I recently visited the Book of Kells, in the grounds of the beautiful Trinity College in the heart of Dublin city. Not my first visit, but always a treat. Walking through the entrance to the university, the silence strikes you as the noise from the traffic just metres away fades into the distance. The exhibit is well signposted throughout the grounds, so is easy to find.
This event has been running for the past four years and is growing each year. Irish publishers are small, with few staff. Output varies from 1 or 2 titles per year to 20, and turnover is generally less than a quarter of a million per year. With this in mind, Publishing Ireland encourages the publishers to come together and support each other at events such as this one. The theme this year was #ReachingReaders.
The trade day took place in the beautiful Smock Alley Theatre, as part of the Dublin Book Festival.
First up was Kathy Foley, Content Marketing Manager at Twitter. Kathy highlighted the importance of Twitter for engaging with users, particularly for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). Three points were made:
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Set in a remote Scottish village in 1869, young Roderick ‘Roddy’ Macrae has commited a brutal triple homicide. But what drove him to such measures?
Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather by Pierre Szalowski
Set in Montreal in the late 90s, a young boy asks the sky for help when his parents split up. Little does he expect the ice storm and power cuts that follow. It turns out to be a blessing in disguise for several neighbours. But will the protagonist’s parents get back together?