The 16th annual Tipperariana Book Fair takes place in Fethard Ballroom this coming Sunday, February 13, at 2pm, and all's in place for another interesting day of 'Wall to Wall' books.
A notable feature of 2010 was the big number of Tipperary books that were published, with up to forty titles hitting the shelves around the county. Many of these authors will be present at the fair to promote, sell and sign their books.
Pride of place will go to Dermot Poyntz of Clonmel and Lee Grace from Waterford city who were the winners of the 'Tipperariana Book of the Year 2010' for their unique comic type book, 'Curse of Cromwell: The Siege', which tells the story of Cromwell's attack on Clonmel in 1650. This book is creating great interest amongst parents and teachers as it literally brings history to life and is a great aid in the teaching of history, especially here in Tipperary where the action actually happened.
People interested in old style food and cooking will want to talk to well-known Nenagh author, Marjorie Quarton, for her book 'Mary Cannon's Commonplace Book – an Irish Kitchen in the 1700s'. A Commonplace Book was a type of 'scrapbook' and belonged to Marjorie's many-times great great grandmother Mary Cannon who wrote down the recipes between 1700 and 1707. A notable absence is the potato, which had not yet become a common food in the early 1700s.
Pdraig Flannabhra, long established photographer from Nenagh, will be there with his beautiful book, 'Nenagh Face2Face', which is the result of twenty years of portrait making of the people of his home town. Maura Barrett will also be present with her 'Kilcooley Abbey', which has great photos of the wonderful stone carvings in that old church.
Michael O'Donnell, local historian and author, will be present with his huge life's work, 'Fethard County Tipperary 1200 – 2000', and many may want to take along their copy of the book for Michael to sign on the day.
All will be in place by 2pm on the day; the caf, the piano player, the raffle prizes and lots and lots of books of all shapes and sizes and prices. Over thirty book dealers will again be present and the Fethard Historical Society will have their table and tables of donated books.
Those wishing to donate books to the society's stall can phone 086 3905373 or 052 6131936 or bring them to the Ballroom on Friday night, after 8.30pm, or on Saturday between 2pm and 5pm.
The entry fee on the day is still €2 (children free when accompanied), the cakes are still the best for miles around, so no better value can be had in these troubled times!