About us

Skein Press was established in June 2017. We seek to publish writers whose work is fresh and thought-provoking and features outlooks and experiences not often represented in Irish publishing.

Our first book, This Hostel Life by Melatu Uche Okorie tells the stories of migrant women in a hidden Ireland. From a day in the life of women queuing for basic supplies in an Irish direct provision hostel to a young black woman’s depiction of everyday racism in Ireland, her nuanced writing shines a light on the injustice of the direct provision system and on the insidious racism experienced by migrant women living in Ireland. A third story, set in a Nigeria of the past, tells of a woman’s life destroyed by an ancient superstition and her fierce determination to carry on, a quality Okorie believes is universally shared by women.

Our second book, Why the moon travels by Oein DeBharduin, for publication in autumn 2020, is a collection of haunting folktales, a retelling of stories from the Traveller oral tradition in lyrical prose and beautifully illustrated by artist Leanne McDonagh. The book will be the first of its kind published in Ireland that captures several aspects of the rich Traveller culture, expression and intricate understandings.