Read Books From Ireland – London July 2017

Promoting books by Irish publishers at the Irish Arts Festival – London Irish Centre, Camden, 23 July 2017

‘Read Books From Ireland’ is an initiative from Books Ireland and Publishing Ireland to showcase and promote Irish-published books and authors abroad.

On Sunday 23 July, with the support of Culture Ireland, we are delighted to be involved in the first Irish literary day in the London Irish Centre, Camden. For the children’s programme, the CBI Book Doctor will be in residence to prescribe some brilliant reading suggestions. Children’s author and illustrator Alan Nolan will host two illustration workshops, or why not join Gráinne Clear in the library as she tells stories of Irish folklore, mythology and history for young listeners?

With talks from historians Ronan McGreevy on the poet and Irish nationalist Francis Ledwidge and Marian Broderick on ‘Wild Irish Women’, an Irish Crime Fiction panel with Julie Parsons, Sheila Bulger and Sam Blake, and a cookery demo and healthy eating advice from Chef Adrian Martin, there is sure to be something for everyone. Literary agent and author, Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin will be on hand to help aspiring writers with ‘Getting Published’. The pop-up festival bookshop will be open all day with a wide range of fantastic Irish-published books.

For more details and to book tickets please click here.


Literary Networking Reception

We hope you can join us on Saturday 22 July, 6-8pm for a literary networking reception at London Irish Centre, Camden. This event is generously sponsored by Royal Irish Academy and open to anyone with an interest in meeting new contacts from the Irish or UK publishing world, from booksellers to agents, and publishers to authors.

All are welcome, but please do RSVP to as guest list will be at the door!


Can’t make it along? Claim your free eBook from July 3rd, courtesy of The Royal Irish Academy:

If every artwork tells a story, can 100 years of artworks tell the story of Ireland? To celebrate books from Ireland at the Irish Arts Festival in London, the Royal Irish Academy and The Irish Times are offering you a free download of our eBook Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks. Available from 3 July until 31 July. See @RIADawson for details.

Spread the word: #ReadIrish





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A Flutter of Wings

by Mervyn Wall

First collected in 1974, the stories span Mervyn Wall's entire writing career, dating back to the 1940s.

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A Flutter of Wings by Mervyn Wall
ISBN: 978-1-78380-017-9
Publisher: The Swan River Press



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