Happy International Women’s Day – and congratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney (both Long Gaze Back contributors) who have been nominated for the Bailey’s Prize.

Over the weekend I chaired a Long Gaze Back Panel event, with Lisa McInerney, Siobhan Mannion and Christine Dwyer Hickey at the Ennis Bookclub Festival. It’s an excellent, well-attended festival full of enthusiastic book fans, and we had a great crowd on Saturday afternoon. I also got to announce a new anthology project I’ve been working on, so here is the press release below. The wonderful cover is again designed by Martin Gleeson. As with The Long Gaze Back, all work by living writers had to be previously unpublished, giving the reader a chance to read brand new work.




Last year saw the publication of The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers, edited by Sinéad Gleeson.  was widely acclaimed and went on to win Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2015 at the Irish Book Awards. More importantly, it sparked lively discussion and debate about the erasure of women writers from literary canon. One question kept arising: where was the equivalent anthology for women writers from the north?

New Island is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, edited by Sinéad Gleeson. Spanning three centuries, The Glass Shore will feature both writers that are emerging and established, alongside deceased luminaries and forerunners.

The collection will include work from Linda Anderson, Margaret Barrington, Mary Beckett, Caroline Blackwood, Lucy Caldwell, Ethna Carbery, Jan Carson, Evelyn Conlon, Anne Devlin, Martina Devlin, Polly Devlin, Erminda Rentoul Esler, Sarah Grand, Rosemary Jenkinson, Sheila Llewelyn, Bernie McGill, Alice Milligan, Rosa Mulholland, Anne-Marie Neary, Mary O’Donnell, Roisín O’Donnell Tara West, Una Woods

The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland will be published in Autumn, 2016.

About Sinéad Gleeson: Sinéad Gleeson is a broadcaster and critic who presents The Book Show on RTE Radio 1. She writes about arts and culture, and reviews books for The Irish Times. In 2012, she edited the short story anthology, Silver Threads of Hope, and is the editor of The Long Gaze Back: an Anthology of Irish Women Writers which won Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2015 at the Irish Book Awards. Twitter: @sineadgleeson

About New Island Books: New Island was established in 1992, a successor to Dermot Bolger’s Raven Arts Press. It prides itself on publishing both new and established voices in fiction, along with ground-breaking non-fiction, particularly in the areas of history, biography and memoir. Its authors include Nuala O’Faolain, Carlo Gébler, Glenn Patterson, Dermot Bolger, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.

To arrange an interview with the editor, or for more information, please contact Hannah Shorten at: New Island Books, 16 Priory Office Park, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Tel: +353 1 278 4225, +353 87 9493 410| Email:


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