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 have a special feature on books to give as a gift for Christmas, with well-known people championing their own genre. Laurence Fenton reassesses the Irishness of F. Scott Fitzgerald and why he wanted to live it down. Wayne Byrne explains how he came to write the biography of cult American director Tom deCillo. John Kirkaldy recalls some strange encounters at the graveside of Oscar Wilde. Bríd O’Sullivan celebrates ten years of Poetry Aloud, the national competition which promotes the spoken word in verse; Margaret Bonass Madden reflects on the importance of honesty in book reviews, even if they are ‘bad’; and an Irish writer based in London, Anthony Cannon, tells us about his favourite place to write. John Gibney assesses the newly listed ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ while our editor, Tony Canavan, goes ‘Behind the Screen’ to look at the film version of James Joyce’s take on Christmas, ‘The Dead’.
And of course we have the usual round-up of new books, crime fiction and publications as Gaeilge from our regular columnists, Sue Leonard, Paula O’Hare and Cathal Póirtéir, not forgetting First Flush, which lists all the books sent in since our last issue.