, poetry, short stories, and memoir.
Every month we’ll share stories, poems, and readings from writers primarily in the North West of Ireland. You can subscribe to our monthly newsletter to make sure you don’t miss an issue, and you can submit writing for publication. What more could you want?
This piece was long-listed for the FISH flash fiction price, 2020. It came from recalling some really vague memories as a child – the spilt sugar bowl and my mother’s blue coat, and extrapolating a fictional situation from that. It’s amazing how a smell or a memory of touch can take you places.
This story was inspired by three carved mice, a writing prompt offered to the Bundoran Writers Group a few years ago. It draws on fragments of my family history – my maternal grandfather was involved in the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) and spent time on the run from the Black and Tans.
It is a measure of [James Joyce’s] faith in himself and sense of purpose that, during those angry, anarchic months when his “home” – rooms shared with two babies, an angry wife, and a resentful brother – was in an uproar, he recast Stephen Hero into Portrait of the Artist, conceived Ulysses and Exiles, and finished “The Dead.”
– Brenda Maddox, Nora – The Real Life of Molly Bloom
Down Mexico Way is one of a series of stories featuring two young boys, Frankie & Alex. Set during the 80’s with the two lads just starting secondary school. This story started life in our Kinlough writing group and received an honourable mention in the 2019 Fish Flash Fiction prize and was subsequently published in that years’ anthology.