Local Resources for Authors

Literary Agents

Feldstein Agency
Bangor, Co. Down
Tel: 028 91472823

Bill Jeffrey Literary Agent

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, manu 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: http://www.epani.org.uk/directory


Hilary Bell
Strangford, Co Down
Tel: 028 4488 1575
Member of AFEPI

Averill Buchanan
Tel: 028 9050 3449 mobile: 07875857278
Associate member of AFEPI, SfEP and Society of Indexers

Ruth Carr
Tel: 028 9087 4861   mobile: 07800760950

Jane Crosbie
Bangor, Co Down
Tel: 028 9146 0064   mobile: 07815805568

Joan Erskine
Tel:  028 9065 7810

Susan Feldstein (Feldstein Agency)
Bangor, Co. Down
: 028 91472823

Elita Frida
Tel: 028 9020 7501

Emma Warnock (Editing Works)
Tel: 028 9020 0512  Mobile:  074436 51492
Web: www.editingworks.co.uk
Associate member of SfEP

Alicia McAuley Publishing Services
Tel: 028 9581 0467 
: 07813467367
Member of AFEPI; Associate member of SfEP

Michelle McFadden
Tel: 028 2565 7557
Associate Member of SfEP

Alexandra McKee (Word Works)
Tel: 07901967947
Member of AFEPI

Ellie Rose McKee 
Bangor, Co. Down

Mary Morrow
Killyleagh, Co Down
Mobile: 07834383433
Associate Member of SfEP

Helen Roberts 
Comber, Co Down
Tel: 028 9187 8983

Joan Shannon
Ballymoney, Co Antrim
Tel: 028 2766 2953
Email: joanshannnon@aol.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
: wesley@aprilsky.co.uk

Michael Beggs
6 Hawthornden Gardens, Belfast, BT4 2HF
Tel: 07515 560569

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, Fivemiletown,Co. Tyrone BT75 0RD
Tel: 02889544032
Email: colin@csgwd.com
Web: www.csgwd.com

Dunbar Design
11 My Lady’s Mile, Holywood, BT18 9EW
Tel: 028 9042 2055

Sean Lynch (formerly Tenpoint Design)
2 Cook’s Brae, Kircubbin, BT22 2SQ
Tel: 028 4273 8585
: info@tenpointdesign.com

Mark Thompson Design
13 Ballyfrench Road, Ballyhalbert, Co Down, BT22 1DD
Phone: 028 42772364
Mob: 07712213457
Web: www.markthompsondesign.com
Email: contactme@markthompsondesign.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

Dorman & Sons 
Unit 2, Apollo Road, Belfast, BT12 6HP
Tel: 028 9066 6700

GPS Colour Graphics Ltd
Alexander Road, Belfast, BT6 9HP
Tel: 028 9070 2020

Impact Printing
Leyland Road, Ballycastle, BT54 6EZ
Tel: 028 2076 2469

Nicholson & Bass
3 Nicholson Drive, Newtownabbey, BT36 4FB
Tel: 028 9034 2433

Postcard Company
51 Gortin Road, Omagh, BT79 7HZ
Tel: 028 8224 9222


Eason Wholesale 


Library Suppliers

20 Donegall Place, Belfast, BT1 5BA
Tel: 028 9032 3697

Waterstone's Booksellers
44 & 46 Fountain St, Belfast, BT1 5EE
Tel: 028 9024 0159

Funding Sources

Before you undertake any publishing venture 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 limited 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 http://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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