Bradshaw Books is committed to promoting literature to people of all backgrounds. Established in 1985, for over two decades it has published the work of both established and emerging writers.

Cork Literary Review


Over the past fifteen years, the Cork Literary Review has evolved from a slim anthology of winning entries to the Cork Literary Review competitions to a well respected, high-end literary journal. Over the past decade and a half, it has contained many contributions from noted poets and writers, including Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Frank McGuinness, Jean O’Brien, Ian Wild, Brian Turner, Medbh McGuckian, Sheila O’Hagan, Eugene O’Connell, William Wall, John McAuliffe, Mary Rose Callan and Roderick Ford, amongst many others.

Volume XIV

Autumn 2011 saw the launch of the Cork Literary Review Volume XIV, under the editorship of Eugene O’Connell. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bradshaw Books, it was a deluxe 400 page hardback edition, featuring Ireland’s premiere poets and writers.

Cork Literary Review Volume XIII

Volume XIII

Volume XIII, the 2010 issue of the Cork Literary Review, edited by Eugene O’Connell, contains essays, reviews, poetry and new writing by well-known names and a selection of work from new voices in Irish poetry. Highlights include contributions by William Wall, John McAuliffe, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Mary Rose Callan, Sheila O’Hagan, Maurice Harman, Patrick Cotter, Gerry Murphy, and the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition Winner, Shirley McClure. To find out more information about Volume XIII, click here.


“The existence of literary journals is often precarious. Apart from the labour-of-love aspect, there are the crippling production costs and, sometimes, the lack of committed subscribers. Many journals disappear or at best go online – witness Southword, the journal of the Munster Literature Centre which recently went virtual. Cork Literary Review, now in its 13th issue, under the editorship of Eugene O’Connell, is reversing matters and has just gone from paperback to hardback in a bold and ambitious move.”

Joseph Woods, The Irish Times, review of Volume XIII

“terrific variety and good standard all through.”

Seamus Heaney, poet, review of Volume XII