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,...
Wed, 04/03/2009 - 08:30
Irish book chain Eason has made 40 positions redundant in a move that it said was aimed at increasing efficiencies. A spokesperson for the company said that the redundancies had been made across all sections of the retailer's business.
She said: "As part of ongoing efforts to refine business operations and functions in order to...
Wed, 26/11/2008 - 09:28
Some time ago I advocated for consolidation and mergers in the native Irish publishing sector. The difficulties and potential barriers to such market changes still exist and may well never be overcome but the logic remains (at least to my mind) inescapable.
The Irish publishing scene is dominated by multinational publishers, which...
Wed, 19/11/2008 - 14:23
Merlin, the Irish-based publisher of The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology, which was pulled from Amazon.co.uk for including "defamatory" content, has "emphatically denied" the allegations. Aoife Barrett, editorial director at Merlin, said the claim was "vexatious...
Mon, 27/10/2008 - 06:18
Kathy O'Beirne, whose account of her abuse in a Magdalene laundry, Kathy's Story, was described by her family as "a figment of her imagination", is writing a sequel to the book.
According to the Times, O'Beirne and a co-writer are working on Always Dancing, a follow-up to Kathy's...
Wed, 22/10/2008 - 06:54
Hughes & Hughes will open its new store, which will stock more than 53,000 books, in Dundrum this Saturday. To mark the launch author Charley Boorman will be holding an event on 10th November to discuss his new book By Any Means.
The store will have a dedicated "Scribbler" stationery area stocking the likes of Orla...