"Our bookshops are the lighthouses for every writerly boat on the ocean. Without them we cannot set sail. They are the little churches and heroic temples of our endeavours."
Sebastian Barry

What is Irish Book Week? 

Irish Book Week 2024 takes place 19 – 26 October.
Ireland is internationally recognised as a country of books. Our bookshops play a crucial role in championing homegrown talent and putting great Irish books into the hands of readers. They are cultural hubs. They provide us with recommendations for as yet undiscovered delights, the means to browse at our leisure, opportunities to meet our favourite authors, the chance to connect with other readers and so much more.
Irish Book Week celebrates Irish authors, publishers, and Irish interest books, as well as the many brilliant bookshops that sell them.
Irish Book Week was created by Bookselling Ireland, a committee of Booksellers Association members representing bookshops big and small across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, working closely with Publishing Ireland. Irish Book Week launched in 2018. 
How Can I Celebrate Irish Book Week?
Celebrate Irish Book Week by shopping with your local bookshop; in person, online or over the phone. Show your support in a practical way, because shopping with your local bookshop is the most effective way to ensure their survival and success, and that really is something worth celebrating.
Make sure you’re following @BooksellingI on Twitter, @BooksellingIreland on Facebook, @BooksellingI on Instagram and #IrishBookWeek for all the latest news.
Join in with #IrishBookADay

As part of our Irish Book Week celebrations, we want to get readers talking about Irish books, Irish bookshops, and Irish writers on social media. We are inviting people to post on a different theme each day of the campaign. Please join in and encourage your followers to do the same. Please see below for the schedule.

- Saturday 14 October – Next Irish Read
- Sunday 15 October – Last Irish Book You Read
- Monday 16 October – Favourite Irish Children’s Book of 2023
- Tuesday 17 October – Irish Illustrator Whose Work You Enjoy
- Wednesday 18 October – Irish Author You’ve Discovered This Year
- Thursday 19 October – Irish Bookshops You’ve Enjoyed Shopping With in 2023

Thanks to all of our sponsors, National Book Tokens, Hachette UK, Penguin Random House UK, HarperCollins Publishers, Pan Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, DK, Bloomsbury, Canongate, Usborne, Scholastic, Faber & Faber, Bonnier Books UK, Chicken House, Profile Books, Walker BooksAtlantic Books, Argosy Books, Gill Books ,Little TigerThe O’Brien Press ,Ingram Content Group

If you are a bookseller or publisher and would like more information about the campaign, please visit the Booksellers Association website.