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...
Thu, 31/07/2008 - 07:42
Irish book retailer Hughes & Hughes has unveiled a new store at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords, County Dublin, marking a new partnership with Starbucks Coffee Company.
The new 6,800 sq ft store stocks more than 24,000 titles, as well as stationery, a dedicated travel section and a Hughes & Hughes Junior, a specialist...
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...