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The Power of Words

Ahead of Ireland Reads Day 2022, join us for a chat with authors, readers, learners and librarians about the power of words.

Ireland Reads is an annual campaign to get the whole of Ireland Reading.

As part of the campaign, Libraries Ireland, NALA, Publishing Ireland and Bookselling Ireland are pleased to present a special online event to explore the power of words and help you find your voice, lose yourself, and take comfort in reading.

Join Bob Johnston, owner of the Gutter Bookshop, in conversation on the power or reading with:

Rick O’Shea, broadcaster and book lover
Shauna Gilligan, writer and adult literacy teacher
Laura McKenna, author of Words to Shape My Name
Mary Reynolds, Longford County Librarian

This event will be a celebration of reading and writing, and losing and finding yourself in words. It will include some audio segments from men in Portlaoise prison, and a contribution from author and Ireland Reads Ambassador Marian Keyes.

Celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have by joining this event ahead of Ireland Reads Day 2022.

This event will be fully accessible to the deaf community with an ISL interpreter. Register on EventBrite at

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