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...
Thu, 27/08/2009 - 06:13
Irish school-book publishers have rejected claims made by Fine Gael education spokesman Brian Hayes that they are ripping off parents. Hayes accused publishers of "money-making rackets" and said that parents were being "ripped off".
The political party compared the price lists for nine school-book publishing companies...
Tue, 19/05/2009 - 13:06
Last week's Irish Book Awards in Dublin were certainly a glittering advertisement for Irish writing and authors. The cream of the Irish literati were on show, including Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, who handed out a lifetime achievement award to Edna O'Brien. A raft of the Republic's television and film celebrities were in attendance and there...
Tue, 05/05/2009 - 03:10
Veteran Irish novelist Edna O’Brien is to be honoured at this year's Irish Book Awards with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award. O'Brien is the author of 14 novels and five collections of short stories. The Irish Book Awards 2009 are taking place next Wednesday, 6th May.
O’Brien will be presented with the Bob...
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 06:12
Booker-winning author Roddy Doyle is among the writers on the shortlist for this year's Bisto Awards, the most prestigious prizes for children's books in Ireland, reports the Irish Independent.
Also on the shortlist is bestselling author Eoin Colfer for his last book, 'Airman. Siobhan Dowd, who died in 2007 at the age of 47,...