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Sligo Library Events for Library Ireland Week 2012, 12-18 November

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It is the 7th year of Library Ireland week (@libraryweek2012) which celebrates the role of libraries in communities. Sligo Libraries are pleased to announce various events to take place in branches over the week 12th to 18th November.

In Sligo Central Library, Declan Burke (@declanburke) will perform a reading on Tuesday 13th November from 6 to 7pm. Declan has published four novels: Eightball Boogie (2003), The Big O (2007), Absolute Zero Cool (2011) and Slaughter’s Hound (2012). Absolute Zero Cool was shortlisted in the crime fiction section for the Irish Book Awards, and received the Goldsboro Award for the UK’s Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012. Slaughter’s Hound is currently shortlisted in the Crime Fiction category for the 2012 Irish Book Awards. Declan is also the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011), and the co-editor, with John Connolly, of Books to Die For (2012). He hosts a website dedicated to Irish crime fiction called Crime Always Pays.

Rena Gallogly will launch a collection of short stories titled ‘The Shadow of the Mountain’ at 6.30pm on Friday 16th November.


On Thursday 15th November from 1 to 2pm, Eoin McNamee will be in Tubbercurry Library. Eoin has written two novellas, The Last of Deeds and Love in History, which was shortlisted for the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award for Irish Literature; and the novels, Resurrection Man; Booker nominated The Blue Tango; The Ultras and Orchid Blue. He has also written the Navigator trilogy for young adults, The Navigator, City of Time and The Frost Child. McNamee commenced writing another series for children, the first book of which is “The Ring of Five”, and the second of which is “The Unknown Spy”, both of which are based on plotting and espionage. He was awarded the Macauley Fellowship for Irish Literature in 1990. He lives in Co Sligo.


Brian Leydon, author and Gerry Harrington, musician will do a joint performance in Ballymote Library on Thursday 15th November from 6 to 7pm. Brian Leyden is the author of the bestselling memoir The Home Place, the novel Death and Plenty and the short story collection Departures. He has written extensively about his native area for Sunday Miscellany. His most recent work is a screenplay for the feature film “Black Ice” to be broadcast on RTE.


Gerry Harrington is a simply amazing fiddler. In a country where great musicians are commonplace, he stands out. Known both for his technical mastery, and the sweet lilting beauty of his style, he is much in demand for festivals, workshops, and concerts. Gerry grew up in County Kerry under the influence of some of the great players of the day, Joe Thomas, Connie O’Connell, and Dennis McMahon.

More information on these and future events can be found on the Sligo County Council website, and the Sligo Libraries Blog.

If you attend any of these events, you can interact on twitter with the hashtag #LIW2012 & #Sligo!

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