A new chapter in the story of Ireland’s literary journals

The lengthy closure of bookshops has led to lower sales for indigenous magazines, but it’s not all bad news, as increased Arts Council funding and the move to subscription models have provided alternative income

9th May, 2021
A new chapter in the story of Ireland’s literary journals
Tara McEvoy, editor the Belfast-based literary journal, The Tangerine. Picture: Stephen Davson

For Declan Meade and his peers in the literary journal sector, the past year has been one of contrasts.

On the positive side, the budget of the Arts Council, which supports a number of journals through grants, rose from €75 million in 2020 to €130 million this year. But at the same time, the extended closure of bookshops cut off one of the main routes to market for literary journals.

Meade, who co-founded the Stinging Fly...

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