About us

Blackstaff Press is regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost publishers and is a leading publisher of quality Irish books.

Our publishing programme is wide-ranging and diverse and embraces both fiction and non-fiction. We have published over 800 titles since Blackstaff was founded in 1971, covering a range of subjects including history, politics, cookery, memoir, sport, fiction, poetry and travel.

Blackstaff receives generous assistance from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to enable us to encourage, support and publish Irish writers and Irish literature. John Hewitt, Paul Durcan and Bernard McLaverty have all graced our list over the years and Glenn Patterson, Patricia Craig, Leesa Harker, Ciaran Carson and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne are just a few of the many writers in our current stable of authors.

Blackstaff has a thriving non-fiction list, particularly in the areas of politics, history and memoir. We are keen to receive submissions in all these categories as well as in the areas of sport and cookery, which we are currently developing.

The company also offers publishing solutions to public and private bodies. In recent years, Blackstaff has worked in partnership with a range of organisations, including UTV, BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Queen’s University Belfast and The Yellow Door, on a variety of publishing projects.

Blackstaff Press is a member of The Baird Group, which is owned and run by Roy Bailie OBE. Formed in 1977, The Baird Group provides end-to-end publishing capability in printed and electronic communications. Corporate Document Services are also members of The Baird Group.