Guildhall Press; Doing it for #derry2013

This Thursday Derry's City of Culture bid is to be delivered ahead of Friday’s submission deadline.Helping ginormously for this bid is Guildhall Press, who have been promoting Derry as a City of Culture for years now. From publishing novels by Dave Duggan and Felicity McCall and even links to performance poetry and all these stories making an appearance in the blogosphere over the last 5 years, I couldn't help but mention them again.As mentioned in CyberScroll back in November 2007...

...was founded in 1979 as a voluntary educational book-publishing trust by local school teacher, Ms Anne Murray. Its original aims were to research, write and publish all aspects of local history in an objective and factual way and to create a platform for reconciliation through education by publishing material that increased cross-community understanding and acceptance.
Since 1995, the scope of publications produced by Guildhall Press has changed from local history texts, to wider interest books concentrating on the history of the past thirty years in the north of Ireland, giving Guildhall Press the potential to operate in a larger market, whilst retaining its role as an active community organisation.

Recently Guildhall Press announced that...Garbhan Downey's new novel The American Envoy will be the first from a Northern Ireland press, Guildhall Press, to be sold as an e-book as well as in printed form.

And,this Friday...
Guildhall Press
is delighted to announce the launch of the

Derry & Donegal Tourist Guide 2010

City of Culture offices, Waterloo Place, Derry
@ 1:30pm

Guildhall Press will launch the Derry & Donegal Tourist Guide 2010 – its free Guide to the city, Donegal and the NW – at the City of Culture offices in Waterloo Place on Friday 21 May. This year’s edition has a special extended section on Derry’s Arts and Culture scene to highlight and support Derry’s bid as UK City of Culture 2013. Copies of the Guide will be presented to Jim Roddy, Manager of the City Centre Initiative, and City Rangers Kathleen Hughes and Hugh Kennedy.

Guildhall Press manager Paul Hippsley commented: “In support of Derry as a candidate city for City of Culture 2013, we have extended the Arts & Culture section of this year’s Guide to showcase some of the many cultural partners who enrich our vibrant arts sector. Building on our remarkable physical, social and cultural achievements of the past, and our shared traditions, we believe that, together, we can harness the creative energy that pulses through the city to produce a strong and successful bid.

“The Guide is very popular with visitors, who find its size very convenient and the wide range of information very useful and is required reading for anyone touring and interested in the area. It has detailed colour maps of the city and North West and a handy walking tour of Derry’s Walls. With over 100,000 visitors to our city every year, our Guide complements the wide range of excellent material currently available from the Tourist Information Centre and Heritage & Museum Service.

“The contents are also available online at (from Friday) plus many additional photos and links to some of our advertisers whom we wish to thank for their support. Everyone is welcome to attend on Friday and obtain a free copy.”

Jim Roddy, City Centre Initiative manager said: “This new guide showcases all that is great about our city and will no doubt prove to be an invaluable resource to the city’s visitors.  The great work undertaken by Guildhall Press in this publication will surely strengthen the city’s bid to become the City of Culture 2013.     

Finola Faller of Tours’n’Trails, Derry, added: “We love these tourist information publications from Guildhall Press; they are small, manageable and very suitable for pockets and handbags. Well done!”

The Guide is distributed throughout Ireland and is available free from selected retail outlets, hotels and businesses throughout the city as well as from the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau in Foyle Street, Tower Museum, the public libraries, the City of Culture offices and from Guildhall Press.

There will also be a selection of other Guildhall Press titles, at a reduced price, for sale in the City of Culture offices during the day.

For further details please contact Guildhall Press; T: (028) 7136 4413; E: W:

Well done to Guildhall Press and keep doing it for L/Derry no matter what the result!


Guildhall Press said...

Thanks as ever Dave for the continued support of Guildhall Press and our authors and events. You're booked! :))

dave_todd said...

and if Derry win City of Culture I'm blaming you lot :-)