Publishers of Irish Poetry and Drama


Vona Groarke


From X-Factor to X-rated, the third least common letter in the English alphabet appears commonly in life.
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Tom French

Tom French’s third collection opens with the poet alone with his newborn son in a delivery room...
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Early House

Justin Quinn

‘Whether in short lyrics or in the longer pieces Quinn’s lyricism, subtlety of thought and precision of expression are a constant pleasure.’ — James Harpur, Southword
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There Now

Eamon Grennan

In these short poems full of patient listening, looking, and responding, Eamon Grennan again presents a world of brilliantly excavated moments...
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What Just Happened

Sara Berkeley

Sara Berkeley Tolchin’s new collection begins: ‘I’d like my heart /to be without conditions, / to crack each day a little more open’...
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The Way In

John McAuliffe

  John McAuliffe’s new book continues to explore a contemporary life whose domestic spaces and routines are lovingly itemized and reassembled...
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The Boys
of Bluehill

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Music permeates the collection which also features elegies and poems about language...
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The Travels of Sorrow

Dermot Healy

The Travels of Sorrow is a windfall, the last gift of a compelling, original and charismatic artist.
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Alan Gillis

The poems in Alan Gillis’s fourth collection, Scapegoat, find themselves on the edge...
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Jim Nolan

In the summer of 1934 in a village on the south coast of Ireland Johnny Kinnane, a returned 'Yank'...
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From Elsewhere

Ciaran Carson

From Elsewhere is the latest reach into another source by the ingenious translator of...
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The Rooms

Peter Sirr

Peter Sirr’s eighth collection is characteristically finely tuned to the facts and flu...
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Red Sails

Derek Mahon

This spirited collection of short essays adds further critical and autobiographical...
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Mickey Finn's Air

Gerald Dawe

Mickey Finn’s Air, Gerald Dawe’s eighth collection of poems, revels in how memory plays...
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Strong, My Love

Peter Fallon

Care, company, community have been fundamental concerns of Peter Fallon’s writing ...
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A heartbreaking and measured report of grief following the death of Ursula, the two-and-a-half-year-old daughter of Jan Kochanowski
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Poem of the Month

July’s Poem of the Month comes from Justin Quinn’s forthcoming collection Early House


Waste Ground

Bus station: women
walking towards it,
early morning.

They have flowers,
water movements
and zigzags

on their print dresses.
Their armpits
slightly damp

though it’s early.
There must be men
moving around

somewhere: shades
that other men
can’t see at all

when midsummer —
a long wave
gathered from

the fields beyond —
breaks suddenly
on the bus station

at the edge of the city
(great junkyard
that the weeds

start winning back).
My flesh turns into
nettles, worts,

swaying burdocks,
and whiplash hoops
of tangling briars.


               by Justin Quinn
               from Early House (2015)




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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin reads ‘The Polio Epidemic’ from The Sun-fish (2009)

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Seán Lysaght reads ‘The Bay of Angels’ from Carnival Masks (2014)

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