Irish Writers Online is a no-frills bio-bibliographical database of at present some 660 Irish writers, and related resources. It is used by students, academics, media and lovers of Irish Literature from more than 170 countries.
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Please note that a comment form beneath the entry for a writer is not an email address for that writer, as some visitors believe. Alas, I am not in contact with the vast majority of the writers listed. However if you write to me from the Contact page I will do what I can to point you in the right direction. In general, the best thing to do is contact a writer’s publisher. See Irish Publishers which may help in this regard.
My name is Philip Casey and apart from being a novelist and poet, I’m the begetter and maintainer of Irish Writers Online.
Philip Casey’s novels are The Fabulists, from The Lilliput Press, and The Water Star and The Fisher Child, both from Picador, the later two now available as ebooks He has published four collections of poetry, including Dialogue in Fading Light, and a children’s novel, The Coopla, is under consideration. He is the founder and editor of Irish Writers Online and Irish Culture. His work-in-progress is Slaves, Masters, Rebels – In the history of Ireland and its Diaspora . His personal online presence is at www.philipcasey.com on twitter: @Philip_Casey, and on facebook
A member of Aosdána, he lives in Dublin.
This is a democratic and inclusive website. Provided the body of a writer’s work fulfills the above criteria, there is no intention to exclude anyone.
If someone is not in IWO, it merely means that I am one person with limited spare time and have either unintentionally overlooked, or have been unaware of the omitted writer.
If you think a writer should be included, please contact me, but read the criteria for inclusion first. If you have information on a writer, so much the better – send it. I would appreciate if you studied the format before sending information.
Criteria for Inclusion
At least one published poetry or short story collection, novel, play or script (not vanity published) or if it’s a play or film, produced professionally. Electronically published books should have an imprint and ISBN.
Please read some sample entries to get an idea of the bare bones format. Essentially: Name, place of birth, year of birth (optional) books, place of publication, publisher, year. Any awards, where living now (optional). Do include your website address if you have one. It’s helpful to mention your discipline or disciplines ie novelist, poet, or novelist and poet, etc.
For those who do not understand Irish,
file means poet; drámadóir means dramatist; and úrscéalaí means novelist.They are used here to denote a writer who writes primarily or exclusively in Irish.