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Lagan Press

Lagan Press is a Verbal Group company.  It was founded in 1991 by Patrick Ramsey and Pol O Muiri (Irish editor).

Dedicated to the ideals of John Hewitt and other writers the press aims to publish works of literary, artistic, social and cultural importance to the north of Ireland (however that region is defined imaginatively).

As a consequence, Lagan Press places great emphasis on those forms of literary expression which have little opportunity to be heard in the marketplace - poetry, drama and literary fiction.

Over twenty years the press has published nearly two hundred titles across all forms of creative endeavour. As well as beginning a process of cultural rediscovery with such writers as Joseph Tomelty, Thomas Carnuduff and Robert Harbinson.  

The Press has also provided space for dozens of writers to establish new and contemporary voices in Irish letters as well as a platform for a host of established and mid-career writers: Carlo Gébler, Maurice Leitch, Roy McFadden, Robert Greacen and Padraic Fiacc to name but a few.

Furthermore, Lagan Press has provided an outlet for cultural criticism, adding to the on-going debate of what it means to be from this place.

As an allied task in this process of artistic diversity, discovery and renewal, the press is also dedicated to producing contemporary creative work in the Irish and Ulster-Scots language.


The Honest Ulsterman Magazine

The Honest Ulsterman originated in the late 1960s at a time of political turmoil not only throughout the world but particularly in Northern Ireland.  Its creator and first editor was James Simmons.  The magazine it would subsequently be edited for the next 20 years by Frank Ormsby.  Later editors would include Ruth Carr, Tom Clyde and Frank Sewell, its last print issue being 2003. It was revived by the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry as an online magazine (

From its beginnings HU has presented Northern Irish writers alongside poets, prose-writers and critics from around the world. Early issues included work by Stevie Smith and Tony Harrison, as well as by Gavin Ewart, who continued to contribute until his death. It went on to include work from all parts of Ireland and Britain, the USA and Canada, Australia and many other places. Its beginning coincided with the emergence of a remarkable generation of poets, including Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Derek Mahon, but it also provided an early, often the first, platform for subsequent waves of writers such as Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson, Medbh McGuckian, and numerous others.