Wed, 17/02/2010 - 16:03
Ireland's oldest independent publisher Mercier Press is to cut its 2010 literary list, after higher-than-expected funding cuts from Ireland's Arts Council.
The Cork-based group has seen its funding for this year slashed from £32,000 to £20,000—a drop of 37.5%. As a result, some titles which had been contracted...
Wed, 20/01/2010 - 14:26
Book sales in Ireland in 2009 fell by 5%, according to Nielsen BookScan's measure of the Irish Consumer Market. Not a bad result in this environment, and still comfortably above 2007 levels.
However, these resolute sales mask some worrying trends that look likely to continue in 2010. The first of these is that Irish publishers are...
Mon, 11/01/2010 - 07:21
Independent Irish firm The O'Brien Press has teamed up with cereal manufacturer Kellogg's and bookseller Hughes & Hughes to encourage reading through a 'Storytime' promotion.
Six books published by the press will be made available to readers for free, if they collect vouchers from packets of Kellogg's Rice...
Sun, 06/12/2009 - 09:20
Booksellers at Irish chain Eason will not receive a Christmas bonus this year after a court said the retailer should complete a review of its business first. The dispute over bonuses had been referred to the Irish Labour Court after Eason and Irish trade union Siptu (Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union) failed to reach an...
Tue, 01/12/2009 - 08:04
A new independent bookshop has opened in Dublin. The Gutter Bookshop was launched on 26th November by author John Boyne and children's author Anthony Horowitz.
The shop was set up by Bob Johnston, who has been a bookseller for 20 years at Blackwell, Ottakars and Waterstone's in the UK and Ireland, and was most recently fiction...
Sun, 08/11/2009 - 10:00
Irish bookseller Eason is trying to impose a 12.5% pay cut on its 1,500 employees. The move has been resisted by staff, with a meeting being held today (6th November) at the Irish Labour Court to resolve the dispute.
Irish trade union Siptu (the Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union) described the proposed descrease in...
Thu, 01/10/2009 - 07:00
Great Irish Book Week was launched today (1st October) with the aim of "rekindling the nation's passion for books". Running from 24th–31st October, the campaign, which focuses primarily on promoting Irish published books, is led by Publishing Ireland with support from over 200 booksellers.
Alan Hayes, president of...
Tue, 08/09/2009 - 12:56
Puffin Ireland expects to publish its first title, a commercial young adult novel, by summer 2010. The news follows Puffin's announcement that it is following its adult division into Ireland.
Penguin Ireland launched seven years ago and is now the second biggest publisher in Ireland, publishing 15 to 20 titles a year. Editor Paddy O...
Mon, 07/09/2009 - 03:06
Faber is taking its writing courses to Ireland, the Irish Times reports. The Faber Academy will begin a six-month course 'Writing a Novel from Start to Finish in Dublin' next month. It also has plans to offer a poetry-writing course next year.
The novel-writing course, based at the Winding Stair bookshop on Ormond Quay,...
Tue, 01/09/2009 - 06:44
Puffin, the children’s imprint, is following its parent Penguin into Ireland, reports the Irish Times. The imprint will be headed up by Paddy O’Doherty. As editor of the new imprint she said she hoped to nurture new writing talent for children. O’Doherty, who worked with the organisation, Children’s Books...