Mountains to Sea Festival 2013

As the long hot summer ends it signals the start of Dun Laoghaire’s Mountains to Sea Book Festival. This event has become one of the highlights of the Irish Book world. I remember when it started off with just a handful of writers talking under gazebos and the trees in The People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire with everyone praying that it wouldn’t rain. The festival has grown and grown and has become one of the busiest and best book Festivals in Ireland. This year’s line- up includes authors Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, Blake Morrison and Colum McCann.
From Screen writing, children’s books, workshops, to poetry and memoir there is something to suit everyone. I love it as Dun Laoghaire gets packed as writers and readers come together and everyone enjoys hanging out in the cafés, bars and restaurants scattered around the harbour and town. The Festival runs from 3rd Sept to 8th September 2013 and you can find more details here.

Mad About Books launch

Had a wonderful night along with lots of lovely authors, illustrators, publishers and booksellers as we celebrated the launch of Dubray Books Guide to Children’s Books which was compiled and edited by busy author and children’s book expert Sarah Webb. Gemma and Kevin Barry and Susan Walsh of Dubray Books welcomed the huge crowd to The Lost Society in Dublin’s Powerscourt Centre. There was lots of wine and nibbles and fun and chat about the world of children’s books.
Mad about Books is the perfect way to discover a book to suit children of all ages and has over 400 book reviews and lots of author interviews….it is a highly recommended guide for anyone who wants to know a little more about kids books and what to read or buy.

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