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Salmon Poetry Online BookshopWe sell all our books directly through our Online Bookshop, including work by poets such as Ray Bradbury, Carol Ann Duffy, Mary Dorcey, Joan McBreen, Kevin Higgins, Todd Swift, Eamonn Wall and many, many more.
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Salmon Poetry Reading - as part of All-Ireland National Poetry Day, 2nd October 2008, at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, County Clare. Click HERE to view photos of this and other recent Salmon events

Some Forthcoming Titles

* Long-distance Swimmer by Dorothy Molloy

* Uttering Her Name by Gabriel Rosenstock

Advice for writers
Advice for writers on how to submit their work to publishers. more>>
"Salmon Poetry is one of the most innovative, perceptive and important publishing houses in the U.K. or Ireland.  It has fostered and supported the work of new writers and has established them in the public consciousness."
Eavan Boland
"Unquestionably the most important publisher of poetry in Ireland" -- Fintan O'Toole, writer/journalist.

Salmon Poetry, taking its name from the Salmon of Knowledge in Celtic mythology, was established in 1981 as an alternative voice in Irish literature. The Salmon, a journal of poetry and prose was a flagship for writers in the west of Ireland, and Salmon's first books, Gonella by Eva Bourke and Goddess on the Mervue Bus by Rita Ann Higgins broke new ground for women poets. Since then over 200 volumes of poetry have been produced, and Salmon has become one of the most important publishers in the Irish literary world. By specialising in the promotion of new poets, particulary women poets, Salmon has enriched Irish literary publishing. Read More


"Salmon Poetry has contributed enormously to making poetry a popular and regular shopping commodity." Books Ireland


In Sight of Home
- A Verse Novel by NESSA O'MAHONY

“Nessa O'Mahony’s writing is subtle and precise and this fine book crackles with truthfulness. But even more importantly, this is a work of great beauty, a story of how past and present flow into one another all the time. It’s a moving, powerful and richly pleasurable read, audaciously imagined and achieved.” Joseph O’Connor

“This is the best verse-novel I’ve read in years, a many-stranded docu-fiction inspired by a real archive of unpublished correspondence recording the Australian adventures of the emigrant Butlers of Kilkenny. Personal letters, with their brisk, vivid authenticity, contrast with brilliantly convincing poems created by O’Mahony in the personae of the long-suffering protagonist, Margaret, and her smart young serving-girl, Lizzie. But this is only part of the story. The nineteenth-century tale is made to resonate within a strong, contemporary, framing narrative centered on Fiona Sheehan, an engaging, feisty, Dublin woman-writer who discovers the archive, love, and North Wales on her own journey of emigration and return. In Sight of Home is a truly original work which sets new standards and breaks new ground in the verse-novel, while at the same time inviting us into an effortlessly entertaining and ultimately profoundly moving ‘good read.’”Carol Rumens

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Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it - edited and compiled by Salmon Poetry managing editor Jessie Lendennie - offers frank and carefully considered information for poets, and others who are interested in knowing more about how the poetry world works. As well as exploring basic tenets for aspiring writers, the book contains personal essays by poets and publishers from Ireland, Britain, the US, Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe: Primrose Dzenga, Rita Ann Higgins, J.P Dancing Bear, Celia de Fréine, Michael Heffernan, Kevin Higgins, Seamus Cashman, Nessa O’Mahony, Maurice Harmon, Joan McBreen, Lex Runciman, Joseph Woods, Eamonn Wall, Susan Millar DuMars, Emily Wall, John Hildebidle, Caroline Lynch, Jean O’Brien, Chris Mansell, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, John FitzGerald, Noel King, Philip Fried, Todd Swift, Simmons B. Buntin, Janice Fitzpatrick-Simmons, David Gardiner, Anne Fitzgerald and Stephanie McKenzie.

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The Watchful Heart - A New Generation of Irish Poets - Poems and Essays
Edited and presented by JOAN McBREEN

The Watchful Heart – A New Generation of Irish Poets – Poems and Essays is an anthology of the work of twenty-four Irish poets born in the last fifty years. It contains biographical and bibliographical details of each contributor, together with photographs. All poets included have published at least two collections of poetry. Poetry in Irish with translations is also included. None of the poetry in this anthology has previously been published in collection form and most of the essays are published here for the first time. McBreen’s anthology The White Page/ An Bhileog Bhán: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets (Salmon Poetry, 1999) is now in its third reprint.

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