Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Some wonderful feedback on #100Books Initiative from Cork

I really like your publication ‘100 Books with a Difference’.  Congrats to your colleagues..a really useful resource. I got a copy of it last weekend in Copenhagen from an ex colleague, who now teaches in the Institute of Technology, Tralee. They are trying to get a conversation going on Diversity and Equality in Tralee. Separately in Cork, I’m involved with an Alliance called CESCA which is also endeavouring to have a conversation about Equality, 10 grounds and Social Justice from a community development perspective! 

To quote Margaret Mead ..’ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,committed citizens can change the world..’

Feedback from Ronnie Dorney (Principal Community Worker), Cork

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Positive Feedback from Ennis Book Club Festival!

I was at your presentation in Ennis last weekend and was very impressed with your project – 100 books with a difference.  Your passion for the project was infectious.... 
(from Clare Community Development)

I just want to say thank you so much for an inspirational talk – the feedback has been entirely positive. As well as highlighting your 100 books initiative it was an excellent publicity forum for public libraries.....
(from Clare County Library Service)

Thank you Ennis Book Club Festival!

We had a great response in Ennis to our “100 Books!” It was heart warming to see people walking around Ennis, queuing in cafes, having a pint, chatting – with our “100 Books” reading guide under their arm....

Our 100 Books project went on tour to County Clare in March, to the 8th annual Ennis Book Club Festival. This is a major social and literary gathering in the Irish literary calendar. Book club members and readers from all over the country and beyond enjoyed meeting literary greats including Donal Ryan, Dervla Murphy and Martin Sixsmith.

Our event wowed an audience of over 100 in the Temple Gate Hotel on Saturday. What better forum to bring people together and get them thinking and talking about Difference through Reading!

So what’s next for our project? 
Watch this space. Also, watch out for the next issue of the journal “Books Ireland” which is running a special feature on our “100 Books”.

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Get involved: Read a book. Submit a review. It is that simple.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

100 Book on tour!

Our “100 Books with a Difference” project has captured national interest. We are delighted to announce that our project is on the programme for the Ennis Book Club Festival, following a well received presentation at the Kildare Reader’s Festival in October.

The Ennis literary weekend, celebrating its eighth year, is a festival of national significance and is aimed specifically at readers and readers groups. A very sociable event, book club readers from all over Ireland get together to talk about and celebrate the world of books.

Authors and speakers in this year’s programme include Martin Sixsmith, Dervla Murphy, Donal Ryan, Rachael English, Michael Murphy, D J Carey and Niall MacMonagle. Cavan Library’s Josephine Brady and Teresa Treacy will take to the stage in the Temple Gate Hotel on Saturday 8th March at 5.30pm to promote the project.

On Sunday 9th March at 12.15pm, again in Temple Gate Hotel, Clare Youth Theatre will perform “O to the Hours” a literary adaptation inspired by Cavan’s 100 Books project.

Why not join us at the Festival. Read all about it on ennisbookclubfestival.com.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

What is "100 books with a Difference" all about?

Cavan County Council’s Library Service wants to bring people together and get our community thinking and talking about difference, through reading. That’s because we believe that great books don’t just echo, vindicate and validate our own experience. They also take us to places we hadn’t imagined but which, once seen, we never forget and those places could involve more equality, tolerance and understanding.

We know that when literature is working really well it can bridge gaps between intolerance and understanding, apathy and passion, and cultural and economic disparity. The right book in the right hands is a powerful tool that can change lives and communities for the better.

Through our “100 Books with a Difference” readers will explore the truth of living with prejudice and discrimination; learn that the shared experience of difference is what in fact unites us; and discover the wisdom of celebrating difference. 

Irish equality law prohibits discrimination on nine grounds: Age, Civil Status, Disability, Family Status, Gender, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation and Membership of the Traveller Community. We have chosen 10 great books that offer real insight under each of these grounds. We have also added a 10th theme: Peace Building in Northern Ireland.

How were the “100 Books with a Difference” chosen? 

The “100 Books with a Difference” is the best choice of Cavan librarians who are passionate about literature and about equality. We did not have any critics helping us spot oversights. Guiding people to great reads is our daily task and one that we take very seriously. A truly international flavour sees 41 Irish writers sitting side by side with English, American, African and Asian writers. Award-winners stand with titles that are not at all well-known. All are gifts to the reader, relate to and illuminate the various aspects of difference covered by legislation, and deserve to be shared. We fully accept that people will have other opinions and we welcome the public’s choices of which books should have been included or excluded.

Getting involved - here's how

Everyone can get involved.  You can keep it simple and just read one or more of the 100 Books. You can choose to do more. We have lots planned – it is up to you. 

Read some of the 100 Books and share your thoughts with a Reading Group. 

Talk about discrimination you have encountered and discuss how we might tackle prejudice, build bridges, and change lives and our community for the better.

Tell us:

  • Your thoughts on the overall project - Good or bad, we want to know.
  • What do you think of the books chosen? Submit a review if you like!
  • Is there a title that you feel strongly should be on our list? Tell us why.
  • Is there a title you feel strongly should not be on our list? Tell us why.
  • Choose your favourite book on our list and tell us why.
  • Tell us how we might promote this project and get more people involved?
Getting your thoughts to us! 
Simpy share your thoughts using the "Comment Facility" below each post on this blog
Email us your views to library@cavancoco.ie

Monday, 26 August 2013

Thank you to all our Contributors!

John Quinn trained as a teacher and worked in that profession for a decade. After a number of years as an editor, John joined RTÉ and delivered some of RTÉ’s finest programmes. His radio work resulted not only in national awards and international acclaim, but also led to important publications. Following the untimely death of his wife Olive, John produced a deeply moving personal documentary. The books that followed are equally powerful.  John is a much loved, award winning writer. Common threads shine through all his work. He believes in the importance of building up our human community in peace and civility. 

