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Brendan Daly is a freelance print and radio journalist who has written for publications in Ireland and the US, including The Irish Times, Sunday Business Post and Irish Theatre Magazine. Martina Devlin is the author of the novel The House Where It Happened about the Islandmagee witch trial of 1711. Her latest book is Truth & Dare: short stories about women who shaped Ireland. Catherine Doyle’s latest novel is The Tide Warriors (Bloomsbury Children’s Books). Bill Dunn, editor of The Ginger Man Letters (2018), is archivist of the J.P. Donleavy papers. Emma Dunne is a freelance editor, proofreader and reader. Originally from Kilkenny, she now lives in Dublin. Tony Flynn has just completed the M.Phil. in Children’s Literature, Trinity College Dublin, and is working with Books Ireland as an editorial assistant. Caoimhe Fox works in marketing and development with Books Ireland. Isolde Goggin is a long-time resident of Rathmines. Fred Johnston’s latest collection of poetry is Rogue States (Salmon Poetry). Kevin Kiely is a poet, novelist, playwright and critic, and a Fulbright scholar in creative writing with a Ph.D in modernist literature and poetry. John Kirkaldy has contributed to three books on Irish history and works for the Open University as well as writing for newspapers, magazines and television. Miles Leeson is director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Chichester, England. Sue Leonard is a freelance journalist, writer and ghostwriter, who also writes the ‘Beginner’s Pluck’ book column for The Irish Examiner. Una MacConville is publication manager with Books Ireland. Hiram Morgan is Senior Lecturer in History at University College Cork. Ruairí Ó hAodha is a librarian and independent scholar in Galway and editor of the Journal of the Old Tuam Society. Paula O’Hare is a public sector lawyer who likes detective novels. Anne O’Leary is a non-fiction writer who specialises in book and theatre reviews but also writes longer cultural analysis pieces. Cathal Póirtéir is a writer and broadcaster who has published several books and CDs on Irish folklore, social history and literature in Irish. Síne Quinn is an editor with Cubicle 7, a creative-writing teacher working with the Bookmarks Programme TCD and a CBI book doctor. David Ryan is the author of Buck Whaley: Ireland’s greatest adventurer (Merrion Press). Grace Safford is a student at Champlain College, working with Books Ireland as an editorial assistant. Mary Watson moved to Ireland from South Africa. Her new novel is The Wickerlight (Bloomsbury).

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Opinion 7 Mary Watson on how learning about Irish mythology helped her settle in Ireland.

Book notes 8 Tony Canavan with the latest from the world of books.

Rights news 15 Caoimhe Fox reports on recent rights sales from Ireland.

Book focus 18 David Ryan on the story behind Buck Whaley: Ireland’s greatest adventurer.

20 Bill Dunn tells the story of how J.P. Donleavy’s last novel came to be published.

22 Miles Leeson marks the centenary of Iris Murdoch’s birth by examining her Irish connections.

Summer crop of books 24 The Books Ireland team bring you their pick of Irish books for summer reading.

Profile 28 Caoimhe Fox talks to Jan Carson about her acclaimed novel The Fire Starters.

Books Ireland July/August 2019

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