The Duras Press is an independent publishing venture set up by Brian Lynch in 2005. The guiding principle of the press is to seek out good books that by reason of their unusuality are invisible to mainstream publishers.
In December 2014 Duras published ‘m.emoire’ by the Cork-born poet and writer Augustus Young, a prose and poetry reflection on his late wife Margaret.
Duras was originally set up to publish Pity for the Wicked, a long poem on the tragedy of Northern Ireland that had been shortlisted for the Arvon Foundation and Daily Telegraph International Poetry prize in 1998 but that Irish publishers found too controversial. In the event the book was shortlisted for the 2007 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.
Pity for the Wicked, was followed by 2016/Vision, a novel by Hugh Maxton (W.J. McCormack), and The Nicotine Cat and Other People, a philosophical memoir by Augustus Young (James Hogan) and All Changed? Culture and Identity in Contemporary Ireland, edited by Pádraig Ó Duibhir, Rory McDaid and Andrew O’Shea, which comprises the fifth Seamus Heaney Lecture Series delivered in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.