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Laurence O’Bryan says that being independent doesn’t mean being alone when it comes to promoting your book.

Book notes

Tony Canavan with news from the world of books.

Festival focus

Caoimhe Fox on the success of the Read Books from Ireland initiative.

Julianne Mooney introduces this year’s Dublin Book Festival, now run by Publishing Ireland.

Cora Gunter on how Ennis Book Club Festival was overcome by the ‘Beast from the East’.

Book focus

Alan Hayes reveals the story behind Reading the Future: new writing from Ireland, celebrating Ireland’s oldest bookshop, Hodges Figgis.


Bartholomew Begley looks at three recent books about philosophy that have an Irish connection.

Peter Kennedy explains how Hong Kong’s fascination with Irish literature goes beyond Bloomsday.

Carina McNally on a fascinating exhibition based on Irish manuscripts from St Gallen, Switzerland.

Behind the screen

Tony Canavan looks atEdna O’Brien’s The Lonely Girl and Dublin in the swinging sixties.

Bookshop focus

Tony Canavan finds out the secret of the Last Bookshop.


Anne O’LearyOn Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist, by Michael Harding.

Rory BrennanOscar Wilde: the unrepentant years, by Nicholas Frankel.

Kevin KielyEzra Pound and Modernisim: the Irish factor, edited by Walter Bauman and William Pratt.


Eileen BattersbyWalking Wounded, by Sheila Llewellyn.

John GibneyIrish Soccer Migrants: a social and cultural history,, by Conor Curran.

Christina Hunt MahonyRocking the System: fearless and amazing Irish women who made history, by Siobhán Parkinson.

James DoyleF for Ferg, by Ian Cochrane.

Isolde GogginPowering the Nation: images of the Shannon scheme and electricity in Ireland, by Sorcha O’Brien.

Amanda BellMollie on the March, by Anna Carey.

Aubrey MaloneRoom Little Darker, by June Caldwell.

Joe HorganNama-Land, by Frank Connolly.


Fred Johnston with his selection of the latest poetry books.


Sue Leonard takes her pick of the best in 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

Rachael Englishon why she has fond memories of a childhood library.


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Contributors in this issue


Eileen Battersby’s novel, Teethmarks on my Tongue, is forthcoming from Head of Zeus.

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

Amanda Bell is a writer, editor and indexer. Her poetry collection,First the Feathers (Doire Press), is on the shortlist for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection.

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

James Doyle is the proprietor of Turnpike Books.

Rachael Englishis a journalist and writer. Her latest novel,The Night of the Party, is just published.

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

John Gibney is DFAT100 Project Co-ordinator with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project.

Isolde Goggin is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.

Cora Gunter is chairperson of the Ennis Book Club Festival.

Alan Hayes is the proprietor of Arlen House and editor of Reading the Future: new writing from Ireland.

Joe Horgan is a poet, writer and journalist.

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

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

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

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

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

Christina Hunt Mahony directed the graduate Center for Irish Studies in Washington DC and is now a research fellow at Trinity College.

Aubrey Malone is a journalist and author whose most recent book is Scottish Wit.

Julianne Mooneyis Director of the Dublin Book Festival.

Laurence O’Bryan has been training authors in digital marketing since 2012 and is author of Social Media is Dynamite for Writers.

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.

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