Lagan Press is embarking on a new chapter in its history.
The Press, which is celebrating more than 20 years at the forefront of Northern Irish publishing, is looking forward to a new era. Lagan’s packed programme for 2014 includes literary events, new works by such authors as Gerald Dawe and Carlo Gébler as well as memoirs by Belfast-born film director Brian Desmond Hurst and renowned photographer David Gepp, and an exciting new interactive app on the life and work of poet Padraic Fiacc, with the Press’s new interim editor, Jonathan Dykes, at the helm.
Jonathan took over the reins from Patrick Ramsey, who stepped down from his role as editor in late 2013 due to health reasons. Jonathan said he was looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead.
“Lagan Press represents a remarkable achievement in literary publishing and I believe it has a remarkable future,” he said. “I very much look forward to working with Lagan’s stable of highly talented writers, and am excited about helping expand the Press’s repertoire in new ways.
Lagan Press was founded in 1991, publishing works of literary, artistic, social and cultural importance to the north of Ireland. The publishing house - behind authors such as Maurice Leitch, Roy McFadden, Robert Greacen and Padraic Fiacc - joined the Verbal Group in 2012.
Verbal Group Chief Executive James Kerr said "For over twenty years Lagan press has published nearly two hundred titles across all forms of creative endeavour. The Press has given a voice and a platform to countless authors and poets who have helped shape the cultural and literary landscape of Northern Ireland and the North. It has guided a process of cultural rediscovery and enrichment with writers such as Joseph Tomelty, Thomas Carnduff and Robert Harbinson as well as launching the career of many of our finest writers.
“As the Press moves into a new phase of development
it will embrace the opportunities afforded to it by new technologies looking to
the future while respecting the success of the past.
“I would like to thank Patrick Ramsey for his outstanding and pioneering work over the last two decades and welcome Jonathan Dykes as interim editor.”
Lagan Press author Gerald Dawe said: “Lagan has
been part of the cultural life of Northern Ireland for many decades. Since the
1990s, Patrick Ramsey's innovative leadership developed Lagan into one of the
country's leading literary publishers. I'm looking forward to working with the
new team at Lagan and wish them every success.”
Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the
Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: “Digital innovation makes these exciting
times for publishing in Northern Ireland. Lagan Press has been indispensable
for decades in developing new writers and rediscovering vintage favourites. The
combination of such awareness and commitment with inventive contemporary
publishing is an enticing prospect. The Arts Council looks forward to
sustaining its long association with the Press with renewed purpose."