Trinity University Press

Irish Writers on Writing

From the The Writer's World series

Eavan Boland (editor), Edward Hirsch (editor)

Irish writers past and present talk about the literary life in their native country

What does it mean to be a writer in the context of Ireland’s centuries of uncertainty and upheaval? How does an Irish writer define Irish writing? The writers in Irish Writers on Writing, who range from early legends to modern masters, address these questions through their sources: the land, the Church, the past, changing politics, and literary styles. Though the references are multiple, the source is single—the Irish imagination. 

Across the pages and across time, writers speak to one another about literary movements and traditions. As Eavan Boland writes, to frame that “heraldry of argument and meditation is to show Irish writers not in reflection, which is not an Irish mode, but in conversation.” Enhanced by richness and dissonance, this collection is a conversation between the past and the present, between the Irish language supplanted by the new English, reflecting a brilliant work described by Yeats as literature “all written down in a kind of fiery shorthand.”    

Irish Writers on Writing raises a toast to one of the world’s most vital literary traditions.




  • John Banville
  • Sebastian Barry
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Brendan Behan
  • Dermot Bolger
  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • Marina Carr
  • Ciaran Carson
  • Austin Clarke
  • Padraic Colum
  • Daniel Corkery
  • Anthony Cronin
  • Gerald Dawe
  • Seamus Deane
  • Greg Delanty
  • Emma Donoghue
  • Theo Dorgan
  • Roddy Doyle
  • Paul Durcan
  • Anne Enright
  • Padraic Fallon
  • Brian Friel
  • Lady Augusta Gregory
  • Michael Hartnett
  • Seamus Heaney
  • John Hewitt
  • Rita Ann Higgins
  • Jennifer Johnston
  • James Joyce
  • Patrick Kavanagh
  • John B. Keane
  • Molly Keane
  • Brendan Kennelly
  • Benedict Kiely
  • Thomas Kilroy
  • Thomas Kinsella
  • Mary Lavin
  • Francis Ledwidge
  • Hugh Leonard
  • Michael Longley
  • Louis MacNeice
  • Derek Mahon
  • Colum McCann
  • Thomas McCarthy
  • John McGahern
  • Medbh McGuckian
  • Frank McGuinness
  • Conor McPherson
  • Paula Meehan
  • Máire Mhac an tSaoi
  • John Montague
  • George Moore
  • Paul Muldoon
  • Richard Murphy
  • Tom Murphy
  • Myles na Gopaleen
  • Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
  • Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
  • Conor Cruise O’Brien
  • Edna O’Brien
  • Kate O’Brien
  • Sean O’Casey
  • Frank O’Connor
  • Joseph O’Connor
  • Sean O’Faolain
  • Liam O’Flaherty
  • Mary O’Malley
  • Micheal O’Siadhail
  • Tom Paulin
  • A. E. Russell
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Francis Stuart
  • John Millington Synge
  • Colm Tóibín
  • William Trevor
  • William Yeats
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    • Pages: 344
    • Size: 6 x 9
    • Published: Apr 2007
    • Status: Available
    • ISBN: 9781595340320


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