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Turbulence – Corrib Voices

Edited by Helena Mulkerns

“Anthologies of new writing are some of the more delicate, lovingly nurtured blooms on the cultural landscape.”

Mike McCormack (introduction)

This 142-page anthology presents poetry, essays and short fiction by thirteen writers. It was originally published in 2003 as part of Helena’s Master’s Degree in Literature and Publishing completed at the National University of Ireland, Galway. It was the first full book to be edited and published by a student of the degree.

In the introduction, McCormack notes:  “anthologies of new writing are some of the more delicate, lovingly nurtured blooms on the cultural landscape. … Tuning into them makes you complicit in a healthy underground. It marks you out as curious, unsatisfied with the current wisdom, anxious to hear voices in utero, avid to catch imaginations on the wing. Turbulence is a classy addition to this tradition.”

The book was launched at Biquet’s bistro in Galway in July 2003, and was re-published in a tenth anniversary edition in 2013.  Its fiction tells of a bald trapeze artist seeks revenge for a crime against her vanity, a lounge piano player who tries to made good one last time, and a photographer who is inspired by ghosts in a Chelsea warehouse. Poetry takes us from the Canadian wilderness to the Sierra Madre, New York City and even Totnes, where all the seagulls have disappeared. There are prose reflections on human loss, the abuse of cowboy poetry, and on watching the sun fall off the edge of the world.



Adrienne Anifant, Barry Ferns, Benjamin Coombs, Catriona Mitchell,
Gerard Hanberry, Susan Lanigan, Marion Moynihan,
Misja Weesjes, Roshanara Voetzsch, Sandra Bunting, Sheila Phelan,
Stephen Shields,



Available to order from bookshops internationally. Irish readers should reference 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 / /


“dark, funny and sometimes off the wall …”

– Hot Press


has an international feel, with contributors from Ireland, Australia, India, Britain, Poland and the US…

– Books Ireland


a welcome addition to the cultural landscape of the west …

– Mike McCormack