In the literary world, news breaks first through the ‘little magazine.’ It’s where writers turn professional, coached by the editors into perfecting their skills. And Ireland’s independent journals continue to thrive in the fast changing world of literary publishing.

Salon Night at the Studio is a monthly series for writers and readers, focused on the world of Ireland’s ‘little magazines’, held in The Studio at dlr Lexicon. Building on the success of its first season, the second season of Salon Nights will focus on new fiction and poetry. Selina Guinness, dlr County Council writer-in-residence, will be your host for the night.

At the Salon, top editors will outline their ambitions, and introduce the writers they have selected to represent their magazine. Selina will invite guests to discuss what excites them about the current literary scene. Salon Nights offer a mix of interview, banter, short readings and discussion, providing a taste of the freshest literary talents, alongside insights into how writers are formed.

These are free but ticketed events. See links below.

The audience are invited to join the panel for drinks at Arthur McKenna’s fine lounge bar on Wellington St, Dun Laoghaire, after the event.


Salon Nights, Season 2:

Weds 3rd February 2016, 8 pm: The Moth with Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan.

Tickets available here on Eventbrite: Salon Night with The Moth: Rob Doyle & Tom Moore

Writers: Rob Doyle and Thomas Moore.




The Moth is an international art & literature magazine that features poetry, short fiction, art and interviews. Includes the likes of Les Murray, Sam Savage, JP Donleavy, Daljit Nagra, Billy Collins and Evie Wyld.

The Moth is a beautiful creature,’ -David Mitchell

Editors: Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan






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Tom Moore is from Midleton, Co. Cork, and works in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, UCC. He studied Veterinary Medicine at UCD, and did PhD and postdoctoral studies in London and Cambridge, UK, in reproduction and developmental genetics. He has been a prize winner in the Gregory O’Donoghue and Ballymaloe poetry competitions, and is a contributor to New Eyes on the Great Book (Southword Press, 2014).


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Rob Doyle’s highly acclaimed first novel, Here Are the Young Men, was published in 2014 (Bloomsbury/Lilliput). His second book, a collection of interlinked stories titled This Is the Ritual, was published in early 2016. Rob’s writing has appeared in the Guardian, Irish Times, Sunday Times, Dublin Review, and elsewhere.




Weds 2nd March 2016, 8 pm: The Penny Dreadful with John Keating and Marc O’Connell.

Tickets available here on Eventbrite: The Penny Dreadful with Dean Browne & Jessica Traynor

Writers: Dean Browne & Jessica Traynor



The Penny Dreadful is a biannual, literary magazine, based in Cork, publishing poetry, fiction and reviews. It recently launched its own imprint, The Dreadful Press, and hosts The Penny Dreadful Novella Prize each summer. Issue 6 is out now!

Editors: John Keating & Marc O’Connell.



jpgDean Browne was born in 1994. He won the 2011 Cuisle National Poetry Competition as a secondary student, and since then poems have appeared in The Shop, The Penny Dreadful,Poetry (Chicago), Southword, and elsewhere. He has delivered a number of public readings including the Cork Spring Poetry Festival (now Cork International Poetry Festival) and The Winter Warmer, 2015. He lives in Cork where he studies at UCC.



Jessica Traynor is a poet. Her first collection, Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press), was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award. Poems have appeared in Hallelujah for Fifty Foot Women(Bloodaxe) If Ever You Go (Dedalus Press) Agenda, Poetry Ireland Review, The Penny Dreadful, The Stony Thursday Book, Abridged, The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. 

In 2015, Jessica was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre and Ireland 2016 as part of ‘A Poet’s Rising’. She was runner up in the 2015 Troubadour International Poetry Prize and was 2014 recipient of the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. She works as Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre.

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