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Welcome to the website of the Dedalus Press, one of Ireland’s longest established literary imprints, publishing the best in contemporary poetry from Ireland, and poetry from around the world in English translation. As well as info on all our titles in print, you’ll find a growing selection of interviews, excerpts and audio files representing new and backlist titles. And if you like what you find, why not sign up to our Mailing List or click on a social media link to share with your friends. Poetry Matters: Spread the Word.

The Shipping Forecast

In this short essay, reproduced from The Deep Heart’s Core, poet JOHN O’DONNELL revisits his poem ‘The Shipping Forecast’, among those included in Sunlight: New and Selected Poems (May 2018). LIKE PROSPECTORS, poets are always anxious to know if what they’ve unearthed this time is the real thing. We make our marks and see how …

Monsoon Diary: The Cover Story

JOSEPH WOODS on the story behind the cover of his new book of poems, Monsoon Diary For me, there’s a certain serendipity to the book cover of Monsoon Diary. Last December Pat Boran was in touch about the book and ideas for the cover, as a precursor to knuckling down to the text and its …

7 Questions On Poetry: Elaine Cosgrove

Elaine Cosgrove, author of the much-admired debut Transmissions (Dedalus Press, 2017) takes part in our occasional series and answers ‘7 Questions On Poetry’ *** Do you remember the first poem you wrote or what prompted it? The first poem I remember writing was in my early teens about the wildflowers that grew around my house …

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Two Exciting Debuts

AT DEDALUS PRESS, as well as publishing books by some of the best known names in Irish poetry, we've long dedicated ourselves to working with the rising generation of writers, many of whom are equally as comfortable on the stage as on the page. We're particularly pleased now to be issuing the debut collections of …
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The Singing Without Ceasing

Catherine Ann Cullen on the songscape of a Dublin childhood This post takes its title from “Family Crest”, a tongue-in-cheek poem in my collection The Other Now (Dedalus, 2016) that uses as a central motif the coat of arms of my family. On the crest is a mermaid combing her hair and, in the poem, …

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On a Turning Wing: Interview with Paddy Bushe

Paddy Bushe in email conversation with Pat Boran about his latest collection of poems, On a Turning Wing, winner of the 2017  Irish Times Poetry Now Award How important is place to your writing life, both in terms of subject matter and your actual modus operandi, the locations where poems come to you and/or get …

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The Deep Heart’s Core

In our new anthology, The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem, some 100 poets accept the invitation to revisit a favourite, key or touchstone poem of their own, and offer a short commentary on same — as they might at a live event. The result is an illuminating, thought-provoking and wholly engaging …

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Join the Dedalus Press Mailing List

Join the Dedalus Press Mailing List to avail of special offers and keep up with news of new publications. Our programme for 2017 features an exciting range of new books by both well-known and up-and-coming writers, as well as one of our most ambitious anthology projects to date in the shape of The Deep Heart’s …

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Incorrigibly Spain

Keith Payne’s letter from Galicia, first published in The Level Crossing, introduces two of the new wave of Galician poets. World is crazier and more of it than we think, Incorrigibly plural … IT WAS AS IF MacNeice had predicted what was happening in front of me on the screen last night. I was sat …

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Paula Meehan, reading and in conversation

To coincide with the launch of her new collection of poems, Geomantic, on November 14, we link here to a recording of a wide-ranging conversation between the poet and UCD Adjunct Professor Jody Allen Randolph, in an event that took place at The National Library of Ireland, in April 2016, during the course of which …

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Doireann Ní Ghríofa Receives 2016 Rooney Prize

Congratulations to Doireann Ní Ghríofa who, on 02 Sept, in its 40th anniversary year, received the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for her poetry.   Dedalus Press is proud to have published Doireann’s English-language debut, Clasp, described as follows by Nyla Matuk in Partisan Magazine’s Year in Books: “a moving study of the fragility of our …

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Obituary for Leland Bardwell

Leland Bardwell (1922 – 2016) “For such a big personality, her carbon footprint was small. Her radio played Lyric FM, quietly. And for years and years she drove an ancient Triumph Herald, the back seat of which was composed almost entirely of old literary magazines and dog-eared typescripts. And yet somehow, just like language itself, …

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The Level Crossing, issue 1

We’re finally there with issue 1 of  THE LEVEL CROSSING (see HERE). THE LEVEL CROSSING is the new occasional journal of poetry and poetry-related prose from Dedalus Press. This first issue includes new work by poets from Ireland, the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Poland and Korea, among others, poets already associated with the press …

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