Press play: Ireland’s literary journals are micro-businesses that have proven to be nurturing incubators

It was the recession that gave the literary scene the push it needed, writes Luke O’Reilly

23rd July, 2017
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For years, publishers from outside Ireland would ask Declan Meade, the editor of The Stinging Fly: “Where are all the great new Irish writers? Why has Ireland gone so quiet?”

Not any more. Since the recession, Ireland has experienced something of a literary boom, led by internationally successful writers such as Sara Baume, Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry and Sally Rooney.

On the phone to author Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith, co-founders of the...

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