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Accurate Measurements Poetry by Adam White

Accurate Measurements

Accurate Measurements by Adam White is unusual in that it is a poetic celebration of the world of manual labour, of craftsmanship and doing things in the right way. There...
Age of the Microwave Dinner Colin Hassard

Age of the Microwave Dinner

Age of the Microwave Dinner explores where we are as a society, along with universal themes of heartbreak, family, relationships, and death. Renowned for his thought-provoking work, these poems are...
Almost the Same Blue Short Fiction Book by John O'Donnell published by Doire Press

Almost the Same Blue

Almost The Same Blue is the first collection of short stories from the double Hennessy Award winning writer John O’Donnell. Murder, lust, greed, and betrayal are just some of the...
An Experience on the Tongue Poetry Book by Glen Wilson published by Doire Press

An Experience on the Tongue

An Experience on the Tongue bristles with vivid imagery and candid voices. Various threads weave throughout as we are deftly lead through changing landscapes by a diverse cast of characters...
And Short Fiction Book by Jim Mullarkey published by Doire Press


Mullarkey’s style of story-telling is remarkable for its preoccupation with additional things. Most of his characters suffer from the condition of being inundated by the world around them, and by...
Bank Holiday Hurricane Short Fiction Book by Kelly Creighton published by Doire Press

Bank Holiday Hurricane

Bank Holiday Hurricane focuses on dislocation, disenchantment and second chances, told through linked stories set in and around a Northern Irish town, and further afield.
Bloodroot Short Fiction Book by Annemarie Ní Churreáin published by Doire Press


Bloodroot explores the frailty and complexity of human relationships, often addressing the question of what it means to ‘belong’ in the world.
Border Lines Fiction Short Stories by John Walsh published by Doire Press

Border Lines

Border Lines introduces us to a cast of characters who are vivid, yet understated. It is this polarity that makes them all the more compelling. Most notable is Ian, the...
Consent Poetry Book by Kimberly Campenello published by Doire Press


Kimberly Campanello is attempting something new, something challenging and inspiring and radical, something that hasn’t been seen before in contemporary Irish poetry… not only does she succeed in this attempt,...
Image of End of Days Short Fiction Book by Aileen Armstrong Published by Doire Press

End of Days

A storm-battered Côte d’Azur to midsummer heat-waves and Big Freezes in the west of Ireland, the stories in End of Days capture the circumstances of change: the aftermath of loves...
Ferenji Short Fiction Book by Helena Mulkerns published by Doire Press

Ferenji and Other Stories

The collection delivers glimpses of life in the field — warts and all — with a vibrant blend of pathos, dark field humour and satire. Adding to the new genre...
Fireproof Short Fiction Book by Celeste Augé published by Doire Press

Fireproof and Other Stories

In her debut collection of short fiction, Augé creates poignant and accurate outlines of the women and their places in the world. Against the backdrop of modern Ireland, she tells...
First the Feathers Poetry written by Amanda Bell published Doire Press

First the Feathers

First the Feathers interrogates the position of the human in the natural world as a backdrop to a personal and political exploration of what it means to be alive —...
Growing Up in Colour Poetry Book by Maurice Devitt published by Doire Press

Growing Up in Colour

Growing up in Colour articulates the silence and strangeness of the familiar and inhabits the shadowy terrain of growing up in a fast-changing Ireland, of what happened and what might...
Nandi Jola Home is Neither Here Nor There

Home is Neither Here Nor There

Home is Neither Here Nor There, the debut poetry collection by Nandi Jola, explores the themes of Home, migration and the fragile relationships between human, animals and morals. As a...
In a Hares Eye Cover 1920 Poetry Book by Breda Wall Ryan published by Doire Press

In a Hare’s Eye

Here are poems of wonder, imagination, grief, bewilderment and delight. Drawing on an awareness formed during a rural childhood, they record the natural world and the way we, as humans,...
In Another Country Poetry Book by Rafiq Kathwari published by Doire Press

In Another Country

A Kashmiri poet, who writes in English, spent his youth in New York and wound up in Ireland to win the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, Rafiq became the first non-Irish...
In the Museum of Misremembered Things Poetry Book by Linda McKenna published by Doire Press

In the Museum of Misremembered Things

The poems in In the Museum of Misremembered Things revolve around the local, the historic and the mythic. Linda McKenna’s poems are based around historical events and themes with a...
Inheritance Poetry Book by Miceál Kearney published by Doire Press


