ContemporaryIrishWriting.ie features books written in both English and Irish, ranging from fiction and poetry to memoir, young adult fiction and children’s literature. Each of the 100 entries offers the opportunity to enjoy interviews and conversations with the author, to read reviews and responses to the literary works, and to explore other online resources relating to this dynamic field of contemporary writing. The website is a must-use resource for readers, book club members, teachers and enthusiasts!
The platform is a collaboration between the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) and UCD’s School of English, Drama and Film.
Margaret Kelleher, Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD: “ContemporaryIrishWriting.ie aims to address the challenges particular to research and teaching in contemporary writing, including the difficulty of access to some source material, especially for international readers. We seek, through this digital resource, to capture the dynamism of contemporary conversations regarding Irish writing, and to promote not only these 100 titles but also their hundreds of siblings.”
Simon O’Connor, Director, MoLI: “Creating and diversifying access to the treasures of Irish literature is central to MoLI’s mission, driving much of our digital and learning programmes in particular. ContemporaryIrishWriting.ie creates so many opportunities for readers to discover new work, and to deepen their interest in familiar books and writers.”
Project Leader: Professor Margaret Kelleher
UCD Postdoctoral Project Fellow: Dr Jennifer Preston
MoLI Development Team: Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Luke Fallon, Laura Harvey-Graham, Ian Dunphy
UCD Advisors: Dr Karen Wade, Professor Gerardine Meaney
Developer: Stuart Cusack
Our thanks to: Niall O’Leary, Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos, Claire Bracken, Lucy Collins, Martin Doyle, Anne Fogarty, Sonia Howell, Eamonn Jordan, Eve Kearney, Ken Keating, Celia Keenan, Joe Kelly, Claire Lynch, Maria Mulvany, Máirín Nic Eoin, Ondrej Pilny, Emilie Pine, Emma Radley, Paige Reynolds, Jennie Ryan, Elaina Ryan, Catherine Smith, Nicholas Wolf and MoLI members.
Project funding came from UCD’s Seed Funding and Strategic Initiative Schemes.