Tuesday 17 July 2018

Library supporting the 'First Fortnight'

Wicklow Library Service is joining with the 'First Fortnight' festival to shine a spotlight on mental health-related books during the month of January.

First Fortnight is a two-week mental health arts festival that has been staged in Dublin and venues nationwide since 2009.

The festival stages arts events in the hope that they will provoke discussion around mental health and end the stigma that can prevent people from seeking help when they most need it.

From factual texts to brilliant works of fiction and helpful information books, readers will be spoilt for choice as libraries highlight texts that will open up discussion around mental health.

Readers are invited to ask their librarian for help in selecting books during the month.

Some of the books on the list include The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Paris for One by Jojo Moyes, and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

Contributions have been made by the libraries, Children's Books Ireland, HSE, Jigsaw and Reading Well.

To suggest a book for next year's First Fortnight reading list, email

Wicklow People