Little Magazines: Literary Periodicals 1950 – 1970

Here’s a rare design perspective on the history of Ireland’s “little magazines” by Niall McCormack, designer of gorse.

Hitone: Vintage Irish Book Covers


The Bell, Vol. XVI No. 3, December 1950. Design: uncredited

icarus-No17-1955-PaulineBewickIcarus, Vol. 5 No. 17, November 1955. Design: Pauline Bewick

KilkennyMagazine-Issue2-Autunm1960-ChristopherFayThe Kilkenny Magazine, No. 2, Autumn 1960. Design: Christopher Fay

Dolmen-PoetryIreland-1962-Issue1-unknownPoetry Ireland, No. 1, Autumn 1962. Design: uncredited (Ruth Brandt)

Threshold-No23-Summer1970-ColinMiddletonThreshold, No. 23, Summer 1970. Design: Colin Middleton

Literary magazines held a special place in the cultural life of mid-century Ireland. Although print-runs were low, their impact was disproportionate and they managed to reflect a more varied and complex Ireland then the mainstream media. The five examples above all follow a set format – octavo in size, each has a mono interior with a 2-colour cover on heavy uncoated card.

The Bell is the best know of the magazines here. The first issue appeared in 1940 under the editorship of Seán Ó Faoláin. It managed to continue publication throughout the ’40s, challenging the then dominant…

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Salon Nights at DLR Lexicon, 2015

In the literary world, news breaks first through the ‘little magazine.’ It’s where writers turn professional, coached by the editors into perfecting their skills. And Ireland’s independent journals continue to thrive in the fast changing world of literary publishing.

Salon Night at the Studio is a brand new monthly series for writers and readers, focused on the world of Ireland’s ‘little magazines’, held in The Studio at dlr Lexicon. Selina Guinness, dlr County Council writer-in-residence, will be your host for the night.

Salon Nights Programme 2015

Talking to my Father – Film Review

For Pale Project members whose work explores Sandycove and Dalkey, here’s a film about some of the area’s most iconic Modernist architecture

No More Workhorse


Talking to my Father– Film Review by Emily Elphinstone

Director: Sé Merry Doyle

Standing on a bicycle, peering over the wall into what used to be his family home, hidden away in the centre of Dublin, we meet Simon Walker; the narrator and guide of ‘Talking to My Father.’

Written by Walker himself, and directed by Sé Merry Doyle; ‘Talking to My Father’ traces the life and work of his father, Architect Robin Walker. Robin Walker worked under icons of modern architecture Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; before revolutionising Ireland’s Architecture in the 1960s as part of firm Scott Tallon Walker.

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