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Irish Pages Full Collection


A full set of all back issues of Irish Pages can be purchased here. The stock for a number of these issues is extremely limited and likely to run out in the near future. The purchase of the full set of back issues can be combined with a one-, two- or three-year subscription – thus ensuring, into the future, the complete archive of Ireland’s premier literary journal.

Irish Pages: The Classic Heaney Issue


A hardback reprint of the classic Irish Pages issue on Seamus Heaney to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death on 30 August 2013. “So many people in Ireland and overseas read, admired, and watched him. The extraordinary degree to which Heaney was a creative and ethical exemplar, shaper, mentor, influence, and generous friend for his fellow poets and writers comes through especially powerfully in this book, with its 54 contributors from Ireland, Britain, the United States and further afield…” Includes four last poems by Seamus Heaney.

Vol. 1 No. 1: Belfast in Europe

  • Tom Paulin on Belfast and its vernaculars
  • An Irish epilogue by Helen Lewis
  • George Watson’s countries of the mind
  • An extract from W. G. Sebald
  • Wendell Berry’s thoughts in the presence of fear
  • Chris Agee on the Good Friday Agreement
  • One of Hubert Butler’s uncollected essays
  • Translations from the Arabic
  • A parable for the New Europe
  • New poetry and prose by Seamus Heaney, Harry Clifton, Deirdre Madden, John Gray, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Daniel Tobin, Samuel Menashe, Neal Ascherson, Tim Robinson, Medbh McGuckian, John Montague, John Burnside & others
  • PLUS: “Portraits of Writers”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by John Minihan

plus much more…

Vol. 1 No. 2: The Justice Issue

  • Poetry and prose from Seamus HeaneyMichael Longley and Kathleen Jamie
  • Wendell Berry on the aftermath of 9/11
  • W. G Sebald’s last poem
  • New fiction by Micheál Ó Conghaile and Francis Harvey
  • Sir Martin Rees on our cosmic habitat, and Samuel Menashe on remembrance
  • Five essays by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc
  • Dante in the English of Ciaran Carson
  • Christian Salmon on the destruction of Palestine
  • Translations from the Bosnian
  • Essays on the inhumanism of Robinson Jeffers, and the false prospect of Cornucopia
  • New poetry from John F. Deane, Eamon Grennan, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Michael Hamburger, Gerard Smyth, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Angus Calder, Greg Delanty & others
  • PLUS: “Portraits of Artists”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by John Minihan

plus much more…

Vol. 10 No. 1: Criticism

  • Eva Hoffman on Europe’s “Internal Others”
  • A poem by Derek Mahon
  • Neil Corcoran on “The Mahon Prose”
  • The Good, the Bad & the Dire: Patricia Craig on recent Irish fiction
  • An homage to Catalonia
  • Mark Cousins on “The Story of Looking”
  • New fiction by David Park & Kerry Hardie
  • Brendan Corcoran on Heaney’s “ecological” laments
  • & Hugh Dunkerley on “Poetry and Fracking”
  • New essays by Kathleen Jamie, Seán Lysaght, 
    Bernard O’Donoghue, Stewart Sanderson & Scott Hames 
  • An extraordinary reflection on the Internet of Things
  • Poems by Ruth Padel, Moya Cannon & Thomas McCarthy 
  • Máirtín Ó Muilleoir on the Irish Language Act
  • New Poetry in Scots and Scottish Gaelic
  • PLUS: “Ways of Seeing”
    A remarkable photographic portfolio by Sonya Whitefield

Vol. 10 No. 2: The Belfast Agreement: Twentieth Anniversary Issue

  • Michael Longley on “Songs for Dead Children”
  • Essays on The Good Friday Agreement by Paul Arthur, Patricia Craig, Monica McWilliams, Paul Arthur, John Gray, John Wilson Foster, Edna Longley, Iggy McGovern, Gerard McCarthy, David Park, Jean Bleakney, Carlo Gébler, Anne Devlin, Brice Dickson, Robert McDowell, Ed Moloney, Mathew O’Toole, Jason Gathorne-Hardy, Andy Pollak & Glenn Patterson
  • Roy Foster and Nigel Lewis on Europe’s Tectonic Plates
  • Poems by Tom Mac Intyre, Moya Cannon, Ruth Carr, Harry Clifton, Kerry Hardie, Gerard Smyth & Ciarán O’Rourke 
  • Philip Knox, Jennifer Kerr, Stephen Dornan, Stephen Elliott & Noel Russell on the youthful aftermath of the Agreement
  • Chris Agee’s “Weather Report: Good Friday Week, 1998”
  • Evelyn Conlon, Matt Kirkham, Peter Geoghegan, Natasha Cuddington & Frances Byrne on boundaries, borders & maps
  • Manfred McDowell on the secrets of 64 Myrtlefield Park
  • Art Hughes in praise of Belfast and its writers
  • PLUS: “Writers of Belfast”: A remarkable portfolio of paintings by Neil Shawcross

