The Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Writing is designed to meet the challenges particular to research and teaching in contemporary writing, including the relative lack of resources and critical commentaries, the difficulty of access to some source material, especially for international readers, and the difficulty and challenges in adjudicating the quality and nature of source materials.
This platform seeks to highlight and disseminate existing resources in the field, to provide a forum for identifying lacunae and needed resources with respect to research and teaching in contemporary literature, to provide a means of capturing and recording the dynamism of contemporary conversations regarding Irish writing, and to pursue a cultural ambassadorial role for contemporary Irish writers internationally.
The Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Writing has produced two separate projects to date, the latest of which is ‘Joyce Today’. This collection of material highlights the various adaptations and resources created in response to the work of James Joyce, over the period 2012-2016 inclusive. ‘Joyce Today’ follows the platform’s inaugural project ’50 Irish Books’, which features a selection of 50 recent and influential titles, one per author, published in the five year period 2009-2013, and makes available electronic links to reviews of the book in question, public interviews with the author, and other relevant resources. The platform also provides an opportunity to access related resources produced by the UCD community here.