Books Afoot in Ireland
June 14-21 and June 22-29, 2017
We're heading to Ireland next summer, a new destination for Books Afoot. Based in
Dublin and Cork, we'll read and discuss literature by Irish women writers and meet
with some of them. We'll visit libraries and bookstores, get to know the two cities,
and explore some of the surrounding countryside.
READING. Irish literature is rich with many fine women writers, and we'll read books by
6-7 of them. The reading list will be sent to participants after registration; participants
will also receive an extensive list of other titles for those interested in delving more deeply
into Irish women's literature.
ACCOMMODATIONS. We will be staying in Dublin and Cork, in university housing,
at University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork (UCC). All rooms will be
singles. In Dublin, rooms will be en suite; in Cork, each person will share a bath with
two or three other women. In both settings, the rooms are arranged in clusters around
a kitchen and lounge.
UCD is located in a quiet area on the southern edge of Dublin, about a 20-minute bus ride
into the city centre. UCC is located in the western part of Cork city, a little less than a mile
from the city centre, across the street from Fitzgerald Park and the River Lee.
ACTIVITIES. As on all Books Afoot trips, we will: read and discuss literature by local women
writers; meet some of the writers, as well as other interesting bookwomen; visit libraries and
bookstores; eat and drink good local fare; explore and learn about the country's rich culture,
history and natural beauty.
We'll get to know Dublin and Cork and surrounding areas, and we'll plan a couple of day trips
beyond the cities—destinations to be announced. We'll do several hikes in the
GETTING AROUND. This is a Books Afoot trip, which means we like to walk; we'll do plenty
of that, as well as use public transport. For some excursions, we'll rent a small bus and driver.
GETTING THERE. The trip will begin in Cork and end in Dublin. There are frequent buses to
Cork from Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport, a 2 ½-hour trip from either.
FEE. The cost for this trip is $1675, which covers a single room and board (seven nights, two
meals each day), local transportation, fees, special events, book group facilitation. It does not
include transportation to and from our starting and ending points or expenses not related to our
REGISTRATION: Before deciding to register, please read the "To Consider" section below.
Registrations will be accepted in the order received, beginning Oct. 24, 2017. A deposit of
$300 is required. Please read these instructions carefully.
1. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest and including your
name, complete address and phone number. (Messages will not be accepted before Oct. 24.)
2. When we receive your email, we'll reserve a space for you as of that date, and we will
immediately send you a registration form by email.
3. Print out the registration form, complete it, and mail it to us, with your deposit, within 14
days to finalize your registration. If you need a paper copy of the form, let us know and we
can mail you one.)
Registration forms will be accepted only by postal mail.
REFUND POLICY: If you have to cancel, we can refund your full deposit and any other
payment you might have made, less a $25 administrative fee, until March 20, 2017. After that,
we can refund a percentage of your payments (full details will be included in information to
participants—or ask, if you need these details now).
THE GROUP. Participants in Book Afoot groups come from all over. Some readers come
with a friend, and some come alone—everyone leaves with a new group of friends. Group size
for this trip is limited to 15 readers.
FACILITATOR will be Mollie Hoben, co-founder of Minnesota Women's Press, Inc. and its
BookWomen Center for Feminist Reading. She has designed and facilitated our Book Groups
on the Road for more than 20 years.
TO CONSIDER: Is this the right trip for you?
Are you comfortable walking 2-3 miles during a day? Climbing stairs? Schlepping your own
luggage? You'll need to do all of these things on this trip.
Do you have particular parts of Ireland you're dreaming of visiting? In the short eight days
we'll be there, and with our interests being focused by our reading, we'll visit only a few of the
numerous areas and sites that attract many visitors to Ireland. (See "Activities" section above.)
Will you have concerns about getting by yourself to our starting point in Cork? For most
travelers it will mean finding and taking the bus from either Dublin or Shannon airport, then
getting to our accommodations from the Cork bus station (about two miles).
QUESTIONS: If you have questions or need more information, email us at
We believe literature and travel make a rewarding combination. Reading the literature from
a place illuminates our exploration of it, and our exploring enriches our reading. We plan Book
Groups on the Road so that participants will have a chance to:
Explore the landscapes that inspired the writers and the cultures that shaped them;
Exploring off the beaten path interests us, as does meeting new people, seeing new things,
and facing surprises with equanimity. We go with the flow!