The Book

Red Lamp Black Piano - The Cáca Milis AnthologyRED LAMP BLACK PIANO

The Cáca Milis Cabaret Anthology

Introduction by Patrick McCabe : Edited by Helena Mulkerns

Published by Tara Press, ISBN:  978-0-9545620-4-5,  194 pages

Work from the Writers and Poets who have performed at Cáca Milis Cabaret

Roll up, Roll up! Come to where a red lamp glimmers atop a black piano, lit at the beginning of each show to announce an evening of magic. The Cáca Milis Cabaret has been running as a “vaudevillian evening of the Arts” in Ireland’s Wexford Arts Centre and further afield since it kicked off in in 2009.

Adapting the old Music Hall format to present original work from contemporary musicians, poets, writers, songsters, mime and circus performers, film-makers, comedians and dancers, it has thrived – presenting around 400 artists thus far. To mark its five-year anniversary, a splendid anthology of writing and poetry is published by Tara Press – presenting a selection of work from the writers and poets who have participated in the Cáca Milis Cabaret down the years.

The dazzling gamut of writing, from short fiction to poetry, humour, sci-fi musings and satire makes it an eclectic and entertaining read. The range of contributors also adds to its attraction, featuring both local and international, emerging and established contributors, from established Irish authors like Dermot Bolger, Eoin Colfer, Emer Martin or Peter Murphy, to emerging authors like Susan Lanigan and a first fiction piece from popular comedian, Paul Tylak. Finally, the fabulous introduction by internationally-renowned writer Patrick McCabe (“The Butcher Boy”), captures the impromptu spirit of the Cabaret itself – which the reader may consider worth a visit after finishing the tome! Thirty-nine works feature, from Irish, international, emerging and established contributors. The anthology is edited by Helena Mulkerns, who is also the Hostess and Founder of the Cabaret itself.

This book is available as a fine paperback edition from any Amazon site around the word, by order through Ingrams from any bookshop on the planet, and a copy signed by the editor may be ordered by contacting us here. To see full list of contributors scroll down.

Full list of contributors to Red Lamp Black Piano

Annie Bell-Davies, fiction:  “Danse Macabre”
Anthony Jones, poetry : “Birthday Poem”
Billy Roche, fiction: “The Day Off”
Clare Scott, poetry: “Community Matters”
Chris Ozzard, Poetry:  “In the centre”
Dermot Bolger, poetry:  “While we Sleep”
Dominic Williams, poetry:  “Mary”
Drucilla Wall, poetry: “Lifeguard”
Eamonn Wall, poetry:  “A Derelict Site in an Imaginary Town”
Emer Martin, fiction: “I Sing Of Beauteous Dublin Town”
Eoin Colfer, fiction: “The Seal’s Fate”
Helena Mulkerns, fiction: “Mare Rubrum”
Jackie Hayden, humour:  “The Wex Factor”
Jim Maguire, poetry:  “Only Us”
Kate Dempsey, poetry: “The Full Experience”
Kevin Connelly, poetry:  “Autumn, in a time of Climate Change”
Margaret Breen, poetry: “Finders – Keepers”
Maeve O’Sullivan, poetry: “Loose Haiku”
Margaret Hawkins, social history: excerpt from “Restless Spirit”
Niall Wall, poetry: “Love and Loss”
Oran Ryan, sci-fi: “Christmas 1947”
Patrick Chapman, poetry: “The Knife”
Patrick Kehoe, poetry: “Crepuscular”
Paul Harris, poetry: “Recycled”
Paul O’Reilly, fiction: “Wobble”
Paul Tylak, fiction: “The Jump”
Peter Murphy, essay: “Sounds of the River – A lost Anthology”
Philip Casey: “Hamburg Woman’s Song”
Ross Hattaway, satire: “Leadership”
Sarah Maria Griffin, poetry: “You Asked Me if The Cold Weather Reminded me of Home”
Simone Mansell-Broome, poetry: “No rain in the desert”
Stephen James Smith, poetry: “The Gardener”
Susan Lanigan, fiction: “The Loan”
Suzanne Power, poetry: “Watermarks”
Tom Mooney, poetry: “Lines Inspired By Flamingo Sketches”
Waylon Gary White Deer, fiction: “Revolutionaries”
Westley Barnes, poetry: “Neurotic Girl”

Cover photographs by Alan Mahon, Arek Wnuk, Filip Naum and Patrick Hogan.

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