Tara is an independent publishing collective set up as a result of the e-publishing revolution.




Tara Press published its first title in 2013 – Red Lamp Black Piano: the Cáca Milis Cabaret Anthology a broad-ranging anthology of new work by writers and poets who have read at the arts event, The Cáca Milis Cabaret. With its irreverent introduction by Patrick McCabe and eclectic range of contributors, from Dermot Bolger to Erin Fornoff, it packs a killer anthological punch.

Our second book was the beautifully crafted 1984 novel, The Summerhouse by Val Mulkerns. Initially published by the London publishing house John Murray (Byron’s publisher), it is a delicate pentagon of narratives that explore the world of several generations of an Irish family.  Of this work, author Colm Tóibín noted:  “Val Mulkerns’s style, her milieu, her sense of calm, almost comfortable despair are highly individual”.  

In 2017 we published a new edition of Turbulence – Corrib Voices, an anthology featuring writers from the MA in Writing at the National University of Ireland, Galway, with an introduction by Irish author Mike McCormack (Solar Bones). 

Our first title in 2018 was Crossing Borders – Living and Learning together in a colourful world by Jenny Wickford and Fatumo Osman. It explores various aspects of what it means to live together in this very diverse world, at a time when this subject is more important than ever.

Our second, When History Was Made: The Women of 1916 by Ruth Taillon is one of Ireland’s seminal historical texts. Originally published in 1996, this ground-breaking study of the role played by Irish women in Ireland’s rebellion for independence from British colonial rule was the first book to address this issue.

For Spring 2020, our lockdown title was Vladivostock, by Maurice Kennedy.  It’s a collection of writings by Kennedy, who worked as a literary critic, civil servant and fiction writer. With an introduction by Irish academic Gus Martin, it provides personal musings and some beautifully penned fiction pieces, including the title story.   

All books are available online in print and eBook editions, on Amazon and a range of outlets internationally.  In bookstores across the world, paperback editions of all our books can be ordered directly from any shop by referencing our distribution outlets Ingrams, Gardners and more.

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