Our Annual Japanese - Irish Poetry Event, now in its 10th year will take place on Friday, March 1st at 6.30pm here in Charlie Byrne's, in association with the Japanese Embassy and the Wa Cafe.Renowned Tanka poet, Hisa Kagawa and Irish poet, Mary Ó Máille, will read at the event and it will be MCed by Reverend Patrick Towers.All are welcome!
The Annual Over the Edge Poetry Showcase takes place this Friday February 8th at 6pm here in Charlie Byrne's.Poets from the West of Ireland who have published a collection in 2018 will read three of their poems. The readers will be :Trevor Conway, Rachel Conventry, Maureen Curran, Kate Ennals Jessamine O' Connor, Moya Roddy, Eileen Sheehan, Denis Mockler, Bernie Crawford, John W Sexton, Ruth Quinlan, Susan Lindsay, Lindy Newns and Andre Rostant.There will also be readings from the Blue Nib Chapbook 3 and the anthology Poems for Grenfell Tower, published by Onslaught Press.Admission is free and all are welcome.
Our own Vinny Brown will take part in Newstalk's show, Down to Business with Bobby Kerr tomorrow morning Saturday February 2nd at 11am. Vinny is on a panel with Bob Johnston (Gutter Bookshop) and Marie Dickinson (Dubray Books) talking about the landscape for book sellers at the moment and the book trade in general. Be sure to tune in on 106 to 108 FM!
Join us for the Press Launch of Inish: Island Conversations 2016 tonight Friday the 8th of April at 6:30pm.Inish: Island Conversations is a multi-disciplinary arts event that takes place on the picturesque Island of Inishbofin, from the 2-6 June 2016. This programme launch will include music from John Conneely and Mark Sullivan.For more information about this event, simply contact us.
We were absolutely thrilled to be named Irish Times Best Bookshop of the Year in 2013/14! We can't thank our loyal, supportive, enthusiastic customers enough for nominating us.The Irish Times Best Shops winners were announced on Saturday, September 7th after several months of consumer voting, and after fifty shops around the country were shortlisted for the award in a number of categories -- including artisan food stores, bookshops, butchers, craft shops, cafés and tea rooms, boutique and vintage stores, and hairdressers and beauty salons -- on Saturday, August 31. Galway was well represented in the Best Shops competition: another Galway bookshop was shortlisted for the award, as was the contemporary Irish design shop My Shop…Granny Likes It on Abbeygate Street. Charlie Byrne's was in good company alongside the other shortlisted bookshops: the Clifden Bookshop, in Clifden, Co. Galway; An Siopa Leabhar on Harcourt Street in Dublin; and the Rathfarnham Book Shop in Rathfarnham, Dublin.Readers praised the browse-ability of Charlie Byrne's -- "You can browse for hours without obligation," says one -- as well as the mix of new and secondhand stock, the variety of literary events held in the bookshop, and the knowledgeable staff "who are all book lovers," says Charlie. Others loved the shop's wide variety of subjects, from an extensive kids' section, headed up by children's book specialist Olivia Lally, to the well-stocked Irish-language section, which is expertly coordinated by Carmel McCarthy."In an era of dying bookshops and instant downloads this shop is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by being passionate and committed to its customers," says customer Bernard McHale.Check out the fantastic video and article on The Irish Times website here!