HCE Review (ISSN 2009-9916) is a quarterly online literary journal launched in 2016 by the MA and MFA Creative Writing courses at University College Dublin. The journal aims to publish fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and visual art from both established and emerging writers and artists from around the world.

The HCE Review podcast works in conjunction with the online journal to bring literature into the digital sphere, hosting regular readings and speeches by prominent Irish authors, and featuring discussions of the pieces that appear in the online journal.


Our name is inspired by James Joyce’s novel, Finnegans Wake. “HCE” refers to the central character, initially named Humphrey (or Harold) Chimpden Earwicker. However, these three letters are ascribed thousands of various meanings throughout the course of the novel.

In choosing this name, it is our desire not only to pay homage to Joyce, one of UCD’s most prominent graduates, but also to evoke the fluidity of names in Finnegans Wake, signifying the individuality of each person on our staff, and each contributor to our journal.


2018 Staff

Justine Carbery, James Hudson, Co-Editors-in-Chief

                                          David O’Connor, Assistant Editor-in Chief

Paul Perry, Contributing Editor


Brendan Casey and Susan Grimes, Fiction Editors

Emer Rogers, Aingela Flannery, Aoife Fitzpatrick, Fiction Readers

Creative Non-fiction

Shauna Smullen, Katharina Scholz, Creative Non-Fiction Editors

Estelle Birdy, Liz Houchin, Creative Non-Fiction Readers


Nidhi Eipu, Lianne Zwanenberg, Poetry Editors

David O’Connor, Jayne Quan, Poetry Readers


Nina Ariane, David O’Connor, Podcast Editors

Social Media

Estelle Birdy, Social Media Editor

 Art & Design

Jayne Quan, Team Lead