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Training Courses


Pitching to Film Makers – All You Need to Know

Thursday 26th November, 09:30–11:00

Tickets: €30

 Do you have a blockbuster novel in the works? Or a compelling non-fiction that would make a great documentary? Are you working on the next Normal People? At this event, hear directly from the industry professionals on how to get filmmakers to sit up and take notice.

 Whether you’re a publisher or an author, your book could make a great film – but what are the key elements needed for any successful transition from page to screen? Hear from Ireland’s experts on what filmmakers look for in a pitch, what books have translated well to film, the trends and future of the Irish and global film industries, and what routes are open to publishers and authors to sell rights.


Sheila Crowley is a Literary Agent at Curtis Brown and has worked at a number of leading publishers, including Harper Collins and Hodder. She represents a wide range of authors and specialises in fiction, especially stories with an emotional hook, crime and thrillers, memoir, business, sport and MBS.




Birch Hamilton is the Executive Director of the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland. Established in 2000, the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) is the representative body for directors involved in the Irish and international audiovisual industry, including directors of feature films, fiction, animation documentary, television drama, short films, video art and commercials.



We recommend that attendees email questions for Sheila and Birch ahead of time to make the most of the session. Please contact with the subject line ‘Pitching to Film Makers: Question’. Thank you!

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Everything you need to know about Audiobooks

Thursday, 22nd October, 9.30am – 12.30pm


With ever-increasing sales figures over the last decade, the audiobook has now cemented its place as the fastest-growing format in trade publishing. There has never been a better time to learn about the inner workings of this exciting area of publishing and we have two of the industry’s leading figures on hand to share their insights.

This event will chart the rise of the audiobook, outline what the future looks like for this sector and, most importantly, explore the opportunities that this presents for publishers of all sizes, along with some practical advice on the steps required to get involved in audio publishing.

Whether you’ve been a longtime listener of audiobooks and podcasts or have just discovered their value during the pandemic, there is sure to be something of interest for everyone during this event.


Fionnuala Barrett, Editorial Director, Audio, at HarperCollins Publishers

Fionnuala oversees the audio publishing programme for HarperFiction and HarperNonFiction, HarperCollins’ mass-market adult trade divisions, whose authors include Agatha Christie, J.R.R Tolkien, George R.R. Martin and many more.  Prior to joining HarperCollins in 2016, she cut her teeth at Penguin Random House.






Helen Shaw, Founder/Director of Athena Media

Helen is an award-winning producer/director and a creator of audiobooks and audio podcasts. She runs Athena Media, a digital and broadcast storytelling agency which has created and published audiobooks via Audible for both Irish and UK publishers.






How to Avoid a Defamation Case

Thursday 27th August, 10am – 12noon


A defamation case can be devastating for a small publisher, causing serious damage to finances and reputation.
Join Ireland’s leading expert on media law, Kieran Kelly, to learn what to look out for and what to avoid during the editorial, production, marketing and sales processes.

Kieran Kelly

In 2000, having been litigation partner of a large Dublin firm, Kieran set up a niche practice specializing in business litigation with emphasis on media law, the first specialised media law practice in Ireland. Last year, the practice merged with FOD, with the business continuing to grow as these areas of law get more complex. The practice handles defamation issues, both pre and post publication, privacy, confidentiality, internet, regulatory and intellectual property issues. Kieran represents and advises the largest media organisations on the island of Ireland, and is instructed by the national and regional newspaper industry, magazine publishers, online news providers, book publishers and video producers. Kieran has been involved in commercial litigation in all the Superior Courts and almost uniquely in the profession, Kieran has represented the interest of clients before every statutory Tribunal of Investigation held in the State since 1991.

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The Nuts and Bolts of the Publishing Contract

Thursday 17th September, 9.30am – 12.30pm


Clark’s Publishing Agreements has long been the ‘must have’ legal resource for the publishing industry. Join Lynette Owen, General Editor of this seminal work as she gives us an indepth walkthrough of the trade publishing Publisher-Author contract. Taking in every clause, Lynette will discuss meaning, implications and updates as well as answering your questions along the way. Whether you are an experienced drafter of publishing agreements or new to the industry this thoroughly practical session will prove invaluable in deepening your understanding of the cornerstone of the publishing business.

Lynette Owen

Lynette Owen is a freelance copyright and rights consultant. She started her publishing career in rights at Cambridge University Press and also worked at Pitman Publishing and Marshall Cavendish before joining Longman Group Ltd (now Pearson Education) until May 2013 as Copyright Director. She regularly lectures on copyright and rights. She is the author of Selling Rights in its eighth edition and General Editor of Clark’s Publishing Agreements now in its tenth edition. She received the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and an OBE for services to publishing and international trade in 2009 and in 2018 the IPG Award for Services to Independent Publishers.

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