Collaboration with Cúirt and Over the Edge

About the Collaboration Project

We are delighted to be working with the Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Over the Edge to introduce a new stream of readers at the Over the Edge New Writers Showcase at Cúirt each year. Skylight 47 will support this event by providing a shortlist of writers to the organisers. These will be writers from under-represented communities, who are now emerging onto Ireland’s contemporary literature scene. At the showcase a dedicated space will be given to these exciting, fresh voices to help share their talents with a wider audience.

Selected Reader

For this year’s Cúirt festival, we created a shortlist of such writers that had previously submitted to Skylight 47 and invited them to submit work for selection by Cúirt. We are delighted to announce Flavia Simas as the initiative’s inaugural reader at the 2022 showcase. Congratulations Flavia!

Longer-Term Project

We hope to make the showcase stream part of a longer-term initiative that will expand in scope over the next couple of years. This will potentially include 1:1 mentoring and workshops with groups or individuals who fall within the initiative’s criteria. We are really looking forward to working with these writers and hearing them read at future events during Cúirt. 

We will release further information about the longer-term project as soon as details are confirmed. 


Fabulous Launch

Deirdre Hines has launched Skylight 47 for us in great style, and we thank her very much. We love the way she began:

It was when Dante began writing his Divine Comedy that the word ‘launch’ came into being. The pathway to the hallowed halls of many literary magazines can be as difficult to traverse as Dante’s nine circles of hell. But there is one magazine that has as its core ethos an equality of access that is democratic in its equalities of participation and outcomes. That magazine is Skylight 47, which since its inception nine years ago has been in the vanguard of what Heaney refers to in his poem of the same name:

‘But when the slates came off, extravagant sky entered and held surprise wide open.’

We know you will be surprised and delighted with Issue 15. You can buy your copy here.