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How to buy FAR FROM HOME:

Write to Lapwing Publications, 1 Ballysillan Drive, Belfast BT14 8HQ or email


(adapted from Lapwing Publications’ Mission and Artistic Statement)

Lapwing emerged from Belfast’s Poetry Collective, and for nearly twenty years has operated as a non-profit publisher of poetry in small editions. Initially Lapwing was founded to serve the immediate needs of new and emerging poets from Northern Ireland, but it soon became apparent that the same need applied in the Republic of Ireland, and extended to writers of Northern and Southern Ireland birth living in other parts of the world. Lapwing also publishes writers who have made their home in Ireland, and also, occasionally, writers with no particular claim to citizenship or residence in Ireland.

Over the years, Lapwing has published a number of Ireland’s best known authors, including:

  • James Simmons, founder of the Honest Ulsterman
  • Robert Greacan, elder statesman of Ulster Poetry
  • Padraig O’Snodaigh, founder of the Irish Language press Coisceim
  • Deirdre Brennan, writer in Gaelic and English
  • Maurice Harmon, past editor of Poetry Ireland and author of “Sean O’Faolain, A Life”
  • Niall McGrath, editor and founder of Black Mountain Review
  • Mary O’Donnell, prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and poet.

These are just a few names taken at random from the Lapwing list; there are many other excellent writers on the list.