Coins and books whet literary appetite

    AS WE approach the long dark nights of another Irish Winter, many will spend more time absorbed in a good book to while away the time.

    The Club House Hotel, Patrick Street, Book Fair is a must for those looking for a book present or that elusive edition printed in the Victorian era.

    The Annual Kilkenny Winter Book and Coin Fair will include an eclectic mix of old and new books and coins to suit all tastes and age groups.

    Booksellers from all over Ireland will display over 5,000 titles, covering fiction and non fiction.

    The collection will also contain many out of print items relative to the centenary of the Great War, The War of Independence and the Civil War.

    Books and ephemera on local and National History, Topography, Folklore and traditions will be on display for purchase at reasonable prices.

    That book you have been searching for, or missed out on last year, may be back on the shelves this year.

    Also there for the serious collector will be many scarce Irish first editions, and rare printings and bindings from a bye gone age. Some rare Irish Maps and Prints will also be available.

    There will also be two coin dealers with a varied collection of rare Irish coinage.

    Seamus O’Connor from Dublin and Kieran O’Brien from Wexford will again have an assorted collection of interesting coins and medals for sale.

    Geata Buidhe Books from Thomasatown specialise in a wide variety of editions covering, modern and antiquarian.

    Other booksellers attending include Well Read Books from Waterford, Paulstown, books which include many Carlovian material, O’Neill Books from Thomastown and Bourke Books comprising military, local, national and international history.

    Do go along on January 20, 10pm to 5.30pm, and while away a few hours perusing the rich mixture of literary material on display and for sale to the discerning buyer or collector.