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Tangleweed and Brine wins CBI Book of the Year Award

Congratulations to Little Island Books, author Deirdre Sullivan, and illustrator Karen Vaughan on winning the 2018 Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Award for Tangleweed and Brine! The book, published by Little Island Books, is a collection of feminist retellings of classic fairy tales and has received great acclaim since its release. Other titles shortlisted for the award include A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea by Sarah Webb and illustrated by Steve McCarthy, Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano, and Moonrise by Sarah Crossan.
Click here to read more from The Irish Times.
Click here for the full shortlist.

UK Publishers' Association weighs in on VAT deadlock

PA: Brexit could help UK sidestep e-book VAT deadlock
In response to an unsuccessful meeting intended to resolve the issue of VAT charges on e-books in Brussels last month, chief executive of the UK Publishers' Association Stephen Lotinga has expressed disappointment at the lack of resolution on the issue. Lotinga argues that charging VAT on e-books is "unfair and simply doesn't make sense," adding that the disproportionate VAT rate for e-books as compared to print books is restricting access to information particularly for certain demographics. Specifically, Lotinga cited readers aged 55 and older as well as students as being those who frequently use e-books due to their accessibility features and ease of use. Lotinga added that, in this sense, Brexit may prove to have a silver lining for the UK, as the government will have greater control of determining tax rates on e-books once the UK has left the European Union.
Click here to read more from The Bookseller.

Authors Guild wins court case in "Cockygate"

The Authors Guild and the Romance Writers of America announced on 1 June that a court ruling had supported the rights of their authors to use the word "cocky" in their book titles. The case arose after writer Faleena Hopkins asserted that she had trademarked the term for her series of romance books entitled "Cocky" and therefore had exclusive use to the term. Though at first the case was met with scepticism, being nicknamed "Cockygate," it quickly developed into a serious legal issue, with authors fearing litigation simply for using the word and others seeking to trademark other words in a similar fashion. According to the Authors Guild, Hopkins went so far as to attempt to block the sale of books using the word in their titles, contacting retailers such as Amazon to remove the books from their websites. The 1 June ruling supported the claim by the Authors Guild and its members that Hopkins's trademark of the word was insufficient to prevent its use by others and restrict the expression of authors.
Click here to read more from Publishing Perspectives.


Launches & Events


Launch: Witness to War Crimes

Merrion Press
invites you to celebrate the launch of 



Friday, 8 June at 6.45pm

Riverbank Arts Centre
Co. Kildare

Launch Speaker:
Col. Desmond Travers (Retd)
Booking essential: book online / 045 448 327
Launch taking place as a part of the
Irish Military Seminar, 8–9 June.

For more information on the seminar, including a full rundown on speakers and topics covered, click here.
Book online
If you are unable to attend the launch but would still like to purchase a signed copy of this book, please contact Irish Academic Press at +353 45 432 497 or


Launch: The Collected Letters of Flann O'Brien




Freelance Copy Editors, Deanta

Deanta is a publishing production management company based in Clontarf, Dublin. We are currently seeking freelance copy editors to work on academic books. Experience editing STEM material would be an advantage.

Click here for instructions on how to apply.

Show Programmes Editor, Dublin Theatre Festival


Dublin Theatre Festival brings world class performances to Dublin, supports artists in creating outstanding work and provides a platform to showcase the best of Irish theatre to the world. At the heart of the festival is the city – its people and its stories – and a commitment to the vibrant social and cultural life of Ireland’s capital. Our mission is to present a programme of exceptional theatrical experiences that appeal to the diverse communities that make up the city. Our programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes.

Dublin Theatre Festival is seeking a Show Programmes Editor to project manage the production of festival show programmes.

Click here for a full description of the position.

Assistant Editor, HarperCollins Ireland


HarperCollins Publishers in Ireland have an amazing opportunity for an Assistant Editor to join them. The role involves providing editorial support to the Publishing Director and offers a rare opportunity for an organised, efficient and creative team-player to step into a fast-paced editorial position in a busy and expanding office. This is a great opportunity for someone who has a passion for the publishing industry and looking to work on some exciting and high profile books. The successful candidate will be a positive, confident and articulate communicator both verbally and in writing, be proactive and able to multi-task, and have a desire for continuous learning. In return we offer a competitive salary, benefits with room to grow longer term in a fun and engaging company.
Click here for a full description of the position.

Social Media, Marketing, and Events Position, The Dublin Review

The Dublin Review requires a new member of our small team to manage our social media, marketing and public events. The person we hire will work in close communication with the Publisher/Editor, but will also have the skills and confidence to operate with a high degree of independence. Following an initial induction period, the person we hire will work mostly from home, and the position will suit someone who can devote an hour or two to the job every weekday, though there may occasionally be a need to work from our office in Dublin 2. This is not an editorial position, but the ideal candidate will have a strong feel for The Dublin Review’s editorial values.

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