The literary journals championing new Irish writing
Ireland is well known as a haven of writing talent, but a crucial role in nurturing that talent is played by literary journals with small but devoted readerships. Here, we look at some of the best in the country
In Ireland, social distancing guidelines notwithstanding, chances are that you’re never more than two metres away from a writer. Every year, our already burgeoning literary talent pool seems to multiply exponentially. But while much has been made of the next generation of Irish authors, less is said about the editors and outlets which foster this talent.
Pull back the curtain on any thriving literary scene, and you’ll find a thriving literary journal scene....
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Whereabouts: A near-plotless story leaves an unforgettable aftertaste
Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest novel is superbly written and deeply meditative
Snowflake: Millennial life in all its mystery, mysticism and wonder
Louise Nealon’s hugely enjoyable debut novel is about a naive but clairvoyant country girl from a dysfunctional family making her way through college life in an unfamiliar and unfriendly city
A Dangerous Visionary: A tycoon looks back at an illustrious and groundbreaking life in business
Eddie O’Connor’s autobiography is required reading for anyone starting off in business who wants to break into the big league
Ballymacandy: Fascinating history of a Kerry ambush and what went unspoken
Owen O’Shea’s meticulously researched history of an IRA ambush during the War of Independence where five men died reveals the complexity of the operation and the similar histories of the men on either side