Sally Rooney stepped into the role as editor of ‘The Stinging Fly’ magazine, hailed as Ireland’s foremost literary journal. Photo: Tony Gavin Ireland’s foremost literary journal, The Stinging Fly, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and this special retrospective anniversary anthology has been published to mark the occasion. In her introduction to the collection, co-editor Sarah Gilmartin writes: "The stories in this anthology are not meant to be perfect. They are bright bullets stopping us in our tracks for their short duration, and if we’re lucky, sometimes much longer than that." She and Declan Meade have managed to excavate a hefty fusillade of "bright bullets" in this book, many of them fledgling works from writers who have since established their respective places among our most important authors. Claire Keegan, Kevin Barry, Eimear Ryan, Colin Barrett, Mary Costello, Sara Baume and Michael J Farrell are just some of the names that grace the pages. Declan Meade founded the magazine along with Aoife Kavanagh. Kavanagh had the publishing know-how and Meade the hawk’s eye for talent. By the time Kavanagh had moved on, Meade was also editing the Bloomsday Magazine for the James Joyce Centre. In mid 2004, he considered […]