This year’s central theme at Abridged Magazine is Changeling. Through happenings and publications, Abridged is exploring metamorphoses, instability, the unknown, displacement, scapegoating, otherness, vulnerability, voice, and the boundaries, agency, fear and mythology of the (female) body. This event will feature words and images from cutting edge Irish artists including Megan Doherty, Audrey Gillespie, Dawn Watson, and the Not4U collective (Jess McKinney and Eva Griffin), among others.

Dawn Watson’s debut poetry pamphlet The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher is published with The Emma Press. She is a PhD candidate at Queen’s University researching prose poetics. She completed a Masters in Poetry at the Seamus Heaney Centre in 2018 after winning the Ruth West Poetry Scholarship. Dawn has short stories in anthologies Still Worlds Turning (No Alibis Press, 2019) and Belfast Stories (Doire Press, 2019). She has also written for BBC Radio 4. She was a 2018 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series poet and won the 2018 Doolin Writers’ Poetry Award. Her writing has been published in journals including The Manchester Review, The Tangerine, Blackbox Manifold and The Stinging Fly.

Eva Griffin is a poet living in Dublin and a UCD graduate with an MA in Gender, Sexuality & Culture. She is a founding member of Not4U Collective, working to platform marginalised voices in poetry by hosting events and publishing zines. So far, the collective has raised funds and awareness for Together for Yes, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and Bodywhys. They were awarded a Bright Ideas 2019 Bursary from Poetry Ireland, and have presented panels on DIY publishing. Eva’s debut pamphlet, ‘Fake Hands / Real Flowers’, is forthcoming December 2019 from Broken Sleep Books.

Jess Mc Kinney is a poet, zinester, English Studies graduate of University College Dublin and co-founder of the Not4U Collective. They are currently studying the MA in Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Recipient of the John Hewitt Society Summer School Bursary 2018, they were additionally awarded a place on the 2019 Young Writer Delegates scheme in partnership with Irish Writer’s Center. Their writing has been previously published in Abridged, Poethead, Rag Queen Periodical, A New Ulster and Impossible Archetype. 

Susanna Galbraith is from Belfast. She has been writing, editing and scheming for Abridged since her teens, among various other journals and arts projects. Some of her work can be found in issues of Abridged, Eborakon, York Literary Review, The Lonely Crowd, The Tangerine, The Penny Dreadful, The Pickled Body, Icarus, JoLT and the HU, among others. She studied English and TCD and Art History at the University of York, received and ACNI SIAP award in 2016, and now helps curate the event programme at the Verbal Arts Centre. She is happy when happenings happen.   

Megan Doherty is a twenty-four year old photographic artist based in Derry, Northern Ireland. She studied photography at the University of Ulster in Belfast before graduating in June 2016. Over the past few years she has been building a body of work exploring Derry’s youth against a hazy urban backdrop.

More of her work can be found at: and 

Audrey Gillespie is a Fine Artist & Photographer from in Derry, Northern Ireland. She is Currently based in Belfast, N.I“sharp make-up and soft focus, of pastels and fluorescent colours, of rebellious attire and melancholic expressions, which give shape to a surreal and intoxicated mood. The blurred and overlapping boundaries, much like in dreams, make everything and nothing seem out of place. By transcending the physicality of the space where one can act freely and find belonging, Audrey’s latest work is a dreamscape.”

More of her work can be found at

Jessica Bernard is a writer, spoken word performer, and reluctant American citizen based in Dublin. She runs a monthly poetry night on the last Thursday of the month called The New Romantics, and works with the Small Trans Library to provide a literary and cultural resource for trans people in Ireland and Scotland. She can be most often found on Twitter, drowning her last two brain cells in the fragments of a sense of humour once uncorrupted by internet.

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Abridged is supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland