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The Life Cycle of the Book – What Publishers Do

The Life Cycle of the Book with AUTHORS, AGENTS & PUBLISHERS

presented by PUBLISHING IRELAND in association with the IRISH WRITERS CENTRE supported by WORDS IRELAND

Publishing Ireland, in association with Words Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre is hosting a series of short evening talks on the different aspects of the publishing process, aimed at writers and the general public. The idea is to break down the stages of publishing, from the completion of a manuscript right through to the books being on the shelves and being discussed in the media.

There will be 4 talks in total, covering 4 different stages, those stages being ‘The Writing Process’, ‘Getting Published’, ‘What Publishers Do’ and ‘Reaching the Reader’.

Each talk will involve a panel of three speakers, all experts in their field, who will talk for 15 minutes with an audience Q&A to follow.

The talks will be held on successive Tuesday evenings, from 6.30pm to 8pm in February in The Irish Writers Centre.

Talk 3 – What Publishers’ Do

Tuesday 21 February – 6.30pm


‘What Publishers’ Do’ is the third talk in The Lifecycle of the Book series. The talk aims to give a insight into the role of the publisher in the creation of a book and to dispel misconceptions about the publishers aims in the process.

Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has worked in publishing design in Britain and Ireland and for twenty years. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets. She has illustrated many books, including Best-Loved Oscar Wilde, Best Loved Yeats, The Most Beautiful Letter in the World by Karl O’Neill, a special edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, and A Terrible Beauty by Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald. She is also the writer of Irish Thatch (The O’Brien Press 2016).


Brendan Barrington

Brendan Barrington is an editor at Penguin Ireland, where he has published fiction and non-fiction by authors including Molly McCloskey, Brian Dillon, Greg Baxter, Caitríona Palmer, Lia Mills, Tim Robinson and Selina Guinness. He is also the founder and editor of The Dublin Review.




Paul Neilan, Sales Manager at Gill

Paul joined Gill Books in 1989 and has over 25 years experience in sales and sales management in the publishing industry.

As Sales Manager, he is responsible for leading the sales team in selling new and stock titles for both Gill Books and agency publishers. He works closely with the marketing and publicity departments on promotions, publicity and jacket design for new titles, and with the editorial department in the development of new products. Paul also coordinates Tourist Books Express, a book merchandising service for the tourist trade.

Prior to joining Gill Books, Paul worked for Harrap Columbus Publishers, London, and Veritas Publishers, Dublin. He is a graduate of Commerce from University College Dublin, and has completed the Marketing Development Programme (UCD) and the UK Export Marketing Programme (FÁS). Paul also has a research MBS degree in Marketing from Dublin City University on the importance of book jacket design for the sale of Irish-interest tourist books. He is a recipient of the Irish Goods Council Marketing Award, and has worked as a mentor to marketing students in the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.


€15 Non- Member/€10 Member, per session

€45/€50 For all four sessions (MEMBERS/NON-MEMBERS)

You can purchase your tickets here

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