About Us

We are publishers of the best contemporary non-fiction writing and are peer reviewed for academic excellence. We are the publishing imprint of University College Dublin, Ireland.

UCD Press publishes contemporary scholarly writing in a broad range of subjects including history, literary studies, music, science and more recently migration studies and gender studies. Our Press has a special focus on Irish Studies. Our books are produced to the highest standards of design, editing, and printing while being distributed, marketed and publicised nationally and internationally.

The Press is located at the UCD Humanities Institute (HI), on the UCD Campus in Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. The Humanities Institute constitutes a vibrant and creative space for interdisciplinary research in the arts and humanities in Ireland. Within UCD, the HI acts as a creative hub for interdisciplinary enquiry and discussion in the humanities and cognate social sciences. UCD Press has been involved in several workshops to advise and support the research students based in the HI and the wider academic community on all things publishing related.

The Press has had a number of successful titles including The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland; The Poet's Chair series, Big Jim Larkin, Migration and the Making of Ireland and The Maamtrasna Murders

UCD Press is honoured to have an ongoing collaboration with the Ireland Chair of Poetry. To date we have published the writings of Michael Longley, Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Nuala Ni Dhomnhaill and Paul Durcan  in The Poet’s Chair series. Forthcoming in autumn 2019 is the collected writings of the current Chair of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. 

The Ireland Chair of Poetry was established in 1998 following the award of the Nobel Prize of Literature to Seamus Heaney and is jointly held between Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Every three years a distinguished Irish poet is chosen for a three-year term during which he or she spends a semester in residence teaching in each of the three universities and gives an annual formal public lecture.

We will be collaborating with the Arts Council on an exciting project entitled the Laureate for Irish Fiction series. Anne Enright, as the inaugural laureate, has her writings collected and published here for the first time. The series offers an insight into the Man Booker Prize-winning author’s personal relationship with Irish literature, her passion for nurturing the short-story form at home, and the translation of Irish work. The laureateship, an Arts Council initiative established in partnership with University College Dublin, New York University and The Irish Times, acknowledges fiction writers’ contribution to Irish artistic and cultural life.

Sebastian Barry's writings for the series will be published in 2021. 

Approaching 350 titles on our list, UCD Press publishes widely across the academic spectrum. We welcome new book proposals in all subject areas. Please refer to our catalogue for a full list of our forthcoming, current and backlist titles. The Press is strictly peer reviewed and it is not the policy of the Press at present to undertake the publication of journals.

Prospective authors should consult the following links:

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We hope you enjoy our books and visit us regularly in the future!

The UCD Press team