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Call for Nominations for 2018 IPA Prix Voltaire Prize

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has launched its call for nominations for the 2018 Prix Voltaire Prize. The Prix Voltaire Prize, previously known as the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize, is designed to celebrate individuals and organisations that promote freedom of expression through publishing. For more information on the prize itself and how to nominate […]

Romania may limit textbook publishing to only one state-run publisher

Romanian Education Minister Liviu Pop has announced his intentions to create an absolute monopoly for a state-owned publisher of textbooks. Pop has argued that this system would allow for students to receive their textbooks in a more timely manner; however, the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) has condemned the plan. FEP president Henrique Mota has […]

Ivan O’Brien’s New Zealand Notes

Visit of Ivan O’Brien to New Zealand, courtesy of PANZ At the invitation of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), I was this year’s Te Mana Ka Tau (Flying Friend) guest. This is a CNZ (their Arts Council) supported scheme to fund cultural exchange and the building of cultural and economic links between New Zealand and […]

Liverpool Irish Festival

Further to the recent ‘Read Books from Ireland’ event in London, Books Ireland and Publishing Ireland have been invited to participate at the forthcoming Liverpool Irish Festival which runs October 19th to 29th. If you are interested in taking part and would like to propose an idea/author event for the 2017 festival programme, please contact All ideas […]