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The Frankfurt Book Fair, the most important platform for writers and publishers, celebrates Ireland.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest marketplace for writers and publishers. This year’s festival has Ireland and its diaspora as the central theme.

It is the largest international showcase for Ireland, its writers and publishers.

47 Irish writers and 26 publishing houses are represented among the 20,000 publishers who participate in the annual sales madness.

Festival director Lar Cassidy describes the event as

The Olympic Games of the World Edition

The event will provide Irish writers and publishers with a platform in front of 300,000 visitors, 20,000 publishers and 9,500 journalists. Around the Frankfurt Book Fair, another festival is being built to promote Ireland and its diaspora across Germany.

This will certainly mean an improvement in our image in Germany and a sharp increase in the market in Germany for Irish writers and publishers and the Irish arts.

The festival will also include music, art exhibitions, screenings and cultural debates. The official opening in Frankfurt will be attended by President Mary Robinson and Poet Laureate Seamus Heaney.

Arts, Culture and Gaeltacht Minister Michael D Higgins said the event was of immense significance and described it as a powerful statement on the strength of the Irish imagination abroad.

An RTÉ News report aired on September 10, 1996. The reporter is Colm Connolly.


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