World Book Day Titles Announced

The £1 titles have been announced for World Book day on the 7th March 2019.

World Book Day, sponsored by National Book Tokens, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people.

Once your youngster has received their book token, all you need do is to take it to your local participating bookseller and swap it for one of the twelve (exclusive, new and completely Free) World Book Day books, details can be found here.

If you would prefer you can use your book token to get £1 off* any full price book instead.  And if you’d rather get an audiobook, that’s fine too! It’s your choice, just as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99**.

If you’re in Ireland the token is worth €1.50* off on a minimum €3.99** purchase.

For more information and to register your school or nursery click here.

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Poetics – Book Of 100 Poems – Glynn Sinclare

Introducing the new poetry book from Glynn Sinclare, Poetics – Book Of 100 Poems, writen by Glynn Sinclare and illustrated by Limmerick based artists as well as some of Glynn’s own works.

Book Synopsis:

I am very proud of the fact that I am a Limerick Poet and Author of the Emigrants,9781912505265 written under my “nom de plume”Glynn Sinclare.
Three Limerick Artist all lived at one time or another on Farranshone (my road) in Limerick City. Each of them gave permission to add a copy of their painting in black and white to go with one of my poems.
Kate Hennessy, a Classmate of mine at the Salesian Convent. The nuns were the first to discover her talent. Her work can be found at Kate Hennessy Fineartamerica.com
Myra Rielly, a renowned Limerick Artist. Her work can be purchased at fineartamerica.com
Joyce Shee, who floats between the Burren County Clare and Limerick City. Her art can be found Joyce Shee Russellgallery.net
Filipino artist Marichit S Garcia. A catalogue of her art project number 348.64-5 can be found at Brooklyn Art Library.
I am very grateful to them all.
The painting on the cover is by Joyce Shee, her interpretation of a photo she once saw, I fell in love with it. It stirs memories of a date. Going to the cinema on a rainy Limerick night, passing the railing of my grandfathers house in Pery Square.
These poems are dredged from some spaces deep within my brain and heart.

For more information and to purchase your copy click here.

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Grid-Connected & Standalone Solar Systems Design – Phineas S. Malujwa

As promissed, the new technical publication is now available, Grid-Connected & Standalone Solar Systems Design written be Phineas S. Malunjwa MSc, born in Nyamandlovu District, near Bulawayo city, Zimbabwe, he obtained his Masters of Science degree (Electrical Eng.) in 1985.

He worked for 9 years as a senior electrical building services engineer in the Public Works Department (Zimbabwe) and was involved in the design and inspection of solar energy projects. In addition he organized and chaired meetings, on solar energy projects, with engineers from the Public Works Department (Zimbabwe) and the Department of Energy (Zimbabwe).
From 12th to 16th February 1996, Phienas participated in a UNESCO sponsored sub-regional workshop entitled “Renewable Energy Sources”, held at SIRDC (Scientific & Industrial Research & Development Centre), Harare, Zimbabwe.

Book Synopsis:

The production of solar electricity is not as straight forward as that of conventional 9781912505319Electricity. This fact is explained by Chapter 2 (2. The Sun’s Energy), in order to adequately equip the designer with the knowledge of how to make use of the available Sunlight. Solar Cell Technology and Solar Cell efficiency, for both crystalline silicon and thin film cells, are discussed and explained, with the aim of enabling the designer/installer to make a better judgement/understanding when selecting type of module to use.

A proper selection of P.V. components is very essential for the P.V. system to function properly and to produce the expected power output. Components for both grid-connected and standalone P.V. systems, are adequately discussed and explained to enable the designer/installer to make an informed decision in the selection of components for the P.V. System.

Possible power losses from the P.V. system have been pointed out and how these power losses can be mitigated, have been discussed and explained. Therefore, the designer will be able to evaluate the actual power output from the P.V. System. Examples are given, e.g. 3.2 Example 3, showing how to determine energy available to the consumer, and 3.3 Example 4, showing how to determine size of P.V. array (KW). Other examples worked out, for both grid-connected and Standalone P.V. Systems, show adequate detail to the designer/Installer, on how to achieve a properly designed and installed P.V. system.

for more information and to purchase your copy click HERE

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Trade bodies welcome European Parliament’s vote for draft copyright directive

The Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association and the Society of Authors have all welcomed the European Parliament’s vote in favour of the new draft copyright directive, but concerns have been expressed that the UK could leave the EU before the directive becomes law.

On Wednesday 12th September MEPs passed the draft law, which was put together to modernise copyright for the digital age and will force platforms such as YouTube and Facebook to take greater responsibility for the creative content they host. The new law would offer greater protection against infringement of intellectual copyright.

Stephen Lotinga, chief executive at the Publishers Association, said: “The progress made today is a good thing for publishing and the wider creative industries, but there are still a number of further steps to go down before this becomes law. We’ve seen through the powerful lobbying efforts of some very large tech firms just how little regard they hold for intellectual property, and ensuring that creators and rightsholders are rewarded fairly for their endeavour. We should be pleased with today, but cautious about where they take the fight to next as it’s certainly not over.”

The full article can be read here

New book by Author and Poet Glynn Sinclare.

We are happy to announce the new title from author and Poet Glynn Sinclare.

Following the success of her book, The Emigrants, Glynn has writen her new book “Poetics – Book of 100 peoms” which is due out at the end of this month and features illustrations from Limmerick artist Joyce Shee, amongst others.

Watch this space for launch.

New book on the horizon – Confessions of an Alcoholic Backpacker by Ashley Moralee

Due out at the beginning of October, this account of Ashley’s struggle with the randomness of not having a secure home mixed with the fuel of substance abuse will provide you with mind expanding life situations that make things more than a little interesting.

Ashley realised his 17 year long journey that has seen him charging all over the planet on a rock and roll life style had to come to an end for his own survival. For years he literally did not know what the hell it would take. Nothing seemed to kill him or halt his destructive ways that was until he recently returned from the Far East….

Soon to be on Amazon as a pre-release.

Man Booker Prize finalists announced.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist was selected yesterday (20th September 18) by a panel of five judges: the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair); crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton.

The six finalists are:

Anna Burns (UK) for The Milkman (Faber & Faber)
Daisy Johnson (UK) for Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)
Esi Edugyan (Canada) for Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)
Rachel Kushner for The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)
Richard Powers for The OverStory (William Heinemann)
Robin Robertson for The Long Take (Picador)

Daisy Johnson, 27, is the youngest writer ever to be shortlisted for the prize which is excellent news for any young budding authors out there.

The shortlist, which features four women and two men, covers a wide range of subjects, from an 11 year-old slave escaping a Barbados sugar plantation, to a D-Day veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to Leanne Shapton, renowned Artist, writer and graphic novelist, “The recurring theme overall is different forms of trauma whether it’s to our environment or to the mind.”

The 2018 winner will be announced on Tuesday 16 October in London’s Guildhall, at a dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the cultural world. The ceremony will be aired by the BBC.

For more information visit @manbookerprize on twitter