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 take a close look at the role of illustrators and illustration in the contemporary publishing scene, with articles and interviews from across the spectrum. This reflects not only the growing importance of illustrated books, for all readers, but also the recent trend that printed books should be beautiful books. Leading illustrator Tarsila Krüse engages with the role of illustrators in the opinion piece, Tony Canavan interviews Emma Byrne, design manager at O’Brien Press, and Fatti and John Burke talk about the Gill books ‘-opedia’ series.
The latest ‘Behind the Screen’ sinks its teeth into Bram Stoker’s Dracula, while Jim McCarthy explains why his favourite book is ‘Langrishe, Go Down’ and our ‘Bookshop focus’ shines a light on Dublin’s Tales for Tadpoles gift shop.
Elsewhere, Laurence Fenton considers the ‘Irishness’ of F. Scott Fitzgerald; Anthony Cannon discovers a home from home for Irish writers in London; David Blake Knox tells the moving story of the Irishmen who ended up as slave labour in Nazi Germany; and Caoimhe Fox talks to John O’Brien about the Dalkey Archive Press.
And, of course, we have our usual reviews of recent publications, with a particular look at début authors, crime fiction and books as Gaeilge.