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Splonk Issue 4 Biographies

Alexis Wolfe is a writer living in Berkshire, UK. Publications include Mamalode, The London Reader, The Wild Word, Spelk Fiction and New Flash Fiction Review. She tweets @LexiWolfeWrites

Anna-Clare Nic Gairbheith is a postgraduate student at University College Dublin studying the MA CumarsĂĄid agus ScrĂ­obh na Gaeilge. She has written for NĂłs magazine and UCD College Tribune, and is the current EagarthĂłir Gaeilge for the latter.

Anna-Clare is passionate about an Ghaeilge and Irish literature.

Nepal-born Anuja Ghimire (Twitter @GhimireAnuja) lives near Dallas with her husband and two daughters. She’s the author of chapbook Kathmandu (Unsolicited Press), a Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee, a senior publisher in an online learning company, and a poetry reader for Up the Staircase Quarterly.

Bayveen O’Connell is an Irish writer whose words have appeared in Ekphrastic Review, Fractured Lit, Janus Lit, The Forge, Maryland Literary Review, Scrawl Place, Lumiere Review, National Flash Fiction Day Floods, and others. She draws inspiration from history, art, travel, and folklore.
Twitter: @bayveenwriter

Christopher M Drew hails from Sheffield, UK. His short fiction has appeared most recently in trampset, Lunate Fiction, and Forge Literary Magazine. You can connect with Chris on Twitter @cmdrew81, or through his website

Damhnait Monaghan’s flash is widely published. Her novella in flash, The Neverlands, won Best Novella in the 2020 Saboteur Awards. Her debut novel, New Girl in Little Cove, will be published by HarperCollins Canada & Graydon House Books (US) in the spring of 2021. She tweets @Downith.

Damyanti Biswas‘s short fiction has been published, or is forthcoming, at Ambit, Litro, Puerto Del Sol, Griffith Review, Pembroke, among others. Her debut literary crime novel You Beneath Your Skin was published by Simon & Schuster India, and optioned for TV adaptation by Endemol Shine. Tweets at @damyantig.

David Cook‘s stories have been published in the National Flash Fiction Anthology, Spelk, Ellipsis Zine and many more. He lives in Bridgend, Wales, with his wife and daughter. Say hi on Twitter @davidcook100.

Erin Calabria grew up in rural Western Massachusetts and currently lives in Magdeburg, Germany. She is a co-founding editor at Empty House Press, and you can read more of her work in Milk Candy Review, Longleaf Review, Pithead Chapel, Third Point Press, and other places. She tweets @erin_calabria.

Frances Gapper’s stories have been published in three Best Microfiction anthologies and online in places including Splonk, Forge, Gooseberry Pie, Wigleaf, trampset, 100 Word Story, Switch, the Dribble Drabble Review, Twin Pies, Janus, Fictive Dream and New Flash Fiction Review. She lives in the UK’s Black Country. @biddablesheep

TĂĄ GearĂłidĂ­n Nic CĂĄrthaigh ag cur fĂșithi in Iarthar ChorcaĂ­. ScrĂ­obhann sĂ­ gearrscĂ©alta, splancfhiscean agus dĂĄnta as Gaeilge agus as BĂ©arla. TĂĄ saothar dĂĄ cuid foilsithe in irisleabhair Ă©agsĂșla ar lĂ­ne agus i gclĂł.

GrĂĄinne Daly scribbles poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Winner of the UCD Maeve Binchy Award 2019 and runner up in the Limnisa Short Story Competition 2019. Highly commended in the Blue Nib Chapbook Competition 2018, shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue and Anthony Cronin Poetry Prizes, she has been published in numerous publications.

Holly Smith (@15minofscrawl) graduated from Swarthmore in 2014 before earning her MA in Writing at NUIG. She now resides in Chicago and works at the University of Chicago Press.

Jack Ó Drisceoil – Is CorcaĂ­och Ăł dhĂșchas mĂ© ach bhĂ­ cĂłnaĂ­ orm i roinnt tĂ­ortha difriĂșla in imeacht na mbliana. Thug mĂ© 14 bliain i mo mhĂșinteoir Fraincise agus BĂ©arla. TĂĄim lonnaithe i mBÁC anois agus mĂ© i mbun pinn san am i lĂĄthair.

James Tierney is a working-class writer. His work has been featured by Poetry Society, Brave Voices, and others. You can find him on Twitter @jamesmptierney.

Jamie D Stacey is a part-time writer and full-time father. An avid writer of flash fiction and aspiring novelist (working on that debut!), he is drawn to stories that empathise and empower. He’s also just joined twitter: @JamieDStacey1.

Jim Ward writes and is published in English and Irish. His award-winning play Just Guff has toured locally including Town Hall Studio, Galway, Kilkee Playwright Festival and Liberty Hall, Dublin as part of MayFest 2019. His poem 2016 Proclamation was runner-up in the Galway Bay FM/Thoor Ballylee Poetry Challenge, 2017.

Joanne McCarthy : Scríobhann Joanne McCarthy i bPort Låirge.Tå dånta léi foilsithe i roinnt irisí agus duanairí. Ina measc The Stinging Fly, The Honest Ulsterman, Splonk, Ireland Chair of Poetry Anthology, Stony Thursday Book agus Bangor Literary Journal. Tå dånta då cuid le teacht in IrisComhar. Is comheagarthóir í ar The Waxed Lemon.@josieannarua

Katherine Duffy writes short fiction in both English and Irish. Her work in Irish has won Oireachtas awards and she won the Hennessy Award for a story in English. She has also published collections of poetry with the Dedalus Press and Templar Poetry. Website: Twitter: @kateduv1

Matt Neil Hill is from the UK, where he was a psych nurse for many years. What he is now is anybody’s guess. He’s married with cats and one miniature human. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including Vastarien, Weirdbook, 3:AM and Shotgun Honey. Twitter ramblings @mattneilhill.

Niall Ó Siadhail is a London-based writer and musician originally from County Tyrone. He is also an Irish language activist and teacher, and producer/editor of the podcast Nuacht Mhall. @niallosiadhail

Sarah McPherson is a Sheffield-based writer of short fiction and poetry, with work published/forthcoming in Fudoki Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, The Cabinet of Heed, Riggwelter, and STORGY, among others. She has been long/short-listed in competitions including Writers’ HQ and Reflex Fiction. She tweets as @summer_moth and blogs at

Stephen O’Reilly lives in Craughwell, County Galway. He is a recipient of the 2019 RTE Short Story Award in honour of Francis MacManus and a Molly Keane Memorial Award. His work has been published in various collections in the UK and Ireland. He can be found on Twitter @Stephen0Re1lly

Susanne Stich is originally from NĂŒrnberg and lives in the Northwest of Ireland. She was a finalist at the 2018 Irish Novel Fair and received a bursary from the Irish Arts Council. Her writing appeared in The Stinging Fly, Ambit, The Incubator, Boyne Berries and many other literary magazines. @lilysimage