Doire Press, based in Connemara, publishes high-quality Irish poetry and short story collections. It started officially in 2010 and has quickly established itself as one of the most notable small presses in Ireland.
Its titles include Waiting for the Bullet by Madeleine D’Arcy, winner of the 2015 Edge Hill Readers’ Prize; In a Hare’s Eye by Breda Wall Ryan, winner of the 2016 Shine/Strong Prize; Accurate Measurements by Adam White, the only Irish publication to be shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Poetry; and Galway Stories, featuring many of Ireland’s best contemporary fiction writers, including Kevin Barry, Mike McCormack, Mary Costello and Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Its books have also been taught on university courses in Ireland and in the States.
Lisa Frank was born and raised in Los Angeles but lived in the Pacific Northwest for several years before moving to Ireland in 2007. She won second place in the 2016 Francis MacManus Award and was a joint-winner of the 2015 Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair competition. She is also the editor of Galway Stories. Having taught creative writing in a variety of settings, including a mens’ prison, she now lives in Connemara with her partner John Walsh and is co-director of Doire Press.
John Walsh’s first poetry collection Johnny tell Them was published by Guildhall Press (Derry) in 2006. Salmon Poetry published his third collection Chopping Wood with T.S. Eliot in 2010. A Publication Award from Galway County Council led to his debut short story collection Border Lines in April 2012. He is now commissioning editor at Doire Press, which he co-founded with his American partner, Lisa Frank.