Literary Belfast Reading List

Want to know more about Belfast in fact and fiction? Here's a list of some of the best books around


Belfast, a Century by Jonathan Bardon (Blackstaff Press)
Belfast and the North of Ireland, a Compact Guide (Insight Compact Guides)
Belfast, the Making of the City, by JC Beckett (Appletree Press)
Belfast City Hall, One Hundred Years by Gillian McIntosh (Blackstaff Press)
The Blackbird's Nest: An Anthology of Poetry from Queen's University Belfast (Blackstaff)
The Bridgestone Food Lover’s Guide to Northern Ireland (Estregon)
Celebrated Citizens of Belfast by John Bradbury (Appletree Press)
Belfast by Fred Heatley
By the Lough’s North Shore by Robert Armstrong
East Belfast by Keith Haines
South Belfast by Norman Weatherall
Enduring City Belfast in the Twentieth Century, edited by Frederick Boal and Stephen Royle (Blackstaff Press)
Historic Pubs of Belfast by Gerry Law (Appletree Press)
In and Around Belfast (25 Walks) by Paddy Dillon (Mercat Press)
Titanic: Belfast’s Own (Merlin)
Written in Stone; the History of Belfast City Cemetery by Tom Hartley (Brehon Press)


Colin Bateman, Divorcing Jack (Harper Collins)
Ciaran Carson, ‘Turn Again', Belfast Confetti (Gallery Press)
Seamus Heaney, ‘The Group', Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-1978 (Faber and Faber)
Louis MacNeice, ‘The Suicide', Collected Poems ed. ER Dodds (Faber and Faber)
C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy (Fount)
Derek Mahon, After the Titanic: Selected Poems (Viking/Gallery)
Michael Longley, Collected Poems (Cape, 2006)
Owen McCafferty, Scenes from the Big Picture (Nick Hern Books)
Michael McLaverty, Call My Brother Back (Blackstaff)
Gary Mitchell, As the Beast Sleeps (Nick Hern Books)
Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Flamingo)
Sinead Morrissey, Between Here and There (Carcanet)
Paul Muldoon, 'Why Brownlee Left', History (Faber and Faber)
Glenn Patterson, The International (Anchor, 1999)
Tom Paulin, 'To the Linen Hall', Liberty Tree (Faber and Faber)
Robert McLiam Wilson, Eureka Street (Secker and Warburg)
Forrest Reid, Apostate (Constable)