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Irish Book Week, 14th – 21st October 2023

Irish Book Week 2023 takes place 14 – 21 October. 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) in partnership with Publishing Ireland. Irish Book Week launched in 2018.

Irish bookshops play a crucial role in championing homegrown talent and putting great Irish books into the hands of readers. Irish Book Week celebrates Irish authors and illustrators, publishers, and Irish interest books, as well as the many brilliant bookshops that sell them.

Thank you to our sponsors Argosy Books, Gill Books, The O’Brien Press, 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 Books, Atlantic Books, David Fickling, Little Tiger, Ingram Content Group.

We have over 200 bookshops registered to participate and we’d love to collaborate with you on this year’s campaign. Please feel free to talk to your bookseller contacts directly about your ideas, or we can help to put you in touch and make arrangements.

Bookseller Newsletters
We will be sending Irish Book Week newsletters out to our members on a fortnightly basis, from Thursday 27th July onwards. Please send details of any Irish Book Week offers you would like us to include to Ideally, copy should be no more than 300 words. Hyperlinks to resources, rather than attachments, are preferable. Low res images can be included.
Some suggestions for offers that could work:

Some suggestions for offers that could work:

• Signed stock
• POS packs to create in-store table or window displays for your titles
• Early releases
• Authors who are available for events
• Authors available for stock signings
• Illustrators available to create windows

If you already have bookshop activity planned for the week of 14 – 21 October that we could brand as Irish Book Week activity, please let us know and we can give it an extra push via social media and try to help secure media coverage.

POS Kits
We will have a limited number of POS kits that we can send out to publishers. These will contain bunting, bookmarks, posters and some publisher sponsored items. Please email to request one.

Irish Book Week Social Media
We would love for you to get involved with Irish Book Week on social media this year. Here are a few easy ways you can support the campaign.
Make sure you are following us:
Twitter @BooksellingI
Facebook @BooksellingIreland
Instagram booksellingi
Use #IrishBookWeek in all of your posts.

Download our social assets and share them. These will be available on shortly. Just click on the “Resources” tab and select “Irish Book Week” from the drop down menu.
Encourage your followers to post pictures of

• the books they buy during Irish Book Week (tagging the bookshop they bought them from)
• their favourite bookshops
• the Irish Book Week events they attend
• anything else they are doing to celebrate Irish Book Week


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’re 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
  • Friday 20 October – Favourite Irish Book Published This Year
  • Saturday 21 October – Irish Book You’ll be Gifting this Christmas

Have a great Irish Book Week!

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