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UCC joins Poetry Aloud as new major partner

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Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland have announced that University College Cork will be joining their Poetry Aloud initiative as a major partner with a new 10-year agreement. The programme, created in 2006, is an annual poetry speaking competition for post-primary students on the island of Ireland. The late Seamus Heaney was a staunch supporter of the programme, nominating it for the Clarissa Luard Award. Poetry Aloud has grown significantly the past few years, receiving over 2,000 entries in 2016.

Click here to read the full press release from the National Library of Ireland.

Peter McKay retires from Publishing Training Centre​

McKay steps down from helm at PTC

CEO of the Publishing Training Centre in the UK, Peter McKay, has announced his retirement after 7 years of heading the organisation. After 43 years of working in the industry, McKay plans to move to Ireland to 'immerse myself in all things Irish. Under McKay's leadership, PTC's training courses have become more focused and concentrated, while the organisation as a whole has become more modernised.
Click here to read more from The Bookseller.

Call for Submissions: Kate O'Brien Award

Once again we, the committee of Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien, are looking for the best debut novel/short story collection by an Irish female author published in 2018 to be considered for the Kate O'Brien Award.  The Award will be presented at next year's Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O'Brien.

We would be delighted to receive books from publishers  for consideration.

We would like to have a shortlist announced in December at the latest and next year to include the shortlisted authors in our programme thus giving the prize more publicity and prestige.

Seven copies of the book being put forward for consideration should be sent to the address below:

Cahervalley House
Co. Limerick

Changes to CLÉmail

From July 2018 onward, CLÉmail will be moving to a bi-weekly schedule. An additional communication from Publishing Ireland president Ivan O'Brien will be sent monthly to our membership. Be sure to follow Publishing Ireland on Twitter and Facebook to receive additional updates about Irish publishing.


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Martha Halford PR


Martha Halford PR is a UK-based consultancy led by top publicist Martha Halford-Fumagalli.
With nearly 20 years’ experience in publishing, Martha specialises in promoting a wide range of non-fiction including the arts; health & well-being; history; current affairs; reference and professional writing.
Here is a link to an article she has written for the Australian Publishers Association about ‘getting difficult books into the media’ (courtesy of the Association, permission granted by Keira Sinclair): 
If you need any publicity for your books in the UK and mainland Europe, Martha will be delighted to hear from you (she speaks Italian and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish).

Please go to her website to see what her clients say about her, alongside several examples of campaigns with the corresponding results. Her contact details are also listed:



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.

Three-Month Internship, Dalkey Archive Press

Dalkey Archive Press is seeking candidates for a three-month internship. Suitable candidates will be responsible for proofreading manuscripts, working closely with our editorial staff, and may also be invited to read and critique manuscripts submitted in English and other languages. This internship is a rare chance to learn about literary publishing and an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience in learning how to proofread.
Click here for a full description of the position.

Marketing and Publicity Internship, O'Brien Press


Irish publishing house The O’Brien Press is seeking a Marketing & Publicity Intern.

The position involves providing administrative assistance to the department across all areas of marketing, publicity and events and offers the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience in marketing & publicity as well as other aspects of the publishing environment.

Click here for a full description of the position and application instructions.

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