Academic Publishing: The Opportunities and the Challenges with Publishing Ireland

Academic Publishing: The Opportunities and the Challenges with Publishing Ireland

Date: Tues 4 June

Time: 2 - 4.30pm 

Venue: Irish Writers Centre

Tickets: €22 available here via eventbrite

How do you turn an academic thesis into a successful book? What are the steps involved in academic publishing? Are there other publication avenues open to academic work other than traditional publishing?

Hear from four academic publishers as they discuss topics such as turning theses into books, the submission process, co-editions, subventions, international distribution and the challenges and opportunities facing academic publishing. This panel discussion is suitable for people who would like to submit to an academic press or for people interested in working in the field of academic publishing.


Helena King, Senior Editor, Royal Irish Academy

Helena King is Senior Editor in the Royal Irish Academy’s Publications Office. She is responsible for editorial, production and project management work on a wide range of the Academy’s monographs. These cover a variety of academic disciplines, book series such as Excavations at Knowth and the Judging series of historical biographies, and some trade titles.

Noelle Moran, Executive Editor, UCD Press

Noelle Moran is the Executive Editor of UCD Press. The Press is a leading scholarly trade publisher with a special interest in Irish, migration and gender studies. The Maamtrasna Murders is one of its most recent successes.

Maria O'Donovan, Editor, Cork University Press/Attic Press

Having worked in trade publishing with both Mercier and The Collins Press for 15 years, Maria O’Donovan has been Editor of Cork University Press, one of Ireland’s leading academic publishers, for twelve years. Notably, her work has included being production editor and designer of the award-winning Atlas of the Great Irish Famine and Atlas of the Irish Revolution.

Christabel Scaife, Senior Commissioning Editor (Literary Studies & Irish Studies), Liverpool University Press

Christabel Scaife is Senior Commissioning Editor for Literary Studies and Irish Studies at Liverpool University Press. She has been working in the publishing industry since 2004, including commissioning roles at Palgrave Macmillan and Peter Lang.