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From the 12th to the 14th April 2016, the 45th London Book Fair will take place in the Olympia, West London. It is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

The LBF has truly grown in the last few years with record numbers of 25,000 attendees coming from 125 countries and 1,600 exhibitors coming from over 60 countries last year. With everyone in the industry under one roof at the same time, The London Book Fair provides exhibitors and attendees with the perfect platform to engage with customers, demonstrate their products, build brand awareness, conduct face to face business and make sales. This not only saves time but money too. This event is also very inspiring, seeing as it has become very strongly affiliated with terms of international rights sales.

The LBF allows you to sit in on over 200 free seminars covering all areas of publishing such as The Industry around the Globe, Literary Translation: Making Words Travel and People Development: Re-skilling our industry. Authors, talent scouts, editors, designers, digital gurus, publishers all walk the floor, meeting, talking, observing, discovering and it really is an event for everyone.

However as there is a lot to see and do, with over 70 seminars a day, you should make a plan of all the things you want to accomplish so you don’t miss out on anything, and to help you with that there is a handy London Book Fair 2016 app that is free to download.

So the London Book Fair is a “great opportunity to network, find out new trends in the industry and to think about what to do next.” This event is definitely something that can’t be missed and we hope that a large number of Irish publishers, authors, editors, etc. will attend.


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Applications are currently being invited for the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2016, an annual scheme marking Newcastle West native Michael Hartnett’s contribution to literature in English and Irish.

The 15th annual award is jointly funded by the Arts Office of Limerick City and County Council and The Arts Council.

Each year the award alternates between Irish and English and this year the €4,000 annual prize will be presented to the author of a third book of English language poetry, or subsequent book of poetry, published during 2014 or 2015. This year’s adjudicators are poet Rita Ann Higgins and Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor with the Irish Times.

The winning poet will be presented with the Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award on the opening night, Thursday April 14th 2016 of Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

Previous winners of the prestigious award include Sean O’Leochain, Julie O’Callaghan, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, Vona Groarke, Pádraig Ó Snodaigh , Seán Ó Curraoin , Kerry Hardie, Sinead Morrissey, Paddy Bushe, Maurice Riordan, Áine Uí Fhoghlú, James Harpur, Peter Sirr, Stiofán O’Cadhla, Mark Roper, Jo Slade, Marcus Mac Conghail and Caitríona Ní Chléirchín.

The closing date for receipt of application forms and submitted books for the Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award 2016 is Friday 19 February 2016.  Application forms and further information is available from the Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick, T: 061 407363/ 407421; W:; E:


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The organisers of the Doolin Writers’ Weekend, one of Ireland’s newest and most popular annual literary festivals, have announced the line-up of participants in this year’s festival which takes place in Doolin, County Clare, on the weekend of the 4-6th March 2016.

Organised by Hotel Doolin, the festival features readings by some of Ireland’s leading writers including Joseph O’Connor, Danielle McLaughlin, Elaine Feeney, Billy Ramsel, June Caldwell, E. M Reapy and Neil McCarthy, as well as workshops hosted by Dermot Bolger, Lia Mills, Stephen Murray and E.R Murray.

The fourth annual Writers’ Weekend also will feature music from Sonny Condell and a plethora of local tradition Irish musicians, a seminar with publishing whirlwinds Banshee Lit, an open mic hosted by Dave Lordan, and book launches by Catherine Dunne and Anthony Glavin. Salmon Poetry, meanwhile, will be launching ‘Even The Day Breaks’, an anthology celebrating 35 years of Salmon Poetry on the Saturday evening of the festival.

“The Doolin Writers’ Weekend is an eclectic mix of workshops, readings, music and food and has something for every level of writer from beginners to expert wordsmiths and lovers of literature alike,” said event organiser and Doolin Hotel General Manager, Donal Minihane.

Mr. Minihane said the Writers’ Weekend location in the heart of the Burren has “helped to draw large attendances while it has also proven to be an alluring proposition for many of Ireland’s leading writers”.

