A Bit About Us
The Gallery Press has a long-standing reputation, both nationally and internationally, for excellence in literary publishing in Ireland.
We do more than publish books – we’re building a library for current and future readers.
Founded in 1970 to launch and foster the careers of exceptional new writers and to provide a publishing home in Ireland for Irish writers who are Irish by birth, residence, citizenship (or who have applied for citizenship). For more than fifty years The Gallery Press has set and maintained standards of excellence in the publishing of Irish poetry and drama. More than 500 titles, distinguished by careful, caring editing by the founder, Peter Fallon, and simple elegant design, record the achievement of Ireland’s outstanding literary figures.
From Early Works to Contemporary Classics
The list includes acknowledged masterpieces. A series of Collected Poems by poets the Press has been publishing for decades (John Montague, Derek Mahon, Ciaran Carson, Pearse Hutchinson, Dermot Healy and Michael Hartnett) has been welcomed as contemporary classics.
The Gallery Press has an unrivalled track record in publishing the first and subsequent collections of poems by now established Irish poets such as Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Eamon Grennan, Michael Coady, Frank McGuinness and Peter Sirr. It has fostered whole generations of younger poets it published first including Ciaran Berry, Tom French, Alan Gillis, Vona Groarke, Conor O’Callaghan, John McAuliffe, Kerry Hardie, David Wheatley, Michelle O’Sullivan, Andrew Jamison and John FitzGerald. It has also published seminal career-establishing titles by Ciaran Carson, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Justin Quinn, Seán Lysaght and Gerald Dawe.
The Press has published books by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon and John Banville and repatriated authors such as Brian Friel, Derek Mahon and Medbh McGuckian who previously turned to London and Oxford as a publishing outlet.
The Gallery Press publishes the work of many of Ireland’s leading women poets and playwrights including Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Medbh McGuckian, Michelle O’Sullivan, Sara Berkeley Tolchin, Vona Groarke, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Aifric MacAodha, Marina Carr, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, Grace Wilentz, Audrey Molloy and Annemarie Ní Churreáin.
Bilingual Works and Translations
The Press has pioneered a series of bilingual editions of Ireland’s leading Irish language poets (Michael Hartnett, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Pearse Hutchinson, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín and Aifric Mac Aodha). Though it is devoted to the work of Irish writers it includes world literature through the translations it publishes — from Derek Mahon’s Echo’s Grove to Pearse Hutchinson’s Done Into English, Peter Fallon’s The Georgics of Virgil and Deeds and Their Days (after Hesiod) and Ciaran Carson’s versions from the French — and the adaptations of European classical drama by Brian Friel, Thomas Kilroy, John Banville, Paul Muldoon and others.
Dramatists Gallery publishes include Marina Carr, Jim Nolan, Padraig MacIntyre and Thomas Kilroy as well as plays and adaptations by Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon and John Banville. The acme of its play publishing programme is the five-volume set of Brian Friel’s Collected Plays (2016).
Prose and Fiction
Further evidence of the variety of the Press’s publications is evident in its growing list of personal essays by Vona Groarke, Derek Mahon, Dennis O’Driscoll and Peter Sirr, as well as fiction by Brian Friel, John Banville and Tom Mac Intyre.
Gallery regularly publishes special editions including collaborations between the country’s leading writers and painters (Seamus Heaney and Martin Gale, John Banville and Donald Teskey and Brian Friel and Basil Blackshaw).