On the 14th - 15th September 2013, the medieval riverside town of Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny will be ?lled with over 20 bargain new, 2nd hand, antiquarian, children's and specialist booksellers. From the evening of 13 September, the Town Of Books Festival will have events for all ages. There will be readings from well known authors, workshops, theatre, music, and a host of a tempting food, crafts and activities at the traditional Michaelmas fair.
Festival-goers can pick up a map of the 'yellow book road' through town and discover the book and record sellers who will have come from All-Ireland and abroad for the weekend. The Graiguenamanagh Town Of Books Festival is especially excited to have David Howard, best known for his Ross O'Carroll Kelly books and newspaper column, reading from his new book 'Downturn Abbey' on the 14th. This event is free, as are most of the festival's events. For example award winning crime writer Louise Phillips is reading on the Friday and there are several workshops for children on Saturday--all free!
As if the festival itself isn't enough, Graiguenamanagh is an outdoor activity headquarters for the Barrow Valley, and is popular with hillwalkers, cyclists, canoeists, ?shing and boating enthusiasts. There is swimming and diving in summer. Graiguenamanagh is a fantastic place to have this family-friendly festival.