New and Necessary
This is an auspicious moment for the formal establishment of a high-profile literary press firmly rooted in Belfast and Ireland. With the recent closure or contraction of several Northern presses, Irish Pages Ltd (the non-profit publisher of Irish Pages and The Irish Pages Press) is uniquely qualified for this important cultural endeavour. It possesses the literary experience, distribution networks and financial health sufficient to launch a book publishing programme of the highest quality, comparable to any in these islands.
Currently, The Irish Pages Press is limited to poetry, essays, memoir and other forms of non-fiction. Following our celebrated first volume, Balkan Essays (2016) by Hubert Butler, four titles are scheduled for publication in 2018: The Divil Knows What, by Tom Mac Intyre, a selected edition of his poetry, prose and drama in both English and Irish; the bilingual Crann na Teanga/The Language Tree by Cathal Ó Searcaigh, drawn from his previous 17 collections; an outstanding first collection of poems by Ciarán O’Rourke, The Buried Breath; and a long-awaited fourth collection of poems by Chris Agee, Blue Sandbar Moon, following his previous celebrated volume, Next to Nothing (2009).