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Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin on promoting Irish-language publishing overseas.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with news from the book world.

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

Michael O’Brien remembers the late Anthony Farmar.

Michael Gill pays tribute to the late Sean O’Boyle, founder of Columba Press.


Caoimhe Fox reports on what’s happening literary-wise around the world for St Patrick’s Day.

New Zealand Focus

Ivan O’Brien reports on what he learned from a trip to New Zealand last year.

Laura Fitzgerald on the challenges facing the overseas sales of educational material.

Anton Blank on what the Māori publishing scene in New Zealand is like.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan waves the flag for The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists.

Bookshop focus

Rachel O’Connor spends time in the Time Out Bookstore in Auckland.


Jennifer MartinHanna Sheehy Skeffington, Suffragette and Sinn Féiner: her memoirs and political writings, edited by Margaret Ward.

Hugh McFaddenAfter Ireland: writing the nation from Beckett to the present, by Declan Kiberd.

Amy PrendergastMaria Edgeworth’s Letters from Ireland, edited by Valerie Pakenham.


David ButlerMetamorphic: 21st century poets respond to Ovid,edited byNessa O’Mahony and Paul Munden.

Liz MaguireTangleweedand Brine, by Deirdre Sullivan.

Margaret Bonass MaddenThe Legacy of Armstrong House, by A. O’Connor.

Tony CanavanOld Hoggen and Other Adventures, by Bram Stoker.

Eileen BattersbyLa Belle Roumaine, by Dumitru Tsepeneag.

Bartholomew BegleyCrime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Kyle Hughes and Donald M. MacRaild.

Eleanor FitzsimonsThe Last Librarian, by Osdany Morales.

Isabelle CartwrightWho Do You Think I Am?, by Homan Potterton.

Clare Hayes-BradyAm I a Feminist? Are You?, by Mary Kenny.


Fred Johnston with his selection of the latest poetry books.


Sue Leonard takes her pick of the best of recent début authors.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare investigates recent crime fiction


Cathal Póirtéir with his choice of recently published books as Gaeilge.

First flush

Tony Canavan lists all the books sent in since our previous issue.

My favourite

Dr Peter Kennedy on why Joyce’s Ulysses is not just his favourite in Hong Kong.


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Contributors in this issue


Eileen Battersby is Literary Editor of The Irish Times.

Bartholomew Begley is Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, Department of Theology, Philosophy and Music, Dublin City University.

Anton Blank is an Auckland-based publisher and writer, who also edits Ora Nui, New Zealand’s only Māori literary journal.

David Butler is an award-winning novelist, poet and playwright.

Isabelle Cartwright has reviewed prose and poetry for Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Literary Supplement and Verse.

Laura Fitzgerald has worked with CJ Fallon, educational publishers in Dublin, since 2014.

Eleanor Fitzsimons is a researcher, writer and journalist specialising in historical and current feminist issues, author of Wilde’s Women (Duckworth Overlook).

Caoimhe Fox works in marketing and development at Books Ireland and Wordwell.

Michael Gill is director of Gill Books.

Clare Hayes-Brady is a lecturer in American Literature at University College Dublin.

Fred Johnston is a poet, novelist and short story writer and founder of Galway’s annual CúirtInternational Festival of Literature.

Peter Kennedy lectures in Irish Studies at the University of Hong Kong.

Ellie Kyrke-Smith is a book enthusiast and Sales Executive at Penguin Random House New Zealand with a passion for getting books in the hands of our youngest readers.

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

TadghMac Dhonnagáin runs Irish-language publisher Futa Fata.

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

Margaret Bonass Madden is abook blogger and reviewer who contributes to The Irish Times and the Sunday Independent and doesthe @bookishpodcast with Bob Johnston.

Liz Maguire is an avid bibliophile, to which the numerous bookshelves in her miniature Washington DC apartment are testament.

Jennifer Martin is a Ph.D graduate who specialises in Irish literature and genealogical studies.

Ivan O’Brien is a director of the O’Brien Press.

Rachel O’Connor is a citizen of Ireland, the United States and New Zealand, holds degrees in Literature, Art History and Creative Writing, and is author of Whispering City, set in Greece and Ireland in WWI.

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

Cathal Póirtéir 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.

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