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Town of Books Festival to take place in Graiguenamanagh


Author Audrey Dowling.

Author Audrey Dowling.

Author Patricia Gibney.

Author Patricia Gibney.


Author Audrey Dowling.


Highly acclaimed author, Patricia Gibney is one of a host of talented authors speaking at this year’s Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival

which begins on Thursday.

Gibney will be in conversation with celebrity chef Edward Hayden on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Graiguenamanagh Library.

Book your place for an evening of fun conversation, plots, crime and intrigue. 25 independent booksellers will descend on Graiguenamanagh for Ireland’s longest running town of books festival, which runs until Sunday, August 21.

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The internationally-renowned festival has been running for almost 20 years and is a must for anyone who wants to pick up some interesting finds, rare editions, collectables and of course plenty of bargains from new, secondhand, antiquarian, children’s and specialist booksellers.

This year’s programme has been extended to include a food and craft element at the Abbey Hall, Children’s activities at the local library and exciting events at other venues.

Every available space in the town will be turned into bookshops for the event which has drawn big names and renowned collectors to the Kilkenny town throughout the years.

On Friday Dr. Patrick Morrissey gives a talk at 6.30 p.m. on his book ‘Australians of The Great Irish Famine - One Clan’s Story’.

Dr Patrick Morrisey, of NSW, is touring Ireland this August and September to promote his new, well-reviewed book and Patrick’s tour will start at the Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival

Also on Friday, at 8 p.m., local author and poet Christine Anne Foley will speak in Graiguenamangh library about her recent book deal and her journey to get there. She will also be launching her new poem inspired by the Barrow at 4.30 p.m. outside the Waterside on Sunday. Foley will be joined by members of the Poetry by the Barrow group who will also recite some of their poems.

Prosecco will be available to celebrate the local talented poet’s achievement.

Saturday sees a storytelling and illustration workshop with Audrey Dowling in the library at 11 a.m. Dowling – who lives in Graiguenamanagh – is renowned for her great illustrations which can

be seen in the picture books ‘The Croke Park Mice’ which Audrey will read from and ‘Reindeer Down’ to mention only two. 

Lemonade and biscuits for all who attend this free event.

The Barrow Valley Activities Hub hosts a fun fancy dress event based around Wind in the Willows Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Come dressed as a Wind in the Willows character or a character from your favourite book.

More details at graig@kilkennylibrary.ie or 056 7794178.