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Our very own Gráinne Clear of Little Island Books (and board member of Publishing Ireland) joined inaugural Irish Fiction laureate Anne Enright, Sarah Baume and Sinead Gleeson on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book to discuss Irish writing today with Mariella Frostrup. Among the highlights discussed were clear new avenues for Irish writers who are moving further away from traditional ‘Irish’ tropes in their writing and a willingness to take more risks. This is also reflected in the rise of Independent publishing in Ireland. While the often -lamented trend of promising new writers being snapped up by larger publishing houses (particularly those based in the UK), both Sinead Gleeson and Clear emphasised that while this was often ‘heartbreaking’ for Irish publishers, it must also be noted that it is here where the Indie publishing scene was much more willing to take on unknown writers and take risks where larger publishers might not.

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Dublin-born writer Ruth Frances Long has been awarded a Spirit of Dedication Award for ‘Best Creator of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy’ by the European Science Fiction Society (ESFS). The announcement took place on Sunday at the 37th Annual European Science Fiction Convention (Eurocon 2015) in St. Petersburg, Russia with the winners being chosen  by participants in national Sci-Fi Conventions around Europe. Long shares her Best Author award with Russian illustrator Anton Lomaev.

“It’s great to see a truly original work being recognised”, says O’Brien Press MD Ivan O’Brien. “The European Science Fiction Society have put Ruth Long’s novel A Crack in Everything in illustrious company, which it fully deserves. I don’t think I’ll ever see Dublin in the same light again, knowing there are fairies and demons lurking in the shadows at every turn! Well done, Ruth.”

A Hollow in the Hills, the sequel to A Crack in Everything, will be published in September 2015.

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International Publishers Association Logo - Publishing IrelandIn a press release sent out by the International Publishers Association today it has been reported that a  United States federal court has found the operators of a massive global piracy ring liable for intentionally infringing copyrights.   Maximum damages  allowed under US law have also been awarded. In Elsevier Inc. v. Victor Kozlov and Pavel Kazutsin, a joint action brought by the global publishing industry, it was revealed that defendants’ sites – Avaxhome, Avaxsearch and other sites – were illegally providing instant access to complete digital copies of millions of popular books, movies, music, games, television programs, software, magazines, newspapers and other copyrighted content. Titles from 16,000 book publishers from many countries were available through the sites, which make money through advertising and registration fees.

IPA Secretary General Jens Bammel said “online piracy is a massive, global problem, posing a significant threat to authors, artists, musicians, producers and publishers. Sites like these deprive creative artists of their livelihoods, destroying jobs and culture. The IPA and its members supported this lawsuit to highlight the scale of international online piracy and the dangers it represents.”

The judge, sitting in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, entered a $37.5 million default judgment for willful infringement and handed down a permanent injunction against future infringements after defendants acknowledged the suit but did not contest the overwhelming case against them for intentional infringement. The judge cited the goal of deterring and discouraging the defendants and other operators of similar sites that openly engage in and promote copyright infringement.

Paul Doda, Chairman of the IPA’s Copyright Committee said the ruling was “good news for content creators. This sophisticated and massive illegal enterprise has harmed many thousands of creators and copyright holders around the world. The judge’s ruling sends a strong message and will go a long way in discouraging this kind of illegal activity.”

The IPA’s Anti-Piracy Working Group, which coordinates the international publishing industry’s response to online piracy, will work to enforce the judgment against the defendants by various means.

The ruling has arrived at a timely juncture just a day after the #Copyrightforfreedom campaign was launched by the Federation of European Publishers in a bit to protect creativity and the rights of creators.



Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan has won the European Prize for Literature for his novel The Spinning Heart. The announcement was made at the London Book Fair opening ceremony today. The Tipperary-born author was shortlisted for Ireland alongside Mary Costello and Deirdre Sullivan. Ryan joins winners from Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden and will attend the winners’ ceremony in Brussels on 23 June.

Speaking to Publishing Ireland, Donal Ryan said that it was ‘a lovely honour and great to be included in the effort to expose people across Europe to books from other countries’. Ryan also expressed his wish to remember the late John McNamee, ‘a great bookseller from Portlaoise, who was instrumental in the setting up and promotion of the EUPL in his role as president of the European Boosksellers Federation’. (read more…)

Publishing Ireland Guide to London Book Fair

This year’s London Book Fair will move to the Olympia, Kennsington. The venue is smaller and harder to access than its predecessor so it’s a good idea to plan your trip well in advance of getting there. The LBF website provides a good resource in terms of travel and accommodation (with visitor and exhibitor rates so book early!). Publishing Ireland has put together a comprehensive guide to making the most out of your book fair experience:

Why go to The London Book Fair?

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