Irish Book Week will take place from 16th-23rd October, featuring both online and in-person bookshop events, as well as wonderful displays, signed stock and illustrated windows to brighten up our local communities and showcase Ireland’s amazing author and illustrators. A Bookselling Ireland initative, in association with Publishing Ireland, Irish Book Week celebrates Irish authors, publishers, and the bookshops that help keep the industry alive.
This year the author ambassadors are Liz Nugent, Rónán Hession and Chris Haughton, who will all take part in online events available to watch during Irish Book Week. Bookshops play a vital role in Irish culture, contributing to local economies and the national revenue, and Ireland’s internationally recognised status as a country of books. Throughout Irish Book Week and beyond, Bookselling Ireland is asking people to shop with their local bookshop either in-person, over the phone, or online. The number of bookshops in Ireland has remained static over the past year, however there are also some exciting openings to look forward to, with Dubray opening shops in Cork’s Patrick Street and in Dundrum Town Centre.
“Irish Book Week celebrates the wealth of home-grown talent in Ireland, and the importance of supporting great Irish writing, publishing, and illustrating in great Irish bookshops, where passionate and expert booksellers can help you find your next favourite book,” said Aoife Roantree, Chair of Bookselling Ireland.
To further animate bookshops during Irish Book Week, Children’s Books Ireland, funded by the Arts Council, has chosen ten Irish children’s illustrators and paired them with their local bookshops to design and paint a bookshop window in their own style, creating an accessible, impermanent work of art. The illustrators involved will be Fatti Burke (The Book Centre, Waterford), Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Hodges Figgis, Dublin), Linda Fahrlin (Liber, Sligo), Olivia Golden (Waterstones, Cork), Chris Judge (Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar, Dublin), Tarsila Krüse (An Siopa Leabhar, Dublin), PJ Lynch (Halfway Up The Stairs, Greystones), Oisín McGann (Antonia’s Bookstore, Meath), Lauren O’Neill (The Book Centre, Wexford) and Una Woods (Books Upstairs, Dublin).
Other events include Danielle McLaughlin, Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney and more in live in-store events in Waterstones Cork; Sarah Webb and Sarah Crossan taking part in Halway Up The Stairs’ first online Children’s Books Salon; a wonderful selection of authors in Dubray Grafton Street’s window and many more.
Bookselling Ireland will also be inviting all to join the conversation on social media throughout Irish Book Week, with a different question to engage with each day. People are encouraged to get involved in #IrishBookADay and shout about their favourite Irish books, authors and bookshops, and maybe add another title or two to the To Be Read pile!
National Book Tokens will be celebrating bookshops with a prize for the best display – check them out by following the #IrishBookWeek hashtag and get a virtual tour around Ireland’s varied bookshops.
Contact your local bookshop, and follow @BooksellingI on Twitter, @BooksellingIreland on Facebook and the hashtag #IrishBookWeek for all the latest news. Also join in the conversation with the #IrishBookaDay question.
Some of the events for Irish Book Week:
Monday 18th October
· An Siopa Leabhar, Dublin, in the window throughout the day
Tarsila Krüse illustrating as part of Children’s Books Ireland Illustrators in windows initative.
· The Book Centre, Wexford, in the window throughout the day
Lauren O’Neill illustrating as part of Children’s Books Ireland Illustrators in windows initative.
Tuesday 19th October
· Waterstones, Cork, 7pm
Cork One City, One Book closing event with Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine D’Arcy. Danielle’s debut novel The Art of Falling is this year’s Cork One City, One Book and for this closing event she will be in conversation with her friend and colleague from Fiction at the Friary Madeleine D’Arcy whose book Liberty Terrace will be published in October by Doire Press.
· Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar, Dublin, in the window throughout the day
Chris Judge illustrating as part of Children’s Books Ireland Illustrators in windows initative.
· Halfway Up The Stairs, Wicklow, in the window throughout the day
PJ Lynch illustrating as part of Children’s Books Ireland Illustrators in windows initative.
· Antonia’s Bookstore, Meath, in the window throughout the day
Oisín McGann illustrating as part of Children’s Books Ireland Illustrators in windows initative.
Weds 20th October
· Waterstones, Cork, in-store at 7pm
Dazzling debut authors Eimear Ryan (Holding Her Breath) and Jamie O’Connell (Diving for Pearls) in conversation with Maria Manning.
Thursday 21st October
· Halfway Up The Stairs, Greystones, Wicklow, online at 7.30pm
Free Children’s Books Salon, hosted by Sarah Webb, featuring Sarah Crossan, Kerrie O’Brien, Matt Goodfellow and Victoria Adukwei Bulley who will present poems from Tomorrow is Beautiful: Poems to Comfort, Uplift and Delight, edited by Sarah Crossan and published by Bloomsbury
· Waterstones, Cork, in-store at 7pm
Welcoming two of Ireland’s finest writers and old friends of Waterstones Cork, Kevin Barry (new collection That Old Country Music) and Lisa McInerney (third in her Cork trilogy The Rules of Revelation), in conversation with John Breen.
· The Book Centre, Waterford, in the window throughout the day
Fatti Burke illustrating as part of Children’s Books Ireland Illustrators in windows initative.
· Books Upstairs, Dublin, in the window throughout the day
Una Woods illustrating as part of Children’s Books Ireland Illustrators in windows initative.
Friday 22nd October
· Dubray Grafton St, in the window throughout the day
To celebrate Irish Book Week 2021, Dubray will recreate the Irish Book Week poster image in their Grafton Street window, with some of Ireland’s favourite Irish authors invited to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ in the window! Featuring Sarah Webb, Ann Ingle, Sinead Moriarty, Paul Howard (Ross O’ Carroll Kelly) and more.
Saturday 23rd October
· Eason, Killarney, in-store at 11am
Aidan O’Mahony signing copies of his new book Unbroken.