Irish Pages announce launch of new press

Irish Pages, the biannual journal, edited in Belfast and publishing writing from Ireland and overseas, has announced the launch of a new literary press to be established in Belfast.

Irish Pages Ltd (the non-profit publisher of Irish Pages and The Irish Pages Press) announced on social media that it “possesses the literary experience, distribution experience and financial health sufficient to launch a book publishing programme of the highest quality”, and that it is “uniquely qualified for this important cultural endeavour.”

For the time being, the Press will be limited to poetry, essays, memoir and other forms of non-fiction. Following their celebrated first volume, Balkan Essays, by Huber Butler, three titles are already scheduled for publication in 2017: The Divil Knows What by Tom Mac Intyre, a selected edition of his poetry prose in both English and Irish; a bilingual Rogha Danta / Selected Poems by Cathal Ó Searcaigh, drawn from his previous twenty collections; and a first collection of poem by Ciaran O’Rourke, provisionally entitled The Buried Breath.

Unsolicited manuscripts from new, emergent and established writers should not be sent before October 2017. No electronic submissions will be accepted. In the interim, however, established authors (currently with or without past publishers) are welcome to contact the Editors about manuscripts that are fully completed.

The Editors are currently assembling the next issue, ‘Criticism’. In addition to literary criticism of the traditional variety, there will be a particular focus on the critical spirit in all genres, whether non-fiction essays, literary journalism, memoir, travel writing, poetry, fiction or other work of imaginative distinction. By “Criticism,” it is meant, in equal measure, both the brandy of praise and the poteen of critique.

Submissions on contemporary Irish fiction, global politics and personalities, nationalism, the mass media in Ireland and Britain, cyberspace, ecological themes, and the economic order are especially welcome. Work submitted in Scots and Irish, as well as literary translation from any culture, is also encouraged. Following the journal’s usual procedure, some of the work included will be independent of the cover title. A number commissions may be arranged, and potential contributors interested in making a proposal should contact Chris Agee immediately.

After released two well-received volumes in the aftermath of the death of Seamus Heaney (‘Heaney’ and ‘After Heaney’), Irish Pages’ latest issue is Israel, Islam & the West (Vol 9, No 2), out now.

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