With Reading Ireland Month just around the corner, I thought I would take part in Karen and Liz’ brilliant Reading Independent Publisher’s Month initiative by celebrating my favourite independent Irish publishers!
NO ALIBIS PRESS
No Alibis Press is relatively new to the Irish publishing scene, but David Torrens and his team have over twenty years of book-selling experience as the brilliant No Alibis Bookstore! Since their launch in 2018, No Alibis Press has published books by Ian Sansom and Declan Burke, as well as the short story collection Still Worlds Turning, edited by June Caldwell.
Our mission: to find extraordinary novels with a strong voice that aren’t afraid to be themselves, get them suited and booted and unleash them on the book-devouring public.
Forthcoming titles: Seed by Joanna Walsh (June 2021)
Tramp Press was launched by Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff in 2014 to find, nurture and publish exceptional literary talent. In 2019 they were joined by Laura Waddell in the role of UK Publishing Director. Tramp is based in Ireland and Scotland, and publishes internationally. They have had some exceptional success in the last six years, publishing three Irish Books of the Year including Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones, Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self and Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s exquisite A Ghost in the Throat.
Their Recovered Voices series is committed to rescuing and recovering forgotten literature, and to re-engaging with those writers whose work is still valuable, relevant and brilliant. To date they have republished the work of Dorothy McArdle, Charlotte Riddell and Maeve Kelly.
Forthcoming titles: Corpsing: My Body and Other Horror Stories by Sophie White and Line by Niall Burke.
Turnpike Books publishes a series of Northern Ireland literature’s most neglected authors such as Ian Cochrane, St John Ervine and Janet McNeill alongside acclaimed writers such as Benedict Kiely. They have single handedly brought about a resurgence of interest in the work of Janet McNeill and have recently published the first collection of Brian Moore’s short stories.
They also publish a series of the selected short stories of the major English writers of the twentieth-century, beginning with the stories of A.E. Coppard, J.B. Priestley and V.S. Pritchett. Their most recent publication is Barbara Comyns novel Little Fox.
Forthcoming titles: The House of Dolls by Barbara Comyns
THE STINGING FLY PRESS
The Stinging Fly magazine was established in 1997 to seek out, publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing. Since then it has flourished as a breeding ground for the best new Irish writing and has been edited by Thomas Morris, Danny Denton and Sally Rooney.
The Stinging Fly Press launched as an off-shoot from the magazine in May 2005 with the publication of our first title, Watermark by Sean O’Reilly. Like the magazine, the imprint is particularly interested in promoting the short story. In the last 15 years they have published work by Kevin Barry, Wendy Erskine, Colin Barrett and Danielle McLaughlin as well as re-issuing two books by the great Maeve Brennan.
Forthcoming books: Trouble by Philip O Ceallaigh
Skein Press is another relatively new publisher on the Irish scene established in June 2017 to publish writers whose work is fresh and thought-provoking and features outlooks and experiences not often represented in Irish publishing.
Since they began, they have published the highly acclaimed This Hostel Life by Melatu Uche Okorie, which tells the hidden stories of migrant women in Ireland and Why The Moon Travels, a beautiful collection of stories from the oral tradition of the Traveller community in Ireland by Oein DeBhairduin.
Forthcoming titles: Unsettled by Rosaleen McDonagh
Have you read any books from these great publishers? Let me know in the comments.
I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!