Publishing outstanding books in English & Irish
This is an auspicious period for the development of a new 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, and the organiser of Crossways Festival in Glasgow) is uniquely qualified for this important cultural endeavour, after 17 years of publishing Ireland’s premier literary journal. 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.
Although Irish Pages as a journal published three previous titles – Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (2003), Balkan Essays by Hubert Butler (2016), and The Other Tongues: An Introduction to Writing in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Scots in Ulster and Scotland (2016) – late 2018 saw the launch of the Press in the sense of an annual programme of major book-publishing, under its new bilingual imprint, The Irish Pages Press/Cló an Mhíl Bhuí.
Currently, the Press is limited to poetry, essays, memoir and other forms of non-fiction (including the graphic novel form), in both English and Irish.
Three opening poetry titles were published in late 2018: the magisterial Crann na Teanga/The Language Tree by Cathal Ó Searcaigh, drawn from 16 previous collections, and translated by Paddy Bushe; 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 critically-acclaimed volume, Next to Nothing (2009). The Divil Knows What, by Tom Mac Intyre – a posthumous selected edition of his poetry, prose and drama in both English and Irish – is scheduled for release in Autumn 2020.
Our full publishing program for the coming year (4-6 titles), predominantly non-fiction, will be announced in Summer 2020.
The Irish Pages Press will always be characterized two essential and necessary components, flowing from the outstanding standards of the journal in an age of media noise and publishing hyperbole: literary content of exceptional quality, and production values (mainly hardback) unsurpassed by any in these islands. Apart from issues of finance, the sole criteria for publication by the Press will be the distinction of the writing and the integrity and independence of the individual voice.
We urge all those interested in submitting manuscripts to The Irish Pages Press/Clo An Mhíl Bhuí to familiarize themselves both with the journal and the Press, preferably by purchasing a recent issue or title. You can do so online under “Archive and Order” at www.irishpages .
We are very unlikely to consider manuscripts by new authors without book publication who have no significant publication record or one consisting mainly of self-published or heavily online work. Instead, we strongly recommend that you first submit a limited extract of your work to Irish Pages, which will be considered in the usual way for forthcoming issues.
Here is our standard advice regarding submissions to the journal:
“Submissions can be made at any time. For a variety of reasons, we accept only postal submissions (with stamps or cash, though no self-addressed envelope is needed.) We strongly advise all potential contributors to visit our website for general information, and/or to familiarize themselves with an actual copy of the journal. It is available at independent booksellers and several chain bookshops throughout Ireland and Great Britain, or can be ordered online, as a single copy or as a subscription. No more than eight poems or two prose pieces should be submitted at one time, or within one year. The Editors aim to respond within nine months.”
However, finished manuscripts are welcome from emergent and established writers with a significant publication record, especially those resident (regardless of background) in Ireland and Scotland. No electronic submissions will be accepted: submissions should be sent by post (for our full address, see the “Contact” section of our website). In particular, established authors (currently with or without past publishers) are encouraged to contact the Editors to discuss available manuscripts that are fully completed.
(c) Chris Agee
Chris Agee is a poet, essayist, photographer and editor. His third collection of poems, Next to Nothing (Salt, 2009), was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, organized by the Poetry Society and funded by the British Poet Laureate. He is the Editor of Irish Pages, Ireland’s premier literary journal, and The Irish Pages Press, and recently edited Balkan Essays (The Irish Pages Press, 2016), the sixth volume of Hubert Butler’s essays. His fourth collection, Blue Sandbar Moon, was published in 2018. He divides his time between Ireland, Scotland and Croatia.
On Blue Sandbar Moon:
“I think it is a monumental work ranging across both the European landscape and the deepest inner worlds.”
David Park, novelist
Order your copy online here.