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 get an early peek at what to look for in this year’s Irish Book Week. We also bring you a gift guide for the twelve readers on your shopping list this Christmas. Award-winning screenwriter and copywriter, Shane O’Brien, tells us about a new children’s book filled with artwork from some of Ireland’s most loved illustrators and how all proceeds are going to support Focus Ireland. We help Veritas celebrate their 50th anniversary of publication by looking at how they have changed over the years.
Andrea Corr talks to Mary McCarthy about her new memoir ‘Barefoot Pilgrimage’.
Tony Canavan goes ‘Behind the Screen’ to talk about the film adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s ‘Rooney’, while Carina McNally takes a trip down to Killeen, Co. Cork to visit An Gadaí Dubh bookshop.
In our regular features, Síne Quinn highlights some recently published young adult fiction, Paula O’Hare rounds up the best of recent crime fiction, and Sue Leonard brings us her pick of new début authors. In ‘My Favourite’, Pat McCabe tells us about his favorite place to write in his hometown.