About us

Established in 1976, by Jeremy Addis, Books Ireland is Ireland’s longest-running book magazine and is dedicated to showcasing and reviewing the vibrant range of Irish literature being published at home and abroad. Published bi-monthly, Books Ireland, offers a range of features, reviews, listings and opinions from ‘the world of Irish books’. We cover circa. 1000 Irish books each year.

We collaborate with, and support, all manners of individuals and groups from the Irish literary scene, and outlined below are some of the ways in which we would like to work with you:

As a member of Publishing Ireland, we are committed to supporting and growing the indigenous publishing industry. Please send in review copies of all recently published books for inclusion in the next issue of the magazine. Once listed in ‘First Flush’, the editor will select titles for future feature review.
Unlike many other media, here at Books Ireland, we guarantee to comment on and list every single book sent to us in our regular ‘First Flush’ feature, provided they meet one or more of the following criteria:

Send all copies for attention of:
Tony Canavan,
Editor, Books Ireland magazine,
9 / 78 Furze Road,
Dublin 18

As a publisher ourselves, Wordwell is aware of the financial challenges facing most independent publishers. We have kept our advertising rates as low as possible to ensure promotion of new titles is accessible to all. With prices starting from just €185 for a quarter page, see here for full details or contact us to discuss your options for print/online advertising. caoimhe@booksirelandmagazine.com / una@wordwellbooks.com

Have you recently wrote, or contributed to, a book of Irish interest? Ask your publisher or publicist to send us a review copy. Or if you are self-published, please do send it directly and be sure to include your contact details and price of the book.

We are always on the look out for new contributors. If you are interested in Irish books and would like to review for Books Ireland, our submission guidelines are available here or contact the editor at tony@booksirelandmagazine.com

Interested in stocking the magazine?
Contact caoimhe@booksirelandmagazine.com for more details.

Ensure to send in review copies for any of your clients and do get in touch if you have a feature or article that might be of interest to our readers. We are always happy to hear new ideas and suggestions. And of course, if you have a marketing budget – our advertising rates are keenly priced to suit all budgets!

For further information, please refer to our contact page: https://www.booksirelandmagazine.com/contact/

Books Ireland is gratefully supported by the following organisations:

May Book Competition

The Doctor Who Sat for a Year

By Brendan Kelly

The twelve-month project of a self-confessed ‘Zen failure’

for a chance to win:

The Doctor Who Sat for a Year
By Brendan Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-7171-8457-6
Publisher: Gill Books



Books Ireland is looking for new writers. Read our full Submission Guidelines


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‘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
‘An indispensable institution for reader, writer and bookmaker alike.’
Antony Farrell, publisher at Lilliput
‘Books Ireland is a creative asset for writers, editors, publishing houses and the media, and is a unique record of publishing in Ireland.'
Michael O’Brien, O’Brien Press
‘Books Ireland performs an invaluable service in broadcasting to the wider literary and book-reading world the variety of publishing enterprises in Ireland’
R. F. Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History, University of Oxford

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