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Red Lamp Black Piano

Edited by Helena Mulkerns

“I mean, with the likes of Cáca Milis, anything is possible!”

Patrick McCabe (introduction)

An anthology that presents fiction, poetry, prose and humour from some of the motley and talented artists who have participated in the alternative arts event, The Cáca Milis Cabaret.  Based in Wexford and Dublin and founded by Helena Mulkerns, the vaudevillian evening of the arts has delivered twelve years of readings and performances from both emerging and established artists across a broad spectrum of the arts. The book’s spirited introduction, written by Patrick McCabe, is well in keeping with the philosophy of the show.

Within its pages, you’ll find work by poets from the spoken word scene, like Stephen James Smith and Erin Fornoff, to Haiku Diva Maeve O’Sullivan, or to comedian Paul Tylak and Choctaw artist Waylon Gary White Deer, who make their fiction debuts.  Authors Dermot Bolger, Emer Martin, Philip Casey, Mary O’Donnell and Eoin Colfer contribute, not to mention representation from Ireland’s south east and a scattering of Welsh writers and poets for good measure. See below for a full list of contributors.

Contributors to Red Lamp Black Piano:

Annie Bell-Davies, Anthony Jones, Billy Roche, Chris Ozzard, Claire Scott, Dave Lordan, Dermot Bolger, Dominic Williams, Drucilla Wall, Eamonn Wall, Emer Martin, Eoin Colfer, Erin Fornoff, Helena Mulkerns, Jackie Hayden, Jim Maguire, Kate Dempsey, Kevin Connelly, Maeve O’Sullivan, Margaret Breen, Margaret Hawkins, Niall Wall, Oran Ryan, Patrick Chapman, Peter Murphy, Patrick Kehoe, Paul Harris, Paul O’Reilly, Paul Tylak, Philip Casey, Ross Hattaway,Sarah Maria Griffin, Simone Mansell-Broome, Stephen James Smith, Susan Lanigan, Suzanne Power, Tom Mooney, Waylon Gary White Deer, Westley Barnes.


This book received generous support from
The Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council Arts Office and the Coracle Project.

The editor completed this title during a stay at the Cill Riallaig Artists’ Retreat Centre, Co. Kerry


Available to order from bookshops internationally. Irish readers should reference our UK distributors, Gardners – who will despatch the book within 10 days.
Readers can also buy directly online from most major international book retailers, including:

Waterstones, Ireland / Foyles, UK / Barnes & Noble, USA / Schweitzer, Germany / Booktopia, Australia / /