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Established in 1976, Books Ireland magazine has a long-standing reputation as a key resource in the Irish book world.

Books Ireland aims to inspire, ignite, and inform through excellent writing. 

We publish news, reviews, interviews and features on fiction, poetry, non-fiction and children’s books, endeavouring to support and engage with all parts of the Irish book world—readers, publishers, writers, booksellers, and book organisations. 

Our searchable database of upcoming books each month is published in First Flush, we are the home of the official Irish monthly bestsellers charts with figures supplied by Nielsen BookData, and we feature small, independent presses and little-known writers along with the bigger publishers and authors. 

As members of Publishing Ireland we are committed to supporting the Irish book industry.

Words Ireland Charter For Inclusion

Books Ireland is committed to fostering an encouraging, fair, and inclusive space for all writers and contributors. Where it is relevant to our publication we are in line with the Words Ireland Charter For Inclusion.

This Charter has been adopted by the seven literature organisations in Words Ireland: Children’s Books Ireland; The Irish Writers Centre; Literature Ireland; Munster Literature Centre; Poetry Ireland; Publishing Ireland and The Stinging Fly.

The Charter

We encourage others to use the Charter to progress their own commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion principles.

The values we espouse have the power to change not just the world we live in, but to shape the world we create together for the future.

We want to encourage a literature sector in Ireland that is truly inclusive, fair, vibrant and progressive.

As set out in Article 15 of the UN Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and as stated in the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist policy, we recognise the right of everyone to participate in the cultural life of their community, the right of artists to freedom of expression and to be adequately remunerated for their work.

We hold ourselves accountable to ensuring through our individual and collective actions that no one is denied their right to participate in literary culture on the basis of their gender identity, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race, nationality, membership of the Travelling Community or socio-economic status.

To achieve this we understand that we must be proactive in creating new ways of working. For organisations this will mean adopting a ‘whole of organisation’ approach including our governance structures & human resources policies, our support for artists at all stages of their career, our audience engagement, our communications and our commitment to ongoing learning.

We will not tolerate any inappropriate behaviour in the workplace, at events and during other programme activities.

We will create/adopt appropriate procedures within our organisation to ensure such behaviour will be investigated and/or reported.

We recognise that even as we make our organisations more open, people may  continue to experience discrimination. We acknowledge that we have much to learn. We will convene a year after the charter’s adoption to reflect on our learning.

Payment Policy

We are in alignment with the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist Policy. 

We are committed to paying artists within 14 days of an invoice sent on completion.

What we pay
(From 2023)

Review (of 750+ words): €125

Interview: €125

Poet on Poet: €175

Burning Books Podcast: €250

Get in touch

If you have a query, please get in touch with Editor Ruth McKee ruth@wordwell.ie or for First Flush queries with our Marketing and Editorial Assistant Fiona Murphy Fiona@wordwell.ie.

Digital Advertising

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*Please note, Books Ireland expressly reserves the right to accept or decline any advertisement at its discretion. Acceptance of an advertisement does not imply endorsement.


Ruth McKee
+353 (0) 1 2933 568
9/78 Furze Rd, Sandyford, Dublin 18

Books Ireland gratefully receives funding from the Arts Council.