Reading Ireland Month is coming…

Reading Ireland Month (or The Begorrathon as it is affectionately known) will return for the seventh year between Wednesday 1 and Friday 31 March 2023 and I’d love for you to join me.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you will 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, the best pint in the world and a raft of Oscar winners. I mean, this year, can you even really call yourself Irish if you haven’t been nominated for an Oscar?

Last year I 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!

This year I am, once again, theming my weeks just to make my planning easier. Feel free to join in with this, or just read what you want, when you want!

Intro Week:    1 – 5 March 

Irish Classics Week: 6 -12 March

Contemporary Irish Week: 13 – 19 March

Short Story Week: 20 – 26 March

Non- Fiction Week: 27 – 31 March                                        

Grab my new badge and get planning your Ireland themed reading or viewing. Like the Facebook page here and then between 1 and 31 March, post as much as you like about any aspect of Irish literature and culture – anything at all!

If you need some inspiration, check out my list of 100 Irish Novels and 100 Novels by Irish Women Writers. Why not join in with A Year with William Trevor and treat yourself to one of his short story collections or novels?

Don’t forget to either tag me in a post, or link up your post in the comments section of my pinned Master Post from 1st March and I’ll round up the contributions every Sunday throughout the month.

This year I’ll be tweeting using the hashtags #readingirelandmonth23 or #begorrathon23

Here’s to a great month of reading, I hope some of you can join me!

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  1. I’ll be joining in some way or form but, as you know, March is a busy literary month what with this, Dewithon, March Magics and much else! Your structured programme will be helpful for any planning I do, thanks.


  2. Yes! I have Kate O’Brien’s “The Land of Spices” which I bought in Stratford last year and knew I could use. This year, astoundingly, I’m managing to do both this one and Dewithon – usually I can only manage one or the other! Hope it goes really well!

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  3. Oh, I added a comment but it’s disappeared. I have Kate O’Brien’s “The Land of Spices” to read, and can do Dewithon, too, this year, amazingly: I have always seemed to be able to do one or the other the last few years. Hope it goes really well!


  4. Yay! My TBR arrived from London and about one-third of it is Irish novels!!! Also, there are new ones on my radar by Joe O’Connor, Claire Keegan and Sebastian Barry that I’d like to read… but I’m impatient so might read them BEFORE March 🤷🏻‍♀️


  5. I got an error message the first time I commented so this might end up being a duplicate comment. I think I said that I had never heard of either the Begorrathon or the Dewithon and that they both sound fun to me.


  6. So ready for this, can’t wait to immerse in Irish lit again, I kind of jumped the gun because I couldn’t hold back from reading Sara Baume’s Seven Steeples this month, the anticipation too great and too many on the TBR! 🤣


  7. Yes, I’m joining in reading and watching!
    I’ll be reading Claire Keegan and reviewing The Banshees of Inisherin before the Oscars March 12. That’s just to start. Will check out your suggested reading list! It’s been a while since I’ve participated in an Irish Reading blogging event and this is such an opportune time, with films like Banshees and The Quiet Girl on the forefront of the Oscars race.
    Thanks for hosting, Cathy!


  8. I’m more into read what you want whenever you want. I’ll post about Small Things Like These and will try to read The Fire Starters that is sitting on my shelf.


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