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.
Once again, this issue of Books Ireland is going to the Frankfurt Book Fair, an increasingly important event for Irish publishers. A glance at our rights news shows that books from publishers here in Ireland appear in translation in countries like Italy, France, Germany, Turkey and even China, with most genres covered. Respected reviewer and novelist Eileen Battersby makes a strong case for the relevance of novels translated into English in her opinion piece.
We mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ in our own way by looking at the episode wherein Victor Frankenstein finds himself in Ireland.
This article also introduces an occasional series, The Irish Angle, in which we will look at the Irish dimension of the work of a well-known author with no obvious Irish connections.
John Kirkaldy reveals how, from the earliest days of a fledging indigenous literature to the present day, the Irish presence has always been strong in Australia. Irish author living in Japan, Colin O’Sullivan, has been making a splash internationally with his literary crime fiction. Polly Young finds out just what makes him tick.
Meanwhile, back in Ireland, Cathal Coyle visits the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in County Tyrone. This converted police station is a celebration of the life and work of this great poet. In our regular features, we visit another locally significant place, Books on the Green in Sandymount. An Irish Gothic classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray, comes under scrutiny in Behind the Screen. Our regular columnists survey the latest in début, crime, poetry and books ‘as Gaeilge’, while the First Flush column covers all the books sent in over the last two months.