‘Town of Books’ festival in Graignamanagh

The TENTH annual ‘Town of Books’ festival will take place in Graigunamanagh from September 21 to 23.

The TENTH annual ‘Town of Books’ festival will take place in Graigunamanagh from September 21 to 23.

This unusual event continues to catch the imagination of the book buying public and once again is expected to bring thousands of people to Graigunamanagh over that weekend. Graigunamanagh ‘Town of Books is different from other Irish bookfairs. Usually these fairs constitute a row of tables in a hotel ballroom. In Graigunamanagh the whole town is involved with booksellers taking over whole shops and carrying quite an amount of stock. The organisers, Graigunamanagh Tourism, produce a book trail map and visitors to the town can guide themselves into every nook and cranny to find that special book they require. There will be sellers of antiquarian, second hand, new, remainder, children’s, and other specialist subject areas.

The organisers of this successful book weekend are looking forward to another bumper weekend in Graigunamanagh. Despite the recession the organisers are delighted to report that the number of booksellers applying to trade for the festival is actually every bit as good as last year, with some booksellers making their first visit to Graigunamanagh, so there will be plenty of bookshops for people to browse through. In fact the biggest headache at the moment is securing enough locations for all booksellers to trade from.

Graigunamanagh ‘Town of Books’ is unique in that it is held over three days and is not just about selling and buying of books. There are several fringe events that give this book fair the atmosphere of a true festival. Many of the sellers will be offering free book valuations. . There will be an excellent country food and craft fair next to Abbey Hall, Graigunamanagh all day on Sunday September 23 as well as a jazz session outdoors by the river. Other events include guided walks in Silaire Wood as well as a historical walk in Graigue itself. Crime Writer Louise Philips will read from her novel Red Ribbons. Children’s Author and backward speller extraordinaire David O’Donohue will also be reading, as will Maura Byrne author of Bridget in Werewolf Rehab. Dr. Liam Lysaght, Director of The National Biodiversity Data Centre of Ireland will lead a group in Silaire Wood. A further highlight is a performance by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland who will perform in Duiske Abbey.

For further information contact Brian Roberts on 059-9724246 or email info@booktownireland.com