Read Books From Ireland 2018





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‘Read Books From Ireland’ is an initiative led by Books Ireland magazine in partnership with Publishing Ireland to showcase and promote Irish-published books and authors abroad.

This collaborative project seeks to reach new audiences and readers with an interest in Irish books and writing across the UK, USA and the wider global market. The focus is on highlighting the high quality and breadth of Irish literature being produced in Ireland, and by local, indigenous publishers. ‘Read Books from Ireland’ seeks to support smaller, independent publishers by working together to share resources, time and energy in order to bring the best of Irish books to a global audience.

In July 2017, ‘Read Books from Ireland’ was invited to programme an Irish literary day at the London Irish Centre, Camden, with a range of speakers, panel discussions and workshops. The event was partly funded by Culture Ireland, hosted by the London Irish Centre, and involved a number of Irish publishers and their authors, including The History Press (Ireland), New Island, Little Island, The O’Brien Press, Children Books Ireland. The Royal Irish Academy hosted a literary networking reception as part of the proceedings and a pop-up bookshop was also on site. (SEE BELOW for more details on this event).

Following a visit to the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, and the Liverpool Irish Centre (formerly St Michael’s) in October 2017, plans for a similar Irish literary day are now underway for next October as part of the 2018 Liverpool Irish Festival. Stay tuned for details…


Irish language publishers showcase event, London, January 2018




‘Read Books from Ireland’ is delighted to be involved in a two-day Irish language cultural event hosted by The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool in London and Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith in London on 26-27 January 2018, showcasing just some of the quality Irish language books being published in Ireland.  The full programme is available here:

Friday January 26th 2018:

An Gaeilge: Cleachtais, Líonraí, Todhchaí. The Irish Language: Practices, Networks, Futures Seminar And Drinks Reception

Seminar: 3.00pm- 5.30pm The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool in London and Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, will be hosting a seminar entitled ‘An Ghaeilge: Cleachtais, Líonraí, Todhchaí. The Irish Language: Practices, Networks, Futures Seminar’.

This Friday seminar brings together speakers from the three Irish language centres in Britain (at the University of Liverpool in London, the University of Sheffield and University of Cambridge), supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and other specialists from Ireland and Britain. Professor Pete Shirlow, Director, The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, will open proceedings.

Drinks reception: 6.00pm- 7.30pm Guest speaker Minister Joe McHugh TD. Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands.

Saturday January 27th 2018:

The Irish Language: A Day of Literature and Film

10.30am – 16.30pm

Please note that the event will be in Irish/English.

Contact details for the showcasing publishers involved in this event are listed below and we invite and encourage you to get in touch. Whether you are new to the Irish language or looking to reconnect, there is a book for every level and we hope this display will give you inspiration and ideas for future reading materials.

For more details on this project or if you would like to discuss a potential literary showcase for a festival or Irish cultural event, we would love to hear from you.

Contact: Caoimhe Fox / +353 (0) 857373763.

Publishers showcase contact list:

An Gúm (Foras na Gaeilge) ‪@AnGumFnaG
Paul Williams: +353 (0) 1 6398400

An tSnáthaid Mhór
Andrew Whitson: +44 (0) 7399522511

Books Ireland magazine @booksirelandmag
Caoimhe Fox: +353 (0) 1 2933568

Cló Iar-Chonnacht @CloIarChonnacht
Bridget Bhreathnach: +353 (0) 91 593307

Cois Life @CoisLife
Gráinne Ní Mhuilneoir: +353 (0) 1 2190223

Dubhlinn Nua Publishing ‪@trinitycolharp
Brian Manners: + 353 (0) 1 5240100

Futa Fata
Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin: +353 (0) 91 504612

Leabhar Comhar @IrisComhar
Elly Shaw: +353 (0) 1 6751922

Little Island
Gráinne Clear: +353 (0) 1 85 2283060

The O’Brien Press
Ruth Henegan: +353 (0) 1 4923333



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




February Book Competition

Letters to My Daughters

by Emma Hannigan

A novel about the complicated bonds between mothers and daughters, and how love, and happiness, comes in many guises.

for a chance to win:

Letters to My Daughters by Emma Hannigan
ISBN: 978-1-473-66005-2
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland



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