08 Aug 2022

From history to mystery at Graig’ Town of Books

The beauty of the Graignamanagh Town of Books Festival is that you never know quite what you’ll find.

The beauty of the Graignamanagh Town of Books Festival is that you never know quite what you’ll find.

Some collectors come with specific hopes in mind, but it’s also a chance to wander among the two dozen vendors to see what gems they have on offer.

With books on biography and sport, cookbooks and fiction, and a full selection of “anything goes”, it was possible to find material on anything from hang-gliding, pets or even those from a nostalgic past, whether it’s political history or social, such as a guide to Ireland on $25 a Day.

Crowds of visitors flocked to the town on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, and many took the opportunity to enjoy the Feile Freaney traditional music festival taking place concurrently.

Several of the weekend’s talk also drew widespread interest, such as Michael D Higgins and Edward Hayden, and also popular was the Irish Record Fair, which came to the festival for the first time this year.

That and others are already thinking of bigger and better ways to mark next year’s festival, which will be its 10th year, said Brian Roberts of Graignamanagh Tourism.

“There are other avenues we can explore as well,” he said, still only wrapping up the weekend gone by.

A bookseller himself, he said the general feeling was that sales were better than last year, “so we are very pleased”.

Another happy ending then.

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