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Creating a new audience for Irish language literature

Creating a new audience for Irish language literature

Strategies to increase the numbers of Irish speakers reading Irish language literature will be discussed at a conference to take place in the Marion Conference centre in Dublin on 21st and 22nd September.

Organised by Foras na Gaeilge, the workshop will discuss the current state of Irish literature and how best to promote it. 

Particular attention will be paid to the current number of readers of Irish language literature and the main objective of the weekend is to come up with ways to increase that number.

Guest speakers will cover a wide range of topics relating to literature in Ireland including the influence of e-books, the distribution and marketing of literature and the current state of English language publishing in Ireland.  The influence of the media and the importance of book clubs will also be discussed.

The weekend’s key-speaker will be Rachel Van Riel (Opening the Book, Britain) who will discuss the promotion of reading within the community with reference to the methods used in Britain in order to encourage reading among the public. 

International practices regarding the promotion of reading among all ages will also be discussed and a representative from Catalonia will discuss the translation of minority languages.

To register for the workshop click here. Further information is available at or email

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