Tue, 22/07/2008 - 14:26
A younger, more radical and, if I am honest, less wise me was prone to knocking the function of the Irish Arts Council. I propounded the view that books should be able to stand on merit in a given market, even artistic books, and that companies which required funding to support their literary and artistic lists were failing somehow.
Mon, 23/06/2008 - 06:36
Collins has signed a deal with the daily newspaper the Irish Times to publish a series of specially branded books. The publisher will release around four titles per year in areas like sport, quiz books and history. The first title in the venture will be released in September when Collins publishes the Irish Times Universal Atlas of...
Fri, 09/05/2008 - 13:53
Transworld Ireland has acquired world English-language rights in the autobiography of Irish rugby star Ronan O'Gara.
The book, due in October, was acquired by publisher Eoin McHugh from Jonathan Harris at Luxton Harris for an undisclosed sum. O'Gara is regarded as one of the finest rugby players Ireland has produced, and is among...
Fri, 25/04/2008 - 06:39
Anne Enright has followed last year's Man Booker win by securing the Irish Novel of the Year award for The Gathering (Cape) at this year's Irish Book Awards.
The awards also honoured Judging Dev by Diarmaid Ferriter (Royal Irish Academy) as non-fiction book of the year; Take a Look at Me Now by Anita...
Thu, 20/03/2008 - 16:14
The inaugural Dublin Book festival took place in City Hall, Dublin, from Friday 6th until Sunday 8th March. It seemed a fine success and definitely attracted a fair amount of media attention.
For me, the most exciting event of the festival was the panel discussion on the future of Irish publishing with Seán Ó Cearnaigh of...
Fri, 07/03/2008 - 06:27
Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney is one of a number of leading figures from various sections of Irish life who will work to support Ireland's book publishing industry in the future, reports the Irish Independent.
The new advisory committee has been organised by the Irish Book Publishers' Association (Cle), which will hold...
Thu, 06/03/2008 - 14:44
The Irish book market grew by 16.7% by value last year, just a little more in value terms than the book market in China, according to Nielsen Book commercial director Ann Betts.
Betts, speaking at the Booksellers Association Irish Branch Conference last weekend in Galway, said that the Irish consumer book market grew 16.7% by value in...
Wed, 05/03/2008 - 07:00
Industry insiders say that despite reports to the contrary, the market for books in Ireland is thriving, reports the Irish Independent. Speaking ahead of this weekend's Dublin Book Festival, Sean O Cearnaigh, president of the Irish Book Publishing Association, said that the market was alive and well.
"It's certainly in a...
Mon, 03/03/2008 - 04:16
Irish publisher Eoin Purcell has blogged the annual conference of the Irish branch of the Bookseller's Association for The Bookseller.
Mon, 25/02/2008 - 14:14
Before the Booksellers Association Irish Branch Conference takes place on 29th February, it is an apt time to ponder which way the Irish market is going and how it may fare in the face of a cooler economic climate in 2008.
Eason and Hughes & Hughes remain the dominant Irish booksellers for now. At a recent Eason presentation, I was...