The 2017 edition of The Ogham Stone, the literary journal produced at the University of Limerick, was launched on 4th February at Doolin Writers’ Weekend by the new Arts Council Writer Fellow at UL, Julian Gough.
Produced by the students on the MA in English and the MA in Creative Writing programmes, and supported by the School of Culture and Communication and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Ogham Stone is fast emerging as a distinctive and prestigious context for new writing in Ireland, even at a time when literary magazines and independent publishers are increasingly under threat.
In his introduction to the current issue Professor Giles Foden remarks on the foresight of the University in its support of this publication, referring to The Ogham Stone as a “beacon of light … during these days”. Julian Gough refers to the journal as part of Munster’s literary renaissance in a recent Irish Times piece.
The 2017 issue showcases new writing and artwork by established and emerging Irish writers as well as international contributors from the UK and the USA. It features (among thirty-two pieces) poetry by Julian Gough, Marie Cadden, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Mike Gallagher, and Jaki McCarrick; short stories by Joseph O’Connor, Catherine Donnelly and Anne Griffin; creative non-fiction by Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Barry McKinley; and artwork by Kieran Nee, Ruth Egan, Richard Smyth and John Chavers.
The Ogham Stone editorial team can be contacted at theoghamstoneul.com, and copies of the journal will be available for sale at the UL launch (*TBC) and on campus. The team can also be contacted on social media: Twitter and Facebook.