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Our readers for issue 11 are awesome folk!

In a new, sporadic and entirely irregular addition to our blogging behaviour, we’ve decided to introduce to you our readers for issue 11 (published 26 March 2015). Handpicked from in and outside of the book world, they brought personality, honesty and humour to the process of picking the five stories we eventually decided to publish. We may never do this again.

John Tierney :: reader for issue 11

John Tierney is an Islander currently living in Brussels. Childhood library trips led to a degree in literature and a life long love of books. From classics to contemporary novels hot off the press, he’s always delighted to discover new stories. When he’s not reading, he’s plotting new things to try out in the kitchen or the garden. He had this to say about our magazine:

The South Circular is a fantastic window into the great new writing talent out there and offers the perfect modern solution for the busy reader.




Kathryn Toolan :: reader for issue 11Kathryn Toolan lives in New York, where she works promoting literature in translation. Formerly of Dalkey Archive (Dublin), she is currently working with Archipelago Books.






Melanie Tutino :: reader for issue 11Melanie Tutino is a freelance editor with an interest in literary and upmarket fiction. She is a recent graduate of New York University’s Master’s in Publishing program, where she was the recipient of the Oscar Dystel Fellowship. She has worked with Random House in London and New York, and recently joined Doubleday Canada.






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We’ve been nominated!

‘Five Days to Polling Day’, a story by Danielle McLaughlin, originally published in issue 8 of THE SOUTH CIRCULAR in December 2013, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Short Story of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards on 26 November.

Danielle joins award-winning Irish writers John Boyne, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Ciarán Folan, Frank McGuinness and Donal Ryan on the shortlist. Her debut collection of stories will be published in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press, of which John Murray (UK) and Random House (US) have bought the rights, along with her first novel. She was nominated for this prize last year too and was recently published in the New Yorker.

Meanwhile, we at THE SOUTH CIRCULAR find ourselves in the company of the Irish Times, New Island Books, the O’Brien Press and the London Magazine as publications included in the shortlist which the founder of, Vanessa O’Loughlin, says features ‘both stellar names in the world of Irish Fiction as well as new and exciting emerging voices. Just like last year, this is a shortlist to watch.’