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Eileen Battersby argues for the importance of books in translation.


Cathal Coyle discovers the delights of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Tony Canavan marks the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein by looking at the Irish angle.

Arnold Horner charts the mapping of County Laois over the centuries.

John Kirkaldy discusses the Irish influence on Australian literature.

Polly Young profiles a rising star on the Irish scene, Colin O’Sullivan.

Book focus

Joanne O’Brien explains why it’s important to highlight the peacemakers in Defending Hope.

Bookshop focus

Tony Canavan spends a pleasant morning in Sandymount’s Books on the Green.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan that you should be careful what you wish for in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.


Hugh McFaddenThe Collected Letters of Flann O’Brien, edited by Maebh Long.

Kevin KielyA History of Irish Working-Class Writing, edited by Michael Pierse.

Rory BrennanRadicalism and Reputation: the career of Bronterre O’Brien, by Michael J. Turner.


Lisa Redmond—,em>Brendan O’Regan: Irish innovator, visionary & peacemaker, by Brian O’Connell and Cain O’Carroll.

Liz MaguireThe Surface Breaks, by Louise O’Neill.

Joseph HorganRainbow People, by Nicholas Mosley.

Anne O’LearyThe Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee, by Paul D. Gibson.

Eoghan SmithThe Coming of the Celts, AD 1860: Celtic nationalism in Ireland and Wales, by Caoimhín de Barra.

Christina Hunt MahonyNew to the Parish: stories of love, war and adventure from Ireland’s immigrants, by Sorcha Pollak.

Patricia ByrneH. Montgomery Hyde: Ulster Unionist MP, gay law reform campaigner and prodigious author, by Jeffrey Dudgeon.

Isabelle CartwrightShift, by Mia Gallagher.

Tony FlynnTuesdays Are Just As Bad, by Cethan Leahy.


Sue Leonard tells us what she likes about books from recent début authors.

Leabhair idir lámha

Cathal Póirtéir picks his favourites from recent books as Gaeilge.

Crime spree

Paula O’Hare raids the publishing scene for the latest crime fiction.


Fred Johnston picks out his choice of newly published poetry books.

First flush

Tony Flynn catalogues all the new books that have come in since our last issue.

My favourite

Brendan Joseph O’Dea tells us why Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu evokes memories of Ireland.


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Contributors in this issue


Eileen Battersby is a literary reviewer, critic and author of Teethmarks On My Tongue (Head of Zeus, 2018).

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

Patricia Byrne’s most recent book is The Preacher and the Prelate—the Achill mission colony and the battle for souls in Famine Ireland (Merrion Press).

Isabelle Cartwright’s interviews and reviews have appeared in The Irish Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Verse and the Irish Literary Supplement.

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).

Tony Flynn is working with Books Ireland as an editorial assistant.

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).

Arnold Horner formerly taught Geography at University College Dublin and is author of Mapping Laois from the 16th to the 21st Century (Wordwell).

Fred Johnston’s latest collection of poetry, Rogue States, will be published by Salmon Poetry this September.

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.

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.

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

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

Christina Hunt Mahony is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of English in Trinity College.

James Mehigan is co-editor of Defending Hope: dispatches from the frontline inPalestine and Israel (Veritas Publications).

Eóin Murray is co-editor of Defending Hope: dispatches from the frontline inPalestine and Israel(Veritas Publications).

Joanne O’Brien is a contributor to Defending Hope: dispatches from the frontline in Palestine and Israel, edited by Eóin Murray, James Mehigan (Veritas Publications).

Brendan Joseph O’Dea is a Leicester-based writer with an interest in Gothic fiction who is embarking on a Creative Writing MA this autumn.

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 longer cultural analysis pieces.

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

Lisa Redmond is a writer of historical fiction and non-fiction.

Eoghan Smith is a lecturer in English at Carlow College and NUI Maynooth.

Polly Young is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, who recently started a career in publishing.

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