“Located amidst the breadth-taking beauty of North Clare, Doolin is surrounded on all sides by natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and the Burren and has always been a tonic for the soul of the weary traveller,” said Minihane. “Famed for its warm welcome and traditional Irish music Doolin has also long been a haunt of artists and writers including J.M Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John and Oliver St. John Gogarty. We look forward to welcoming some of Ireland’s top writers back to Doolin next month.”

Mr. Minihane said the Writers’ Weekend is “delighted to play host” to the launch of Salmon Poetry’s 35th anniversary anthology.

“Salmon Poetry revolutionised Irish poetry, making it a place where, finally, the diverse voices and experiences of working class women and men were welcomed, recognised and heard. Among many other proud achievements, Salmon was the first to publish Rita Ann Higgins, Ireland’s leading contemporary poet and a champion of literary radicalism,’ he commented

A Weekend Pass to the Doolin Writers’ Weekend this year is €99/€75 (student). The pass includes an invitation to the Opening Night Drinks Reception and Talk by Joseph O’Connor, entrance to John Sonny Condell gig on Friday night, a workshop of choice on both Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, entrance to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and dinner on Saturday night.

The weekend will also see the presentation of the winners of the Doolin Short Story and Poetry competitions. First prize in each category is €1000 and publication. Closing date is Friday 5th February.


Penguin Random House Ireland announces new Publicity Director and Sales team appointments for 2016


Penguin Random House Ireland today announced that Fiona Murphy has been appointed to the new in-house role of Publicity Director, looking after Cornerstone, Ebury, Transworld and Vintage, with special responsibility for the Transworld Ireland imprint.

In her new role, Fiona will focus on new fiction from Donal Ryan and John Boyne, Patrick Deeley’s memoir The Hurley Maker’s Son and the debut novel from Conor O’Callaghan, Nothing on Earth, and more.

Fiona spent seven years with Vintage as Publicity Manager before moving to Quercus where she worked as Deputy Publicity Director. Fiona will join the team in mid-February, working closely with Cliona Lewis (Publicity Director for Michael Joseph, Penguin General, Penguin Press, Children’s and DK, with special responsibility for the Penguin Ireland imprint) and Patricia McVeigh (Publicity Manager who will work across the group with special responsibility for the Penguin Random House Children’s list).

Fiona, Cliona and Patricia will report to Penguin Random House Ireland Managing Director, Michael McLoughlin.

Speaking on her appointment, Fiona Murphy said, “I started my publishing career at Penguin Random House, working with both Transworld and Vintage, so I’m thrilled to be joining the Irish team where I have the opportunity to work on Transworld Ireland and all the brilliant Random House lists in my home country.”

This appointment, along with two new Key Account Managers, Carrie Anderson and Sophie Smyth, reporting to Penguin Random House Ireland Sales Director, Brian Walker, sees a fully integrated in-house sales and publicity team in place to deliver consistent sales and publicity strategies across all publishing.

Brian Walker, Sales Director, Penguin Random House Ireland said, “I’m delighted that Carrie and Sophie now complete the new combined PRH team in Ireland and we all look forward to working together to build our existing customer and author relationships.”


Penguin Ireland and Transworld Ireland will continue to operate as two separate imprints –

Penguin Ireland – Michael McLoughlin, Publisher; Patricia Deevy, Editorial Director; Brendan Barrington, Senior Editor

Transworld Ireland – Eoin McHugh, Publisher and Brian Langan, Editor

Ireland Literature Exchange invites applications from Irish publishers wishing to exhibit and  to promote their titles at the IRELAND at LONDON stand at the London Book Fair, which  takes place 12–14 April 2016 at Olympia, London.
IRELAND at LONDON is an initiative of Ireland Literature Exchange in partnershipwith Culture Ireland.

In 2016, the IRELAND at LONDON stand is located at 2A71 in Olympia.  The annual book fair encompasses the broad spectrum of the publishing industry and is the  global marketplace and leading business-to-business exhibition for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

Applications will be welcomed from Irish publishers of established reputation, with a track record of attending international book fairs and a strong international contact list, who wish  to exhibit on the IRELAND at LONDON stand.

For further information on LBF package options from Literature Ireland, click below: