We launched The Moth back in 2010. It features poetry, short stories and art for grown-ups - including the likes of Colm Toibin, Eimear McBride, Les Murray, Lionel Shriver and Yusuf Komunyakaa. The Moth also runs the €10,000 Moth Poetry Prize (one of the biggest in the world for a single poem), The Moth Short Story Prize, The Moth Art Prize and The Moth Retreat for artists and writers. The Caterpillar is the younger sibling of The Moth, a magazine of poems and stories and art for grown-ups. The Moth is, according to the famous Irish poet Paul Durcan, 'exquisitely designed and choc-a-bloc with exciting new artworks and wordworks.’ Wordworks? Yes, we know, he made that up. But he's allowed to, right? He's a poet.
The Caterpillar is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups are bound to like it too. It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒ and, like The Moth ‒ is jam-packed full of new artworks and 'wordworks'.
John Hegley chose The Caterpillar as one of his 'top ten children's poetry books' in The Guardian and it's not even a book, or a poetry book for that matter! How about that for sneaky? Sharing the limelight with the likes of Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson. You can check out the list here.
The Caterpillar includes some GREAT writing by the likes of Michael Morpurgo (of War Horse fame, of course), Meshack Asare, Julie O'Callaghan, Dennis Lee (the man who wrote the words to Fraggle Rock!), Chrissie Gittins, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Mo O'Hara, Mark Lowery, Hilda Offen and Janet Wong (she's read her poems on the Oprah Winfrey Show!).
The magazine is edited by Rebecca O'Connor.
You can purchase a single copy for €7, or an ongoing subscription for just €7 a quarter, or a gift subscription (4 issues) for a loved one (that includes yourself) for just €28 here.
THE CATERPILLAR POETRY PRIZE
The winner of this year's Caterpillar Poetry Prize was Coral Rumble with her poem 'Mustafa's Jumper'. The prize is for a poem written by an adult for children, and the winner receives €1,000 and publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. The prize closes 30 March annually.
The winner of the last year's Caterpillar Short Story Prize was Jo Withers, for her story 'Job Seekers Club'. . This year's prize closes 30 September. THE MOTH
Rebecca is co-founder and director of The Moth, which publishes The Caterpillar. She edits and designs The Caterpillar and The Moth. Her debut poetry collection We'll Sing Blackbird was shortlisted for the Strong Shine Award and she is a recipient of a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize from Poetry Review. Her debut novel He Is Mine and I Have No Other was published by Canongate in June 2018.
Will is co-founder and director of The Moth, which publishes The Caterpillar. He conducts the interviews and takes photographs of the interviewees for The Moth. He studied portraiture at Heatherley School of Fine Art in London and paints in The Moth Studio. He also sometimes visits schools to read from The Caterpillar.
Claire is an editorial assistant at The Moth. She is an exhausted middle-aged mother of three and in any spare time writes children’s stories. She has been published in The Caterpillar and has recorded for RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany. She is currently working on her first children’s novel but is finding it very hard.
The Caterpillar is stocked in the following outlets:
Antonia's Bookstore, Trim
Book Culture, New York
Bookseller Crow, London
Boulder Bookstore, Colorado
Charlie Byrnes Bookshop, Galway
Crannóg Bookshop, Cavan
Dingle Bookshop, Kerry
Do You Read Me?, Berlin
Kenny’s Bookshop & Art Gallery, Galway
Lithic Bookstore, Fruita, Colorado
Little Acorns Bookstore, Derry
London Review Bookshop, London
Rathgar Bookshop, Dublin
The Reading Room, Carrick-on-Shannon
Shakespeare & Co., Paris
The Winding Stair, Dublin
Under the Greenwood Tree, London
Woulfe's Bookshop, Listowel