Lanesboro man’s Guinness world challenge

Former Lanesboro resident and chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre (IWC), Jack Harte, will today (June 15) lead the way in the IWC’s attempt to claim the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books’.

Former Lanesboro resident and chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre (IWC), Jack Harte, will today (June 15) lead the way in the IWC’s attempt to claim the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books’.

Senator David Norris will open proceedings at the IWC at 10am this morning and the first reader will be best-selling novelist, John Boyne. The readings, of 15 minutes each will run for 28 hours, all through the night, culminating at 2pm on Bloomsday. The current record of 75 is held by the Berlin International Literature Festival.

The readings will be open to the public and the worldwide audience can join in too, as the whole event will be streamed live on the Irish Writers’ Centre website (www.writerscentre.ie). There will be a broad range of texts and tastes, and audience members are invited to stay all night and cheer on the writers reading into the small hours.