It’s back! Reading Ireland Month 2023 1-31 March 2023 #readingirelandmonth23 #begorrathon23 and #williamtrevor23 @cathy746books @kimbofo



This year Cathy at 746books is, once again, theming weeks just to make planning easier. Feel free to join in with this, or just read what you want, when you want!

Intro Week: 1 – 5 March

Irish Classics Week: 6 -12 March

Contemporary Irish Week: 13 – 19 March

Short Story Week: 20 – 26 March

Non- Fiction Week: 27 – 31 March

Grab Cathy’s new badge (above) and get planning your Ireland themed reading or viewing. Like the Facebook page here and then between 1 and 31 March, post as much as you like about any aspect of Irish literature and culture – anything at all!

If you need some inspiration, check out Cathy’s list of 100 Irish Novels and 100 Novels by Irish Women Writers.

I’ll be joining in although I’m not intending to post along with Cathy’s themed weeks. I’m just going to see how the mood takes me. However, I do hope to read something written by William Trevor even if it’s just one short story.

Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor – reviewed by Kim at ReadingMattersBlog

“There are 12 stories in this volume, all roughly the same length, some set in Ireland, the country of Trevor’s birth, and some in England, the country where he spent most of his long life. But the title story, “Cheating at Canasta”, is set in Venice, specifically, Harry’s Bar, where a man, who is losing his wife to dementia, returns to the place they both adored and finds his time there disrupted by a younger couple quarrelling on a nearby table.”

Kim at ReadingMattersBlog

The first story in this collection is The Dressmaker’s Daughter and you can read it online at the New Yorker (thanks to Kim for putting this in her commentary).

Why not join in with A Year with William Trevor and treat yourself to one of his short story collections or novels?

During 2023, I am delighted to be joining forces with Kim at Reading Matters to celebrate the work of one of Ireland’s finest writers, William Trevor.

Cathy at 746Books

Kim and Cathy are hosting this year long read-along of William Trevor’s work to celebrate 95 years since his birth and 65 years since the publication of his first novel. They will each be reading one of his books every month and they will review their chosen book in the first week of that month. This means you can read along with one, either or both of them, or alternatively, just choose your own Trevor to read!

If you do review a William Trevor book this year, then grab Cathy and Kim’s graphic (above), be sure to tag Cathy and Kim in the post and use the hashtag #williamtrevor2023

“I do hope you can join us in this year long celebration of one of not only Ireland’s, but the world’s finest writers.

Cathy at 746books

Don’t forget to either tag Cathy in a post, or link up your post in the comments section of her pinned Master Post from 1st March and she will round up the contributions every Sunday throughout the month.

This year Cathy will be tweeting using the hashtags #readingirelandmonth23 or #begorrathon23

4 Comments on “It’s back! Reading Ireland Month 2023 1-31 March 2023 #readingirelandmonth23 #begorrathon23 and #williamtrevor23 @cathy746books @kimbofo

  1. I need to make a note of these dates in my calendar before I commit to other things… I missed the Nordic reading that was last month and was going to read Nordic books in March, but now… let me see if I can fit some Irish ones in too. I am currently reading Audrey Magee’s The Colony, which counts, right?

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    • MarinaSofia – Cathy is very easy when it comes to her challenges so I’m sure this is definitely something you can count. Audrey Magee is Irish – born in Ireland, lives in Co. Wicklow – so why would it not count! 😄
      Just stretch the finishing date to 1/3 😅 – really if the post goes up in March then I’m sure it will be fine and Cathy is always delighted when folk join in her love of things Irish. Jx

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