The Irish Writing Landscape: PI Talks to BBC Radio 4

Our very own Gráinne Clear of Little Island Books (and board member of Publishing Ireland) joined inaugural Irish Fiction laureate Anne Enright, Sarah Baume and Sinead Gleeson on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book to discuss Irish writing today with Mariella Frostrup. Among the highlights discussed were clear new avenues for Irish writers who are moving further away from traditional ‘Irish’ tropes in their writing and a willingness to take more risks. This is also reflected in the rise of Independent publishing in Ireland. While the often -lamented trend of promising new writers being snapped up by larger publishing houses (particularly those based in the UK), both Sinead Gleeson and Clear emphasised that while this was often ‘heartbreaking’ for Irish publishers, it must also be noted that it is here where the Indie publishing scene was much more willing to take on unknown writers and take risks where larger publishers might not.

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