Saturday, July 7, 2012

VISITING LOUGHBOY LIBRARY, KILKENNY

I love being invited to talk about my writing and I especially love being asked to do so within the hallowed literary portals of a library - any library is good, but recently I was in a special library: Loughboy, on the outskirts of Kilkenny. Brenda Ward of the city library was the organising force behind the visit. She was ably assisted by Catriona from Loughboy and a team of librarians from other libraries in Kilkenny. 

Liz Walsh proud owner of the award-winning Stone House Books, one of the increasingly few independent bookshop owners, was on hand with examples of her personally selected book choices.

We had a packed house - as expected mainly women, but the scattering of men made it democratic - wine, nibbles and a lively audience. As well as my talk and questions, there was a quiz and a short story competition - very short - only 6 words. And what talented 6 words emerged.

The libraries are serviced by Kilkenny County Council and run comprehensive programmes, including Multimedia & Music Collections, Online Courses and Mobile and School Library Service. reader Developments include: Author Visits, Literary Readings, Book Clubs and Class Actvities. 

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