Vol. 11 No. 1: The Anthropocene



  • Ruth Padel on “A Patch of Moonlight” in India
  • Morten Strøkness offers “A Tourist’s Guide to Norway”
  • Other new essays by Malachi O’Doherty, John Wilson Foster, Muireann Charleton and Niamh Morritt 
  • New poems by Greg Delanty, Moya Cannon & Ciaran O’Rourke


  • Chris Agee’s “Secular Prophecies”
  • Robert Alan Jamieson & Alec Finlay on falling ill
  • Amanda Thomson’s “Biding”
  • John Glenday’s “Love”


  • Sean Lysaght on the Mayo Wilds
  • Garry Mackenzie & Meg Bateman on Ben Dorain
  • “The Corniche Carriage Clock: A Sequence” by John F. Deane
  • New poems by Chris Preddle, Simon Ó Faoláin & Benjamin Keatinge


  • Gabriel Rosenstock on “The Irish Problem”
  • Four love poems by Matt Kirkham
  • Gerry Cambridge on “The Identitarian Delusion”
  • Chris Benfry & Sven Birkerts on “Serendipity”
  • “Varieties of Islam” by Jacob Agee
  • Sacha Baron Cohen on The Silicon Six
  • New short fiction by Slavenka Drakulić


  • “The Two of Them”, celebrated cartoons by Tisja Kljalović Braić

and many others

Vol. 11 No. 2: Love

  • Love poems by Michael Longley
  • Katheen Jamie & Brian Holton on translating Classical Chinese into Scots
  • New translations of the great Sappho
  • Alistair McIntosh’s “A Sixteenth Century Irish Sermon on COP26”
  • Translations of Balkan fiction by Slavenka Drakulic, Magdalena Blazević, Korana Serdarević and Miljenko Jergović
  • Chris Arthur on Nicholson’s imperialist statue in Lisburn
  • “On Plymouth Brethenism” by William Brown
  • A translation of a Ninth Century Irish prayer
  • Roisin Costello on corncrakes and Irish
  • “The Songs of Rathlin” by Sorcha Ní Lochlainn
  • Cilian Roden on Robert Lloyd Praeger and Irish patriotism
  • New poems and translations by Harry Clifton, Milena Williamson, Linda France, Philip Gross, Ruth Carr, Benjamin Keatinge, Chris Preddle, Ruth Padel and Antonietta Bocci
  • Gerard McCarthy’s last essay
  • New prose on love and loss by John Hill, Manus Charleton & Angela Wright

Vol. 2 No. 1: Empire

  • Tim Robinson on the death of Irish placenames
  • Susan Sontag on literature as freedom and the emergence of American empire
  • An excerpt from Brian Friel’s new play
  • New fiction by Robin Glendinning and Askold Melnyczuk
  • “Zen Wisdom” poems from Vietnam
  • Essays by Chris Arthur, Gerald Dawe, Fred Marchant and Gabriel Rosenstock
  • New poems from Paul Muldoon, Sarah Maguire,Charles Wright, Moya Cannon, Gary Allen & Michael Hamburger
  • PLUS: “Landscapes of Absence”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by Paul Seawright

plus much more…

Vol. 2 No. 2: The Earth Issue

  • Gary Snyder on ecology and the New World Disorder
  • Casey Walker on the evolutionary dangers of biotechnology
  • Two Irish addresses by Julia Kristeva
  • Poems and prose from Germany
  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill on folklore and the oral tradition
  • Essays by Michael Viney, Tim Robinson, Enda McDonagh, Gerald Dawe, Cathal Ó Searcaigh & Chris Agee
  • New poems from Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, Sarah Maguire, Francis Harvey, Bernard O’Donoghue, Hugh Dunkerley & John Burnside
  • PLUS: “Field Work”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by Rachel Giese Brown

