Reading Ireland Month 2019 – coming to a blog near you soon!

It’s that time again! March is coming, my favourite month in my blogging calendar, because it’s Reading Ireland Month – will you be joining us?

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Ah, gwan, ya will!

By now you’ll know that we never stop banging on about Ireland and its hefty cultural punch. Four Nobel Prize winners; six Booker Prize winners, including Anna Burns wonderful win for Milkman; some world dominating musicians and a host of Oscar winners (with The Favourite, produced by Irish company Element Picture’s bagging all the nominations at this year’s awards)

We have the best pint in the world and the most stunning coastline – you could even say it’s in a galaxy far, far away.

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Skellig Michael

Last year we hosted over 100 posts on all things relating to Irish culture. Books, food, travel, movies, theatre and favourite bookshops – your enthusiasm was boundless and so was your reading.

To celebrate the wealth and breadth and general awesomeness of Irish cultural life, I will be co-hosting a month long celebration of all things Irish, with my partner in crime Raging Fluff.

Reading Ireland Month (or The Begorrathon as it is affectionately known) will feature book and film reviews, poems, music, interviews, giveaways and much, much more.

We’d love for you to join us!

Grab our new badge and get planning your Ireland themed reading or viewing. Like our Facebook page here and then between 25 February and 31 March, post as much as you like about any aspect of Irish literature and culture – anything at all!

Read this year’s One City One Book choice The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien. Post your wheaten bread recipe. Make a list of your favourite Irish books or movies. Eat a packet of Tayto crisps. Listen to The Cranberries and marvel at the brilliance of the much-missed Dolores O’Riordan. Read a novel by Sebastian Barry – the new Irish Laureate for Literature, or even read a novel from another country translated by the marvellous Sligo born Frank Wynne.

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Some of my potential reads this year!

Watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi and marvel at our countryside. Read some of last year’s award winning new fiction from Sally Rooney (Normal People) and Emilie Pine (Notes to Self). If you’re feeling brave, read Ulysses – some year, I swear I will. Treat yourself to a binge watch of the latest hit comedy Derry Girls or The Young Offenders.

The options are endless!

This year, I am theming my posts – you can join in with this schedule if you like, but if you don’t, don’t worry! My reading will be grouped as follows:

25th February – 3rd March – Contemporary Irish Novels

4th– 10th March – Classic Irish Novels

11th – 17th March – Irish Short Story Collections

18th – 24th March – Irish Non-Fiction

25th – 31st March – Miscellaneous (Drama, Poetry, Film etc)

I’ll be hosting a giveaway each week and we’ll be sharing posts on our Facebook page here.

If you need some inspiration, check out my list of 100 Irish Novels and 100 Novels by Irish Women Writers and don’t forget to link up your post to the Linky on our Master Post.

This year we’ll be tweeting using the hashtags #readingirelandmonth19 or #begorrathon19

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Now. After all that, would you like a wee cup of tea?!

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. I’m in! I’ve got a number of contemporary and classic novels in my TBR to get me started. I never consciously sought out Irish authors, but looking at your 100 Novels list I realize that I’ve read quite a few and have others in my “want to read” lists.

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  2. I promise I will go through my TBR and if there is anything Irish on there I will join in. There will be an Iris Murdoch read and she considered herself Irish all her life, although I’m never sure she REALLY counts …

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  3. No promises, but I shall try. I have books by Molly Keane, Kate O Brien and Mary Lavin tbr plus some Elizabeth Bowen short stories (does she count?) so have a few things to choose from.

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  4. I’ve actually held to my blogging schedule this year (I should tone down the celebration, it’s only been a month!) so I’m more optimistic about being able to participate this year than last!
    If I start reading now, I should be able to get some reviews together by March… 🙂

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  5. Count me in again! I’ve made a list, which is always useful, as I can then find every other book, not so-listed, more enticing! 🙂

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  6. Already started–I’m on it! Will be posting my first book on Sunday, However, I plan to ck your listing and will choose from that as well as the books I already have lined up along with an interview. Fun! Thanks for hosting!

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