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Irish Book Trade Conference 2024

Irish Book Trade Conference 2024

Radisson Blu, Dublin Airport

2023 saw the expansion of the Book Trade Conference from a one-day event to a two-day event, encompassing a comprehensive trade show, conference dinner for all, full seminar programme and the addition of a bookshop tour of Cork. The event saw more than 150 booksellers, publishers and other book industry professionals come together.

This year the conference returns to Dublin in the same format with added enhancements.

A full seminar programme will see market reports from Nielsen IQ, a political update for the industry from Lorraine Higgins, focused breakouts for both booksellers and publishers, and two energising keynote speakers.

Alongside the business sessions there will be lunches both days as well as drinks and the dinner on the first night; perfect opportunities to network with your book trade peers and enjoy good company.

Publisher Breakout Session 

Tuesday 27th February 2024 

AI in Publishing with Geroge Walkley

George Walkley is a digital publishing expert and independent consultant based in the United Kingdom. He has worked with over thirty-five organisations in ten countries since 2020, including clients in media and publishing, education, professional services, and non-profit sectors. George is the creator of the world’s first independent, CPD-accredited training course on generative AI for book publishers.

During this session, George will cover various important aspects related to publishing. He provides a comprehensive overview of the current landscape, highlights the key issues that publishers face, discusses the nuances of copyright in AI-powered publishing, examines the impact of AI on organisational structures, and sheds light on the various risks publishers should be aware of. Additionally, he shares the success stories of those who have implemented AI in their publishing processes. To facilitate effective collaboration and knowledge sharing among stakeholders in the publishing industry, he also emphasises the importance of communication points. This talk is not to be missed if you want to understand how AI impacts your organisation and be prepared.


Publishing and Sustainability the Road Ahead,  Lisa Farato, Director of Environment and Sustainability, CPI Group.                                                   
Lisa Farato is a renowned expert in the field of environmental sustainability and has been serving as the Director of Environment and Sustainability at CPI Group. She has an in-depth understanding of minimizing the impact of publishing on the environment and works collaboratively with the supply chain to set green targets. Her immense knowledge and experience in the field help publishers achieve their sustainability goals.

In her upcoming talk, Lisa will delve deep into a range of topics, including supply chain transparency, reducing environmental impact, and the upcoming EU regulations. She will discuss measures to minimize the environmental impact of publishing and highlight the importance of sustainable practices. Additionally, she will cover the Deforestation regulation and CSRD, two major regulations that are expected to have a significant impact on the publishing industry. Join us for Lisa’s talk, as she shares her insights and sheds light on the road ahead for publishing and sustainability.

Please register your place via Eventbrite and the Booksellers Association Events and Accounts departments will be in touch regarding payment.

Please note, although it is free to reserve your conference ticket and hotel room via Eventbrite, you will be charged via invoice at a later date.

Bookings will close on Friday 16th February 2024 at 6pm.

For booking queries, please email

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