Inheritance, the debut poetry collection by farmer-poet Miceál Kearney, include poems that convey both the beauty and the brutality of life on the farm.
Jewtown Irish Poetry Book by Simon Lewis published by Doire Press


Jewtown explores the journey of Jewish people who escaped the pogroms in Russia in the late 19th century, eventually settling in Cork City.
Keeping Bees Poetry Book by Dimitra Xidous published by Doire Press

Keeping Bees

Keeping Bees is rooted in the sensual, celebrating the vibrant nature of the body in and out love. The poetry is raw and brave, joyful and funny.
Killer a la Carte Fiction Novel by Gerry Galvin published by Doire Press

Killer a la Carte

Killer à la Carte introduces us to James Livingstone Gall, a respected restaurant critic, creative chef and serial killer, matched in evil by Claudia Catalano, heiress to an hotel empire.
Lights in the Distance Short Fiction by Susan Millar Dumars

Lights In The Distance

It is what every serious writer sets out to do — to give voice to characters that do not have one. Susan writes in a very considered way about characters...
No Recipe Poetry Book By Gerry Galvin published by Doire Press

No Recipe

We travel with a keenly observant man, and one of many moods; we glimpse his loves — of family, of nature and of the changing seasons, for example – share...
Nithy Kasa Palm Wine Tapper and The Boy at Jericho

Palm Wine Tapper and The Boy at Jericho

Palm Wine Tapper and The Boy at Jericho is the diary of a woman’s journey from the nature-rich countryside and the red-sanded desert to the Lego-like city. Written in the...
Peacekeeper Poetry Book by Michael J. Whelan published by Doire Press


The poems in Peacekeeper reveal the little known landscapes and events experienced by soldiers sent to keep the peace in highly volatile situations — experiences and events that stay part...
Revolutions of Humming Things Poetry Book by Aoife Reilly published by Doire Press

Revolutions of Humming Things

Revolutions of Humming Things explores a sense of belonging and home in a contemporary Ireland in a state of flux.
The Day of the Three Swans Poetry Book by Edward Boyne published by Doire Press

The Day of the Three Swans

The poems in The Day of the Three Swans work with the sense of place, the shifting ground of emotion and the pressure of politics and external events. There are...
Girl Missing From the Window Short Fiction by Paul O'Reilly published by Doire Press

The Girl Missing from the Window

Unafraid to delve down into the hot centre of his characters, O'Reilly’s ambition is to bring this craft of plain intensity to an Irish audience in fresh, well-crafted tales that...
Lie of the Land Poetry Book by Elaine Gaston published by Doire Press

The Lie of the Land

The Lie of the Land is a beautiful mix of poems rooted in the landscape Elaine grew up in and those she discovered on some of her travels.
Light Knows Tricks Poetry Book by Jo Hemmant published by Doire Press

The Light Knows Tricks

We’re presented throughout this collection with a kaleidoscope of the twists and turns and tricks of life — surprising, pleasurable, scary, unsettling, deadly, ordinary. There’s a dizzying mix of settings...
The Rag Tree Speaks Poetry Book by Emma McKervey publisher Doire Press

The Rag Tree Speaks

The Rag Tree Speaks is concerned with a sense of place, particularly questioning Irishness and the myriad voices within that familiar trope, trying to cut through easy clichés to explore...
The Space Between Poetry Book by Kate Dempsey published by Doire Press

The Space Between

The poems in The Space Between pick up on everyday incidents, expanding them in novel ways, creating miniature gems of acute observation on relationships or the domestic with a sprinkling...
The Woman on the Other Side Poetry Book by Stephanie Conn published by Doire Press

The Woman on the Other Side

The Woman on the Other Side is a book of exploration. The poetry invites the readers into a world of fragments, between physical and internal landscapes.
This Little World Poetry by Karen J. McDonnell Published by Doire Press

This Little World

This Little World focuses both on the internal subjective world that we inhabit due to social media and 24/7 access to news sources, as well as the little worlds we...
Waiting for the Bullet Short Fiction Book by Madeleine D'Arcy published by Doire Press

Waiting for the Bullet

This compelling collection presents twelve character-driven short stories that are set in London, New York and Ireland. The stories are populated with characters who are forced to deal with a...
Whispering the Secrets Poetry by Susan Lindsay published by Doire Press

Whispering The Secrets

For her, poetry is about playing with the words until something is revealed. The journey is everything, the destination something she knows is mostly out of her hands (review by...