Omagh-born Martina Devlin is a journalist and author. In 2012 she won the Royal Society of Literature’s VS Pritchett Prize for a short story. Her books include “Banksters”, co-authored with RTE’s David Murphy, “Ship of Dreams” a novel about the Titanic, and a memoir, “The Hollow Heart.” She writes a weekly current affairs column for the Irish Independent and was named 2011 columnist of the year by the National Newspapers of Ireland. She has also won a Hennessy Literary Award, was shortlisted twice for the Irish Book of the Year awards, and was writer-in-residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.

Founder of Kanchi and The Ability Awards, Caroline Casey is driving societal change aimed at a complete reframing of disability. Caroline’s vision for Kanchi is to create an inclusive world for people with disabilities by engaging the business and media worlds on their own terms.  The first Irish person to be appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Caroline is also an Ashoka Fellow, an Eisenhower Fellow, and holds an honorary doctorate from National University Ireland. She travels the globe presenting at prestigious events. Caroline is visually impaired – however, she has never experienced this as a limitation. 
Róisín Ingle is an Irish Times journalist and author. Collected together for the first time in her book “Pieces of Me: A Life-in-Progress”, Roisin Ingle's weekly columns from The Irish Times Magazine display her disarmingly open style, always humorous, often deeply affecting. She muses on life, love, and everything in between.  The columns are accompanied by new writings in which she reflects on the death of her father, her failed marriage, her unlikely path into journalism, and her long-standing love affair with Borza's fish and chips. Roisin lives in Dublin with her boyfriend and their two daughters. She believes all the best families are slightly dysfunctional.
Dr Leeann Lane, a graduate of UCC and Boston College, is Head of Irish Studies and Head of the School of Humanities at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin. She has published on George Russell, on the children's novelist Patricia Lynch and is writer of one of our 100 Books with a Difference, “Rosamond Jacob: Third Person Singular”. A course writer and tutor of a history module on a distance education Bachelor of Arts programme, Dr Lane was recently nominated to the Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations. She is currently working on a study of single women in the early Free State period and is a committee member of the Women's History Association of Ireland.

Baroness Nuala O’Loan DBE, MRIA is a member of the UK House of Lords and Chair of the Governing Authority of NUI Maynooth.  Ireland's Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy to Timor Leste, she also works with the International Contact Group Basque in Spain.  As Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, she was responsible for investigating the police. She has chaired and served on public bodies in areas as diverse as the European Union, Health, Transport, Policing, Human Rights and Energy. Her writing on justice, policing, and faith has been influential and she speaks regularly across the world.  She has acted in an advisory capacity to government agencies responsible for policing and police accountability, in Africa, Asia, India, Europe and North and South America.  She is the wife of Declan O'Loan MLA and they have 5 sons.

Úna-Minh Kavanagh was adopted from Vietnam by a Kerry woman and has been living in Ireland since she was six weeks old. The 22 year old, who has a degree in Irish and Journalism, now works as a journalist up in Dublin. Throughout the years she’s been the subject of racial abuse both verbal and physical because of how she looks. She hopes that by speaking out about her experiences, people will acknowledge that this still happens in Ireland and that something might be done about it.

Reverend Elizabeth Hewitt was ordained in 1983 to the Methodist Church in Ireland. She was officially welcomed as the Minister of the Methodist Church’s Adare and Ballingrane Circuit in July 2011 and is Convener for Inter-Church Relations for the Methodist Church in Ireland. She served as Superintendent of Glenavy and Moira Circuit and as Chaplain in the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice. Reverend Hewitt worked with CRUSE Bereavement Care on a project entitled “Remember your Child.”

Dr Eibhear Walshe is a senior lecturer in the Department of Modern English at University College Cork. His biography “Kate O’Brien: A Writing Life” was published in 2006 and he edited “Elizabeth Bowen: Visions and Revisions” in 2008. He was a section editor for “The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Volume 4”; a contributor to “The New Dictionary of Biography” and guest edited “The Irish Review” in 2000. His other publications include a range of edited collections.  He has completed a study of Wilde and Modern Ireland. His memoir, “Cissie’s Abattoir” was published in 2009 and he has just completed his first novel.

 John Joe Nevin was born in June 1989.  He is a native of Mullingar, Co Westmeath. He attended Scoil Mhuire Christian Brothers School and is a member of the Traveller community. He won a gold medal in the bantamweight division in the European Amateur Championships in June 2013 when he outclassed Mykola Butsenko from Belarus.
He won the Irish National Championships and qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics at age 18 and four years later qualified for the 2012 Olympics where he won a won a silver medal. In the semi-final he defeated the reigning bantamweight world champion Lazaro Alvarez from Cuba. He is currently the number one ranked amateur bantamweight boxer in the world.  He boxes out of the Cavan Boxing Club under Coach Brian McKeown.

Paveewhack: a novel

By Peter Brady, 2002
Teenage Traveller Jack Joyce must adapt to settled life after his father moves the family into a house in a small Midlands town. Brady's richly textured debut novel is an acute look at Traveller culture, and the first novel ever to be written in the Cant dialect. Combining black humour with stripped-down realism, Brady delivers a moving story against a backdrop of exclusion.

My life on the Road: an autobiography

By Nan Joyce, 2000
Nan’s moving memoir tells of a rich and interesting life, despite poverty and discrimination, and is laced with humour, charity and love of life. In an afterword, the author tells of her life since this classic autobiography was first published in 1985.