March/ April 2014
Established in 1976, Books Ireland magazine remains the only publication of its kind with a dedicated focus on books of Irish interest, Irish publisher or Irish author. Published bi-monthly, it lists and reviews c. 1000 books per year and is THE essential guide to the world of Irish books and writing.
‘Books Ireland provides a breathing space, a garden if you will, where literature may continue to be valued for its own sake and discussed and appreciated in a climate of intellectual freedom and relaxation.’
Eamonn Kelly, playwright and award-winning short-storyist.
In this issue we reflect on the importance of literary festivals across Ireland with a festival overview and an insightful feature from Giulia Rosetti; a Ph.D researcher on the very subject. As we celebrate another Bloomsday, Terence Killeen explains why James Joyce remains a contemporary writer, while in the 350th anniversary year of Jonathan Swift, Rory Brennan looks at the ‘reluctant Irishman’ in a detailed review on John Stubb’s major new biography. Finally we are delighted to launch our third annual short-story competition for writers in both English and Irish. Mia Gallagher reveals why The Great Gatbsy is her favourite book.