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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 decline 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 experience and financial health sufficient to launch a book publishing programme of the highest quality, comparable to any in these islands.

For the time being, the Press will be limited to poetry, essays, memoir and other forms of non-fiction. Following our celebrated first volume, Balkan Essays by Hubert 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 and drama in both English and Irish; a bilingual Rogha Dánta/Selected Poems by Cathal Ó Searcaigh, drawn from his previous 20 collections; and a first collection of poems by Ciarán O’Rourke, provisionally entitled The Buried Breath.

Unsolicited manuscripts from new, emergent and established writers are welcomed from 1 October 2017. No electronic submissions will be accepted. In the interim, however, established authors (currently with or without past publishers) are encouraged to contact the Editor to discuss manuscripts that are fully completed.