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TRADE DAY 2021 – Friday 12th November

12 November 2021 at 9:00 am 3:30 pm

The 9th annual Publishing Ireland Trade Day will once again, and hopefully for the last time, be virtual this year.

The day will be an informative and engaging mix of expertise from some key players across the publishing spectrum. Speakers from home and abroad will offer insights into what has been another strange year as we all grappled with what became the ‘new normal’. The topic for today’s Trade Day will be ‘Reconnecting’, as we all look forward to seeing and working with each other again in the not-too-distant future. Publishing Ireland would like to encourage as broad a range of staff as possible to attend to hear the speakers, meet your colleagues and share experiences in the world of book publishing

This year we will also have a virtual chatroom facility during the lunch break which will give our members a chance to interact and catch up with each other.


Session 1: 09.10 – 10.00


This event will chart the rise of the audiobook, outline what the future looks like for this sector and, most importantly, explore the opportunities that this presents for publishers of all sizes. We encourage all participants to email any questions they have in audiobooks, Fionnuala will tailor her session around these, please complete the section Questions for Audio Books with FIONNUALA BARRETT

Fionnuala oversees the audio publishing for a number of commercial adult fiction and non-fiction imprints at HarperCollins, covering everything to do with casting and production, and working closely with publicity, marketing and sales. Notable recent projects include Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty, which won the audiobook category at the British Book Awards 2021, and new recordings of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings with Andy Serkis

Session 2: 10.15 – 11.15



Between Brexit, COVID, paper shortages, HGV driver shortages and ships getting stuck in canals, it’s been a challenging year for the international publishing supply chain! This is an issue that affects the whole industry so we’ve invited speakers with perspectives on what’s been happening to discuss what the future may hold for printing, distribution and wholesale, and retail.

If you have any questions you would like our speaker to answer please fill out the section on ticket purchase –Questions for the Panel on Supply Chain Issues

  • Chair: Matthew Parkinson Bennett, Little Island
  • Louisa Cameron, Owner, Raven Books
  • John Manning, Distribution Director, Gill
  • Simon Rosenheim, Managing Director, Imago

Louisa Cameron has worked in the book trade for over twenty years. In 2008, she started Raven Books in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, a community-focused new & secondhand bookshop. Louisa is a regular book reviewer for RTE’s Today with Claire Byrne and has contributed to articles by The Irish TimesThe Sunday Business PostThe Irish IndependentThe Irish Examiner, and Reuters. She was awarded the O’Brien Press Bookseller of the Year 2021.

Simon Rosenheim, Managing Director, Imago. Simon has nearly 30 years of experience in book publishing, including being part of the team that built Chrysalis Books, before leaving to found his own publishing house, Meadowside Children’s Books. Simon joined Imago, the world’s largest Publishing Print Management provider, in 2012, before being appointed Managing Director four years later

John Manning, Distribution Director, Gill. John has over 30 years experience at M.H. Gill, whose distribution business has developed into Ireland’s largest distributor of Irish books. Gill will ship close to 2.8 million units in 2021 giving John a wealth of knowledge when it comes to worldwide book distribution. Prior to Gill John specialised in long haul European transport as an operations manager of a large Irish transport company. During his time with this company, he oversaw an operation that has trucks delivering Irish Produce all over Europe and North Africa. The contacts he established here he is still in touch with today.

Session 3: 11.30 – 12.00

Nielsen – Data Deep Dive of the Irish Book Market

Oliver Beldham of Nielsen – will take us on a data deep dive into the Irish Book Market and give us his thoughts on future trends for next year and beyond. Oliver has worked for Nielsen Book as an Account Manager for five years and in this time has developed an excellent understanding of the book market, the publishers who make up this market and the trends throughout the years. He plays an integral role in the team behind the Bestseller Awards as well as working with publishers on consumer, print and digital data for both UK and international clients. Prior to joining Nielsen Book, Oliver studied Economics at the University of Surrey where he enjoyed a year in industry working for a pharmaceutical company.

If you have any questions you would like our speaker to answer please fill out the section on ticket purchase – Questions for Nielsen

Session 4: 12.15 – 13.00

Read the World: The Cheltenham Literature Festival and Irish Publishing

Lyndsey Fineran’s talk will centre on her experiences as Programme and Commissions Manager for the Cheltenham Literature Festival, with an emphasis on what Irish publishers can do to ensure they are well placed to secure participation in this and similar literary festivals. A great opportunity to learn more about this iconic literary festival.

Lyndsey Fineran is the Programme & Commissions Manager for The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival – the oldest, and one of the largest, book festivals in the world that produces more than 600 events celebrating the written and spoken word every year. In her 8+ years with the Festival she has been responsible for building a live literature programme, talent development, commissions and international partnerships and helped to deliver a pioneering hybrid edition of the 2020 Festival that won ‘Event of the Year’ at The Bookseller’s FutureBook Awards, as well as 3 separate ‘Event of the Year’ wins at the So Glos Awards. She holds degrees in Literature from Durham and St Andrews Universities, is on the board of the British Arts Festivals Association, chairs events and is a Society of Young Publishers Mentor. In 2019 she was selected for The Bookseller’s Rising Stars programme, which identifies and champions the future leaders of the book industry.

If you have any questions you would like our speaker to answer please fill out the section on ticket purchase – Questions for Lyndsey Firenan about Literary Festivals

Session 5: 2.30 – 3.20pm

Keynote Speaker – Alex Bowler of Faber & Faber

Our Keynote Speaker at this year’s event is Alex Bowler, in a talk that promises to be fascinating given the breadth of authors who Alex has worked with over a rich and varied career.

Alex is the Publisher at Faber & Faber, one of the world’s pre-eminent independent publishing houses. A member of the Faber board, he leads the editorial team and is the executive director of the Design and Rights departments. He works with authors including Rachel Cusk and Claire Keegan, Eimear McBride, Orhan Pamuk and Sally Rooney.

Prior to Faber, Alex worked as Executive Publisher at Granta Books, having previously spent a decade at Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Penguin Random House. There he developed a list of prize-winning literary writers, including Evie Wyld and Tom McCarthy, Kevin Barry, Daisy Johnson and Colin Barrett, and edited some of the imprint’s most important authors, including Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes and Helen Fielding.

If you have any questions you would like our speaker to answer please fill out the section on ticket purchase – Questions for Alex Bowler, Faber

Please note we will record all sessions and they will be made available to attendees only after the event.