Made It is a series of panel discussions and Q & A’s with people that have done it before.
There are so many innovators and entrepreneurs in Dublin and we want to help demystify how they brought their projects to fruition. This month's theme is getting work published, so we’re bringing together people who have tried, failed, succeeded and created something worth talking about.We hope that everyone who comes along gets inspired, excited and maybe goes on to make something of their own.
Michael O’Brien founded The O’Brien Press with his father in 1974. Since then the press has published nearly 2,000 books for adults and children. He is a past president of CLÉ (the Irish Book Publishers’ Association) and was a founder member of the Irish Children’s Book Trust and of Children’s Books Ireland. He was the first president of IBBY Ireland (the International Board on Books for Young People), founded in 1999.
Daniel Seery is a writer from Dublin. His work appeared in local and national publications including The Stinging Fly and REA Journal and he has worked on a number of public arts commissions. In 2012 he was the resident writer in the Axis Centre Ballymun. He has also written and directed a play, The One We Left Behind, which ran in The Irish Writers' Centre in May 2012 and in the Helix in August 2012.
Sarah is a co-founder of Tramp Press, a new Irish publisher which aims to nurture exceptional literary talent. She received her MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 and has since gained experience in a variety of publishing environments in London, New York and Dublin, including The Lilliput Press in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Particular successes include the discovery of Donal Ryan, who has been long listed for the Man Booker Prize 2013.
While recovering from a small stint of illness, Stephen wrote the 2010 RTÉ Storyland-winning web series “Zombie Bashers”. Since then, he has written for RTÉ’s “Republic of Telly”, for which he has been nominated for two Writers Guild of Ireland awards. He has also written thirty-two children's shorts, “Tim’s Tactical Tips”, and has just completed writing for “Callan’s Kicks”, a new comedy sketch show to be aired this summer on RTÉ One.
Nicki Howard joined Gill & Macmillan in 2003. She began her publishing career at Parachute Press in New York, where over four years her love of book publishing, branding and marketing was ignited. During this time, Nicki worked with other large houses including HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House. At Gill & Macmillan, Nicki is involved in many aspects of the publishing process, from commissioning through to managing the communication of each book’s message.
Paul Timoney is a storyteller, poet and entertainer. His spoken word has appeared on national tv and radio, and one of his story poems was featured in a book entitled New Planet Cabaret, published by New Island Press in association with the Arena Arts Programme on RTÉ. He recently coordinated a project with fifteen children aged between 6 and 12 to produce an illustrated storybook entitled 'The Stuck Hedgehog'.
Nora Mahony is a literary translator and editor. In 2008, she established Parkbench Publishing Services, which provides translation and editorial services for publishers and the arts. Her recent work includes translations from the French of The Stone Boy by Sophie Loubière, jazz club reviews for the bilingual website of Time Out Paris, and a selection of graphic novels for Self Made Hero. Nora’s other work for Parkbench includes English-language editing, ghostwriting, proofreading and copywriting for Irish publishers including Gill & Macmillan, Penguin Ireland and Children’s Books Ireland.
Tom Morris is the Editor of the Stinging Fly, the Irish magazine for new writers and new writing. He devised and edited Dubliners 100: 15 New Stories Inspired By The Original. His debut short-story collection is called We Don’t Know What We’re Doing, and it's scheduled to be published by Faber and Faber in 2015. Tom has also edited countless works of fiction and non-fiction for Irish publishing houses, including Liberties Press and Lilliput Press, and ghostwritten fiction for publication.
This month, our venue is the Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street. We kick off at 7:00pm sharp.