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Clare O’Dea, who lives in Switzerland, explains the challenges of being an Irish writer abroad.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with the latest news from the world of books.


Roisín O’Donnell looks at the new wave of magical realism among Irish writers.

Celtic Connections: Caoimhe Fox finds out about Scottish publishers and Irish authors.

Caoimhe Fox reports on what’s happening around the globe for St Patrick’s Day.

Tony Canavan and Una MacConville find out about the recent collaboration between Irish Academic Press and UCD Press.

Una MacConville tells the story of PEN and its importance today.

Ciara Regan and Tony Daly talk about their Irish book with a global impact.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan looks at the largely forgotten Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier.

Book focus

Amanda Bell tells the story behind a book borrowed from Marsh’s Library for over 100 years.


Hugh McFaddenThe Letters of Samuel Beckett, Vol. IV, 1966–1989, edited by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn, George Craig and Lois More Overbeck.

Christine O’NeillTime Pieces: a Dublin memoir, by John Banville.

Kevin KielyThe Twelve Apostles, by Tim Pat Coogan.


Anne O’LearyThrough the Barricades, by Denise Deegan.

Andrew DoyleTitanic: culture and calamity, by John Wilson Foster.

Tony CanavanThe Crying of the Wind, by Ithell Colquhoun.

Anne CunninghamHumans of Dublin, by Peter Varga.

Caroline HurleyThe Making of Molly, by Anna Carey.

John KirkaldyThe Poetry of Vision, by Peter Shortt.

Aubrey MaloneA Man with One of those Faces, by Caimh McDonnell.

Matthew FarrellyAn Apology for Roses, by John Broderick.

Joe HorganMadhouse System, by Graham Allen.


Sue Leonard picks out the best of new books from début writers.

Crime Spree

Paula O’Hare finds out what’s cooking in the Irish crime scene.

‘My Favourite …’

Michèle Callan writes about her favourite time of day for working on a book with her father-in-law.

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Contributors in this issue

Amanda Bell is author of Undercurrents, a psychogeography of Irish rivers (Alba Publishing), and a poetry collection, First the Feathers (Doire Press).

Michèle Callan is the author of Forgotten Hero of Bunker Valentin—the Harry Callan story (Collins Press).

Anne Cunningham is a regular book reviewer for the Sunday Independent and the Irish Independent, and writes a column for the Meath Chronicle.

Tony Daly is co-editor with Ciara Regan and Colm Regan of 80–20 Development in an Unequal World, 7th Edition (2016) (80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and the New Internationalist).

Andrew Doyle is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Matthew Farrelly is a recent MA graduate of University College Dublin and has previously worked with Village Magazine.

Caoimhe Fox works in Marketing and Development at Books Ireland and Wordwell.

Joseph Horgan is a poet, writer and journalist. His latest book is The Year I Loved England, a collaboration with the English poet Antony Owen (Pighog Press).

Caroline Hurley writes essays and reviews for various publications; her fiction for children has appeared in Caterpillar magazine.

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

John Kirkaldy has contributed to three books on Irish history and works for the Open University as well as writing for newspapers, magazines and television.

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

Una MacConville is publishing manager of Books Ireland.

Hugh McFadden is a critic, literary editor, journalist and author of four collections of poetry, including Empire of Shadows (2012).

Aubrey Malone is a journalist and author whose most recent book is Shooting from the Lip: an anthology of musical invective and wit (Web Publishing).

Clare O’Dea is the author of The Naked Swiss: a nation behind 10 myths (Bergli Books, 2016).

Roisín O’Donnell is the author of the collection of stories Wild Quiet (New Island).

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 as well as cultural analysis.

Christine O’Neill is a freelance researcher and translator who has written and edited several books on James Joyce.

Ciara Regan is co-editor with Tony Daly and Colm Regan of 80–20 Development in an Unequal World, 7th Edition (2016) (80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and the New Internationalist).

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