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 focus on writers and writing, with articles on the Anam Cara Writers’ Centre in Cork; an insight into writing biography by Wayne Byrne; children’s publishing with Emu Ink; and thoughts on growing old as a writer from Martin Malone. Sue Leonard talks to Carlo Gébler about his life and work, while Amy Prendergast marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth with a tribute to this pioneering Irish writer. We are delighted to print the first-prize-winning stories in English and Irish from our 2017 short story competitions and finally, novelist Rose Servitova tells us about the place that most inspires her writing: Coole Park, Co. Sligo.
Rory Brennan reviews ‘My Father’s Wake’ by Kevin Toolis, while Kevin Kiely looks at ‘Judging Shaw’ by Fintan O’Toole and Joanne O’Sullivan writes about the latest collection of short stories by Seán O’Reilly; ‘Levitation’. We also carry on with our regular features on début authors, crime fiction and books as Gaeilge, plus the listings in First Flush—the backbone of Books Ireland.