Song of Amergin

I am the wind on the sea;
I am the wave of the sea;
I am the bull of seven battles;
I am the eagle on the rock
I am a flash from the sun;
I am the most beautiful of plants;
I am a strong wild boar;
I am a salmon in the water;
I am a lake in the plain;
I am the word of knowledge;
I am the head of the spear in battle;
I am the god that puts fire in the head;
Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills?
Who can tell the ages of the moon?
Who can tell the place where the sun rests?

Amergin Glúingel translated by Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory 

Image by Tommy Kwak


HOWL is a platform for Irish writing from home and abroad. Both Lauren and Róisín have spent significant years living outside of Ireland, and have a deep appreciation for how complicated and borderless Irish identity and creativity is. In HOWL, they have created a publication that captures not only the spectacular energy in writing coming directly from Éire, but also from Ireland’s children scattered to all corners of the globe.


Róisín Legget Bohan

HOWL editor

Róisín’s work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including New Irish Writing and Poetry Ireland’s eBook Anthology ‘22. She was placed first for prose in the Lowell/UCC Campus to Campus competition and has been commended/shortlisted for awards including the Allingham, Cúirt, Gloucestershire, and Hammond House prize. In 2022, Róisín was chosen for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series. She is a recipient of an Arts Council Award, a Cork City Artist Bursary, a Poetry Fellowship with the Munster Literature Centre and holds an MA (Hons) in Creative Writing from UCC. When she is not writing she might be seen breakdancing.


Lauren O'Donovan

HOWL editor

Lauren O’Donovan is an Irish-Canadian writer from Cork with an MA in Creative Writing from UCC. Best known for her experimental poetry and darkly humorous voice, Lauren also writes fiction and stories for children. She was longlisted for the Cúirt New Writing Prize 2022, Highly Commended at the International Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition 2021, and featured for Mythology Retold at the 2021 Sligo Arts Festival. Once the Digital Director of the International Agency BSTRO, Lauren now uses her powers for good as co-founder of Lime Square Poets, co-editor of The Same Page Anthology, and board member of DeBarra’s Spoken Word.

Howl Editors


Róisín Leggett Bohan

Lauren O'Donovan



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