Local Resources for Authors

Literary Agents


Feldstein Agency

Bangor, Co. Down

Tel: 028 9147 2823

Email: susan@thefeldsteinagency.co.uk    



Bill Jeffrey Literary Agent

Email: bill.jeffrey@hotmail.com


Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers


The Editors’ and Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland (EPANI)


EPANI is a group for editors, proofreaders and other publishing professionals in Northern Ireland. Its members offer a broad range of skills – editing, copy-editing, proofreading, indexing, research, copywriting, rewriting, translation, menu critique, book design – across a wide range of fields – business and technical, non-native English, academic, fiction and non-fiction.


The directory of editorial freelancers lists areas of expertise and special interests that will help you find the ideal person for your project.

Web: www.epani.org.uk/directory


Hilary Bell

Strangford, Co. Down

Tel: 028 4488 1575

Email: hilarybelleditor@btinternet.com


Averill Buchanan


Tel: 028 9050 33449 mobile: 07875857278

Email: averill@averillbuchanan.com

Web: www.averillbuchanan.com

Associate member of AFEPI, SfEP and Society of Indexers


Ruth Carr


Tel: 028 9146 0064 mobile: 07800760950

Email: rcarr21@hotmail.com


Jane Crosbie

Bangor, Co Down

Tel: 028 9146 0064 mobile 07815805568

Email: jemcrosbie@btinternet.com


Joan Erskine


Tel: 028 9065 7810

Email: jmerskine@btinternet.com


Susan Feldstein (Feldstein Agency)

Bangor, Co Down

Tel: 028 9147 2823

Email: susan@thefeldsteinagency.co.uk

Web: www.thefeldsteinagency.co.uk


Elita Frida

Tel: 028 9020 7501

Email: aemproof@gmail.com

Web: www.fixmymistakes.com


Emma Warnock (Editing Works)


Tel: 028 9020 0512 Mobile: 07443651492

Email: emma@editingworks.co.uk

Web: www.editingworks.co.uk

Associate member of SfEP


Alicia McAuley Publishing Services

Tel: 028 9581 0467

Mobile: 07813467367

Email: info@aliciamcauley.com

Web: www.aliciamcauley.com


Michelle McFadden


Tel: 028 2565 7557

Email: word.works@me.com

Member of AFEPI


Ellie Rose McKee

Bangor, Co Down

Email: info@ellierosemckee.com

Web: www.ellierosemckee.com


Mary Morrow

Killyleagh, Co. Down

Mobile: 07834383433

Email: mary_morrow@btinternet.com

Associate member of SfEP


Helen Roberts

Comber, Co Down

Tel: 028 9187 8983


Joan Shannon

Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

Tel: 028 2766 2953

Email: joanshannon@aol.com

Web: www.joan-shannon.co.uk


Sean O’Halloran (Clachan Publishing)


Tel: 028 2076 3318

Web: www.clachanpublishing.com

Email: info@clachanpublishing.com




The following list gives a selection of local designers. NIPR does not endorse any one individual or company and other names may be found from directories and internet searches.


April Sky Design

Colourpoint House, Jubilee Business Park, 21 Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH

Tel: 028 9182 7195

Email: wesley@aprilsky.co.uk


Michael Beggs

6 Hawthornden Gardens, Belfast, BT4 2 HF

Tel: 07515560569

Email: michaelwbeggs@hotmail.com


Cheah Design

147 Castlewellan Road

Drin, Dromara, BT25 2LD

Tel: 028 9756 0366

Email: info@cheah.co.uk

Web: www.cheah.co.uk



213 Clabby Road, Clabby, Filemiletown, Co Tyrone, BT75 0RD

Tel: 028 8954 4032

Email: colin@csgwd.com

Web: www.csgwd.com


Dunbar Design

11 My Lady’s Mile, Holywood, BT18 9EW

Tel: 028 9042 2055

Email: dunbar.design@ntlworld.com


Sean Lynch (formerly Tenpoint Design)

2 Cook’s Brae, Kircubbin, BT22 2SQ

Tel: 028 4273 8585

Email: info@tenpointdesign.com

Web: www.tenpointdesign.com


Mark Thompson Design

13 Ballyfrench Road, Ballyhalbert, Co Down, BT22 1DD

Tel: 028 4277 2364

Mob: 07712213457

Web: www.markthompsondesign.com

Email: contactme@markthompsondesign.com


Sean O’Halloran (Clachan Publishing)

3 Drumavoley Pk, Ballycastle, BT54 6PE

Tel: 028 2076 3318

Web: www.clachanpublishing.com

Email: info@clachanpublishing.com




The following list gives a selection of local printers. NIPR does not endorse any one company and other names may be found from directories and internet searches.


