Irish Book Week 27th October – 3rd November 2018

Author Donal Ryan (right), 14-year-old children’s books ambassador Sarah Fitzgerald from Kinsale, Cork, Chair of Bookselling Ireland John Keane (2nd from left) and President of Publishing Ireland Ivan O’Brien launch the inaugural Irish Book Week in The Winding Stair bookshop. Irish Book Week is a nationwide celebration of Irish books and bookshops, which takes place from 27th October to the 3rd of November. PHOTO: Mark Stedman

The inaugural Irish Book Week takes place from 27th October – 3rd November, a nationwide celebration of Irish books and bookshops. A collaboration between Bookselling Ireland and Publishing Ireland, the week will see events taking place throughout the country, celebrating Irish books and the central role bookshops play in Irish society and culture. The week aims to encourage people into their local bookshop, and to highlight the important role bookshops play in the fabric of Irish life – fostering cultural creativity, community spirit and generating economic activity.  

 Authors celebrating Irish Book Week include Donal Ryan, John Boyne, Paul Howard, Hazel Gaynor, Fionnuala Kearney, Carmel Harrington, Julian Vignoles, Lynn Buckle, Cónal CreedonConor O’CleryCethan Leahy, Shona Shirley MacDonald, and many more to be confirmed.  

  Author and Irish Book Ambassador Donal Ryan said: “I’m honoured to be chosen as ambassador for a week that celebrates books and booksellers. Books are precious, and shops full of paper and ink books are sacred places, fortresses of empathy and light in this darkening world.” 

 14-year-old children’s books ambassador Sarah Fitzgerald added: “Bookshops are an integral part of our communities and I am delighted to be supporting this super initiative Irish Book Week. Children who read think more, feel more, know more, listen more, empathise more, learn more, write more, understand more, succeed more and are more often happy. Who wouldn’t want to get behind this?” 

 See below for just some of the events taking place throughout Irish Book Week: 

  Saturday 27th October 

  • Waterstones, Cork – 4pm, reading with Lynn Buckle and Cónal Creedon 
  • WHSmith Arnotts, Dublin – Halloween themed storytime events  
Sunday 28th October 
  • Clifden Bookshop – 3pm, in conversation with Donal Ryan 
  • WHSmith Arnotts, Dublin – Halloween themed storytime events  
Tuesday 30th October 
  • Eason O’Connell St, Dublin – VIP night with Rory’s O’Connor (Rory’s Stories) 
Wednesday 31st October  
  • Hodges Figges, Dublin 2 – Halloween family event with Shona Shirley MacDonald 
  • Eason, Newbridge – 2pm, Hazel Gaynor, Fionnuala Kearney & Carmel Harrington 
Thursday 1st November 
  • Maynooth Bookshop – 11am, kids reading with Alison Healy 
  • Hodges Figgis, Dublin – 6pm, in conversation with John Boyne and Paul Howard 
  • Blessington Bookstore – 7.30pm, An evening with Conor O’Clery 
  • Waterstones Cork – 7pm, talk about Rory Gallagher by Julian Vignoles 
Friday 2nd November  
  • Blessington Bookstore, Wicklow – 3pm, signing with Michael Russell  
  • Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway – 6.30pm, launch of Lost and Found 111 
Saturday 3rd November 
  • Barker and Jones, Naas – 11am, signing with Donal Ryan 
  • Blessington Bookstore, Wicklow – 12.30pm, signing with Donal Ryan 
  • Woodbine Books, Kilcullen – 2pm, in conversation with Donal Ryan 
  • Waterstones, Cork – 4pm, reading with YA author 

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