New Writing from Ireland, the annual rights catalogue published by Ireland Literature Exchange, offers the best of the latest Irish writing for which translation rights are available.
To complement Ireland's cultural presence at Shanghai Expo 2010, ILE commissioned Irish author, Clare Kilroy, to write an essay about the Irish literary tradition and the wealth of literature produced by Irish writers today. Clare takes a poster, well-known to Irish school-children, with the faces of Joyce, Yeats, Wilde, Shaw and Beckett, as her starting point and throughout the course of the essay wonders which of today's esteemed Irish writers (e.g., Barry, Keegan, Enright, Tóibín, Murphy etc) might appear on a classic poster of the future.
Pocket-sized and double-ended, it is a valuable introduction to contemporary Irish literature. It is presented here in English and Chinese.
In September 2009, ILE produced its first catalogue for the Chinese market. Published in both English and simplified Chinese, Literary Tresaures from Ireland presents biographical and bibliographical information on twelve of Ireland's most fêted contemporary writers, from John McGahern and William Trevor to Sebastian Barry and Claire Keegan. This list will be augmented over time to include more of Ireland's great established writers as well as emerging and exciting new voices in Irish literature.
On 9 November 2011, Ireland Literature Exchange celebrated the release of POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, eight postcards featuring black and white photographs of some of Ireland's leading writers, situated in their places of work in Ireland.
ILE commissioned the photographer, Richard Gilligan, to visit each writer in his/her work space and to photograph them as beautifully and as sensitively as possible. The writers selected have all had books published in translation with support from ILE in recent months. Initiated as a pilot series, ILE hopes, funding permitting, to follow next year with further collections of postcards to include images of Ireland's leading poets, playwrights, children's writers and novelists.
In the coming months and into 2012, the postcards will be available for free at literature festivals both in Ireland and abroad. They will also be distributed at major international book fairs (Frankfurt, London, Beijing and Moscow). Irish embassies around the world will also make them available at the cultural events that they organise throughout the year. It is hoped the postcards will have a broad appeal, arousing interest from foreign publishers and tourists, from avid book readers and curious members of the public.
If you would like to receive a set of the first Postcards from the Edge, please contact ILE directly at adminATirelandliteratureDOTcom.
Roma Kid, a short story by the award-winning Irish writer Kevin Barry, was granted exclusively to Ireland Literature Exchange to mark our key role in the promotion of Irish literature abroad.
The story is exclusively published here (originally in the week of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012).
We hope that visitors to our site will enjoy the story.