Cork’s ‘One County, One Book 2022’ Celebrated at Vertigo

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Cork County Council Library and Arts Service has chosen ‘Not My Problem’ by Ciara Smyth as the ‘One County, One Book’ read for teens and young Adults for 2022. The Council’s ‘One County, One Book’ initiative is designed to promote homegrown literature, with prominent placement in its branches, and to promote literacy as part of its community outreach programmes to young people.

The Library Service supplied 800 copies to schools and Youthreach Centres across Cork County at the beginning of the school year, while copies of the book are also available in local branches and mobile libraries, as well as online as an e-book via Borrowbox. 

In celebration of the book, Secondary School and Youthreach students were invited to Vertigo at Cork County Hall for book discussion with author, Ciara Smyth earlier this month. Further online events will be held this month to allow students the opportunity to meet and discuss the book.

Speaking at the student event, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre O’Brien said, 

It is wonderful to see so many students engaged and enjoying this book. It has been a pleasure to meet them and also the very talented Ciara Smyth, whose book explores difficult issues such as addiction and loneliness, but also true friendship. This is the second year of the ‘One County, One Book’ initiative and is has proven to be a unique opportunity for young readers to come together to explore issues raised in the books, all the while deepening their appreciation for literature.

The One County, One Book initiative is part of a series of event’s underway throughout the month of November to celebrate Cork County Council’s Teen Literature Festival.
Additional events include author and creative writing talks with Louise O’Neill, Mary Watson and Sue Divin, as well as Fighting Words workshops with Graffiti Theatre Company.  There are also talks about nutrition, social media and cyber safety being offered both online and in library branches. 

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey noted,

Our Library Service plays a unique and varied role in the heart of our communities, supporting learning and creativity, while providing a place for clubs, groups and individuals to meet. The annual Teen Literature Festival encourages a new generation of readers and writers to discover all that the service has to offer.

The Teen Literature Festival is funded by Cork County Council, Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland Teachers can email for more information on upcoming events.