The Wild Geese Press seeks to promote and publish books from the Irish diaspora. The press launches at a pivotal moment in the history of Ireland and the wider Irish community around the world.
At home, following the passing of the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Act 2015 and the Repeal of the Eighth Amendment in 2018, a more secular Ireland has come into being. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2018, making Ireland the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuel assets, has also signalled Ireland’s intentions for the twenty-first century. Meanwhile, Ireland’s nearest neighbour across the Irish Sea has voted to leave the EU in a contentious referendum that threatens the Good Friday Agreement, and the peace that came in its wake.
As many of those who emigrated around the world following the demise of the Celtic Tiger come home to a changing Ireland, The Wild Geese Press seeks to showcase the work of writers whose experience is informed by this diasporic experience, and by an identity affirmed sometimes in the face of a ‘hostile environment’, sometimes in the face of indifference, sometimes indeed given welcome and affection.
Here you will find a press that comes at Irishness through this wider viewpoint, and which seeks to give voice to Ireland’s scattered citizenry. We hope that wherever you are, whether you are Irish or not, a book from The Wild Geese Press will find its way to you.
The Wild Geese Press was founded by:
Dr Moy McCrory, Programme Leader/Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Derby
Dr Jess Moriarty, Head of Creative Writing, University of Brighton
Dr John O’Donoghue, Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Brighton
Gavin Clarke, Lecturer / Hon. Secretary of the Irish Literary Society