Ex Libris MAS
Aug27

Ex Libris MAS

The best thing about going back to school, lets face it, is storytime! As course leader for the Illustration department in BCFE, I subject my students to ‘storytime’ at least once a week. Though these students are not “children”, they seem to enjoy the exercise – leaning in, shhhushing their classmates and becoming enthralled after just a nice endpaper. Looking at, reading, and investigating books are the best ways to get...

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Mountain to Sea Festival
Aug22

Mountain to Sea Festival

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is bringing another edition of the famous Mountain to Sea dlr Book Festival this September. The Mountain to Sea Festival aims to share insights into the publishing industry through a brilliant line up of presentations, conversations and workshops with talented authors and illustrator’s alike. Illustrators Ireland member and Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey along with Norton Virgien from Brown...

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Bologna Book Fair Questionnaire
Apr22

Bologna Book Fair Questionnaire

Over on the Illustrators Ireland blog they have just posted the first part of a ‘Bologna Book Fair Questionnaire’, whereby they asked members who had attended this year’s fair the same set of questions, to see what their various experiences were like. If you are an illustrator who is interested in the publishing industry, this is a must-read for you. Part Two will follow over the next couple of...

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Pablo Pájaro launched in Spain
Apr17

Pablo Pájaro launched in Spain

Illustrators Ireland member and Scamp contributor Ale Mercado recently went to his homeland of Spain to launch his beautiful new book, Pablo Pájaro, and he talks all about the launch over on the book’s blog. It really is a stunning looking book – one of those you will reluctantly hand over to your children in case they crumple a page or smudge a corner. Probably best to get an extra one for them… If you purchase a...

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12 Books of Christmas

What happens when you invite some writers, illustrators, editors, broadcasters and publishing folk to sing a Christmas carol or two? We filmed the results! Huge thanks to The Blurbs (Sarah and Don Conroy, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Michael Emberley, Jane Micthell, Síne Quinn, Conor Hackett and on ukeleleGrainne Clear and Deirdre...

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Is this the future of storytelling?

Madefire Inc. is a new company who is trying to push the boundaries of e-books. They are here to revolutionize the way stories are told. To start with, their narrative flow on a page challenges all conventions. Is this really the future of storytelling? You can download the app and get a few samples of their “motion books”...

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