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Splonk 8 – Bios

Abi Hennig

Abi Hennig lives in Brighton, by the sea. In between teaching and writing mini stories, she spends her time losing gracefully at complicated board games and running slowly up hills. She has recently had words in various places including Ellipsis Zine, Molotov Cocktail and Reflex Fiction. She tweets @abihennig.

Anne Daly

Anne Daly is a writer who lives in Co. Meath. Her work has recently appeared in The Honest Ulsterman, The Waxed Lemon and Reflex Fiction. Her debut pamphlet Triptych was published by Alien Buddha Press in April 2022.

Bayveen O’Connell

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

Cathal Seoighe

Rugadh agus tógadh Cathal Seoighe ar imeall na hardchathrach. Chaith sé ocht mbliana ag obair san Aifric Theas, roimh aistriú go hIarthar na hÉireann, áit a bhfuil sé ag obair mar eolaí in Ollscoil na Gaillimhe. Tá sé páirteach sa mBruach Thoir, gluaiseacht athbheochana na Gaeilge in oirthear na Gaillimhe.

Cathy Ulrich

Cathy Ulrich sometimes thinks about how long the fall must have been. Her work has been published in various journals, including Scrawl Place, Bureau Dispatch and Yuzu Press.

Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen is the author of the flash fiction collection Other Household Toxins (Matter Press 2018) and the episodic satire Conversations with S. Teri O’Type. His work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction America (Norton, February 2023), The Best Small Fictions 2022Fictive Dream, and lots of other great places. Allen, a workshop leader and full-time editor, is the editor-in-chief and publisher of SmokeLong Quarterly.

David X. Lewis

David X. Lewis has worked as a foreign correspondent and as a writer on AIDS for WHO. He lives in Ferney-Voltaire, near France’s border with Switzerland. The opening of his third novel was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.– with Switzerland. He has become a keen flasher since joining Retreat West.

Douglas A Carlsen

Douglas A Carlsen writes plays and stories. A short story, “Kites”, was recently published in “Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine”. It was later adapted for film and produced in 2022. Two short plays, “Dreams Beneath a Tree” and “A Feral House” were produced in 2021.

Gearóidín Nic Cárthaigh

Tá Gearóidín Nic Cárthaigh ag cur fúithi in Iarthar Chorcaí. Scríobhann sí splancscéalta, gearrscéalta agus dánta. Tá saothar dá cuid foilsithe in irisí éagsúla. Is é Geansaithe Móra an chéad chnuasach óna peann. @GearoidinC

Gillian O’Shaughnessy

Gillian O’Shaughnessy is a short fiction writer from Fremantle (Walyalup) in Western Australia who grew up where the river meets the sea. She has work in SmokeLong Quarterly, Fractured Lit, Cordite Poetry Review and others. She tweets @GillOshaughness

Jo Clark

Jo Clark is a developing writer living in North Yorkshire, a landscape that inspires much of her writing. She started writing flash in 2021 and has achieved longlistings this year in V300 and Flash500, as well as taking 3rd place in the Spring 2022 Propelling Pencil Flash Fiction competition.

Kate Axeford

Kate Axeford (she/ hers), social works by day, plays with words by night. Learning as she goes, and sometimes her words land lucky. Lives in Brighton loves the sea. @KateAxeford

Kik Lodge

Kik Lodge writes short fiction in France. Her work has featured in The Moth, Tiny Molecules, The Cabinet of Heed, Milk Candy Review, Reflex Fiction, Ellipsis Zine, Splonk, Bending Genres, Janus Literary and Litro. @KikLodge

Lauren Foley

Lauren Foley (she/her) is a Next Generation Artist in Literature with the Arts Council of Ireland. Her debut short story collection—Polluted Sex—is published by Influx Press. 

Len Kruger

Len Kruger lives in Washington, D.C. His short fiction has appeared in Zoetrope-All Story, Barcelona Review, Potomac Review, Gargoyle, District Fray, and the anthology, This Is What America Looks Like: Fiction and Poetry from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. More online at

Lucy Hooft

Lucy Hooft is based in Luderitz, Namibia crafting stories about the adventures of growing giant kelp. She is writing a series of spy novels and enjoys flash fiction as an escape from tortuous plots. She also wastes lots of time on Twitter @HooftLucy

Meg Pokrass and Rosie Garland

Meg Pokrass and Rosie Garland are colloborating on a manuscript of hybrid fiction.

Patrick Chapman

Patrick Chapman is a poet, novelist and scriptwriter. His ninth poetry collection, The Following Year, will appear from Salmon in 2023.

Rosaleen Lynch

Rosaleen Lynch is an Irish community worker and writer in the East End of London with words in lots of lovely places and can be found on Twitter @quotes_52 and

Sasha de Buyl

Sasha de Buyl writes short stories and creative non-fiction as well as making zines and comics. Her writing has been published in Gutter, Belfield Literary Review and the anthology Nasty Women, published by 404 Ink. Her broader writing has featured in The Irish times, RTÉ Culture and Poetry Ireland Review.

Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh

Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh (she/her) is a poet from Drogheda. Her work has appeared in Pile Press and Splonk. She co-presents the Irish Mythology Podcast. Tweets @stephie08

Zoë Meager

Zoë Meager is from Aotearoa New Zealand. She’s had work published in Granta, Landfall, Lost Balloon, and Overland, among others, and anthologised in Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, and two volumes of Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy. She’s on Twitter @ZoeMeager