The ILS comes together with The Stinging Fly literary magazine to reflect on the literary legacy of 1916. The bumper anniversary edition, subtitled ‘In the Wake of the Rising’, brings together 43 writers to respond to the literature and events of the 1916 Rising. The evening will include a discussion with publisher Declan Meade and guest editor Sean O’Reilly alongside readings by contributors: Martina Evans, Aisling Fahy, Grahame Williams, and Joan Win Brennan.
… [I]n today’s tough market, where literary fiction is no longer the cornerstone of the publishing business, no longer the prestige flagship of any respectable publishing firm, the influence of the literary magazine is arguably no longer what it once was. However, in Ireland, one small but beautifully formed magazine is bucking that trend, launching the careers of literary talents, nurturing them with care and even publishing their work in book form. How, exactly, does The Stinging Fly do it?”Alison Walsh, The Sunday Independent
Sean O’Reilly on editing the special edition:
‘There are many reasons behind the publication of this special edition of The Stinging Fly in the centenary year of the Easter Rising. Perhaps the most important one, I would say, is that any literary magazine, whether it likes it or not, is a product of the times in which it is made. Hopefully, it is also an inspirational and critical response to those times. The issue would open up an alternative space for writers to re-read and respond to the events of that Easter Monday, the background and the legacy, and to the Proclamation itself, a founding document of the Republic, outside of the official events and memorials planned by the government of the day—which, as I write, is preparing to go to the people again. The writers were free to respond to this material in whatever way they wanted, in any shape or form.’
The ‘In the Wake of the Rising’ issue will feature on The Book on One on RTÉ Radio One during the week March 21st to March 25th.
The Stinging Fly magazine was established in 1997 to seek out, publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing. Three issues are published each year. The Stinging Fly Press operates in tandem with the magazine and has published debut short-story collections by Kevin Barry, Michael J. Farrell, Mary Costello, Colin Barrett, Claire-Louise Bennett and Danielle McLaughlin.