Vote in Irish Book Awards 2016

Marita at launch of Irish Book awards 2016What great news to discover that Rebel Sisters is on the short list for the Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2016 for this year’s Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards!

There was lots of excitement, chat and fun when I went along to the official announcement of the shortlists for the book awards at Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre. You have never seen so many happy authors, publishers and book sellers in one place.

I am in very good company as the other authors on the shortlist for the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year are Graham Norton, Cecelia Ahern, Emily Hourican, Hazel Gaynor and Ross O’Carroll Kelly.

It is heart-warming to know that so many of you have enjoyed reading Rebel Sisters.

I’m really looking forward to a big night out on 16th November when the awards will be presented at the Irish Book Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Dublin’s Double Tree Hilton Hotel. It will be broadcast on RTE One on Saturday 19th November and voting is now open…

If you want to vote for your favourite book for this year’s awards, you can do so here.

Voting closes at midnight on 11th November 2016.

Marita, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan

Marita, Liz Nugent & Donal Ryan

Marita and Happy Pear cooks Stephen & David Flynn

Marita and Happy Pear cooks Stephen & David Flynn

October Festivals!

Trinity Lit Society Award 2016 with Ruth Atkins

Trinity Lit Society Award 2016 with Ruth Atkins

It’s October and it’s book festival time!

Rebel Sisters has just come out in paperback and it is such a privilege to have so many book clubs reading the book. Also, it’s great to hear that so many of you are going on to research and discover more about 1916. I love it when people come up and share their own 1916 family stories with me, as I do events around the country.

Huge thanks to the Trinity Literary Society for their lovely award which I was very honoured to receive. Talking about books and writing in Dublin’s beautiful old college always reminds me of the writers that have crossed its cobble stoned squares over the years.

Marita with Lia Mills and Sinead Moriarty

Marita with Lia Mills and Sinead Moriarty

Then it was up to my old school, Mount Anville, for a very special Authors’ Night with Lia Mills and Sinead Moriarty. We are all past pupils and it was fun remembering our school days and our first forays into writing with a big group of book lovers.

Then down to North Tipperary to the Drumineer Arts Festival. What a lovely event,held in Nenagh Castle – that has been restored! Talking history in the Round Room of the Castle was very special and having harpist Laura O’Sullivan to play certainly added to the atmosphere.

Marita in Nenagh Castle with Margaret Kennedy and Laura O'Sullivan

Marita in Nenagh Castle with Margaret Kennedy and Laura O’Sullivan

Then it was the Red Line Festival in Tallaght where I was delighted to join writer Dermot Bolger on stage in the Civic Theatre in Tallaght for their Readers’ Day. On Sunday, Dermot and I took part in a recording of RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany in the Civic Theatre.

Now I’m packing my bags again to go to Cork for this year’s Children’s Book Festival where I will get to meet and talk to lots of young fans…