2018 was a year of change for me. I left my role at Village Books, a role I thoroughly enjoyed, not least so because Hazel and the team at the bookshop was a joy to be part of. I stepped down from my role on the Booksellers Association Council and moved from South London to the West of Ireland.
I miss many parts of my “UK bookselling life” but none more so than reading a book that I love and having the chance to hand selling it to readers. Chatting with Camilla and Aideen from The Dingle Bookshop reinforced that I am happiest when talking books, authors and events.
Working on behalf of Camilla, the bookshop and the Féile na Bealtaine, I am pleased to say that I’ve already secured my first author event of 2019, and a Man Booker winner no less… More on that later. As I chatted with the marketing and publicity teams at Hachette and PRH Ireland I became more and more excited about the books being published in Spring ’19.
What I also want to explore is podcasts. This is a growing medium and one that I believe will become more important in 2019 for championing books.
The combination of exploring podcasts and reading upcoming books proved too tempting not to be combined. With the help and guidance from Deanna O’Connor the result is O’Reilly Reads. These are my book recommendations both in print and as a podcast.
I will also be setting up two book groups/reading groups in West Kerry. The first group will focus solely on debut novels and a second group will be self-selecting in their book choices. If you would like us to consider your book for reading at either group let me know.