W& G Baird

Greystone Press, Caulside Drive

Antrim, BT41 2RS

Tel: 028 9446 3911

Web: www.wgbaird.com


Dorman & Sons

Unit 2, Apollo Road, Belfast, BT12 6HP

Tel: 028 9066 6700

Web: www.dormans-print.co.uk


GPS Colour Graphics Ltd

Alexander Road, Belfast, BT6 9HP

Tel: 028 9070 2020

Web: www.gpscolour.co.uk


Impact Printing

Leyland Road, Ballycastle, BT54 ^EZ

Tel: 028 2076 2469

Web: www.impactprinting.co.uk


Nicholson & Bass

3 Nicholson Drive, Newtownabbey, BT36 4FB

Tel: 028 9034 2433

Web: www.nicholsonbass.com


Postcard Company

51 Gortin Road, Omagh, BT79 7HZ

Tel: 028 8224 9222

Web: www.thepostcardcompany.com




Eason Wholesale

Web: www.easonwholesale.com



Web: www.waterstones.com


Library Supplies



20 Donegal Place, Belfast, BT1 5BA

Tel: 028 9032 3697

Web: www.easons.com


Waterstone’s Booksellers

44 & 46 FountainSt, Belfast, BT1 5EE

Tel: 028 9024 0159

Web: www.waterstones.com


Funding Sources


Before you undertake any publishing you must consider the high costs entailed. If you decide to try for external funding to help you with production costs, you should bear in mind that getting financial backing for any Northern Ireland publication is very difficult as there are only a number of grants available and competition for these are high. In addition, the application procedures can be quite time-consuming, so you need to factor that into your schedule. Here is a list of possible funding sources.


Local Councils


Local administration in Northern Ireland is now carried out through 11 local councils. Each council is keen to promote culture and arts in their own area and the majority have employed dedicated Arts Officers to ensure this happens. Many but not all councils offer small grants to publishers who are producing publications about the culture or heritage of the local district. To find out if your council offers any such funding schemes you should contact the local Arts Officer.


You will find details of the local councils at www.nidirect.gov.uk/local-councils-in-northern-ireland







Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland offers a wide range of funding opportunities through their exchequer and National Lottery Funds. If your organisation is applying for a grant of up to £10,000 you need to contact Awards for All (see below). If however you require more substantial funding you should contact:

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
77 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6AQ

Tel: (028) 9038 5200

Awards For All Northern Ireland

Awards For All Northern Ireland is supported by the Big Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Sports Council of Northern Ireland. It offers awards of between £500 and £10,000 to non-profit organisations. One of its aims is ‘to bring people together and increase community activity’, which of course can be achieved by recording people’s memories, producing a local history or celebrating a significant anniversary through the medium of print. For further information contact:

Awards For All

1 Cromac Quay, Cromac Wood, Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 2JD

Tel: (028) 9055 9090

Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society

The Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society will consider applications for financial assistance with publications relating specifically to Irish historical studies.  The Society will assess each application, and grants of up to approximately £1,500 are available.  In return publishers must acknowledge the Society in the publication and give the Society two copies.

For further information contact: The Secretary, 9 Rugby Street, Belfast BT7 1PX

Tel: (028) 90321707
Web: www.belfastsociety.com

Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge/Foras na Gaeilge

Publishers seeking funding to assist in the publication of Irish-language books should in the first instance contact Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge.  All the contact details are available on their Website www.leabhar.ie.  Where Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge is unable to assist, Foras na Gaeilge can consider an application for part-sponsorship for a book in Irish or a book related to cultural aspects of the Irish language.  For further information contact:

Foras na Gaeilge

Westgate House, 2-4 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6ED
: 028 9089 0970

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland manages a number of funds which aim to tackle poverty, social inclusion and social injustice.  The Telecommunity Programme, in conjunction with BT, supports small locally based community projects run by or for teenagers, projects for people with disabilities and in certain cases, older people.  For further information contact:

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Citylink Business Park, Albert Street, Belfast BT12 4HQ

Tel: (028) 9024 5927
Email: info@communityfoundationni.org


Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Unit 4, Rath Mor Centre, Bligh’s Lane, Creggan, Derry

Tel: 02871371547
Email: info@communityfoundationni.org
Web: www.communityfoundationni.org

Community Relations Council
The Community Relations Council (CRC) offers financial support and advice to projects run by community or voluntary groups that have a community relations purpose or value. The Publications Grant Scheme awards grants of up to £5,000 and it aims ‘to encourage the production and dissemination of publications that will contribute to greater understanding and better community relations in Northern Ireland’.  For further information contact:

Community Relations Council
6 Murray Street, Belfast BT1 6DW

Tel: (028) 9022 7500


Esmé Mitchell Trust

The Esmé Mitchell Trust is particularly interested in assisting charitable projects in Northern Ireland, with a particular emphasis on cultural or artistic endeavours. Individuals cannot apply. For further information contact:

Esmé Mitchell Trust
Lisa Smyth, Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors, Belfast BT2 7FW

Tel: (028) 9024 3141

Ulster Garden Villages

Ulster Garden Villages primarily allocates funds to projects within Northern Ireland that will have a positive impact in Northern Ireland’.  In addition to outright grants, financial assistance may be given by way of loans which may carry certain conditions at the discretion of the Committee.  Individuals may not apply.  For further information contact:

Ulster Garden Villages Ltd
‘Forestview’, Purdy’s Lane, Newtownbreda, Belfast BT8 7AR

Tel: (028) 9049 1111


Ulster Local History Trust

The Ulster Local History Trust aims to raise the standard of local historical work by giving financial assistance and advice to local history societies throughout Northern Ireland. Grants of up to £1000 are available. For further information contact:

Ulster Local History Trust,c/o Vicky Herbert,
18 Clonaog Valley
Co. Fermanagh BT92 0LJ

Tel: 028 6772 1730


Ulster-Scots Agency

The Ulster-Scots Agency aims to promote the conservation, development, study and use of Ulster-Scots as a living language.  The Agency runs a financial assistance scheme with grants available to projects with the aim of promoting the culture, heritage and language of Ulster-Scots. There is no restriction on the amount that can be applied for. For further information contact:

Ulster-Scots Agency
68-72 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BB

Tel: (028) 9023 1113


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