“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

— Stephen King.

Have a great weekend (and month) from all here at Books@One!

This Tumult by Caroline Preston


We’re really excited to announce that The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is our book of the month for November. Thanks for all your suggestions and this one is a little different. It’s a contemporary classic, highly rated and a great film and series (read the book first though!):

Guaranteed to spark debate! 

We are delighted to be working with the Transition Year students from Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh on the first ever Books@One Social Enterprise Project. Community is a major aspect to our work here at Books@One and we are excited to be working with local students. The project looks at Social Enterprise and the impact that this has on our society. We encourage the group to explore what social enterprise means to them. The group brainstorm, research and work towards building their own social enterprise.

The aim of the project is to foster entrepreneurial skills and social awareness in young people. Student will be meeting for eight weeks in total and so far two potential business plans have come from the workshop sessions. We are excited to see how the young people progress with their ideas. Stay tuned for updates on this great project.

Books@One Social Enterprise Project

Friday, 10th November 2017

Geraldine Mitchell will be hosting a reading at the upcoming Rolling Sun Book Festival, which runs in Westport from Thursday 16th November to Sunday 19th November 2017. http://www.rollingsunbookfestival.com/ Geraldine will be reading from her body of work, particularly from her recent collection, Mountains For Breakfast.

As well as this reading, a number of local artists produced art in response to Geraldine’s poetry and these artistic responses form the content for an exhibition called ‘Mind Has Mountains’. Work by Aoife Casby, Mags Duffy, Lisa Molina and Jane Williams will be shown at the Green Fuse Gallery. The event opens on Friday 17th Nov, 5 p.m.  

We are really lucky to have Geraldine lead a poetry workshop here at Books@One with a group of Transition Year students. The group come together once a week and work on their poetry opus. We are hoping that we will cultivate some avid poets from the group. (No Pressure) 

Poetry at Books@One

Ann Chambers, ever prolific, has released another new historical biography. Her latest book, The Great Leviathan: The Life of Howe Peter Browne, Marquess of Sligo 1788-1845 explores the life of Peter Browne. The book launch was held in Dublin at the Irish Royal Academy. We were there to support our local author and the event was lovely. Ann’s book took eight years to write and was sourced from over 15,000 primary contemporary manuscripts located by the author in private and public archives around the world. Peter Browne was charismatic yet flawed. He was an Irish landlord, a West Indian plantation owner, a Knight of St. Patrick, an intrepid traveller, a patron of the arts, founder of the Irish Turf Club – the list goes on and on. He puts our list of achievements to shame. We can’t wait to read to book to see if we can get some productivity tips.

Ann Chambers New Book

Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland and has been working with young people since 1952. They help enable young people to involve themselves in their community and society. We have a very active Foróige group in Louisburgh. They meet at Books@One on a regular basis. The Louisburgh young people fund raise to attend events, youth conferences and meetings with other regional and local groups.

Foróige held a bake sale on Sunday October 29th to raise funds for the work that they do. The young people baked cakes and bread and biscuits and tray bakes to beat the band. We were all totally stuffed after the day. They even made a lovely cake for Books@One to say thanks for allowing them use the space here in the bookstore. The Foróige group run great projects nationwide

If you are interested in the work that Foróige do, check out their website here. https://www.foroige.ie/

Foróige Fundraising Foods 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.

The Pantry Book Club, Louisburgh, is pleased to announce the launch of a short story competition in conjunction with Books@One!

The competition is open to Pupils of Coláiste Sancta Maria in Transition, 5th and 6th year inviting short stories (1000 to 2000 words) on any topic, where the entry must be the person's original work.

Submissions can be hand written, typed and printed, or submitted by e-mail in electronic format.

Prizes: First prize: Book token for €100.  Second prize: Book token for €50

Closing date for receipt of entries:  November 30th, 2017.  Handwritten or printed entries should be delivered to Books@One in a sealed envelope, indicating clearly the author's name and address.  

Submissions by e-mail should be sent to The Pantry Book Club Secretary (john.bradley@iol.ie).

Awards will be made at an event to be held at Books@One on a date to be arranged between December 15th-20th, 2017


"FEATS OF CLAY...Amazing pots from Africa". In a first for Louisburgh, Mayo and Ireland, Solas Upstairs Gallery is hosting an exhibition of traditional African pottery from a private collection. The pottery, made almost exclusively by village women, comes from all over the continent; Algeria and Morocco in the north, Uganda in the east, Cameroon and Nigeria in the west, Namibia and South Africa in the south.

The exhibition will be on view from Saturday November 18th, and the opening will take place with a showing of the short documentary film, "Tatiko, the Journey of an African Pot" by Anthony O'Brien in Books@One, at 6.00 p.m. Don't miss it. It's timed not to clash with any of the day's events at Westport's Rolling Sun Book Festival. 

Solas Upstairs Gallery, Louisburgh - Exhibition and Film



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