The Well Review History

Sarah Byrne created The Well Review journal in 2016 to house and support outstanding poetry. The print journal featured work by many extraordinary writers such as Anne Carson, Ishion Hutchinson and Paul Muldoon. It included translated work from Arabic, Bosnian, French, Galician and also a reprint of Sylvia Plath’s radio play, ‘Three Women’.

The journal quickly birthed readings, book launches and festival appearances in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Well Review received Arts Council funding from 2018-2021 and worked in partnership with The Munster Literature Centre and The West Cork Literary Festival for several years. The Well Review has also secured grants from UNESCO Dublin and The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation.

The third and final journal appeared in 2019 and we switched to pamphlet publishing in 2020. We now use more eco-conscious practices and our pamphlets are  printed by Badly Made Books. We love to work collaboratively with local makers in Cork in Ireland, and also with international writers and artists who are inspired by their own community.

In 2020, we developed online poetry and non-fiction courses and in 2022 we will launch our first trauma-informed writing service after years of using these practices informally. We will also increase our digital content to host guest writers, ideas and change-makers. In the longer-term we are interested in how collaborative artistic principles can be applied to physical spaces such as prisons and community groups.