Spring 2023 Released
Featuring poetry & prose from across the world, this quarterly includes new work by Nuala O’Connor, the late Kevin Higgins, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Gráinne Daly, Derville Quigley, Elizabeth Power, John Noonan, Michael Begnal, & Katie Harper Garrett. Read the current issue here.
Winter 2022 Released
Featuring poetry & prose from across the world, this quarterly includes new work by Alicia Byrne Keane, Kate Smyth, Ian Irwin, Beth Storey, Julie Breathnach-Banwait, Carrie Griffin, Mary Madec, & Jimmy Kerr. Read Issue #4 here.
Fall 2022 Released
Featuring poetry and short fiction from across the world, this quarterly includes new work by Anne Casey & Heather Bourbeau, Diarmuid Cawley, Heather Corbally Bryant, Martin Simms, Máire T. Robinson, and Daragh Fleming. Read Issue #3 here.
Summer 2022 Released
Featuring poetry, an essay, and short fiction from across the world, the second quarterly of Trasna includes new work by Brittany Nohra, Nathanael O’Reilly, John Martin, Eugene O’Hare, Samuel Meyler, Fred Johnston, Shane O’Neill, and Linda Whittenberg. Read Issue #2 here.
First Quarterly Issue of Trasna Released
With poems and stories by Libby Hart, Stephen O’Connor, Mike Gallagher, S. C. Flynn, Marie O’Shea and Shane Leavy. Read Issue #1 here.
Patrick Kavanagh: a Reader’s Experience
by Richard Hayes For generations of Irish readers—for this one certainly—the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh is inextricably associated with Soundings, the anthology of prescribed poetry for the Leaving Certificate English curriculum that was a staple of Irish secondary education from the end of the 1960s until the mid-1990s. Edited with sensitivity and skill by the late Augustine (“Gus”) Martin, then professor of English at University College Dublin, Soundings presented the poetry curriculum for the final exam with unashamed emphasis on the texts of the poems, without recourse to illustrations or photographs or that patronising commentary that seems to dominate textbooks now. Martin in his introduction to the book speaks of…
Daniel Wade reads from ‘A Land Without Wolves’
Daniel Wade, award-winning playwright, poet, essayist, and novelist, is making his second appearance in Trasna this week. Following his memorable tribute to poet Dermot Healy, last year, Dublin-born Wade has been actively pursuing his writing career and is now celebrating the release of his historical novel, A Land Without Wolves.
‘Nora’, an excerpt, as read by its author Nuala O’Connor
This week on Trasna we are very pleased to present writer, Nuala O’Connor, reading an excerpt from her most recent novel, NORA. The eponymous Nora was, of course, Nora Barnacle, lover, wife and soulmate to writer James Joyce. In her novel O’Connor gives us Nora’s distinctive character, voice and original world view as the couple scrape a living in various parts of Europe. In sensuous and compelling prose O’Connor draws Nora as a staunchly nonliterary but original personality with her own distinctive voice. We see how Nora and Joyce dealt with his rising fame, his declining health, their family struggles. Their private tensions are set against the background of a Europe convulsed…
‘Hope against Hope’ a Historical Novel by Sheena Wilkinson
Trasna is pleased to present a work of historical fiction, ‘Hope against Hope’ by Sheena Wilkinson. This is the third outstanding work of historical fiction by the multi-award-winning Sheena Wilkinson. It follows the fantastically successful ‘Star by Star’, which won the Children’s Books Ireland Honour Award for Fiction in 2018 and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. Star was selected as a “future classic” by BookTrust and has so far sold around 25,000 copies – Little Island’s bestselling book ever! Hope against Hope is set in 1921. Ireland has been at war for two years. Communities are torn apart by bitter hatred – and now a hard border splits the island. In Belfast,…
Tom Sigafoos ~ The Cursing Stone, a novel
We are pleased to present here the opening scenes from a new historical novel by writer Tom Sigafoos. “The Cursing Stone” is set on Tory Island, off the coast of County Donegal in northwest Ireland. The year is 1884 and the islanders are threatened with mass evictions. What are they willing to do to prevent them happening? Tom Sigafoos has previously appeared on Trasna with his wonderful essay, Dobhar Chú. The Cursing Stone – opening extract County Donegal, Ireland, 1884. Your island home is threatened with mass evictions. What would you be willing to do to stop them? The Cursing Stone a novel by Tom Sigafoos ———————————————————————– Dedicated to the people of Tory…