HELENA MULKERNS’ debut short story was shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. Over twenty of her stories have since been internationally anthologised, including one that was shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize and another for the Francis MacManus Short Story Award. She originally worked as a music journalist with Hot Press Magazine and went on to write for The Irish Times, The Irish Echo, Publisher’s Weekly and the The New York Times, among others. She worked as a press officer and photographer in UN Peacekeeping Operations in Central America, Africa and Afghanistan. She holds an MA in English Literature and Publishing from the National University of Ireland Galway, and has edited two anthologies: Turbulence (Tara Press, 2013) and Red Lamp Black Piano (Tara Press, 2013). In 2009 she founded The Cáca Milis Cabaret, which now takes place on an occasional basis in Dublin and Wexford. She received a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to complete her fiction debut, Ferenji and other Stories, a themed-collection of short fiction.