‘Peter Fallon has had a hand in the publishing history of nearly every poet in this collection. As the founder of The Gallery Press, Fallon has given a public outlet to rising Irish writers who benefit from the authority the Press earned early on and has maintained by publishing many of Ireland’s best-established voices.’
— Wes Davis, An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry (Harvard, 2010)
Even then the purpose was praise.
It began in innocence, long ago. In 1970, in fact. On 6 February 1970 the first Gallery Book appeared – a simple offering. Another followed, and another. People started to call me a publisher.
There was no plan, no fixed aim (no money!). There was a hope, and it grew, bit by bit by bit. Over the years those fledgling impulses became a mission — to launch and foster the careers of exceptional new writers, to assert and promote the dignity of the profession of writing, to demonstrate that we could produce and publish editions of poems and plays as well as anyone, and to provide a publishing home in Ireland for Irish writers.
Now, forty years later, more than four hundred titles, marked by careful editing and simple, elegant design, record the achievement of Ireland’s outstanding established and emerging literary figures. The Gallery Press is recognized at home and abroad, along with the Cuala and Dolmen presses, as the pre-eminent publisher of Irish writing in the 20th century. It bears the same standards into a new millennium.
The Gallery List
The list includes acknowledged masterpieces. A series of Collected Poems by poets the Press has been publishing for decades (John Montague, Derek Mahon, Ciaran Carson, Pearse Hutchinson and Michael Hartnett) has been welcomed as contemporary classics. It features two dozen plays by Brian Friel as well as titles by Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon.
Other highlights of the list include the poems of Eamon Grennan, Medbh McGuckian and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, the plays of Marina Carr, Thomas Kilroy, Eugene McCabe and Jim Nolan, a list of outstanding women poets (including Sara Berkeley and Kerry Hardie), the compendia of Michael Coady, and the occasional trawl through tradition in which younger poets present the case for older masters (Vona Groarke for Goldsmith’s Deserted Village, Seamus Heaney for Padraic Fallon, Michael Longley for W R Rodgers, Derek Mahon for Patrick MacDonogh, David Wheatley for James Clarence Mangan). The list features also such distinctive voices as Gerald Dawe, Rosita Boland, Seán Lysaght and Aidan Rooney and books of poems by authors who excel in other genres too (Dermot Healy, Frank McGuinness).
The Gallery Press has pioneered the practice of bilingual editions (notably four collections of poems by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill with a galaxy of sympathetic translators). Other translations and adaptations represent modern and classic work, from Aristophanes, Sophocles, Euripides and Virgil, through Rostand, Molière, Ibsen, Kleist and Chekhov, to Saint-John Perse, Pirandello and Jaccottet and the multifacetted array of Pearse Hutchinson’s Done into English.
Intermittent publications of prose present the selected stories of Brian Friel and Tom Mac Intyre, the early fiction of John Banville, and selections of essays by Dennis O’Driscoll and Derek Mahon.
Two series of special limited signed editions match the work of exceptional writers (Derek Mahon, Seamus Heaney, John Banville, Paul Muldoon and Brian Friel) with leading painters (Martin Gale, Donald Teskey, Basil Blackshaw) in books admired and treasured by discerning collectors.
Younger poets such as Vona Groarke, John McAuliffe, Conor O’Callaghan, Justin Quinn, Tom French and Peter Sirr will carry the torch into the future, and having enlisted poets younger than the press itself (Alan Gillis, David Wheatley and Ciaran Berry) that future glows.
The Gallery Press operates out of a small, 19th-century stone house and its adjacent outbuildings, in the ancient centre of North Meath. With views across pastures to the crests of the Loughcrew hills and their ancient megalithic cairns (3000 BC), a long tradition continues. Respectful of Ireland’s rich literary past, while embracing new media, The Gallery Press endures as a landmark, continuing the arts of praise.
— Peter Fallon
The directors listed below are also members of the company.
Directors: Peter Fallon (Chairperson) and Jean Fallon
Peter Fallon has been founder and publisher of The Gallery Press since 1970 during which time he has edited more than five hundred books of poems and plays by Irish writers. He is the Press’s principle designer and works intimately with the authors on their manuscripts, often representing them or their Estates as an agent.
A prize-winning poet, he serves on the Board of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig (Chair), Poetry Ireland and The Brian Friel Trust. A member of Aosdána, he is also an Honorary Member of the RHA.
Jean Fallon joined The Gallery Press in 1980. An Arts graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Library Studies graduate of University College Dublin she is involved in multiple aspects of book production, author readings and royalties, as well as general administration at the Press.
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The Gallery Press keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, in compliance with SORP, with the most recent accounts (2016) available here. The Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for profit entities SORP (FRS102) is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland. The Gallery Press is committed to maintaining good fundraising practice in compliance with the Guiding Principles for Fundraising, a guide to best practice set up in response to the Charities Act (2009).