Mentors for SYP Ireland's Mentorship Scheme

Posted on September 26, 2020 in Ireland, News & Reviews

This week each SYP branch will announce their mentors for the upcoming mentorship scheme.
Today is the turn of the Ireland team,  who are running both the Into stream. Into is dedicated to helping those  looking to secure their first permanent role in publishing.
The Ireland Committee, working in association with Publishing Ireland, is covering both Ireland and Northern Ireland.
If you are based there, you could be paired with one of the mentors listed below. Applications open on Monday 28 September and close at 11:59pm on Thursday October 8. Details on how to apply will be available on the SYP homepage soon.
But for now, let us introduce you to our final batch of mentors taking part in the 2020 SYP UK & Ireland Mentorship Scheme…

SYP Ireland Mentors

Ciara Doorley, Editorial Director, Hachette Books Ireland

Ciara Doorley is the Editorial Director for Hachette Books Ireland. She commissions and publishes a broad range of fiction across all genres including women’s fiction, crime and reading group and non-fiction in the areas of narrative non-fiction, personal memoir, self-help and mind, body & spirit.
Twitter: @DoorleyCiara
Ruth Hallinan, Publishing and Production Manager, Lilliput Press

Named as one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2020, Ruth Hallinan has worked in the industry for over ten years, including roles in bookselling, editorial, digital production, project management, print production, management and publicity. She is the Publishing and Production Manager at the Lilliput Press, which won the Bookseller Small Press of the Year Award for Ireland this year. She has previously worked for a number of Irish presses including Edco and UCD Press.
Twitter: @LilliputPress
Polly Nolan, Owner and Agent, PaperCuts Literary Agency & Consultancy

After almost twenty years’ commissioning and editing children’s books in some of the UK’s top publishing houses, Polly moved to agenting in 2013 and quickly built a talented and successful list of clients. In 2020, she started her own agency, PaperCuts Ltd, which represents authors writing for children from 5 to YA. Always on the lookout for a good story, arrestingly told, Polly has a particular love of MG, especially MG that makes people laugh. Her website is still being built, but you can contact her at
Twitter: @NolanPolly
Aoife Walsh, Commissioning Editor, New Island Books

Aoife K. Walsh has worked in publishing in Ireland, Canada and internationally, and is currently the commissioning editor with New Island Books, Dublin. She has previously worked with Four Courts Press, Literature Ireland, The Puritan (Toronto), McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House Canada) and The O’Brien Press. She is also the creator of The South Circular digital magazine, active from 2011 until 2015.
Twitter: @aoife_eefa