Publishing Ireland, along with representatives from O’Brien Press, Futa Fata, Mercier Press and Little Island attended a meeting yesterday with his excellency the Mexican Ambassador Carlos Garcia de Alba to discuss the potential for Irish publishers to become a part of Guadalajara Book Fair 2013, to take place 30th November – 8th December. The fair is the most important for Spanish/Portuguese rights, and one of the largest in the world. It represents major opportunities for Irish publishers for what is fast becoming one of the biggest and most influential markets in the current climate.
After researching Guadlajara, Michael O’Brien (O’Brien Press) and Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin (Futa Fata) will almost certainly both attend the fair this year. They spoke to the Guadalajra organisers at Frankfurt, who will send a proposal for costs based on various options for a combined Ireland stand, to include any supports available for publishers and authors for participating. During the meeting at the Mexican embassy yesterday, Ambassador de Alba undertook to get Ireland a special deal on stand costs.
As the deadline for Culture Ireland funding applications is coming up on 15 February, publishers who are interested in attending are being asked to email Michael O’Brien at email@example.com as soon as possible. This is not a commitment but a serious interest dependent on costs, etc.