Helena Mulkerns Portfolio

First published book

Ferenji, published by Doire Press

Doire Press, an award-winning publishing house in Galway, Ireland, published Ferenji in 2016.
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Ferenji, published by 451 Editions

This second edition from 451 Editions has provided Ferenji with an international distribution since 2022.
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BOOK TRAILER

selection of short fiction published in anthologies etc

selection of essays, prose and long features

A different Side of the Irish

A different Side of the Irish

first published in The New York Times (Intelligence Column), December 2010   It may take the 21st Century Irish some time to get up out of their armchairs, but when they do, they have a strong sense of purpose and drama.   Despite one of the coldest November...

Christmas Reading 2016 at Collins Barracks

Really looking forward to the "Finding a Voice" special evening on Thurs, 8th December at 18:30, when author, poet and playwright Dermot Bolger hosts an evening of readings and music at The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin.  The event...

Helena Interviewed on ARENA

It was great to be able to talk live to Seán Rocks on ARENA last night, Irish national radio's premier arts show ... for anyone who'd like to have a listen back to me interviewed about my book, Ferenji - here's the direct live link to my interview: 

MY WEEK: from The Sunday Times

Here's a piece from The Sunday Times newspaper, giving an account of "MY WEEK".  Hard to capture - between the election of a clown as sad as Trump and the loss of a king as fine as Cohen - but here goes!  "The author enjoys 'high mirth and low bitching' over a US...

Leonard Cohen: He’s our man

This is my contribution to a piece by Martin Doyle with tributes from John Kelly, Sara Baume, Peter Murphy, Evelyn Conlon and more.  For all writers' contributions, please click this link. It wasn’t until the mid-nineties, a decade into the study...

a selection of journalistic writing

When the “New Irish” were fighting for the right to vote, 1991

Published in The Irish Times twenty-four years ago almost to the day, this article dates from the time when "New Irish" referred to native-born Irish emigrants based in the United States. I think it encapsulates some of the community spirit and idealism of the 80s and...

Irishwoman’s Diary, July 1992: New Music Seminar

From The Irish Times - July 1992 By Helena Mulkerns Last week, as Uncle Boris Yeltsin posed for happy snaps on the lawn with George and Barbara at the Whitehouse, and Sarajevo shuddered under Serbian mortar fire, a whole microcosm of Western youth culture carried on...

The Lost Weekend:  St Patrick’s Day 1991, New York City

The Lost Weekend: St Patrick’s Day 1991, New York City

St. Patrick's Day is often regarded with a deal of scorn by the New Irish in this city, for the obvious reasons. It's an occasion when the Irish American "Leprechauns and shillelaghs" brigade become rampant, and full grown people stagger around with shamrocks falling...

In Paris for WexFour eLaunch!

It was wonderful to be able to travel to Paris last week for the WexFour event at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, where, following a special staged reading of the four one-act plays, the WexFour eBook from 451 Editions was officially launched. The crew from The Wexford...

Irish Examiner Feature by Sue Leonard

So delighted to get up this dark December morning and read the lovely piece today in The Irish Examiner by Sue Leonard, run as part of the "Beginner's Pluck" column.   Sue's kind words further made my day as she accredited the work with something every...

Leonard Cohen: He’s our man

This is my contribution to a piece by Martin Doyle with tributes from John Kelly, Sara Baume, Peter Murphy, Evelyn Conlon and more.  For all writers' contributions, please click this link. It wasn’t until the mid-nineties, a decade into the study...

selection of photographic work

Today is not Father’s Day …

Today is not Father’s Day, but I always think of my father at Easter. He hated Father’s Day with a particularly venomous passion anyway, just like he hated any crap Hallmark holiday manufactured to make people buy stupid cards and pretend we’re all happy as Larry. My...

FERENJI BOOK TRAILER

'Blue Tarpaulin' is one of the flash fiction pieces offered in the debut collection, FERENJI by Helena Mulkerns.  In this book trailer, the author reads the piece, accompanied by photographs taken herself in the field, where she was based in Eritrea, Ethiopia and...

Tribute to those lost in the Haiti Earthquake

Tribute to those lost in the Haiti Earthquake

Just wanted to post a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Haiti earthquake, 12 January 2010.  Flowers placed and floated to the sea about a week after the event, at Blackhall Strand, Co Wexford. Click on image below to view.