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PI News Roundup: Donal Ryan’s Star Continues to Rise; Irish Book Awards Announced and The Final Curtin Comes Down for Books Ireland

Book Marketing Strategies in The Digital Age with Anne-Marie Scully

Anne-Marie Scully

No sooner had we finished with our very successful ‘Legal Issues for Publishers’ seminar on Wednesday, we are now giving another session in December- this time with the lovely Anne-Marie Scully following her hugely popular taster presentation at this year’s trade event at the Dublin Book Festival in Smock Alley.  Join her on 18 December for a half-day session on Book Marketing Strategies in The Digital Age from 9-1pm. For more details, go to


Donal Ryan Wins Guardian First Book Award

A big congratulations to our own Donal Ryan who has scooped yet another illustrious literary prize in the form of the Guardian First Book Award for The Spinning Heart. Amongst the multitude of praises were comments from journalist, author and broadcaster Paul Mason who i s quoted in The Bookseller as saying that Ryan presents ‘the poetry and bitterness of working class life—and then delivers’. Congratulations too to all at Doubleday Ireland and Lilliput Press!


Irish Book Awards

Tuesday night was a big night for New Island Books whose author Billy O’Callaghan took home the short story award as well as for Hachette, Penguin Ireland and Adams Cloud- all of whom scooped awards. Fintan O’Toole managed to grab the award for Best Irish Published Book of The Year while John Kelly received high applause for his touching tribute to the late Seamus Heaney, saying that  ‘Seamus was great fun. Conversations with him about Homer were not necessarily ones to do with the Odyssey’ (Via the Irish Times)


Books Ireland Ends an Era

It was a sad week for Irish publishing as the final issue of Books Ireland landed in our letterboxes. After nearly forty years of publishing Irish book news, this great publication closed its doors. Publishing Ireland would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the team at Books Ireland and to Jeremy Addis for his tireless efforts and the very highest of quality over the years. It will be sadly missed.


Launches and Other Happenings

Congratulations to New Island Books for their busy week in launches for Witches, Spies & Stockholm Syndrome: Life In Medieval Ireland and Ireland 366: A Story a Day from Ireland’s Hidden History as well as to Book Hub who launched Valerie Farragher’s debut Come Back When You’re Sober at the Irish Writers’ Centre.



Beyond the Shore


It has been quite the busy few weeks for Amazon as not only have they launched their own digital currency in the UK but they have also come under fire from quarters as far as the BBC. With an investigation by Panorama into the less than clear work practices of its employers, a group of MP’s have now joined forces to boycott the company citing the company’s unfair tax advantages. In an article in today’s Bookseller magazine,  MP Margaret Hodge is quoted as saying  that it is “ hugely important that we all take a stand and damage the reputation and business of companies such as Amazon that deliberately avoid paying their fare share of tax’’ and that “If enough people boycott Amazon then we will damage their business. Amazon’s market share and reputation matters.” Via The Bookseller. To read the full article, go to

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