Vol. 3 No. 1: The Literary World

  • Patricia Craig on coming-of-age in Belfast and Donegal
  • Michael Hamburger on the British literary scene
  • Tim Robinson in praise of space
  • A short story by William Trevor
  • Poems from Russia and Holland
  • Glenn Patterson on re-branding the paramilitaries
  • Essays by Denis SampsonJohn MontagueDaniel Weissbort & Chris Agee
  • New poems from Seamus Heaney, Michael Coady, Richard Tillinghast, Liam Ó Muirthile, Sean Lyságht, Gerry Smyth, Michael Davitt & Cathal Ó Searcaigh
  • PLUS: “Kilometre 28”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by Mélina Gacoin

plus much more…

Vol. 3 No. 2: The Home Place

  • Harry Clifton on coming home
  • Mira Nair on film-making
  • Lillis Ó Laoire on the art of traditional singing
  • Two short stories from Malta
  • A tale from Istanbul
  • Patricia Craig on C. S. Lewis
  • New writing in Irish from Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Micheál Ó Conghaile, Colette Nic Aodha & Celia de Fréine
  • New poetry and prose by Gary Allen, Sam Gardiner, Alan Titley, Michael Coady, Chris Arthur & Gerard Smyth
  • PLUS: “Out of the Bog”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by Frank Miller

plus much more…

Vol. 4 No. 1: The Media

  • Sven Birkerts on self in the information age
  • A short story by William Trevor
  • Brendan Simms on Dick Spring and Bosnia
  • Rilke in the Irish of Máire Mhac an tSaoi
  • Kafka’s mouse
  • Translations from the Turkish
  • John Berger on the erosion of place
  • Chris Agee on a day with the VJ
  • New poetry and prose by Seamus Heaney, Kathleen Jamie, Harry Clifton, Louis de Paor, Francis Harvey, Michael Longley, Rita Kelly,Tom Mac Intyre, Robin Glendinning, Moya Cannon, Richard Murphy & others
  • PLUS: “Towards a Military Sublime”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by Simon Norfolk

plus much more…

Vol. 4 No. 2: The Sea

  • Hugo Hamilton in the footsteps of Heinrich Böll
  • A short story by Francis Harvey
  • David Edgar on the state of British theatre
  • Beachcombing with Michael Viney
  • Tim Robinson on the sea and ourselves
  • Lorca in the Irish of Máire Mhac an tSaoi
  • Slavenka Drakulic on language, shoes and cakes, and David Albahari on frontiers
  • Aidan Carl Mathews in prose and poetry
  • Leslie Van Gelder on love and death
  • New poetry and prose by Peter SirrLeontia FlynnJohn F. DeaneGerard SmythGlenn PattersonPatricia Craig and Michael Longley & others
  • PLUS: “Marine Micrographs”, a remarkable photographic portfolio of sea life

Vol. 5 No. 1: Language and Languages

  • In memoriam Conor Cruise O’Brien
  • Hugo Hamilton on homecoming
  • Heaney’s sonnets in Spanish
  • A short story by Gabriel Rosenstock
  • Reflections on W.G. Sebald
  • Harry Clifton remembers autumn in Paris
  • Gerard McCarthy on Old Jerusalem
  • Poems from India
  • “Cupáin, fochupáin agus tiolacan na n-óiseach” by Louis de Paor
  • Tom Mac Intyre’s tour de force through age and memory
  • Toby Litt against historical fiction
  • New poetry and prose from Michael Coady, Belinda McKeon, John Gray, Maureen Duffy, Moya Cannon, David Fitzpatrick, John F. Deane, Judith Hoad, Paddy Bushe, Sam Gardiner & others
  • PLUS: “Harmony of the Ineffable”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by Alberto Darszon

plus much more…

Vol. 5 No. 2: An tEagrán Gaeilge / The Irish Issue

  • Contemporary writing in Irish by Máire Mhac an tSaoiLiam Mac CóilLouis de PaorAifric Mac AodhaLiam Ó Muirthile, Biddy JenkinsonMicheál Ó ConghaileNuala Ní DhomhnaillGabriel RosenstockAlan Titley and many others.
  • With writing in English by Tim RobinsonPaddy BusheSeán LysaghtPatricia Craig and Hugo Hamilton.
  • And new translations of a suite of poems by Seán Ó Ríordáin.
  • PLUS: “Taking Sides”, a remarkable photographic portfolio by Bobbie Hanvey.

plus much more…