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 our opinion piece, novelist Mary Watson gives us an insight into her experiences of moving to Ireland from South Africa, and how the myths of Ireland not only inspired her writing but enabled her to plant firm roots in her new country.
Marking the centenary of her birth, Miles Leeson looks at Iris Murdoch’s Irish background and her connections to the country of birth.
A personal legacy is remembered by novelist Catherine Doyle, who has fond memories of Galway City Library and the discovery there of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, the book that captured her imagination and set her on the path to becoming a writer herself.
Also in this issue, Tony Flynn reassesses some classic Irish children’s literature, while Anne O’Leary compares and contrasts the novel and stage version of Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls. Caoimhe Fox has an in-depth chat with award-winning novelist Jan Carson about her latest book, The Fire Starters.
To add to our selection of a Summer Crop of Books, we review yet more in our regular features and our in-house columnists bring us their choice of crime, poetry, début authors and books as Gaeilge.
And finally, we are delighted to announce that beginning in this issue, Síne Quinn will take a look at the latest in Young Adult books in a regular column.