Verbal has embraced the challenges of publishing in the digital age.

Two former print media are now thriving online hubs for contemporary literature, both local and international.

Lagan Online

Lagan Online is committed to being a leading voice in the areas of reading development and new writing on the island of Ireland. 

It is a publishing initiative with the aim of nurturing new talent to build careers in a new environment.

New original writers 12 Now collage

Edited by Colin DardisLagan Online offers a platform to promote contemporary voices from Northern Ireland through our 12NOW series of New Original Writers.


Alongside showcasing new work and opportunities for writers, we highlight sector news about reading and literacy development, as well as book and event reviews, new releases, and author interviews.

New writing and Reading Rooms

We also bring stories from Verbal's Reading Rooms programme, sharing how groups react to new local writers and themes.

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Read more of Ireland's most talented new writers at Lagan Online