Reading Ireland Month 2020! 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 me?

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Ah, gwan, ya will!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you’ll know that I 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 (can Saoirse Ronan bag another Oscar for Ireland this year?)

We have the best pint in the world and the most stunning coastline – and Peter Dinklage loves us, so what more could you want?

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 hosting the fourth annual celebration of all things Irish.

This year is a first though, as I have been abandoned by co-host and partner in crime Raging Fluff who has, rather disgracefully, decided to go working and travelling in South America this year. Fair enough, I don’t blame him, I’d go too if I could, but I’m sure he will be with us in spirit!

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.

I’d love for you to join me!

Grab my new badge and get planning your Ireland themed reading or viewing. Like the Facebook page here and then between 2 and 29 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 Tatty by Christine Dwyer-Hickey. Post your wheaten bread recipe. Make a list of your favourite Irish books or movies. Eat a packet of Tayto crisps. Haven’t had enough of Normal People by Sally Rooney yet? Then watch the new BBC3 adaptation!

From Derry Girls to Sebastian Barry, Game of Thrones to Anne Enright, there is no shortage of marvellous culture to choose from.

This year, once again, 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 and reviews will be grouped as follows:

2nd – 8th March – Contemporary Irish Novels

9th – 15th March – Classic Irish Novels

16th – 22nd March – Irish Short Story Collections

23rd – 29th March – Irish Non-Fiction

I’ll be hosting a giveaway each week and rounding up the posts of everyone taking part.

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 that will be available on my pinned Master Post.

This year I’ll be tweeting using the hashtags #readingirelandmonth20 or #begorrathon20

I do hope some of you will be able to take part, if not, I might have to send Sister Michael round…

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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. Well I really hope to join you again. I am being a very fickle reader atm, but I do have lots of Irish writing tbr. I have Normal People, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, two books by Kate O’Brien, two by Molly Keane and some short stories by Edna O’Brien. There may even be others when I take a closer look at my tbr.


  2. Hooray – I just bought two novellas by Irish authors today so I may even manage to be organised enough to get them read and blogged about in time! Tatty is a wonderful novel, lovely to see it chosen as the One City One Book choice. Sister Michael is my absolute hero 😀


  3. I’ve got John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies on my TBR shelf, this would be a perfect reason to pick it up and I’ve just heard Anne Enright on Desert Island Discs, so I’m feeling inspired by her too!


  4. Oh, you know I’m up for this! Got a few Irish books in my relatively small TBR pile, including Mary Costello’s latest one, a couple of John Boyne novels that I picked up cheap, and The Milkman. 😊 I also have a couple of Jennifer Johnston’s on my Kindle.

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  5. This is such an awesome event. 🙂 I really want to read more Irish Literature. I’m American, but my DNA says I’m about one-fifth Irish, & I know my great-grandmother came over from Ireland (Maggie), so I definitely want to learn the things. I don’t currently have a blog and am the worst at planning my reads, so I’ll just be watching this event for now. That said, I saw this thread this morning at Library Thing, which may be another great resource as people are choosing titles:
    Cheers everyone! Thanks for hosting such a great event, Cathy. ❤


  6. I’ve got one! I have been saying I’ll only do challenges off my TBR but I fortunately have a novel called Too Many Ponies by an Irish author. We’re loving Derry Girls although I did shed a tear at the end of season one!

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  7. I’ll go head to head with you on the claim for beautiful landscapes (we have a few here in Wales too).
    But I admit defeat in the literary stakes – Wales can’t boast any Nobel or Booker winners (yet).
    i could however be rather naughty. Who was it that won rather decisively on the rugby pitch yesterday? Not that I’m crowing of course…..

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  8. Hi Cathy, Just to let you know an Irish-Oz online magazine @TinteanMag now follows you on twitter. You may be interested in some of their articles and reviews. Last month (7 Jan) there was a lovely review of Niall Williams’s “This is happiness”, for instance.

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