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Tertulia, a bookshop Like no other, is collaborated with Paper Lanterns literary journal on a teen writing competition in the summer of 2022.

Tertulia sponsored the competition, with a cash prize of €250 per prize category. 

This is now annual event sponsored by Tertulia – a writing competition for teens, with the goal to promote teen writers living on the island of Ireland.

We are delighted to announce Leonie Hanan as the prize winner in category 12-15 years and Grace McNally as the prize winner 16-18 years old.

We especially thank Claire Hennessy award winning Young Adult author for being our guest judge this year  and for the hard work put in by Paper Lanterns in organising the competition.

 

Paper Lanterns.

In Association with The Arts Council.
 
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

A Mayo bookshop is one of 12 nationally longlisted in the 2022 An Post Bookshop of the Year. There are four Connacht based businesses in this year’s longlist.

The annual literary event celebrates and promotes Irish writing and authors to the widest range of readers possible.

The ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ category was introduced last year to acknowledge the significant role played by independent bookshops and local branches of bookshop chains in helping their local communities to find and savour the titles of their choice. Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway was crowned the overall winner in 2021.

Tertulia Bookshop located at the Quays in Westport is the Mayo finalist.

 

There are two Galway Bookshops on the list – Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway and Books at One Letterfrack in Connemara

Liber Bookshop in Sligo is also one of the 12 finalists.

Customers were asked to vote for their favourite bookshops and to explain the reason for their choice. The bookshops that received the most votes were then longlisted and invited by the judges to enter a written submission.

Mystery shoppers will now visit the twelve bookshops as part of the judging process to establish the shortlist of six bookshops. The shortlist will be officially announced on Thursday, October 20.

The overall winner of the ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ category will then be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards event on Wednesday, November 23. The winner will receive a trophy along with a prize worth €5,000 from An Post Commerce.

 

Tertulia, a bookshop Like no other, is collaborating with Paper Lanterns literary journal on a teen writing competition in the summer of 2022.

Tertulia is sponsoring the competition, and offering a cash prize of €250 per prize category. 

This is now annual event sponsored by Tertulia – a writing competition for teens, with the goal to promote teen writers living on the island of Ireland.

We are delighted to have Claire Hennessy award winning Young Adult author as our guest judge this year  The two winners (one 13-15 year-old, one 16-18 year-old) will be published in Paper Lanterns Autumn issue this year.

June 1st: Announce competition.
August 1st: Close competition.
August 10th: Present shortlist to guest judge (3 from each age group).
September: Awaiting winners and to Publish in Autumn issue Paper Lanterns.
In Association with The Arts Council.
 
Please submit entries in to:
competition.paperlanterns@gmail.com

Bookshop Focus—Tertulia Bookshop, Westport

 
 
 

Tertulia Bookshop, Westport, Co. Mayo

How it started

We moved from London and Dublin in 2000, to refurbish an old school house. In that time we have been actively involved in community development and micro enterprises.

We wanted to create a social space where people could engage in meaningful conversations about life, literature and the contemporary world. And what better place than a bookshop?  We believe sustainability starts locally, and we are part of this.

Tertulia Books promotes engagement and participation in their communities

How it’s going

Our shop invites people in and promotes the importance of engagement and participation in our communities. 

We host a monthly on-line Philosopher’s Hat Club. We have hosted many events with authors, with Westival (Westport Arts Festival), story time for children, visits from schools, Sunday Afternoon Tertulias (a circle of people who meet regularly to discuss literature and life), book clubs, and many conversations over a cup of coffee. We won Best Independent Bookshop of the Year in Ireland in 2021 along with awards from Spot-Lit EU and from Three Ireland.  

We are sponsoring a short story competition for young adults with Paper Lanterns Literary Journal and are offering €250 to the best story in each category: 12-15 years, and 16-18 years.

Tertulia Bookshop Co. Mayo.

What’s next

The Booksellers Association is lobbying for bookshops to be recognised as places of culture and art, which of course we actively support. 

Now post-Covid, we are back planning events, initiatives and collaborations. We aim to connect with other bookshops and cultural activities across Europe. 

We want to develop our model of community philosophising (Philosopher’s Hat Club)—which allows people to engage in thinking together about what matters to us as a community. 

We continue to fly the flag of reading books as essential to developing the way we think and live in the world, for all ages. We believe local businesses are crucial—their very presence gives back to the community. 

A book recommendation

I  have just finished Devotion by Hannah Kent. It is extraordinary historical fiction by an Australian author which has a beauty to it. I hated finishing it.

Dublin Literary Prize Shortlist 2022 - Winner announced 23rd May - Congrats to French Author Alice Zeniter for the Art of Losing and translator irishman frank wynne

 

Good Luck to Danielle McLoughlin from all of us at Tertulia – and over to Danielle in Episode 24 of TErtulia TV talking to us about her fabulous book now nominated for Dublin Literary Prize 2022

Nobel peace prize winners

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia.

They were cited for their fight for freedom of expression.

The winners were announced on Friday by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Maria Ressa’s newest book “How to Stand up to a dictator” is available for pre-order.

William C. Campbell is Ireland’s only Nobel prize winner for medicine. His book ” Catching the Worm” is available in store or on our website.

A new initiative has been unveiled by An Post Irish Book Awards and offers book lovers across Ireland the chance to vote for their favourite bookshop.

The category has been added to the upcoming An Post Irish Book Awards, the annual literary event that celebrates and promotes Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible.

The new ‘An Post Bookshop of the Year’ category is designed to acknowledge the significant role played by independent bookshops and local book store chain branches right across the country in helping their local communities to find and savour the titles of their choice. It’s no secret people tend to find comfort in books and reading, the COVID-19 pandemic was a pertinent example of this.

The moment is finally here! 

We are OPEN. 

It has been a long and difficult few months but finally the doors at Tertulia – A Bookshop LIke No Other, are open and we cannot wait to welcome you back. Online book sales and postal orders are still in operation and we continue to reach out across social media and virtual events but if you want to come into our shop, have a coffee, meet real booksellers, smell the scent of printed paper and purchase a physical book, then please come in and see us. 

We can’t wait to welcome you. 


Tertulia, a bookshop Like no other, is collaborating with Paper Lanterns literary journal on a teen writing competition in the summer of 2021.

 

Tertulia is sponsoring the competition, and offering a cash prize, thanks to funding from Spot-Lit EU (www.spot-lit.eu/ “Putting Literary Tourism on the Map”.)

This will be annual event sponsored by Tertulia – a writing competition for teens, with the goal to promote teen writers living on the island of Ireland.

We have an exciting guest judge lined up.  The two winners (one 13-15 year-old, one 16-18 year-old) will be published in Paper Lanterns Autumn issue each year.

June 1st: Announce competition.
August 1st: Close competition.
August 10th: Present shortlist to guest judge (3 from each age group).
August 25th: Announce winners.
September: Publish in Issue 6.
In Association with Spot Lit EU and The Arts Council.
 
Please submit entries in to:
grace.paperlanterns@gmail.com
 

Tertulia are delighted to have been awarded Best Independent Bookshop of the Year 2021 Regional winner. The award is an amazing achievement considering the last year with restrictions and Covid. The shop has not been open very long and this award is a testament to the support of our amazing customers and to all the hard work, despite of and because of, the pandemic. 

Thank you to everyone for your support. 

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