Helena Mulkerns

Book launch: Ferenji & other stories by Helena Mulkerns


Thursday 27 October 2016

6.30pm | All welcome

Ferenji and other stories by Helena Mulkerns, published by Doire Press, is a themed short fiction collection. Civilians working in conflict and post-conflict zones, whether aid workers, peacekeepers or journalists, are nicknamed Ferenji (an old Arabic word), in countries from Ethiopia to Vietnam. The collection delivers glimpses of life in the field — warts and all — with a vibrant blend of pathos, dark field humour and satire. Adding to the new genre of contemporary post-conflict literature, it lends a voice to the little-heard international civilian presence. Poet Michael O'Loughlin will be launching the book.

The author freelanced as a music and arts journalist in Paris and New York before working as a press officer and photographer in UN peacekeeping missions in Central America, Africa and Afghanistan. She has edited two literary anthologies, Turbulence and Red Lamp Black Piano and her work has been shortlisted for The Pushcart Prize, Hennessy New Irish Writing and The Francis MacManus Short Story Competition.

Doire Press is an award-winning literary publishing house specialising in poetry and short fiction, located in Connemara, Co Galway.