10 – Daragh Fleming

Genres: Cork | Essays | Irish Writing | Memoir | Non-Fiction
The cover of Daragh Fleming's book Lonely Boy is blue with a silhouette of a side profile of a person's face. The title of the book is printed within the head as if it's on the person's mind and there is a word cloud of white words surrounding the head. Some of these words are positive, some are negative and they reflect all of the things that are on the author's mind

Welcome to Day 10 of our 2022 West Cork Literary Festival Advent Calendar. Our author today is Daragh Fleming.


Daragh Fleming is an author from Cork. His debut in nonfiction is a collection of essays on mental health called Lonely Boy. He is a passionate mental health advocacy and runs the award-winning mental heath blog, Thoughts Too Big and works as Head of Content for A Lust For Life. His work appears in many literary magazines including The Ogham Stone, Beir Bua, Trasna, The Madrigal, Époque Magazine, Sunday Morning At The River, Wexford Bohemian and more. Daragh won the Cork County Council Library & Arts Services ‘From The Well’ Short Story Competition in 2021. Daragh is also the Faberlull writer-in-residence for October 2022 in Olot, Spain. His poetry collection Poems That Were Written On Trains But Weren’t Written About Trains was also published in 2022.


Daragh is reading an extract from Lonely Boy which was published by BookHub Publishing in November 2022. Today’s video unlocked on 10th December 2022 and may be viewed below. Closed caption subtitles are available and may be turned on or off. Press the play button or click “Watch on Youtube” to watch it in full screen.



About our WCLF Literary Advent Calendar

2022 was another wonderful year for Irish writing and so many incredible books by Irish authors and authors living in Ireland were released this year. We’re delighted to bring you a small selection of these authors and we’ve invited twenty-four writers to submit a short video reading from their new books. Our selection is an attempt to show the wide range of Irish writing and in particular to focus on writers whose books we feel deserve more attention and those who were not previously featured in WCLF 2022 events. We hope that you will enjoy the chance to hear these writers reading their own work and to discover some new books for your reading piles.


Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel