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'A vital stepping stone': New Irish Writing returns in the Irish Independent


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The writing competition that helped launch the careers of a galaxy of authors including Anne Enright, Sebastian Barry and Joseph O'Connor is being revived by the Irish Independent.

New Irish Writing began life under Cork-born editor David Marcus in 1968 as a page in the Irish Press for short stories and poems by new and emerging literary talent. Before it was suspended in the spring, it had brought about 3,000 writers to a national audience. More than 100 of them have gone on to publish books.

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Ciaran Carty, who has edited the page in its various homes since 1988, said: "Over half a century ago, David Marcus had a big idea, an idea as dazzling in its simplicity as it was brilliant in its realisation. Rather than start another literary journal while many were failing, he created one in the Irish Press where it could reach a national readership merely for the price of the newspaper. The page became a platform for generations of new and emerging writers who helped shape contemporary Irish literature today."


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