HCE Review (ISSN 2009-9916) is an international literary journal housed at University College Dublin. It was established in 2016. We publish fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews, essays and translation by established and emerging writers.

Contributors to HCE Review have included an international host of writers across genres including Frank McGuinness, Kit de Waal, Gregory Betts, Sarah Crossan, Dave Rudden, E.R. Murray, David Butler, Jane Urquhart, Dan Sheehan, and Amy Gaffney.

Writing from HCE Review has been long-listed, shortlisted and won major prizes in The Irish Books Awards, The Man Booker Prize, and many others.

Students at UCD contribute to the editorial content and production of HCE Review.

For subscriptions, to make a donation or become a benefactor or patron, please contact our Assistant Editor, Justine Carbery hcereviewucd@gmail.com

HCE Review gratefully acknowledges the support of the School of English, Drama, and Film at UCD, and UCD.


Our name is inspired by Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, or H.C.E.,  in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.

Earwicker is often designated by variations on his initials, H.C.E., one form of which is “Here Comes Everybody”.

The name for the journal was suggested by James Ryan, the founding Director of the Creative Writing programme at UCD.



Paul Perry is Head of Creative Writing at UCD. A winner of The Hennessay Award, the Listowel Prize for Poetry, and The Katherine and Patrick Kavangh Fellowshiop, he is a poet, fiction writer and critic. Paul is the author of five collections of poetry, including Gunpowder Valentine: New and Selected Poems, and The Ghosts of Barnacullia. He co-wrote four best-selling Karen Perry novels published by Penguin Random House, including Girl Unknown and is the author of a novel for children The Cyclops with Two Eyes. His work has appeared in Poetry, TLS, and The Best American Poetry, amongst others. His study of Amy Clampitt’s prose and poetry: Box 11, The Nomadic Imagination of Amy Clampitt appears in 2020.

Visit him online at: paulperrywriter.com

Editorial Assistant

Justine Carbery teaches Creative Writing at UCD and is a published short-story writer and journalist with the Sunday Independent, The Gloss and Image Magazine.

Poetry Editor

Ian Davidson has published four full length collections of poetry and around twenty-five chapbooks, pamphlets and other single author items. His work has appeared in journals and poetry magazines in Europe, the US, Canada and the UK, and most recently in Molly Bloom and Smithereens, both of which are available online. Work is forthcoming in a new collection with New Dublin Poetry and in Poetry Ireland Review. He was poetry editor of the journal English and was co-editor of Skald magazine and pamphlet seriesHis critical work has been published in two monographs, in essay collections and many academic articles, book chapters and essays. He is Professor of Poetry at UCD.