Judge A Book By Its Cover curtha i láthair ag Michael McDermott le Fiachra McCarthy, Aoife Walsh agus Karen Vaughan

Ionad:  An Diseart – Nano Nagle Room
Dáta:  Dé Domhnaigh 20 Samhain  2022
Am: 12.30 – 13.30 IST/GMT
Costas: Beidh na ticéid ar díol ar €8 roimh ré agus €10 ag an doras


 Dingle Literary Festival 2022

Judge A Book By Its Cover presented by Michael McDermott with Fiachra McCarthy, Aoife Walsh & Karen Vaughan

Venue: An Diseart – Nano Nagle Room
Date: Sunday 20 November 2022
Time: 12.30 – 13.30 IST/GMT
Tickets: €8 in advance, €10 on the door


Michael McDermott is the current editor of Totally Dublin, the city’s leading cultural freesheet. He is on the selection committee for the 100 Archive which makes an annual selection of the 100 best design projects. His involvement in the festival emerges from a lead feature in the magazine in 2021 ‘Judge a Book by its Cover’ in which he spoke to book designers in the trade. 

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Panelist – Aoife K. Walsh

Aoife is the commissioning editor for New Island Books, Dublin, Ireland, an independent Irish publishing house that publishes literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, memoir and biography and more. Aoife has a BA in English and Philosophy from University College Cork and an MPhil in Medieval Literature, Language and Culture from Trinity College Dublin. She has also completed courses at the Ryerson University Publishing Programme, Toronto. Aoife has worked in and around the publishing industry in Ireland, Canada and internationally since 2005 in the areas of editorial, publicity, translation, events, scouting and digital publishing.

In 2021 she was a mentor for the Society of Young Publishers as well as the editor-in-residence at the West Cork Literary Festival. With New Island Books, Aoife is acquiring titles across genre and category for an Irish and international readership, while nurturing writing, editorial and design talent and trying to improve access, diversity and inclusion within and around the publishing industry in Ireland. https://twitter.com/aoife_eefa

Panelist – Fiachra McCarthy

Fiachra McCarthy is a Graphic Designer with over 20 years experience in publishing. He has worked with Tramp Press, Gill Books, Merrion Press, New Island designing covers for award winning titles such as Solar Bones, Corpsing, Spill Simmer Falter Wither and Notes to Self. He also worked on recent publications for the The National Museum of Ireland as well as Bluemoose Books and INK404 in the UK.

His work was featured in the book No No No No Yes – Book Design Uncovered and he has spoken on the importance of cover design at the Irish Booksellers Conference. In 2021 he relocated to West Kerry and currently works from his studio just outside the picturesque village of Fenit.

When we set up Tramp we knew Fiachra was one of the designers we wanted to work with – he has such a unique way of seeing projects, and the way he reads work is really interesting. Nearly a decade later and we still have the best time putting together jackets! – Sarah Davis Goff, Tramp Press. 

I love pulling Ghost In Throat out, to see the dark simplicity resolve itself into Fiachra McCarthy’s beautiful cover design. – Orlaith Darling, Contemporary Irish Literature Research Network

Book covers are so important. Thank you Fiachra for this brilliance for the Tramp Press  Ireland and UK edition. – Mona Eltahawy

Panelist – Karen Vaughan

Karen Vaughan is an award-winning illustrator and designer with a particular love for pen and ink. After receiving her BA in Illustration from The North Wales School of Art and Design at Glyndŵr University in 2013, Karen has worked as both an in-house and freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Her intricate illustrations are inspired by folk tales, nature and the elaborate patterns and fashions of bygone eras.