Myles Dungan To launch Tipperary Reads Festival 2011

A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry

Tipperary Libraries is pleased to announce Sebastian Barry as the author for this year’s Tipperary Reads Festival.

This year’s Tipperary Reads Festival will be launched by well-known author and Irish broadcaster Myles Dungan in Thurles Library, The Source, Cathedral Street, on Tuesday 12th July next at 6.30pm.

Tipperary Reads Festival has run very successfully for four years now and focuses partly on one work by an author each year. In the past the focus novels have been; ‘Tipperary,’ by Frank Delaney, ‘The Sea,’ by John Banville and ‘Star of the Sea,’ by Joseph O’Connor.

This year Tipperary Library are encouraging everyone in the county to read ‘A Long Long Way,’ Sebastian Barry’s remarkable novel which is the focus novel of this year’s festival. Sebastian’s novel ‘A Long Long Way,’ was shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize, and was selected for Dublin’s 2007 ‘One City One Book‘ event.

His novel tells the story of Willie Dunne, a young recruit to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the First World War and brings to life the divided loyalties that many Irish soldiers felt at that time, following the Easter Rising in 1916. This book, which is a compelling read, demonstrates that right from the beginning that Willie Dunne, is doomed, he was born in the wrong place, his name already belonged with all the other nameless millions.

This festival is open to everyone, including book clubs and individual readers and is a marvelous opportunity to come together to discuss a truly unforgettable read.

As part of this Festival, Tom Burke of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association will be delivering a lecture in Thurles Library on Saturday the 10th September at 3.00 pm.

To get involved all you have to do is pick up a copy of ‘A Long Long Way,’ in your local library.

Note: Sebastian Barry will be visiting Tipperary Libraries on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of November for a number of discussion sessions on the novel.
Click HERE to contact your local library for further details.


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