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REINVENTION – Trade Day 2022

Our tenth annual Trade Day will be taking place next week with the theme of REINVENTION! Join us on November 11th for a jam-packed day of exciting discussions, panel events, and networking. 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 their experiences in the world.



Welcome by President of Publishing Ireland, Caoimhe Fox

10.05 – 10.45


Permanent Reinvention

Speaker: Aidan Mc Cullen

10.45 – 11.00

A national publishing platform for Ireland

Speaker: Ruth Hegarty, Ruth Hegarty, Managing Editor, Royal Irish Academy

11.00 – 11.30

Recent developments in Copyright – what publishers need to know?

Speaker: Samantha Holman, Executive Director, ICLA

Tea/Coffee Break Sponsored by Nielsen

11.45 – 12.45

Keynote Speaker:

Kevin Duffy, co-founder of Bluemoose Books.

Bluemoose Books is an award-winning independent publisher from West Yorkshire. Two of its run-away successes in recent years are books by author Rónán Hession: Leonard and Hungry Paul and Panenka. Leonard and Hungry Paul, selected by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature as One Dublin One Book in 2021, now has something of a cult following, while Panenka was shortlisted for The An Post Irish Novel and The British Book Awards Book of The Year.


13.45 – 14.30

Panel Discussion—New Ways of Promoting Books

Peter O’Connell, Laura Dermody Publicist with Penguin Random House, Rosie Cremin, Instagrammer @somethingarosie

The landscape of marketing is changing; it’s no longer just a case of hiring the right publicist and getting that review into one of the broadsheets or on national radio. Communication— and marketing with it—is changing fast. The question is, how should we encompass these new, and fast-paced ways of marketing into our publishing strategies?

14:30 – 15.00

Irish Book Market Update

Speaker: Sara Mulryan, Senior Retail Account Manager, BookData Research

Sara Mulryan has spent the last 25 years working in the UK book trade. She works with all types and sizes of retailers and libraries, collecting and analysing book sales through the UK & Irish retailer panels and public library borrowing data through the LibScan panel.

15.05 – 15.45

How can we make publishing more inclusive in Ireland?

Speaker: Dr Ebun Joseph

It’s a question all of us are raising, with many seeking practical advice as well as continuing to explore what diversity means, both in the workplace and in the books we publish.

Dr. Ebun Joseph, a diversity and race relations consultant, will offer her expertise and insight into this important area. Dr Joseph is also Module Coordinator and Lecturer in Black Studies at University College Dublin (UCD), Director at the Institute of Antiracism and Black Studies (IABS), and founder & Chairperson of the African Scholars Association Ireland, AFSAI (2018- 2022). Coinciding with Dr Joseph’s talk, there will be a brief update on the Words Ireland Charter, which intends to encourage a more inclusive industry.

16.00 – 17.00

Fever Pitch – Books for Screen

As the demand for motion picture and television content increases, studios and film producers are turning more to book publishers and authors for content. This year, the Irish Books for Screen 2022 will run in partnership with the “Screen Directors Guild of Ireland” (SDGI) on Friday 11th November from 4 pm – 5 pm, this is an in-person event and will take place after trade day. To be part of this you must register prior as submissions must be in place by Monday 7th October. This is a members only event that can be booked here:

Post-Trade Day Drinks, Sponsored by ICLA

5 pm – 7 pm
Bull and Castle, Lord Edward Street. All Publishers are invited to attend

You can purchase your ticket here

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