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Founded in June 2010 by Rebecca O'Connor and Will Govan, The Moth is an iconic quarterly printed art & literature magazine featuring poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists. 

Each issue also features two interviews – with the likes of Sally Rooney, Simon Armitage, Evie Wyld, Kamila Shamsie, Gary Shteyngart, Helen Oyeyemi, Colm Toibin, Lionel Shriver, Tom McCarthy and Eimear McBride.


The Moth is a friend to the bright’ Joshua Cohen

‘Inside and out, it’s drenched in glorious colour ... It’s a mix that’s simply stunning.’ Danielle McLaughlin

The Moth is one of the most impressive literary magazines publishing now in the English-speaking world. The magazine is slender, neat and unpretentious in design; its visual art is typically stunning, its typeface invitingly diminutive. The interviews read often like craft-packed mini-memoirs. The poems and stories are consistently gripping, pertinent, stirring.’ Dan O’Brien

‘What I like most about The Moth is its formal elegance … net-chock-full, as they say, of the finest belles-lettres: not to mention incisive interviews to equal The Paris Review.’ Patrick McCabe

‘What would life look like without The Moth? It would be the end of our civilization. Such as it is. The Moth 4EVER!’ Gary Shteyngart

‘It’s beautiful.  I always want to frame it ’ Fiona Benson
The Moth is a beautiful creature’ David Mitchell

‘It manages to have gravitas and coolness simultaneously’ National Poetry Library 

‘No other magazine like it’ Billy Collins

‘Blindingly good’ The Word Factory

‘It’s just enough to sit down and gorge on, like a good non-stinky cheese or delicious new-fangled chocolate wine (Dada No. 8!) An absolute gem.’ June Caldwell

‘There’s a great Kandinsky colour-as-music feel to the magazine’ Nichola Deane  

The Moth is an amazing magazine’ Donal Ryan

The Moth magazine is a thing of beauty’ Caoilinn Hughes

The Moth is a rare literary gem’ Dermot Healy

The Moth occupies a special place in my journal reading because, as Keats says, A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:/Its loveliness increases; it will never/Pass into nothingness.’ Eleanor Hooker

‘A gorgeous flea-market of poems and stories and artwork.’ Conor O’Callaghan

‘I skim the serious American journals where I send work, but I actually read The Moth and I aspire to it. My friend the nun is shocked, I think, by the work … but she is reading it too, in her Italian cloister. She is probably praying for you.’ A Subscriber

‘There are numerous high-quality literary journals being published in Ireland, but surely none is more gorgeous than The Moth. I always go straight for the interviews. They’re consistently engrossing.’ Rob Doyle

The Moth is a small and very pleasing work of art ... it even has a collectible feel ... The literary selection on offer is superb ... with interviews which capture vivid and readable portraits of each author’ Irish Arts Review 

The Moth does not flutter, but pierces truthfully with wit’ Yusef Komunyakaa

‘If you want to keep your finger on the pulse, The Moth magazine is all you need’ Christine Dwyer Hickey

‘It’s a classy and accessible creation, and I am very grateful for its existence.’ Alan McMonagle

‘Exquisitely designed and choc-a-bloc with exciting new artworks and wordworks’ Paul Durcan

‘An edition of The Moth is as much a finely weighted collage of text and image as it is a sturdy literary journal of international standing and aspect.’ Adrian Duncan

‘It is not just a magazine, but a work of art’ The Bridge

‘Something quite special has been created by O’Connor and Govan, not only in the exceptional content of the magazine, but also in the elegantly set print and pages.’ Totally Dublin

We are very proud to have published the work of new and up-and-coming writers alongside that of more established names. 
We have published fiction by the likes of Max Porter, Claire-Louise Bennett, Mike McCormack, Joshua Cohen, Suzanne Joinson, Rob Doyle, Thomas Morris, Sara Baume, Lee Rourke, Thomas Maloney, June Caldwell, Owen Booth, Robert McLiam Wilson, Nicholas Hogg, John Boyne, Nuala Ni Conchúir, Hilary Fannin and Stephen May. 
We have published poetry by the likes of Sinead Morrissey, Les Murray, Annie Freud, Billy Collins, Selima Hill, Sjon, Dermot Healy, Clare Pollard, Leanne O'Sullivan, Vona Groarke, Colette Bryce, Andrew Jamison, Jacob Polley, Alan McMonagle, Maitreyabandhu, Paul Durcan, Tishani Doshi, Sharon Black, Ciarán O’Rourke, Jack Underwood, Dan O’Brien, Josephine Dickinson, John Montague, Pascale Petit, Matthew Sweeney, Yusef Komunyakaa, John McAuliffe and Richard W. Halperin.
The art in The Moth deserves as much attention as the writing. Artists whose works has featured include Michael Carson, Wen Wu, Elizabeth Peyton, Hope Gangloff, Victor Man, Edgar Mendoza, Mary Sauer, Bradley Wood, Tran Nguyen, Robert C. Jackson, Lu Cong,  Sheila Rennick, Cesar Santos, David Piddock, Isobel Brigham, J. P. Donleavy, Mamma Andersson, David Paul Costello, Kenne Gregoire, Jasper Joffe, Gabhann Dunne, Billy Childish, Victor Man and Chantal Joffe.
Individual copies or gift bundles of The Moth and The Caterpillar (print and digital) can be ordered here, with no hidden postage costs. 

To celebrate 10 years, we asked 10 Irish writers – Danielle McLaughlin, Patrick McCabe, June Caldwell, Conor O'Callaghan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Rob Doyle, Medbh McGuckian, Alan McMonagle, Adrian Duncan and Eleanor Hooker – to tell us what The Moth means to them for this Irish Times pieceYou can read their responses here.

Life in the top flight’ Sunday Times interview

From flight of fancy to successful arts magazine’ Irish Times interview 

Here are some highlights from 10+ years of The Moth




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