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There are many reasons to be excited about this year’s Publishing Ireland Trade Day. 2022 marks the 10th edition of this key date in the publishing calendar and gathering together in a room once more is something we can all look forward to. We have another superb lineup of speakers and discussions and we even have a change of location – with this year’s event taking place in the magnificent Chester Beatty museum.

Aidan McCullen – Change Managment

Following an opening address from the new Publishing Ireland president, Caoimhe Fox, the day’s first guest speaker is Aidan McCullen, a leading authority in the area of change management. Aidan will outline the positive benefits of having a constantly evolving mindset. Aidan is no stranger to the world of publishing. As host of ‘The Innovation Show’ podcast he interviews leading authors and cutting-edge thinkers and in 2021 he took the plunge himself, with his first book Undisruptable hitting the bookshelves.

Panel Discussion on “New & Old Ways of Marketing Books”

Continuing the ‘innovation’ theme, there follows a panel discussion on ‘New and Old Ways of Marketing Books’. The rise of new book trends through platforms such as TikTok and Instagram will not have gone unnoticed by our members and we look forward to discussing the merits, or indeed necessity, of incorporating these new ways of marketing into our publishing strategies.

Bluemoose Books, Kevin Duffy

Our keynote speaker is Kevin Duffy, co-founder of Bluemoose Books, an award-winning independent publisher from West Yorkshire. Many of our members will be familiar with the great success Bluemoose have had with the Irish author Rónán Hession’s two books – Leonard and Hungry Paul and Panenka. Mindful of not having the resources of their London publishing counterparts, Bluemoose use innovative marketing to make sure their books stand out from the crowd. We welcome Kevin to discuss these topics and plenty more besides!

Irish Book Market Update with Nielsen & Irish Copyright Law

We will have our usual round-up of Irish sales figures, with a representative of Nielsen BookData on hand to present the always-illuminating material. This will be followed by two short segments: the first on new changes to copyright law that our members should be aware of and the second a brief discussion on academic publishing and open access.

Building an Inclusive Publishing and Literary Landscape

How can we build an inclusive publishing and literary landscape in Ireland that is reflective of the richness and diversity of the culture we share? It is important to ask the attendees how their organisations can make diversity in publishing an integral part of the work, ensuring both our books and our organisations are diverse., and for this we are delighted to welcome Dr Ebun Joseph, race relations consultant, to give her insights on this very important topic. Coinciding with Dr Joseph’s talk, we will have a brief update on the Words Ireland Charter which Publishing Ireland has signed up to – a series of statements intended to encourage a more inclusive industry. Dr Ebun Joseph is a Diversity and Race relations consultant, Module Coordinator and Lecturer, Black Studies at University College Dublin (UCD), Director Institute of Antiracism and Black Studies (IABS), and founder & Chairperson, African Scholars Association Ireland, AFSAI (2018-2022). Dr Joseph held the position of Career Development Consultant at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2017-2021), and was a Teaching Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Training and Employment Officer EPIC (2007 -2017). Ebun is an author, TV panellist, Columnist and an equality activist. With a research focus on Labour markets and race relations, she has presented at several conferences, businesses and nonprofits. Read more about Dr Ebun click here

Books for Screen

Finally, in association with the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, we will conclude with the increasingly popular ‘Books to Screen’ event – a superb opportunity for book publishers to meet and greet with directors and producers from the world of film and TV. This is a members only event and you must register separately to participate. Register Here

Drinks Reception

The Irish Copyright Licensing Agency (ICLA) will host a drinks reception on Friday 11 November, in the Atrium in Chester Beatty Library to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its creation by Irish Writers Union and the Irish Book Publishers Association CLĖ in 1992. ICLA promotes respect for copyright, legal access to content and fair remuneration for rightsholders. All publishing Ireland members are invited to the drinks reception.

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
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