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, Roisín O’Donnell looks at the new wave of magical realism among Irish writers, while Scottish publishers (Barrington Stoke, Sandstone and Black & White Publishing) explain why they love working with Irish authors, in a special feature on Celtic connections. Tony Canavan reports on thirteen tips for getting your first book published, and with St Patrick’s Day upon us, we explore how Irish culture and literature is celebrated around the globe. In addition to our usual range of reviews and listings, Paula O’Hare reviews the latest in the Irish crime writing scene and Sue Leonard’s First-timers highlights the latest debut offerings. Last but not least, we analyse the latest funding news from the Arts Council.