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Martin Malone reflects on growing older as a writer.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with news from the world of books.

Caoimhe Fox has the latest on rights issues from Irish publishers.

Letter to the editor (Fred Johnston).


Carina McNally visits Anam Cara, the County Cork writers’ retreat that resonates with the beauty of the landscape.

Amy Prendergast tells us why we should be celebrating the life and work of Maria Edgeworth on the 250th anniversary of her birth.

Wayne Byrne talks about how he came to write his biography of cult film director Tom Decillo.

Emer Cleary reflects on Emu Ink’s publishing programme for schools and children.

Sue Leonard chats with Carlo Gébler about his life and latest novel, The Innocent of Falkland Road.

Short-story competition winners

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan can’t quite make up his mind about the film version of Lord Dunsany’s Dean Spanley.

Bookshop focus

Cathal Coyle celebrates Carlisle Books in Omagh.


David CowanBeckett’s Political Imagination, by Emilie Morin.

Kevin KielyJudgingShaw, by Fintan O’Toole.

Joanne O’SullivanLevitation, by Seán O’Reilly.


Rory BrennanMy Father’s Wake: how the Irish teach us to live, love and die, by Kevin Toolis.

Anne O’Leary‘Slight Return’: Paul Muldoon’s poetics of place, by Anne Karhio.

Emma DunneA History of Magpies, by Dermot Hogan.

James LawlessCrabbing, by Alison Hackett.

David O’DonoghueNo Way Out: the Irish in wartime France 1939–1945, by Isadore Ryan.

Tony CanavanJohn Mitchel, Ulster and the Great Famine, edited by Patrick Fitzgerald and Anthony Russell.

Jim McCarthyMarch Hares, by Aidan Higgins.

Matthew FarrellyOlympia and the Internet, by Derek Mahon


Sue Leonard makes her selection of new books from début authors.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare trawls through the latest batch of crime novels.


CathalPóirtéir casts a critical eye over recent publications in Irish.

First flush

Tony Canavan with the comprehensive list of recent books sent into Books Ireland.

My favourite

Rose Servitova tells us why her favourite place to be inspired is Sligo’s Coole Park.


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Contributors in this issue


Rory Brennan is a former Director of Poetry Ireland and lecturer in Communications in Dublin City University.

Wayne Byrne is currently a writer and critic for Hot Press.

Emer Cleary is the founder and managing director of Emu Ink.

David Cowan is an author and critic, writing on economics, culture and communication, and Paris correspondent for Plays Europe International.

Cathal Coyle is a school librarian and writer based in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. His third book is The Little Book of Irish Landmarks (History Press Ireland).

Emma Dunne is a freelance editor, proofreader and reader. Originally from Kilkenny, she now lives in Dublin.

Matthew Farrelly is an MAgraduate of University College Dublin and has previously worked with Village Magazine.

Kevin Kiely is a poet, novelist, playwright and critic, and a Fulbright scholar in creative writing with a Ph.D in modernist literature and poetry.

James Lawless is a novelist, poet and author. His latest novel is American Doll.

Sue Leonard is a freelance journalist, writer and ghostwriter who also writes the Beginner’s Pluck book column for The Irish Examiner.

Jim McCarthy is a winner of the Hennessy Literary Award and his short stories have been widely published in Ireland and the UK.

Carina McNally is a writer whose work has been both broadcast and published, appearing in Cyphers, Brilliant Flash Fiction and Number Eleven Magazine.

Martin Maloneis an award-winning novelist and short-story writer, author of Valley of the Peacock Angel (New Island) and The Cruel Station (Doire Press).

David O’Donoghue’sWrite On: a journalist’s memoir will be published in 2018.

Paula O’Hare is a public sector lawyer who likes detective novels.

Anne O’Leary is a non-fiction writer who specialises in book and theatre reviews but also writes cultural analysis pieces.

Joanne O’Sullivan completed her MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of York and now lives in Dublin, trying to write.

CathalPóirtéir is a writer and broadcaster who has published several books and CDs on Irish folklore, social history and literature in Irish.

Amy Prendergast is a Teaching Fellow in Eighteenth-Century Writing, School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

Rose Servitova is a novelist whose latest book is The Longbourne Letters (Wooster).

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