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, Madeline Moran recounts the strange story of a rare edition of the ‘Rubâ’iyât of Omar Khayyam’ as translated by Edward Fitzgerald.
Brendan MacEvilly tells us about Words Ireland and the services it offers to the literature sector. Rosemary Meade gives us the story behind ‘Síreacht’, a series of short, topical and provocative texts from University College Cork and Anthony J. Jordan marks Bloomsday by showing how much the attitudes of ‘official’ Ireland towards James Joyce have changed.
In a new collaboration with the Irish Writers Centre we publish the winning entries from their recent Flash Fiction competition themed around Climate Change, in partnership with the National Botanic Gardens and the Five Lamps Arts Festival.
Also in this issue, novelist Patricia O’Reilly discusses the challenges facing an author writing historical fiction; Tony Flynn provides an insight into the increasingly important graphic-novel scene in Ireland; Carina McNally pays a visit to what is said to be Graham Norton’s favourite Irish bookseller, Bantry Books; and ‘Behind the screen’ takes a look at the Catherine Cookson novel behind an odd film set in 1950s Belfast. We also have our usual round-up of new books as Gaeilge, from first-time novelists, crime fiction and, of course, poetry.