Bookworms to descend on Delvin Book Festival in Westmeath on May 5

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Bookworms to descend on Delvin Book Festival in Westmeath on May 5

Booklovers from across Longford and the wider midlands area are invited to attend the annual Delvin Book Festival, which takes place in the county Westmeath village on Sunday, May 5.

First held in 2010, the festival has gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of book lovers to the small midlands village of Delvin.

In 2018, the festival celebrated the centenary of the publication of The Valley of the Squinting Windows by Brinsley MacNamara.

The festival was inspired by the personal, cultural and historical links between the author and Delvin, which was his birthplace and his inspiration.

This year's theme will be Diversity.

Year on year, the attendance at Delvin Book Festival has grown, as has the number and variety of books on offer.
Readers of all ages can choose from an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction books.

The enjoyment of meeting other book enthusiasts is further enhanced by live music performed by resident singer, Pat Kellehan, and other local musicians.

The festival also provides a forum for established and emerging writers to showcase their work.

Over the years, contributions from authors such as Patricia Gibney and Bernie Comaskey have been enjoyed by festival goers.

Organisers are especially pleased with the increased popularity of a short story competition, which features a senior and a junior category. Details of this competition are available via the festival website.

“Looking back on the last decade is getting us very excited about this year's festival, which will take place on Sunday, May 5,” organisers have said.

“We have the same quirky venue - Potterton’s Cattle Mart. As usual we have guest readers, live music and thousands of books all priced at €1 or less.

“There is a dedicated Children’s Section with all books priced at a mere 50c. A number of craft and food stalls will also be on site.”

Entry is free and the festival opens from 12 noon to 6pm, with free parking provided.

If you need any assistance on the day, ask anyone in a yellow vest for help. They may look slightly exhausted and bemused but they love to help.

For further information, see delvinbookfestival.com.