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Gill Distribution have a vacancy in our customer service department.

We are looking for a candidate who can work as part of a team, is motivated, punctual and has previous experience working in a fast paced customer service environment.

The successful candidate will be processing orders, answering phones, dealing with queries and engaging with the book trade on a daily basis. Training will be given to the candidate.

Hours are 9:00am  to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

If you are interested, please forward your CV to


John Manning,

Gill Distribution,

Unit 10,

Hume Avenue,

Park West,

Dublin 12.

Closing Date: 6 May 2016.

Publishing Ireland were in New York earlier this April to showcase recent Irish publications and draw attention to the span of literature that Ireland has to offer! Our exhibitors, including the President of Publishing Ireland, Ruth Hegarty, promoted books from a variety of publishers, and offering a multitude of different genres. The majority of the books showcased were associated with the decade of commemorations, with quite a few titles focusing on the 1916 Rising. Other titles covered topics such as Irish history, poetry, fiction, and biographies on famous figures. Below are some pictures of the showcase and the titles on display.







Adobe Photoshop CC: Part 2

When? Wednesday, 25 May, 9:30-5:00pm

How Much? €300 per day/ €510 for full course; €275/€467 for two days (PI Associate Member); €250 per day €425 for two days (PI Member).

To book your place, contact 

*Places on the course are limited so booking early is advised.

What’s included in your training (both public and private)?

  • Full day of training from 9:30am to 5pm
  • Online/telephone consulting service valid for 60 days after the training
  • Learning Guarantee:  If a student didn’t feel they absorbed all the information on the day, they are welcome to sit on the same Public class (In New Horizons) within 6 months at no charge



This course delves into some of the more advanced image creation and editing techniques, and offers you hands-on activities that demonstrate how these techniques can be used in combination to create exciting visual effects.

1 – Creating Raster Images

Draw with Brushes
Create Gradients
Apply Tool Presets

2 – Applying Vector Image Tools

Create Images with Vector Paths
Apply the Shape Drawing Tools
Work with Type
Apply Type Special Effects

3 – Applying Advanced Layer Techniques

Modify Images with Masks
Apply Special Effects by Using Filters
Apply Special Effects to Layers
Apply Smart Objects for Nondestructive Editing

4 – Automating Tasks

Create and Apply Actions
Batch Process Files with Photoshop and Adobe Bridge

5 – Editing Video

Edit Video
Add Graphics, Titles, and Animation to Video

6 – Setting Project Requirements

Identify Purpose, Audience, and Audience Needs
Adhere to Copyright Rules for Artwork, Graphics, and Graphics Use
Determine and Evaluate Project Management Tasks and Responsibilities

Course Objectives: This course will prepare you to use the most common basic features of Adobe Photoshop CC. In this course, you will:
•Use brushes, gradients, and tool presets to create raster images.
•Apply vector paths, shape drawing tools, type, and type special effects.
•Apply advanced layer techniques with masks, filters, layers, and smart objects.
•Apply actions and batch processing to automate tasks.
•Edit video by using timelines, transitions, graphics, titles, and animation.
•Set project requirements by identifying the purpose, audience, copyright rules, and project management tasks.


Established in 2005, the Children’s Books Ireland Shadowing Scheme is a unique programme for schools and libraries, designed to encourage awareness and enjoyment of the CBI Book of the Year Awards.

Participating classes and junior book clubs make their own selection of suitable titles from the books shortlisted for the CBI Awards in March, using a specially devised activity pack to guide them in their reading. At the end of this process each group is asked to collectively vote for their favourite book. CBI then announces the Children’s Choice Award during the official prize ceremony in May.

Please fill in the attached sign-up form and return it to CBI for the chance to get involved! To download a form, click here.

Press Release

Bob Johnston

Bob Johnston, Gutter Bookshop

Bob Johnston, owner of The Gutter Bookshop, was announced as this year’s winner of The O’Brien Press Bookseller of the Year Award at the annual Booksellers Association conference and dinner dance at the Gibson Hotel on Saturday March 5th.

Ivan O’Brien MD of The O’Brien Press said: ‘Bob set up The Gutter Bookshop in the height of the recession, and it’s now firmly established as a core part of Dublin’s book world. His commitment to bookselling is immense, and through his social media presence and regular appearances on TV and radio he has become one of the leading voices for books in Ireland. He also hosts vast numbers of launches and seems to sell books at just about every festival. To top all that, he’s on the committees of the BA, Irish Book Awards and others – quite amazing. His energy, enthusiasm and constant innovation are a lesson to us all. Congratulations Bob, it’s richly deserved’.

Bob has spent over 25 years working in the book trade. Before opening The Gutter Bookshop, in Temple Bar in 2009, he worked for Waterstones in London and Dublin and as a buyer for Hughes and Hughes in Stephen’s Green. In 2013, Bob opened his second branch of The Gutter in Dalkey.

Speaking about his win, Bob said: ‘I was delighted to be awarded ‘Bookseller of the Year’. Thank you to The O’Brien Press for supporting this award and thank you to the publishers and other booksellers who nominated me. And a huge thank you to all our customers and supporters who allow me to make a living doing what I love – by coming and buying books from us!’

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