I’m an Irish writer and editor, a lover of words and images. I write nonfiction mostly: essays, memoir, and prose poetry, as well as shorter, more humorous pieces.
Recently, I’ve started to write flash fiction. I enjoy the challenge of telling a story in as few words as possible. I’m curious to see where this new departure takes me.
As a writer, I’m interested in how we respond to place; how it affects our sense of identity and wellbeing. I try to pay attention to my surroundings, to look at them carefully and respectfully. I want to feel at home wherever I live. I’m a Dubliner through and through, but I’ve a soft spot for the West of Ireland. Who doesn’t?
When I’m not writing, I’m generally reading. Or taking photographs. If you’d like to read some samples of my place-based writing, click on the Hush tab. The full, year-long project is available on the Hush website.
My essay Into that dark permanence of ancient forms appears in Craft. Measuring Up is available in Hippocampus Magazine and Small Lives is available in Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. The Place Between appears in issue 4 of the Lindenwood Review and After Coffee appears in Work Literary Magazine. An essay The Shell of your Ear appears in Oh Baby, an anthology from Creative Nonfiction. The Bell Beat of your Wings appears in The Ogham Stone (2015) and Ferry to Boffin is in issue 1 of the Eastern Iowa Review. Rorschach and Soundings appear in Sweet: A Literary Confection. On Not Looking appears in Entropy and School Run in Slag Glass City. Listen, Story, Tell (Not always Tell) is available at Cleaver Magazine. My essay The Hurl and Gliding appears in Entropy Cacophonic Sea Lament is available at Severine. You are here appears in Ariel’s Dream. Each Dot a Stone is available at the Exphrastic Review and The Laying-Out is at Complete Sentence. You can hear me read A Falling from the Sky in Flashback Fiction and The Man who Taught my Children about Dragonflies on No Extra Words – the Flash Fiction Podcast.
Follow me on Twitter at @HuntAileen