About Blackstaff Press
Blackstaff Press is regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost publishers and is a leading publisher of quality Irish books.
Blackstaff Press, founded in 1971, is an iconic brand with a long and rich heritage. It has published authors such as John Hewitt, Bernard McLaverty, Glenn Patterson, Patricia Craig, Ciaran Carson and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne.
In recent times, the business has achieved commercial success with a string of memoirs from authors such as John Richardson, Liam Beckett, Tony MacAulay, Marianne Elliott and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne; a series of road racing books from Stephen Davison; a growing humour list that features writers such as Leesa Harker and brands such as the Ulster Fry; and history and politics titles from Deric Henderson, Ivan Little, Colin Breen and Tom Hartley.
Our publishing programme is wide-ranging and diverse and embraces both fiction and non-fiction. We have published over 900 titles since Blackstaff was founded in 1971, covering a range of subjects including history, politics, memoir, sport, fiction, poetry, cookery and travel. We are keen to receive submissions in all these categories as well as any other proposals of interest to the Irish market, both north and south, or those that are strong enough to generate interest from farther afield if there is also a connection to Ireland.
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, Jane Talbot, Ciaran Carson and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne are just a few of the many writers in our current stable of authors.
Blackstaff is grateful to the Department for Communities for their generous support during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020-21.
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, Belfast City Council, Manufacturing Northern Ireland, Belfast Solicitors’ Association, Queen’s University Belfast and The Yellow Door, on a variety of publishing projects.
Blackstaff Press is a member of Colourpoint Creative Ltd, the largest publisher in Norther Ireland. Formed in 1993, Colourpoint Creative Ltd also publishes school resources for secondary level in the CCEA Specifications and distribution and self-publishing services.