CURRENT ISSUE: "In Ireland we have a national apathy about literature . . . It began to descend on us after we became self-governing; before that we were imaginative dreamers." AE to Van Wyck Brooks, 10 October 1932. So wrote the poet, painter, and mystic George William Russell (1867-1935) better known by his spiritual name AE less than a year before he left Ireland after a lifetime working to enrich a nation he loved and dedicated himself to. Yet his vision of Ireland as an enlightened society was seemingly at odds with the mass desire for the cultural censorship and social conservatism that coincided with the birth of the Irish Free State. More...



 
 


NEW TITLE: Reviewed in the Irish Times as "wildly fantastic, intensely satirical, and wickedly comic" and described by critic E.F. Bleiler as a "landmark book in the history of fantasy", Mervyn Wall's The Unfortunate Fursey remains a classic of modern Irish literature. The forces of evil have launched a determined offensive on the sanctified precincts of Clonmacnoise, and gain a bridgehead in the cell of Brother Fursey. But the hapless monk is so tongue-tied with fright that he cannot utter the necessary words of exorcism. When the other monks discover this, poor Fursey is expelled, and sets forth on the first stage of his travels accompanied by a fantastic procession of cacodemons, hippogriffs, imps, furies, and other dreadful creatures, not to mention the elegant gentleman in black who is their commander-in-chief. More...



 
 


FEATURED ARTICLE: Not long after the publication of The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey, Mervyn Wall engaged in a brief correspondence with Gerald Gardner, who had written to Wall to tell him how much he enjoyed the misadventures of Brother Fursey. Gerald Gardner (1884-1964), an ardent promoter of the modern Wiccan tradition, also told Wall that the Fursey books were favourites among England's witches. Although not directly named, the following article, which appeared in The Irish Times in 1956, details Wall's chance encounter with Gardner while on holiday on the Isle of Man. More...



 
 


FREE DOWNLOAD: The Swan River Press Reader is now available as a free download in Kindle and ePub formats. The contents of the Reader will evolve as new books become available and old books go out of print. Updates will be announced through our mailing list, Facebook and Twitter, so keep in touch! Contents: "In Hiding" from Ghosts by R.B. Russell; "The 1909 Proserpine Prize" from Seventeen Stories by Mark Valentine; "The Still, Cold Air" from Here with the Shadows by Steve Rasnic Tem; Extract from Longsword by Thomas Leland; "In the Garden" from The Old Knowledge by Rosalie Parker; "A Note to the Reader" from Old Albert by Brian J. Showers; Extract from The Dark Return of Time by R.B. Russell; "Self Catering" from The Sea Change by Helen Grant; "Silver on Green" from Written by Daylight by John Howard; "Carden in Capaea" from Selected Stories. More...





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