Culture Ireland supports an expanded Irish Presence at the London Book Fair as part of Ireland 2016
Literature Ireland hosts expanded Irish stand and 2016-related events and Poetry Ireland Review: The Rising Generation is launched at the Fair’s Poetry Pavillion.
Ireland at the London Book Fair
The London Book Fair is an important global publishing marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2016, the fair will take place at Olympia, London, from 12–14 April and cover all aspects of the publishing industry.
Ireland’s National Stand
The Ireland national stand is managed by Literature Ireland (formerly Ireland Literature Exchange) on behalf of Culture Ireland and Irish publishers. The following organisations and publishers will be represented at the Ireland national stand in 2016:
• Cló Iar-Chonnacht
• Literature Ireland
• Maverick House
• Mercier Press
• The O’Brien Press
• Publishing Ireland
Literature Ireland’s work at the fair is to promote Irish writing and its programmes, particularly the translation grant programme. The Irish publishers will be focused on doing business, including promoting their titles, buying and selling translation and co-publication rights and negotiating with agents.
The stand (2A71) is located in a prominent area of the exhibition centre, close to the rights centre.
Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme: Exhibition and Events at the London Book Fair
Culture Ireland has awarded additional funding to Literature Ireland and Poetry Ireland to run some 2016 commemorations-related events alongside the regular schedule at the London Book Fair.
The main additional feature at the Ireland stand in 2016 will be an exhibition of cross-section of illustrations by artist David Rooney. These illustrations were commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy for its book 1916: Lives and Portraits, which presents biographies of those deeply involved in the Rising.
Literature Ireland will host a reception for publishers and agents at the Irish stand to introduce the exhibition and contextualise the importance of the centenary. This reception will be attended by the book’s illustrator and one of the editors and will also give Irish publishers the chance to network and promote their titles in an informal atmosphere.
As part of the 2016 commemorations initiative at the London Book Fair, Literature Ireland has also arranged to distribute copies of Books Ireland (which will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the fair with an event at the Irish embassy in London) and the current bumper issue of The Stinging Fly, called In the Wake of the Rising, to international publishers and rights agents during the course of the fair. These journals will, respectively, promote the Irish publishing industry and Irish writers and writing. The 1916 theme discussed in the journal and Books Ireland’s review of the numerous books published to commemorate the Rising will also reinforce the work to highlight the importance and gravitas of the Rising’s centenary and raise awareness of this among key international influencers and decision makers in the international publishing sector.
Literature Ireland will launch its first Twitter account at the fair to promote the Irish stand in general and the exhibition in particular.
Poetry Ireland at the London Book Fair
A special event for Poetry Ireland Review: The Rising Generation at the London Book Fair's Poetry Pavillion will be held on Wednesday 13 April at 2pm
Poetry Ireland Review: The Rising Generation sets out to offer a comprehensive, insightful and enjoyable overview of what we can expect from Irish poetry in the coming times. Published by Poetry Ireland in April 2016, one hundred years after a poets’ revolution helped found the Republic, the issue features poems and prose from Ireland’s new generation of poets.
Edited by Vona Groarke, thirty six poets who have published a first collection or pamphlet in the past five years are represented in the issue by two poems each and by an essay that responds to an original and probing questionnaire about their poetic practice and values.
This event at the Poetry Pavillion will feature readings of poems from the issue by poets including Martin Dyar, Andrew Jamison and Victoria Kennefick as well as a discussion on the poetry and poets represented, chaired by the issue’s editor Vona Groarke.