The [email protected] Festival in Louisburgh, Mayo

The community bookshop in Louisburgh, Mayo, is holding a festival celebrating creativity and literature for all ages this August

The wonderful community bookshop in the small village of Louiseburgh in Co Mayo, [email protected], is having a festival of books, writing and literature this summer.

Running over four days from 17-20 August at various locations across the town of Louisburgh, the festival will see international award winning writers, poets and artists discussing their creative careers and showcasing their work. Local author Mike McCormick and Elizabeth Reapy will explore the life of their novels Solar Bones and Red Dirt one year on from publication, with both books having won awards at home and abroad. Geraldine Mitchell will read from her poetry collection Mountains For Breakfast, and there will also be creative workshops with Anne Chambers, Amanda Bell and Caroline Healy. There will be workshops and activities specifically for young people as well as story time with resident storyteller Shelley Upchurch.

[email protected] was founded in August 2016 and is the brainchild of One Foundation, part of a new movement of independent destination bookshops not just aimed at selling books but also being a lovely place to visit and become immersed in community events. A social enterprise, [email protected] was the subject of the Community feature in the May 2017 issue of Irish Country Magazine.

Find [email protected] at Bridge Street, Louisburgh, Mayo or contact them at 0876081438 or [email protected].

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