ESC V Writers

Kate Hampton

Kate Hampton is Assistant Editor for Kwani Trust and Coeditor for Jalada. Her poetry, creative nonfiction and journalism have appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in the Chimurenga Chronic, The East African, Kwani? 07, Kwani? 08, Jalada and Bakwa. Tweet her @KateCHampton. Connect with her at

Daniel Ayiotis

Daniel Ayiotis started writing regularly after joining the Dublin Writer’s Forum in November 2012.  He has performed original work at various performance nights around the city and has been featured in various online and hard copy publications.

In January 2014 he co-founded a performance showcase event called Mixed Messages which came to be very highly regarded.  Foregoing stage and host, the concept behind it is to do something that deviates from the usual format of arts performance nights, making the acts an organic part of the audience and challenging the performers to come up with novel ways to use the space.

He is currently working on a collection of stories set in a strange fictional midlands village called Portraw.

Sophie Barnett

Sophie Barnett is a human, who writes and photographs.

She likes houmous, dictionaries and stroking her cat. No pussy pun was intended.

Having found academia a bit stressful, by way of Bi-Polar disorder and being accepted by but not going to Oxford twice, she now studies with the Open University.

She isn’t rich so hopes that a degree will grant her a job which doesn’t immediately shatter her tolerance levels.

No allergies. Stupid autobiography.

Once, she walked past a fishmongers while humming the horrendous song, ‘Perfect 10′ by The Beautiful South.

What she loves is blues music… And distortion.

Enquire about her work here:

Helen McClory

Helen McClory is a writer and reader based in Edinburgh. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in 3 AM Press, Necessary Fiction, Smokelong, The Toast, and Phoebe, among other places. Last year she was a Creative Futures Artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre, Canada. She blogs about the voluptuous weirdness of the everyday at

Emily Robards

Emily Robards is a visual artist who works primarily with photography but also works in a variety of other media such as printmaking, drawing, text, embroidery and paint.
Born 1988, in Adare, County Limerick, Ireland. She is currently attending Limerick School of Art and Design where she is studying a BA in Printmaking and Contemporary Practice.
She is the Junior Gallery Assistant at Ormston House Gallery.

Her work draws from dreams and memories, linking the spiritual, human and animal worlds together with an underlining narrative of innocence and the uncanny.
The work arises from the self, drawing from her past, while trying to take control of the present.
Emily combines images with found text relating to the subconscious or  individually in the form of black-out poetry to create new narratives and personal myths.

Sarah Kilfeather

Sarah is a scientist and literature enthusiast. She lives on the top of a mountain in Sligo with her husband and cat. She is currently working on her first novel.

Daniel Fishwick

Daniel Fishwick is a writer who  lives in Manchester and also works for a young people’s mental health charity. In between eating toast, he writes stories and scripts of varied kinds for varied publications. Several short stories and flash fiction have been published in 2014 while, like a lot of people, working on that first novel. He can be found via @VanFishtelrooy on twitter.

Elizabeth Rose Murray

Elizabeth Rose Murray (represented by Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Associates, London) has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland, including Southword, South Circular, Word Riot and 3am. She has been shortlisted in the following competitions: Francis MacManus 2013 (Short Story), Penguin/RTE Guide 2013 (short story), Powers/Irish Times 2013 (flash fiction), Cara 2013 & 2012 (flash fiction) and Aesthetica Creative Works 2011 (poetry). In 2012, she performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station – a live writing installation at the Cork Midsummer Festival. Visit her Green Fingered Writer blog and chat to her on Twitter. If you’re looking for inspiration, try her Pinterest boards.

Niall Kitson

Niall Kitson is a Dublin-based journalist and writer. He has had material appear online and in print media across comics, fiction and radio plays. He is currently chair of Eblana Writers.

Darragh Gaffney

Darragh Gaffney is a 22 year old writer from Leitrim. He has a Masters in Theatre and a Degree in English and Greek And Roman Civilisation. He has been writing numerous plays, poems and has attempted novels over the last two years.

Sinéad O’Hart

Sinéad O’Hart likes to read and write, and that’s about it. Passionate about fiction in all its forms, she is currently working on a children’s novel. Her stories have appeared in Number Eleven Magazine, Synaesthesia Magazine, wordlegs and Daily Science Fiction, among others. She blogs daily at

Rachel Mulholland

Rachel Mulholland, 29, is from Dundalk, County Louth. She has a BA in English and Classics from NUI Galway and now teaches English in Galicia, Spain, where she has been based for the past nine years. Most recently she has had work published in The Bohemyth, The Pickled Body and Wordlegs.

Hugo Boylan

Hugo completed his MA in Classics in 2012 in UCD. Since then he’s been working as a hospital porter. In 2013 he began writing for the webcomic He’s also been known to dabble in poetry, short stories, reviews and banging his head against a wall to shake the ideas loose whenever writer’s block rears it’s ugly head. It’s not a bad old life.

Siegfried Baber

Siegfried Baber is a poet from Bath, Somerset, and the editor of Thunk Magazine. He is currently  working on a debut pamphlet of poetry, The Baby with the Baboon’s Heart, and co-editing a book of war correspondence, Brothers in Arms.

Stephanie Conn

Stephanie has been shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award, highly commended in the Mslexia Pamplet Competition and the Doire Press Poetry Competition, and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. She is a recent graduate of the MA programme in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, QUB.

Aodán McCardle

Awaiting accreditation for a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London: ‘Action and the Articulations of the Contemporary Poem’. Co-Editor of Veer Books. A member of the collaborative writing (anti-) performance collective London Under Construction. My current practice is improvisational Performance Writing making particular use of BodyTracing, projected image and text sequences and other multimedia atmospheres. I have two books of poetry published to date, SHUDDERED and ‘IS ing’, the latter being a responsive transcription of improvised performances 2007-2011, and a Chapbook LllOoVvee from Smithereens Press 2013.
Living in Donegal, Ireland.

  • ‘My Hands are Sore’ 29th May-24h June 2015, Beton7, Athens, Visions-V_Ideas, Performances,
    Bodytracing, Improvised Performancewriting, Installation.
  • ‘Say Citizen: 3rd May’,  Nov-Dec 2014, NoJuryNoPrize, Artlink Fort Dunree Improvised Performance: Bodytracing and Writing
  • The Enemies Project:  ‘Another thing to wear it’   25th Sept 2014  Dublin Writers Centre
  • Forbid Me My Love’ Cabaret, Triskel’s Black Mariah gallery, Cork, Friday 5th July 2013 Improvised Performance, Concrete and Sound poetry and Reading.
  • Purgatory Nov 2012 Béal Festival
  • Reading  at the prague Micro Festival 2011
  • A sample of the text from my latest book ‘IS ing’ can be seen here
  • A sample from my previous book collaboration ‘SHUDDERED’ with Stephen Mooney and Piers Hugill can be seen here

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