The Wordwell Group, established in 1986, is the publisher of Wordwell Books, Eastwood Books, and Books Ireland Magazine, as well as History Ireland and Archaeology Ireland magazines. The group has been at the heart of Irish cultural life for over three decades, publishing in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the OPW, the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, TII, the Decade of Centenaries and the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, together with many of Ireland’s finest authors in the fields of history, heritage and archaeology. Wordwell Books focuses on academic historical non-fiction, while Eastwood Books, established in 2019, focuses on trade historical non-fiction. Recent titles include Midnight in London: The Anglo-Irish Treaty Crisis 1921 by Colum Kenny, Developing Rural Ireland: A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services by Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh, and The Terror War: The Uncomfortable Realities of the War of Independence by Joseph E.A. Connell Jnr. Recent awards include winning the 2019 Nilsson Heritage Prize at the Listowel International Festival and being shortlisted for Irish Small Press of the Year at the Bookseller Awards 2019.
Books Ireland occupies a unique position at the heart of the literary ecosystem, between readers, writers, festivals, booksellers, and key arts-sector literary agencies. With a longstanding reputation for comprehensive, authoritative & fair coverage & access to significant opinion formers, Books Ireland is a conduit for information on the Irish book world, providing listings, reviews, news, features, video & audio across a range of genres, information for new and established writers on resources and opportunities for publication, and assists writers by bringing attention to their work. Books Ireland’s podcast, Burning Books, has featured interviews with Donal Ryan, Wendy Erskine, Kit de Waal, Jan Carson and Patrick Freyne.