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 in Central America, Africa and Afghanistan. She has written for Hot Press, The Irish Times, Irish Tatler in Ireland, and The Irish Echo, Rolling Stone, Cinéaste, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, the New York Times in the U.S. among others.
Last year, her first book, FERENJI was published by Doire Press. A collection of themed short fiction set in Africa and Afghanistan, the story Dogs was shortlisted for the 2017 Bórd Gais Irish Book Awards. She has also been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing 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 FERENJI and she is currently working on a novel.
Since returning to Ireland, she has freelanced in writing, publishing and the Arts. In 2014 she set up Cyberscribe, which provides new publishing services for authors. In 2016, she launched the indie imprint, 451 Editions, a separate project developed over five years. That year she published the e-Edition of WexFour featuring John Banville, Colm Tóíbín, Billy Roche and Eoin Colfer, as well as Memory and Desire, the collected short stories of Val Mulkerns. In 2017, 451 Editions brought out the 25th Anniversary edition of The Light Makers by Mary O’Donnell and Friends With the Enemy, a memoir by Val Mulkerns. Spring 2018 sees new editions of Martin Malone‘s hard-hitting post-conflict novel, After Kafra and Ferdia MacAnna’s excellent crime-comedy caper, Cartoon City.
Since 2009, Helena has been at the helm of an evening of the Arts, The Cáca Milis Cabaret, which is a regular event at The Wexford Arts Centre and also received funding from the Irish Arts Council. The cabaret has collaborated with the Coracle Project, Stinging Fly, MindField at Electric Picnic and ran for two years in Dublin at Arthur’s. The anthology Red Lamp Black Piano, with an intro by Patrick McCabe, features artistes who performed at Cáca Milis. Helena sings with Dublin musician Josh Johnston on piano; the duo’s next performance will be on 10 January 2018 at the Dublin Bowie Festival‘s Bowie Raw.