COVID-19: Updates concerning Swan River Press during the Covid-19 pandemic, with regard to orders and postal services: I hope you are all keeping well, being sensible, and looking after both yourselves and your community. All is well here at Swan River Press, or at well as can be expected. I am currently working from home (during the day now as well as weekends and evenings). Everything here is continuing apace: we’re working on new publications and shipments are still being dispatched to those in need of reading material. More...



 
 


NEW TITLE: Lucian Brewse Burke, a middle-aged civil servant, works in a shabby county council sub-office in the bleak Irish midlands, mired in Kafkaesque bureaucracy and petty skirmishes with locals. Upon the arrival of his old university friends on their way to Yeats’s funeral, things turn toward the eccentric. They embark on a days-long, cross-country spree brimming with booze-fueled nostalgia. To the accompaniment of juke boxes blaring a reminder of the steady of Americanisation of Europe, we see public-houses thronged with saints, senators, and sinners; while outside old stone crumbles and the thin rain drifts down on an ancient country-side. More...



 
 


FEATURED INTERVIEW: "In 1952 I wrote Leaves for the Burning, and I like to think myself — it’s a little conceit of mine — that this gave an exact picture of Ireland as it was in the middle of the twentieth-century. I was rather flattered at the time when I heard that the British Embassy had ordered it as compulsory reading for their staffs, so that they would learn about Ireland. That same book by the way — the only little success I had — won a newspaper prize in Copenhagen as the best novel of the year and was translated into Danish." More...



 
 


CURRENT ISSUE: Here we are, after a brief hiatus, with the continued serialisation of the Guide to Irish Writers of Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature, which I am co-editing with my long-time collaborator Jim Rockhill. This is a project we started work on sometime in 2017 — although it’s something we had talked about for longer than that. Our goal is to create a resource for readers and scholars, not unlike E. F. Bleiler’s Supernatural Fiction Writers (1985), showing the rich extent of Ireland’s contributions to supernatural literature and its related genres. More...




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