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So what’s new in Irish Publishing?
Little Island, the children’s and young adults imprint that was formed last year within New Island is cutting free from its parent and setting up as an independent company.
In a statement issued to Irish Publishing News the company said, ‘In September 2010 New Island Books, which published the Little Island imprint, made a number of redundancies in response to a need to drastically cut costs. Thankfully, New Island has now restructured and is continuing to publish, but it was mutually agreed that it was best for Little Island to become a separate company.’
The imprint, headed by Laureate na nÓg, Siobhán Parkinson will continue to operate under the Little Island brand and will also operate the Little Island website. Parkinson will act as publisher and Elaina O’Neill, who had been part of the team at New Island, has been appointed managing editor.
According to the company statement Little Island will, ‘publish six books in 2011, and a further six to eight in 2012.’
The publishing focus of the company will remain the same and Little Island, ‘will continue to publish books for children and young people by mostly new Irish authors and some books in translation from other languages including German, Swedish, Irish and Brazilian Portuguese.
Maverick House is an Irish independent publisher who published socially and politically relevant non- fiction. They have just launched Book Republic an imprint that publishes both fiction and non-fiction in quality short print runs focusing on direct and internet sales. Their website www.bookrepublic.ie will be on stream soon and they are currently accepting submissions. They aim to print 2-3 titles per month.
Salt launches new Irish imprint: Chris Agee, the Editor of Irish Pages, has joined Salt Publishing UK as the editor for Ireland, opening a new office of the literary business in Belfast. He will be responsible for developing a new programme of four to six Irish titles a year from April 2011. The business will operate under the imprint, Salt Ireland.
“I am delighted and honoured to be invited by Salt to undertake this role,” says Agee. “The Salt Ireland imprint will, uniquely, combine Irish editorial control with large British distribution. Like all other Salt titles, the imprint will produce books of the highest standard, on a par with the production values of The Gallery Press or Faber. In effect, Salt Ireland will become the island’s fifth major poetry press.”
Chris Agee’s third collection, Next to Nothing (Salt, 2009), was short-listed for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in poetry, funded by the Poet Laureate and organized by the Poetry Society in London. His anthology, The New North: Contemporary Poetry from Northern Ireland, will be published in Britain by Salt in January 2011. Irish Pages is the largest literary periodical in Ireland.
The appointment was welcomed by Chris Hamilton-Emery, “Chris Agee is a gifted editor and poet, this new appointment marks our long term commitment to new Irish writing and we all look forward to developing a significant list of the highest quality.”
Submissions from Irish poets (North and South, published and unpublished), or non-Irish poets permanently resident in Ireland, are welcome and should be sent to Salt Ireland, Irish Pages Ltd, 129 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 ISH.