New opportunities for Northern Ireland writers with the launch of Publishers NI

Irish Publishing News reports that Publishing Northern Ireland (NI) is supported by three Northern Irish publishing houses; Blackstaff Press, Guildhall Press, Lagan Press.

A website will launch in February and host a series of events across the country promoting writers and their books.

Bronwen Williams, coordinator of PublishingNI, said: "PublishingNI has been established as a valuable network for publishers in Northern Ireland, aiming to reach out to new readers and to create more opportunities for writers here. Through our programme of mini tours, we hope to stimulate sales of Northern Irish books and to increase public awareness of our excellent home-grown writers and their work."

It is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.
Damian Smyth, head of drama and literature, Arts Council of Northern Ireland added: "The launch of PublishingNI is an important new development for writers, publishers and readers in Northern Ireland. The Arts Council is working with PublishingNI to develop the shape of the literature infrastructure here, through regular tours, readings and engagement with arts venues. We wish PublishingNI every success and look forward to working together in building the literature economy in the years ahead."