Every quarter, Reading Ireland will publish an E-Journal, Reading Ireland: The Little Magazine, which will be available to subscribers for an annual fee of $40. The magazine will be published on March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. The aim of this publication is to provide in-depth analysis of Irish literature, past and present, through a series of essays and articles written by myself and other Irish and American writers and academics, along with opening a window onto the best of contemporary Irish poetry, prose and drama. To honor the tradition of Irish Literary Magazines, each issue will also focus on a specific “Little Magazine” from the first half of the twentieth-century.

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Volume 1, issue 1 will appear on March 15 2015, and will be made available at no cost so that you as the reader can decide if this is a publication you would like to receive on a quarterly basis. Simply contact us by e-mail at leavya@cox.net and let us know where to e-mail you your copy.

Contents for issue one includes the following:

An essay on James Joyce’s short story collection Dubliners and the innovative ways in which scholars, readers and writers are still in conversation with Joyce’s stories one hundred years after publication.

An essay by Irish poet and historian, Michael Farry, on the 1911-1912 correspondence between Irish men James Marren and Thomas O’ Grady, and the Irish American Joseph McGarrity (1874-1940). Drawing on sources from the National Library of Ireland and the Joseph McGarrity online collection at Villanova University, Dr. Farry provides a fascinating, factual context to some of the issues at play in Joyce’s story, “Ivy Day in the Committee Room.”

A critical appraisal of the work of Jennifer Johnston, one of the foremost Irish writers of her generation. The author of eighteen novels, her many awards include the Whitbread Prize, (The Old Jest), and the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award (The Captains and the King). She has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize with Shadows on our Skin.

An interview with Jennifer Johnston.

Book reviews of Thomas Kinsella’s latest poetry collection, Late Poems.

Book review of Colm Tóibín’s new novel, Nora Webster.

Spotlight on The Klaxton 1923-1924.This single issue magazine, with its confrontational and polemical style, could be considered an Irish style Blast. Published in the winter of 1923-1924 by Abraham Jacob Leventhal, The Klaxton displayed a clearly enunciated international cultural manifesto that challenged the emerging Catholic conservatism and advocated for a more intellectually liberal climate in the recently established Irish Free State.

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