On Tuesday 17th July the Chairperson of the Library Committee, Cllr. Mary Swords launched the fifth Tipperary Reads Festival in Thurles Library, The Source. This year the Festival is centered on the novel A Perfectly Good Man by UK author Patrick Gale. Over the coming months the people of Tipperary are encouraged to read the novel and then come to meet Patrick when he visits Tipperary Libraries in November.
This is the fifth year of the Festival which has previously played host to writers Sebastian Barry, John Banville, Joseph O’Connor and Tipperary native Frank Delaney. The idea behind the Festival is to celebrate the joy of reading and to foster a sense of community by bringing people together through the shared experience of reading.
Patrick Gale has written 14 novels, the 12th of which Notes from an Exhibition was the Independent Booksellers Association Best Adult Book of 2008 and a Richard and Judy selection. A Perfectly Good Man is set in the beautiful Cornish countryside where the lives and thoughts of a whole community are laid bare when the local parish priest is accused of doing nothing to help a young man dying.
Lorraine Treacy, Tipperary Reads Festival organiser says ‘Patrick Gale is a writer with heart and soul, he understands how it feels to be anyone, man, woman, child, young or old. His new books are always eagerly anticipated. For anyone who has not already discovered the pleasure of Patrick’s writing, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so’.
Everyone is welcome to get involved in the Festival, copies of A Perfectly Good Man are available in any branch library in Tipperary. Patrick will be visiting Clonmel Library on 9th November, Nenagh Library on 10th November and will be in Thurles Library that evening. We would like to thank Lisheen Mine, the Bookmarket Clonmel and Marks & Spencer for sponsorship of the Festival.