Saturday, September 1, 2012

2012 Town of Books Festival program is here!

                                                        2012 Programme!
Get stuck in at Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival

Graiguenamanagh is the best place in Ireland to pick up a bargain in new and second hand books, antiquarian, childrens and specialist categories. The festival also features several readings for young and old alike, a smashing food and craft fair, music, street entertainment a host of interesting activities. Graiguenamanagh is the outdoor activity headquarters for southeast Ireland and is constantly alive with hillwalkers, cyclists, canoeists,  as well as fishing and boating enthusiasts.

So come on down to the river and take your time to browse the bookshops, walk the Barrow towpath and pop in for afternoon tea or enjoy a wee drink in a local hostelry. Here's the 2012 schedule:

Friday 21st September

Booksellers open 2-6pm

Bridget in Werewolf Rehab: Author Maura Byrne reading & Workshop for 9-12 year olds – Graiguenamagh LIBRARY 3pm €3

Louise Philips: Crime writer, A reading from her book ‘Red Ribbons’
All welcome –hosted by Graigue Bookclub at Graigue Library 7pm

Saturday 22nd September

Booksellers open 10am to 6pm

Graiguenamanagh Community Garden open day: with willow weaving display & plant sales, 10 –5

A Walk through Silaire Wood: Graiguenamanagh, Meet at the boathouse 10.30am. €3

‘The Backwards Speller’ – Children’s author and backward speller extraordinaire David Donohue, reading and workshop for 7-13 years old at Graiguenamanagh Playgroup 11.30am €3

Graiguenamanagh Brass Band: on the streets of Graigue 11am

Funky Kids Art & Craft workshop and Funky Disco: for 7 to 12 years 2.30pm at Graiguenamanagh Playgroup €3

National Chamber Choir of Ireland in Concert Duiske Abbey: conducted by David Hill and singing sacred music connected with the Autumn Equinox 3pm €15.00(€12.00 concession)

Sunday 23rd September

Booksellers open 10am to 6pm

Artisan Food & Craft fair: Upper Main St. 11am to 5pm

Graiguenamanagh Brass Band: 12 to 1pm Upper main St.

Street Entertainment: with Cory O’Brollochain followed by 
Juggling workshop for kids: (workshop €3) 2pm

The 800 year walk: Through the ages since establishment of Duiske Abbey in 1204. Includes fascinating visit to the historic, working, Cushendale Woollen Mills with guidance from current owner of the mill. Walk guided by Graiguenamanagh Historical Society, meet at Duiske Abbey 3pm

Jazz by the river: 3pm at the boathouse with FourSquare Jazz

The Festival Monkey – Mark Graham: creator of the popular Blog ‘A Year of Festivals In Ireland’ gives his version of the fun, culture, & plain old bizzare events in Murrays Pub 4.30pm