Pic: Stefano Masse

Helena Mulkerns worked as a freelance journalist In Paris and New York before spending nearly a decade working as a Press Officer for UN Peacekeeping Operations in Central America, Africa and Afghanistan. She has been published in Hot Press, The Irish Times, Irish Tatler and others in Ireland, and The Irish Voice, The Irish Echo, Rolling Stone, Cinéaste, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, the New York Times and others in the U.S. Her last posting was in Kabul with the UN Mission in Afghanistan.

Her first book, FERENJI is out now, pubished by Doire Press, an award-winning literary publishing house in Galway. With over two dozen short stories published internationally, she has been shortlisted for the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Literary Awards, America’s Pushcart Prize and Ireland’s Francis MacManus Short Story Award. She received a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to work on a debut collection of themed short stories and she is currently working on a novel.

After returning to Ireland in 2008, Helena worked freelance as a writer and editor, and in the area of the performing arts, mostly with The Cáca Milis Cabaret, where she presented over 400 established and emerging artists over a period of six years in a monthly vaudevillian evening of the Arts, at the Wexford Arts Centre and Arthur’s in Dublin. The event received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland. The resulting anthology, Red Lamp Black Piano, with an introduction by Patrick McCabe, features emerging and established poets, writers and comedians who performed at the cabaret.

Helena has also worked as a photographer, and her two exhibitions “Behind the Headlines” and “Under Afghan Skies” took place in The Wexford Arts Centre and Enniscorthy Public Library – you can see some samples of this work  here.

Her freelance day job is at the helm of Cyberscribe, a venture that provides book design, eBook conversion and other new publishing services for authors.  In June 2016, she launched the independent imprint, 451 Editions, a separate project developed and honed over more than five years, which provides a forum for writers seeking to bring out new editions of their work, or select new work, using new publishing technology.  Works already published on the 451 Editions imprint include Memory and Desire by Val Mulkerns, and WexFour four short plays by Colm Tóibín, John Banville, Billy Roche and Eoin Colfer.  Works by authors Martin Malone and Mary O’Donnell will be published in 2017.

The launch of FERENJI took place at The Irish Writers’ Centre on 27 October, and was followed by the Wexford Launch at the Wexford Book Centre on 03 November. In 2017, she will be giving other readings around the country, For where to buy FERENJI, click here.  For more news updates, check the BLOG page.  You can contact Helena here