“Fifty shades of Graig” was the running theme of the annual Graignamanagh Town of Books Festival this weekend, and there certainly were fifty shades of entertainment, from book stalls and readings to walks, photography and music.
There were so many book sellers interested in the festival – the 10th annual event – that some half-dozen of them had to be turned away, according to festival organiser Brian Roberts.
And although sales of big-ticket literary collectors’ items were down on previous years’ festivals, there were plenty of bargains to be had, in addition to entertainment for all ages.
Particular highlights included a reading by crime writer Louise Phillips, who blogged about the event: “A beautiful place, lovely people, and what a smashing idea for a festival, to turn a whole town into a town of books for this very special weekend.
“I did a reading from Red Ribbons at the library on Friday evening, which included members of the local book club. They were a great bunch, and honestly I would have stayed there all night chatting about Red Ribbons and its cast of characters. Last year, our president, Michael D Higgins did a reading there, so some mighty footsteps to follow!!”
The festival also entered the blogosphere with a visit by Mark Graham, who is in the middle of his “quest to attend three festivals in Ireland, every week, for a year!” and writes of his adventures in ‘Festival Fit’ column on Fridays in The Irish Times.
Add in music, a food and craft market, guided walks and more, and there was plenty to celebrate in the town this weekend.