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The Year of the Constant Reader and Cork’s World Book festival

WBF09 logoThe Year of the Constant Reader continues in April with the Cork World Book Fest 2009, presented by Cork City Libraries & Triskel. This month’s theme focuses on love and the Catalan celebration of books and roses. To celebrate this and the Cork World Book Fest, Cork City Libraries will be giving away 1,000 roses during April. 

Running from Wednesday 22 April to Saturday 25 April, Cork World Book Fest 2009 will take place at the Central Library, Triskel Arts Centre, the Grand Parade and Bishop Lucey Park. “This is one of the highlights of Cork City Libraries year and features an extensive programme for readers of all ages”, says City Librarian Liam Ronayne. “This year’s Cork World Book Fest is a highlight of The Year of the Constant Reader programme and we are delighted to be celebrating the theme of romance and roses in April”.

Romance is a high on the programme with a free reading from chick-lite author Amanda Brunker, columnist with the Sunday World, former Miss Ireland, actress and TV personality. Author of the hugely successful Champagne Kisses, Amanda will be reading on Saturday, 25 April, Central Library 7.30p.m. (Free but ticketed).
Jonathan DimblebyThe programme kicks off on Wednesday, 22 April in Central Library, with poets Dermot Bolger, Thomas McCarthy and singer-songwriters Noel Shine & Mary Greene (7.00p.m. Free). This is followed by Jonathan Dimbleby reading from his book on Russia, with Mark Little (RTE) (Triskel Arts Centre, 8.30p.m., €8.00, conc €6.00, for more information)

Jonathan Dimbleby

Events continue on Thursday with free poetry readings with Dublin-born Rody Gorman, author of 12 collections written in Irish, Scottish Gaelic and English and Donegal born Moya Cannon, author of Carrying the Songs (Central Library, 7.30p.m. Free).  This is followed by a reading by Deirdre Madden from her latest book Molly Fox’s Birthday (Triskel Arts Centre, 8.30p.m., €5.00)

Stéphane Heuet, a master of French graphic novels, will be a special guest of the Fest, appearing Wednesday (22nd), Thursday (23rd  and Friday (24th), including the series of Teen events at the Central Library on the Friday . Friday culminates with readings from Claire Kilroy and Gerry Stembridge (Central Library, 7.30p.m. Free), two of the new-generation of Irish authors.
The festivities continue on Saturday 25 April with food markets, music and fun from 11a.m. in City Library, Grand Parade, Bishop Lucey Park and Triskel.

Download the full Cork World Book Fest 2009 Programme in PDF format or pick one up at your local library.

April's One Thousand Roses

In 1995 UNESCO designated April 23rd as World Book and Copyright Day. In recent years April has been the month of our World Book Fest at Cork City Libraries. Our festival, like the UNESCO designation, coincides with the wonderful Catalan celebration of books and roses for La Diada de Sant Jordi. In Barcelona, lovers, and others less attached, share a book and a rose to celebrate the name day of the Patron Saint of Catalunya. By day’s end in Barcelona, over four million roses and 400,000 books will have been purchased. We continue the story of the rose and the book in this Year of the Constant Reader –though in this special month we will distribute no fewer than a thousand roses to those truly constant readers.
Be with us in April 2009. Be constant. Be a reader. Be the bearer of a rose. In this our Year of The Constant Reader we will have a feast of readings, signings, launches and book encounters.

Gone With The Wind: The Book, The Film, The Reality

Gone With The Wind logo

In 2008 readers of Cork City Libraries voted Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind their number love story of all time.

Get to know the real story behind this famous book and film in Bishopstown Library, when Kate Kirwan will team up with The Pards (Civil War re-enactment group) to bring you behind the scenes into the lives and loves of this plantation and it’s never to be forgotten inhabitants.

This Constant Reader Production will start with a short documentary film with unique 1940’s footage of plantation life and an insight into the author, Margaret Mitchell.

Venue: Bishopstown Library, Wednesday 15 April @ 7.30pm

Admission  free. Further enquiries to 021-4924953 or

Amanda Brunker

Pic of Amanda BrunkerTo encourage us, to make us sparkle, to draw us out into the spring sunshine of love, we will have the irrepressible, energetic AMANDA BRUNKER. Columnist with the Sunday World, former Miss Ireland, actress, panellist, TV hostess and author, Amanda Brunker will spark our Month of 1,000 Roses to life. Author of the hugely successful Champagne Kisses (Transworld), Amanda will direct us passionately towards the champagne of life, the effervescence of constant reading.

April Events

 All Month  1,000 roses
 11 Big Book Swap: exchange books you no longer need for others you haven’t read yet; foyer of Central Library, all day
 15 Readers’ Senate / Seanad na Léitheoirí
Book clubs gather in Bishopstown Library to discuss Gone With The Wind voted Cork readers’ favourite love story in 2008; all book club members welcome, 7.30p.m.
 22-25 World Book Fest – see above for details
 25 World Book Fest: books take over on the Grand Parade
We love Barcelona: day long celebration
Amanda Brunker – see above for details
 All month Readers’ Choice
We ask readers to nominate their favourite Irish love stories, from Diarmuid agus Gráinne to Amanda Brunker

Book Club Events

Library   Book Club  Times
 Central Library

 LV Book Club
Saturday Book Club

 2.30pm, 27 April
11.15am, 25 April
 Hollyhill Library  Hollyhill Readers  7.00pm, 16 April
 Frank O’Connor, Mayfield  Mayfield Reading Circle  11.00am, 8 April
 Douglas Library  Douglas Reading Circle
 Douglas Night Owls
 11.00 am, 8 April
 6.45pm, 3 April
 Tory Top Library  Tory Top Road Book Club  11.00am, 28 April
 Bishopstown Library  Lucky Dip Club  11.00am, 3 April