Saturday 21 April 2018

Treat for book lovers at Graiguenamanagh

GRAIGUENAMANAGH WILL be the book capital of Ireland this weekend when this year's Town of Books Festival takes place.

The medieval riverside town will be full of hundreds of people seeking out a bargain at over 20 new, second hand, antiquarian, children's and specialist bookseller stalls.

Run over the weekend, the festival will feature many events, from readings and workshops for young and old, to theatre, music and a host of a tempting food, crafts and interesting activities at the traditional Michaelmas fair.

Festival-goers can pick up a map of the 'yellow book road' through the town and discover the book and record sellers who have come from all over Ireland and abroad for the weekend.

Festival organiser Tom McDonald said: 'We are especially excited to have Paul Howard, best known for his Ross O'Carroll column, reading from his new book Downturn Abbey on Saturday.'

Award winning crime writer Louise Phillips is doing a reading ion the Friday and there are several workshops for children on Saturday which are free of charge.

The Michaelmas fair takes place on Sunday. In a bye-gone era the area was a hub of activity when the Fair came to town. People came together to exchange produce, services, cultural ideas and local stories.

This will be revived with an artisan food and craft market, farm animals and a history tour and much more this Sunday.

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