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Are you looking for high-quality illustration for your books? Do you need bespoke images for your covers, non-fiction or children’s books? Are you interested in producing picture-books?

On 26 November Publishing Ireland in association with Illustrators Ireland and Children’s Books Ireland are hosting the first ever Illustration Fair: a speed-dating style event where illustrators will have short meetings with editors from publishing houses and a chance to display their portfolios and book ideas. The illustrators will be chosen from the members of Illustrators Ireland – professional artists and designers with a history of high-quality illustration work already under their belt.

This event will be of interest to all publishing houses looking to find new Irish illustrators for their books, whether in the area of children’s books, non-fiction or fiction illustration, or cover design.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Stephanie Lawless in Publishing Ireland at

The event will take place in the Copper House Gallery, St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8 from 6pm, and refreshments will be served.

This is a professional event only, for illustrators, designers and editors, and booking is essential. The event will be free to attend with thanks to Words Ireland for their generous sponsorship.

InDesign Two-Day Intensive Course

Publishing Ireland will run a two-day intensive course in InDesign following the success of its sessions with New Horizons in 2014.


The Course: What You Will Learn

This two-day course will start from the basics of InDesign (identifying the programme’s components and creating documents) to managing page elements, print settings and style. The course will teach you how to work with dynamic documents and XML files. The course includes a digital manual, post class phone and email support for 90 days, writing materials, post class evaluation and a learning guarantee for delegates to retake the Public Schedule InDesign Course free of charge for up to six months after the course for any reason including just wishing to refresh your skills. Further details of full schedule TBC.

Where? New Horizons Training Centre,  22-24 Strand Street Great, just above Foam cafe near the Italian Quarter, Dublin 1

When?  January 2016, Dates TBC.

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.




This year’s Trade Day at Smock Alley Theatre promises to be our biggest yet with twice-Oscar nominated Ceo and founder of Cartoon Saloon Paul Young who will join a host of Irish publishing experts for a day of innovation and creation.

Our morning session will focus on ‘WINNERS V. LOSERS’ and what distinguishes the best-seller from the flop (and how if possible to predict either scenario!) with seasoned Irish publishers Michael O’Brien (publisher with O’Brien Press), Fergal Tobin (former publishing director of Gill & Macmillan and now a consultant with the Irish Times Books) and Michael McLoughlin (managing director with Penguin Ireland)

The Same But Different:


This will be followed by a Q&A session with Books Ireland Magazine. Following coffee then we move to our mid-morning session with newly-established publishers Roads Publishing and Tramp Press. Our INNOVATE/CREATE keynote session will follow after lunch with Cartoon Saloon’s Paul Young, Rowena Neville from Business to Arts and former president of Publishing Ireland, Frank-Scott Lennon from Management Briefs.

To download details of our full programme,  click Programme


Booking Essential!

Tickets from €20 (membership discount)

To book your ticket, go to

or contact / Tel. +353 1 6394868




Setanta Sports is delighted to sponsor the Irish Sports Book of the Year award in association with the Irish book publishers association (Publishing Ireland). The award is committed to rewarding excellence in Irish sports writing.

While there has been slightly similar awards in the past and a sports book award category exists in the well supported Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, this award is separate and is a new initiative. The new award also has the backing of Publishing Ireland. Crucially, our panel of judges consists of renowned sports editors.

There are other differences too.

Setanta is making a minimum of a four year commitment. Setanta is also investing in the award with a significant prize for the winner of €10,000 worth of TV advertising on Setanta Sports and a cash prize.

Setanta also endeavours to broadcast a TV show this year to promote the shortlisted winners and preview their books. Setanta will also support through its large social media following.

The Setanta Sports Irish Sports Book of the Year will seek to find the best sports book written by an Irish author in 2015, or sports book with an Irish subject matter.


The aspiration is that the books will be Irish published but entrants will also be considered where:

  • Author who is writing the book is Irish
  • Subject matter is Irish sport

Picture books will not be eligible.

Books published between January 1st 2015 and early October 2015 will be eligible for this year’s award.

There is no limit on the number of books that can be entered.

Shortlisted authors must be made available to appear in Setanta’s TV review programme if at all possible.

The judging panel for the Setanta Sports Irish Sports Book of the Year will be chaired by Mark Duncan, a researcher and author. The panel comprises of sports editors and producers from the print, broadcast and online media.

How to Enter and Timings:

  • The closing date for entries is Thursday 15th October following which a long list will be announced.
  • Entries should be submitted via email to no later than Thursday 15th October.
  • The deadline for receipt of all physical copies of books named on the long list is Wednesday 28th October (any request for an extension must be received in writing before this date and there is no guarantee of it been granted).
  • A shortlist of five books will then be announced during w/c 23rd November.
  • Those shortlisted will be asked to attend an awards lunch in Dublin during w/c 7th
  • December 7th where the overall winner will be announced.