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9th Annual Trade Day

Date: Friday 12th November

Time: 9am – 3.30pm

Tickets: €45 – €50 

SYP & Student Tickets – €20.00


The topic for this year’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.

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’. We will begin the day with ‘Connecting to the listener & understanding the Audiobook market’ with Fionnuala Barrett from HarperCollins. If you have any questions for Fionnuala on Audiobooks, we kindly ask you to submit them via the Eventbrite registration form before Friday, 5th November.

This will be followed by a panel discussion on the ‘Challenges of the International Publishing Supply Chain’. This is an issue that is affecting the whole industry right now. We have therefore invited industry experts to give their perspectives on what’s been happening and to discuss what the future may hold for printing, distribution and wholesale, and retail. This session will be chaired by Matthew Parkinson Bennett, Little Island, and will feature Louise Cameron, Owner of Raven Books, John Manning, Distribution Director at Gill and Simon Rosenheim, Managing Director, Imago.

Next, we will do a data ‘deep dive’ with Oliver Beldham of Nielsen – a look at this very strange year in books and insights on future trends for next year and beyond.

The last session before lunch is ‘Read the World: The Cheltenham Literature Festival and Irish Publishing with Lyndsey Fineran.’ Lyndsey’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.

This year we will also have a virtual coffee break to allow those attending to catch up and network with their colleagues in the publishing world.

Our Keynote Speaker at this year’s event is ‘Alex Bowler of Faber & Faber’, 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, Alex leads the editorial team and is the executive director of the Design and Rights departments. Amongst the authors he works with are 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.

Publishing Ireland would like to encourage as broad a range of staff as possible to attend to hear the speakers, meet your colleagues virtually and share experiences in the world of book publishing.

We have a special ticket price for members and this year we will record each session this will be available only to those attending the day.

Please note we will not record the final session with Alex Bowler from Faber & Faber
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