“In your hands winter is a book with cloud pages that snow pearls of love.”
Have a great weekend (and month) from all here at Books@One!
We’re really excited to announce that The Great Leviathan: The Life of Howe Peter Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo 1788-1845 by Anne Chambers is our book of the month for December. Thanks for all your suggestions and this one is a little different. It’s a historical biography.
Check out our Book of the Month
Last month from the 16th to the 19th November The Rolling Sun Book Festival took place in Westport, County Mayo. It is named the Rolling Sun Festival because of the link that the winter sun and the ancient spiritual mountain Croagh Patrick have in common. The festival is a quirky boutique festival that indulges bookworms and connoisseurs of music, song and poetry.
This year, the line-up was amazing. There were authors and poets, crime writers and journalists from all over the country. Our very own Geraldine Mitchell read from her poetry collection Mountains for Breakfast as well as Mayo native Sally Rooney, who showcased her amazing second novel Conversations With Friends.
Conversations With Friends was shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award. The book is a sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century.
This book was our book of the month back in August (Read More Here) so it was lovely to see Sally Rooney in action. We are hoping that Sally will visit the bookshop next year.
Rolling Sun Book Festival and Sally Rooney
Friday, 1st December 2017
This year's Dog Trust fundraiser at Books@One was an amazing event. The shop was given over to our four legged friends and book lovers alike. We managed to raise an impressive €275.00 for the Dog Trust charity.
A special word of thanks to all the bakers who made delicious cup cakes for the event as well as all the volunteers and supporters on the day.
Dog Trust Fundraiser at Books@One's.
Exciting TY Poetry Workshops at Books@One – local poet and workshop facilitator, Geraldine Mitchell reports:
A great opportunity came the way of Books@One and a group of TY students from Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh, this autumn. Back in May, I had dropped in to the headquarters of Poetry Ireland in Dublin and learned of the generous offer of a ten-hour creative writing residency for secondary students.
Anne Anderson, Ireland’s 17th ambassador to the United States, was retiring after a long and outstanding career in the diplomatic service and had been granted an honorary award by the Irish-American Partnership. It was up to her to choose how and where to bestow the money she was given. She chose poetry and the west of Ireland, offering students from selected schools the chance to work with a poet on the theme of Ireland’s long history of emigration and the diaspora.
So it was that on the 28 September ten highly motivated T.Y. students from Sancta Maria College came to Books@One to start the five-week adventure. Over the five 2-hour sessions their work unfailingly blew me away. The group turned out to be gifted, receptive, and impressively respectful of each other's work. They were up for whatever exercise I threw at them. We explored the theme of emigration from all angles and at the end of the course we had accumulated a substantial body of excellent work which we now hope to put into some sort of book form.
We have been invited to Dublin on December 12th to meet the Ambassador Anne Anderson in Poetry Ireland’s magnificent 250-year-old premises on Parnell Square. We plan to have a selection of poems to present to the former Ambassador, to acknowledge her generosity and demonstrate to her the skill, imagination and sensitivity of these young Mayo writers.
More to report next month, after our visit to the Embassy.
Exciting TY Poetry Workshops at Books@One
P.S. Want to keep up to date with local news? Don't forget, the Louisburgh Parish Newsletter is updated weekly online - just go to louisburghparish.ie to download the pdf. Hard copies always available at the Church. And be sure to check out Louisburgh Lines in the Local Notes section of the Mayo News.
Louisburgh will be the hot spot of activity this December 2nd. Light Up Louisburgh event will kick off at 5.45 p.m. at Scott's Island car park. Louisburgh Community Futures, Tidy Towns and the Lighting Project Group have been hard at work to make this event possible.
To coincide with the Christmas light up, the Louisburgh Christmas Fair will take place in the Parochial Hall from 2nd to 3rd December. There will be many stalls, as well as entertainment.
Books@One will be open and on the 2nd we will be having our official Christmas Season launch.
Come and join us.