Welcome to Turas Press, an independent, Dublin-based publisher dedicated to providing a platform for new and innovative writing.
In Irish and Scottish Gaelic, “turas” means “journey.” Turas Press was founded in May 2017 to support writers of poetry and fiction in launching their work into the world and finding an audience.
New collection from Jo Burns, publication 2018, date to be confirmed
Turas Press is delighted to announce that Turas Press will publish the first full collection, “White Horses”, from award-winning poet Jo Burns, later this year. Jo was born in Northern Ireland and lives in Germany where she works as a freelance translator, board member for a foundation supporting rural development projects in East Africa and India, and raising three teenagers.
Jo’s work is arresting, complex and profound and presents a powerful voice that is deeply engaged in personal, social and political topics. Turas Press is excited that she will be joining the Turas Press team. Among her many achievements, she was a winner in:
• the Shirley McClure Poetry Prize at the Irish Writers Festival in Los Gatos, CA; • the Eyewear Fortnight Prize; • the Magma Judges Prize Poetry Competition 2018. In addition she was • one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best British and Irish Poets 2017; • shortlisted for the Belfast Book Festival Mairtin Crawford Award 2017; • Shortlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year; • a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee Jo’s pamphlet, “Circling for Gods,” was published in spring 2018 by Eyewear Publishing. Her work has been published widely in many journals and she is currently shortlisted for the Strokestown International Poetry Prize.
“White Horses” will be published in November, date to be confirmed soon, watch this space.
There will be an opportunity to hear Jo reading from her superb work at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, May 3rd – 6th.
https://www.strokestownpoetry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Programme-2018.pdf Jo will be taking part in a reading at Strokestown Park House on Saturday, May 5th at 10am. She is shortlisted for the poetry award and winners will be announced the night before, at the Festival Event in the Percy French Hotel, 9pm. Turas Press is rooting for you, Jo, but whatever happens, congratulations on being shortlisted. Turas Press is delighted you are with us, welcome!
February 9th, 2018: Over the Edge
Kevin Higgins of Over the Edge, Galway city’s literary events organisation, kindly invited Ross Hattaway and Liz McSkeane to take part in the 2018 Poetry Book Showcase in Charlie Byrne’s bookshop in Galway. It was a wonderful night with contributions from many Galway writers, and a great welcome for the visitors from Turas Press. See this link for other interesting Over the Edge activities. http://overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.ie/
Many thanks to Kevin for inviting Turas Press to take part. We really enjoyed meeting you all.
February 5th, 2018: “Crunch” – a new collection by Anamaría Crowe Serrano
Anamaría Crowe Serrano’s exciting new collection, “Crunch,” was launched at the beginning of February in the Irish Writers’ Centre. It was a great celebration and poet Fióna Bolger gave a wonderful, insightful introduction.
January 14th, Books Upstairs reading
Books Upstairs have recently started hosting Sunday afternoon readings in their beautiful café space upstairs in – Books Upstairs. Turas Press had the privilege of being the first of the hosted readings, on January 14th. Ross and Liz read from their current Turas Press publications and Anamaría gave us a taster of her forthcoming collection, “Crunch.”
October 23rd, 2017:The Listeners, the Eden in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Liz and Ross were invited to share their work as featured readers at The Listeners monthly event in Rathfarnham on October 23rd last.
Here they are, happy to have signed many books!
Thanks to Dara Bradish and Paul Bragazzi for hosting Turas Press.
September 4th, 2017 Ross Hattaway’s third collection
Ross’s third poetry collection “How to Sleep with Strangers” was launched on September 4th, 2017 in the Irish Writers’ Centre at 6.30 pm, introduced by Anne Tannam. Her introduction is available on this website under the Reviews tab.
May 2nd, 2017 Launch of Turas Press
The launch of Turas Press and its first publication, “So Long, Calypso,” by Turas Press founder Liz McSkeane, took place on May 2nd, 2017 in the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin.
Turas Press will be accepting submissions of poetry and prose during the months of September and October, 2018. Please send manuscripts, by email only, to:
Poetry: send your full manuscript in a Word document with a covering letter in the body of the email.
Novel: send up to 10,000 words or the first three chapters of your novel and a one- or two-page synopsis, both attached as Word documents, with a covering letter in the body of the email.
Short story collections: attach up to three short stories as one single Word document, with a covering letter in the body of the email.
In your covering letter, include a brief overview of your writing and publications history to date.
Please allow up to six weeks for a response.
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We are keen to bring Turas Press publications to as wide an audience as possible and are taking active steps – by visiting bookshops – to do that. So, if you know of any independent bookshops that you think might be interested, you might consider directing them to this website – or alternatively, let us know and we’ll contact them.
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