A new publishing house has launched in Wexford promising to promote the production of independent literature, discover new authors and publish close to twenty titles by the end of 2021. Red Books Press will be a co-operative of writers according to co-ordinator and owner of Wexford’s Red Books bookshop Wally O’ Neill.
“This is about producing future classics and fresh visions,”
Mr O’ Neill said.
“Essentially, we’re creating a co -operative of authors and poets, and providing the resources for them to publish their works professionally inside Ireland, independent of a stagnating publishing industry. This is not vanity or self-publishing – its literary revolution.”
“County Wexford is going through a great creative momentum at the moment and now occupies a cultural position similar to Dublin in the 1950s or Galway in the late 80s. We believe it’s vital to harness and develop this creative energy. It makes sense that the home of Banville, Toibin and Colfer should serve as the base for an independent literary renaissance.”
“We are delighted to have four established local authors on board for the first four publications from Red Books Press. They are Daithi Kavanagh, Eamonn Colfer, Tom Logan and Dan Finn. We already have more young writers and poets lined up to join.”
“It’s our intention to publish at least four books this year under the co-operative label, with at least twelve more following next year. We are open to submissions from up-and-coming and first-time authors and poets, from every discipline and genre. The books will be printed, published and distributed from Wexford.”
“As an independent bookstore we feel honoured to be able to follow in the vein of historic bookshops like Shakespeare & Co. and City Lights by taking the responsibility of publishing wonderful new talent and fresh voices into our own hands. It’s a privilege.”
The first Red Books Press edition will be released in September with the publication of Daithi Kavanaghs “The Green Wave.” In the meantime, a new literary journal called the Bohemian will launch at Red Books on the 14th of August containing works by over thirty authors and poets, as well as local art and photography.