Seamus Cashman taught in Tanzania in the 1960s, was an editor with Irish University Press, and in 1974 founded Wolfhound Press to publish literary fiction and studies, poetry anthologies, general trade and illustrated cultural works, and a high quality children’s list. Wolfhound had published over 200 mainly Irish writers with some 600 titles on its list by 2001 when he retired from the press. Irish Spirit, essays edited by Patricia Monaghan of Black Earth Institute (USA) was launched in that year. He was the first International Fellow at Black Earth and edited the Peaks and Valleys issue their journal, About Place. At Wolfhound Press he established an international reputation and earned many awards.
Projects he now works on include a Tanzania folklore project, and with poet Tom Conaty and others, Cré na hÉireann/Clay of Ireland, an Ireland clay mound ‘identity’ project. He was a judge at the first Mamilla International Poetry Festival in Palestine.
His poetry collections from Salmon Poetry, include That Morning Will Come (2007); a book length poem, The Sistine Gaze: I Too Begin with Scaffolding (2015), lauded by poet Tom McCarthy as ‘a complex and ambitious work, a major achievement’ and as ‘an extraordinarily ambitious poem’ (Agenda UK, 2019). A new collection, Talking down the Clock, is due in mid-2022. Cashman has edited two key anthologies of poetry for young readers. Irish Poems for young people, co-edited with Bridie Quinn (Wolfhound Presss, 1975 and reprints); and Something beginning with P: new poems by Irish poets (The O’Brien Press 2004, 2007 and a selected edition, P is for poetry (2020).
A former chairman of Children’s Books Ireland, he is on the Board of IBBY Ireland, a section of the International Board on Books for Young People. He comes from Conna in County Cork and now lives in Swords, County Dublin.
Social Media: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seamus-cashman-6a938111