We are delighted to be teaming up with The National Gallery of Ireland for our opening event this year.
The Dublin Book Festival opens with an evening celebrating Lines of Vision (Thames and Hudson), a beautifully illustrated anthology published to mark 150 years of the National Gallery of Ireland. The book features new work by fifty-six acclaimed Irish writers. Join Seán Rocks of RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena as he talks to four of the contributing authors – Alex Barclay, Kevin Barry, John Boyne and Donal Ryan – about their stories and the works of art that inspired them.
Followed by a wine reception in The National Gallery.
For bookings: Book Online here
Tickets also on sale at National Gallery shop: (01) 663 3518
As one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant annual book festivals, we are once again seeking volunteers to help us showcase and support Irish Publishers, authors, and editors, during the different events across our programme.
If you are interested in volunteering with the festival in 2014, please download and complete the DBF14 Volunteer Form here and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to meeting everyone in November!
For the second interview in our Publisher Interview Series we talk to Mary Feehan, MD of Mercier Press, Ireland’s oldest independent publishing house.
Q: As a publishing house, 2014 marks your 70th anniversary: as well as being a remarkable achievement, this offers you a unique insight into the publishing industry within Ireland. What changes have you noticed during that time? What changes would you like to see in the future?
There have been huge changes in production methods from metal typesetting which is how we set all of our books when I first began to work at Mercier. Printing was a highly skilled craft and typesetters had to learn that craft through a long apprenticeship. Now people can publish their own books online with the press of a button. It’s wonderful that the market has opened up so much but it was sad to see such a craft disappear. There are also many more bookshops and publishers in Ireland now which contributes to a diverse and interesting publishing industry. Thankfully the Irish love to read Irish books so we continue to have a wide audience.
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In the first of our Publisher Interview Series, we talk to the founding Editor of The Stinging Fly Press, Declan Meade.
Q: As a publisher, The Stinging Fly Press has been around for just under a decade now, achieving great success with the likes of Kevin Barry, Mary Costello, and most recently Colin Barrett: what changes have you noticed in the publishing industry in Ireland during that time? What changes would you like to see in the future?
I think publishing is a lot more lively here now than it was ten years ago and this is on account of new publishers arriving on the scene and also, in some cases, new people coming on board at the existing houses. There are now more publishers producing not just more books but a wider range of books. That has to be good for writers and for readers.
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This year, in the run-up to Dublin Book Festival 2014, we will be conducting a number of interviews with various authors and publishers, with the aim of giving a better understanding into the workings of the publishing industry in Ireland.
To start with, we will be talking to different Irish Publishers over the next few weeks, showcasing their ethos as a press and asking for their insights into the current climate of Irish publishing and also what advice they would offer to budding authors.
The first of these interviews will be online at the end of next week.