The Dublin Review

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The Dublin Review
Editor Brendan Barrington
Categories Culture, Literature
Frequency quarterly
Founder Brendan Barrington
Year founded 2000
Country Ireland
Based in Dublin
Language English
ISSN 1393-998X

The Dublin Review is a quarterly magazine that publishes essays, reportage, autobiography, travel writing, criticism and fiction. It was launched in December 2000 by Brendan Barrington, who remains the editor and publisher, assisted by Nora Mahony and then Deanna Ortiz in 2013. An anthology of non-fiction pieces from the magazine, The Dublin Review Reader, appeared in 2007.[1][2] The magazine has been noted for the range of its contributors, which includes new writers from Ireland and elsewhere. In his introduction to the Reader, Brendan Barrington wrote:

"If forced to articulate a governing idea behind the magazine, I might offer this: that the essay in its various guises is every bit as much an art form as the short story or poem, and ought to be treated as such."[3]

The magazine is presented "in book form, with minimal design, the writing presented without adornment, without any introduction, explanation of setting, background or even the usual obvious pointers to whether the piece is fiction or non-fiction".[4] Along with The Dublin Review of Books, The Honest Ulsterman, The Stinging Fly, and various other titles, it is one of a number of periodicals to have contributed to a boom in Irish literary journals over the past decade.[5]

Editor Brendan Barrington is also Senior Editor at Penguin Ireland, a division of the Penguin Group.

Notable contributors[edit]


  1. ^ Spain, John, "Picking the best of 'The Dublin Review'", Irish Independent (29 September 2007).
  2. ^ McCann, Fiona, "Writers enjoy this Review", Irish Times (29 September 2007).
  3. ^ Brendan Barrington, The Dublin Review Reader, p. 2.
  4. ^ Lordan, Julie, "All there in black and white", Sunday Tribune (21 December 2003).
  5. ^ Gilmartin, Sarah (23 September 2016). "The Irish literary journal's irresistible rise". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 March 2018. 

External links[edit]

  • The Dublin Review
  • Elborough, Travis, 'The first shall be last', The Guardian (18 December 2003)
  • Fuller, Graham, ‘In This Corner, a Leftist, Riling the Right Again’, New York Times (4 March 2007)
  • Kenny, John, ‘Breaking the book fetish’, Irish Times (25 March 2006)
  • Weiland, Matt,‘The Most Zestful Spectacle’, New York Times (21 November 2008)