It’s now over a week since Dublin Book Festival closed its doors for 2014 and the team is finally starting to recover from the mixture of nervous excitement and enthusiasm that kept us buzzing throughout the weekend.
If you attended even just one event – from the opening Lines of Vision event at the National Gallery to the Dublin City Public Libraries Readers’ Day to the Meet the Publishers and Agents event – then you’re sure to have picked up on the energy that was running back and forth between all our participants and audience members. The addition this year of our Winter Garden was everything we hoped it would be – a hub of activity for all ages.
A big thank you to all those who contributed to another amazing Dublin Book Festival from committee members to volunteers to publishers and authors to audience members – it would not have been the same without you.
I would also like to say a huge thanks to this year’s team – Lisa Scanlon and Amy Wilson Sheldon, who also worked on DBF2013, Heather Keane, Michael Naghten Shanks and Sarah Crosby. I could not have done it without you all!
I look forward to meeting and reading new authors in 2015 and to bringing our audience, authors and publishers together again for DBF2015.
Thank you to all involved and I wish you all a wonderful Christmas!
Julianne Mooney, Programme Director
Sarah Davis-Goff, co-founder of Tramp Press, will be participating on one of our panels as part of our Meet The Publishers and Agents event on Sunday, 16 November. Here we discussed her experiences in the publishing industry and the ambitious future of Tramp Press.
Q: Having worked in New York, London and Dublin with various publishing companies, including Penguin and The Lilliput Press, you’ve considerable experience in the industry, so has co-founding Tramp Press been what you expected it to be?
Happily, my experiences in setting up Tramp Press with my business partner, Lisa Coen, have been really the best-case scenario of what I was expecting. Apart from the fact that we love what we do, working with Lisa is always inspiring, and we have a lot of fun. We were also really lucky in that Donal Ryan starting becoming a big name just as we were launching, and we got lots of interest just because of that. Our team – our publicist, Peter O’Connell, our designers, our typesetter – are wonderfully talented. So much depended on how other people in the Arts receive us and thank goodness we’ve had nothing but encouragement and support which has really meant a lot. The biggest risk I think was the assumption we made when we were setting up as a publisher that the talent would be out there, and, happily, it really is. The country is awash with literary talent.
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