Notwithstanding the country being in lockdown, Irish literary publishers have been busy over the last few months launching a host of new titles by some of our most talented and exciting writers. With many of us finding that we have more time for reading it’s a great opportunity to immerse ourselves in the work of both new and established voices in Irish literature. Here is a round-up of just some of the new releases including links to readings, interviews and more. Titles are available to order either directly from publisher websites and/or from bookshops with online ordering facilities and also as e-book downloads.
Crannóg Magazine launched Issue 52 online here with recordings of a selection of the 42 contributors reading their work.
Doire Press has launched Almost the same blue and other stories by John O’Donnell. This is a debut short story collection from the author who has published poetry collections as well as award winning individual short stories. Watch the virtual launch which took place on 7th May here or read an extract here. Also just published is Galway Stories: 2020, edited by Alan McGonagle and Lisa Frank. A collection of stories set in Galway city and county it includes work by twenty writers who live or have lived in Galway as well as maps, photographs and background information on various neighbourhoods.
The Gallery Press has launched new poetry collections from Tom French, John McAuliffe and Caitríona Ní Chléirchín. Published on 2nd April The Sea Field, by Tom French and The Kabul Olypmics by John McAuliffe were both published on 2nd April with facebook launches and readings by the authors here. The Talk of the Town, Poems in Irish by Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, translated by Peter Fallon was published on 23rd April
The Lilliput Press published two new titles in March. Oona is a first novel by artist and film-maker Alice Lyons. Watch a reading by the author here. A Sabbatical in Leipzig is a second novel by Adrian Duncan. Read an interview with Adrian by Rob Doyle here or listen to the author read from his work here. Read extracts from both books on the Lilliput Press blog.
New Island The novel chosen for Dublin One City One Book in 2020 is Tatty, by Christine Dwyer Hickey. Originally published to huge acclaim and hailed by critics as a masterpiece, a new edition with an introduction by Dermot Bolger has been published by New Island. Whilst live events planned for the Dublin One City One Book for 2020 have been rescheduled there is a rich programme of online activity and content celebrating the book at http://www.dublinonecityonebook.ie. Also just launched is debut novel A Quiet Tide, by Marianne Lee. Watch an author reading here. Centering on the life and work of Ireland’s first female botanist, Ellen Hutchins, A Quiet Tide fuses fact and fiction to imagine Ellen’s life and the challenges she faced, repressed by the gender and class confines of her time. Just released as part of New Island’s Modern Irish Classics series is a new edition of The Bogman by Walter Macken. Originally written in 1952 this edition includes an introduction by Nuala O’Connor.
Tramp Press Author and visual artist Sara Baume’s first work of non-fiction, handiwork, published by Tramp Press is described as ‘a contemplative short narrative’ charting her ‘daily process of making and writing, exploring what it is to create and to live as an artist’. Released on 26th March, watch the virtual launch and author reading here. See what Sasha deBuyl, Director of Cuirt, had to say about it when she recommended it as part of the #Laureateinvites series.
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