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Last week’s Frankfurt Book Fair was a unanimously positive experience for Irish Publishers.  New titles received good feedback and a lot of optimistic interest. This year’s Fair took place from the 19th – 23rd of October. The Irish presence at the Fair this year was clearly noticed, with many Irish publishers stating that they had received more interest in their titles than in previous years. For Roads Publishing, Publishing Directors Maeve Convery and Stephanie Boner this year was much improved on last year as they have become more established. ‘This is actually year three of publishing’ for Stephanie who thinks they ‘are starting to get responses of a more established publishing house’. Ivan O’Brien from O’ Brien’s Press also reported a number of good responses to titles at this year’s Book Fair. ‘We had a couple of rights sales before the Fair, which broke the dam down for a couple of titles and we’re able to tell people ‘we’ve just sold this, you should buy it too.’ And the books that we came here really passionate about, other people have loved’.  The positive atmosphere and interest is encouraging for the Irish Publishing industry as a whole as well as for the individual publishers.

The overall atmosphere of the Fair was no doubt contributed by to familiarity with the fair, with larger numbers younger Irish publishers continuing to attend the Fair each year. Of course the positive atmosphere around the Ireland stand was aided by refreshments and the opportunity to get together with others from within the Irish Publishing industry. The sense of familiarity with the recent move to Hall 6 was also a contributing factor to the energy of the Fair, ‘It’s great to see a bit more energy around the halls – not always obvious because there aren’t a huge number of people walking around, but people do seem to be paying attention’, said O’Brien.  The Fair proved a success for Irish publishers looking to expand their reach, with O’Brien and others receiving interest from new territories. For other Irish publishers this year’s book fair was an opportunity to build on connections made previously, with Little Island using their time at the publishing Ireland stand as a way to network with their links from Bologna Children’s Book Fair, as well as making new contacts.

This year’s Fair seems to have been a success in terms of the networking opportunities that Irish publishers availed of but also thanks to the confidence in the continued success of Irish publishing at the Frankfurt Book Fair.  ‘People you have met before are very easy to meet. So every year you tend have more meetings and gradually build it up. I definitely feel actually next year it’s going be a lot easier for us because we have spoken to a lot of publishers this year’, Maeve Convery.  The anticipation of the future success of Irish Publishing seems to have been the most positive thing taken from the Fair.

Publishing Ireland will be running an event on converting a Masters or PhD thesis into a book – how the editing process works, how a book is commissioned, how to transform an academic thesis into a more popular text, etc.

Speakers will include Ray Ryan – Cambridge University Press,  New York editor Philip Coleman (Trinity College) and Geraldine Feehily  (University College Dublin).

Date and Venue to be confirmed, but this course could possibly take place sometime in November. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for further details via our weekly newsletter and on our website!

Email us at if you are interested in booking a place!

Deadline: Wednesday 2nd November 2016.

The name of Gill has been synonymous with quality educational content, tailored for the Irish market, for almost 160 years. Gill have always believed that education matters. We understand the difference that it can make to lives, the opportunities and outcomes it affords and its ability to enrich. We take pride in working with the best educators in the country to produce excellent products that answer the needs of great teachers and students.

A vacancy has arisen for a Designer within the Production department of Gill Education.

The position will include the following responsibilities and duties:

  • Aiding Commissioning Editors with the writing of design briefs
  • Monitoring, tracking and checking external designers’ work for quality and consistency
  • Designing and laying out a selection of textbooks as allocated by the Production Manager (Education)
  • Typesetting and making corrections to files supplied by external designers
  • Designing templates for ancillary products such as workbooks and supplying of gathered files to typesetters for completion of layout
  • Drawing up and regularly updating best practice guidelines for design and layout of our books and circulating them to external designers, as well as ensuring that they are followed
  • Quality-checking design files and pdfs from external designers before approving to the Production Manager for press, eBook conversion and archiving
  • Providing technical support to the Production team during in-house eBook creation
  • Cover design/layout of selected ancillary products such as workbooks, Teacher’s Resource Books, etc.
  • Creating both offline and online artwork/graphics for marketing material such as flyers, web banners and other selected marketing collateral
  • Collaborating with colleagues on web design and layout, bringing an understanding of best practice, and how these relate to a positive and efficient user experience.


The successful candidate will be creative, calm when working under pressure, have the ability to multi-task and have the following competencies and experience:

  • Certificate/Diploma in Graphic Design and/or Desktop Publishing
  • At least 2 years’ typesetting and four colour layout experience in a design environment (preferably within the educational publishing industry)
  • Experience creating templates from own concepts
  • Have advanced knowledge of and experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • UX/UI design experience would be desirable

This is a permanent position based at our Dublin 12 office. Applications, including CV, cover letter and samples of previous design work, should be emailed to Anna Carroll, Production Manager (Education) at by Wednesday 2nd November, 2016.

Publishing Ireland’s fourth annual trade day is live and ready for booking!

This year will feature social media insights (and pitfalls!) with a representative from Twitter, national booksellers and speakers from the Irish book industry all geared toward Reaching the Reader.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Phillip Jones, editor of the Bookseller and creator of Futurebook.

This is a trade event and open to publishers, booksellers,  editors and industry professionals, and is strictly on a ticketed basis. For more information on this year’s programme and to book your ticket, please contact:

Tickets for the event can be purchased at:


Since Folens’ foundation in 1958, we has been at the forefront of Irish Primary and Post-Primacy educational publishing. Today Folens are Ireland’s leading purveyors of educational content, dedicated to fostering effective and meaningful learning of the Irish curriculum through print and digital resources. Our aim is to deliver quality integrated programmes written by teachers for teachers that make learning effective and fun for students.


We are seeking a Development Editor to carry out the following duties and responsibilities:


  • Support the commissioning editor in researching, planning and spec’ing educational programmes
  • Brief the authors and agree templates clearly detailing the parameters required for manuscript delivery
  • Work with the digital team, helping them to spec digital activities that support the programme
  • Ensure that the submitted content is at the required standard of quality and meets production requirements
  • Coordinate the reviewing of submitted materials with appropriate teachers to validate the quality of the material and, as necessary, provide feedback to the author for any changes required.
  • Handover complete manuscripts to production on time, with detailed artwork lists and briefing documents as required to provide the necessary clarity and guidance for production.
  • Attend scheduling meetings to keep abreast of the project and support decisions towards delivery against schedule.
  • Review proofs
  • Provide support for marketing, signing off on covers, blurbs and copy for promotional brochures.


A background in Primary education or a strong interest in educational material and the desire to be involved in the future of the sector. You will need excellent writing and editing skills, strong attention to detail, an analytical mind-set, a high level of organisational and decision-making skills to ensure deadlines are met. This is a permanent full time role and salary is depending on experience.


For a full job description or to forward your CV please contact: