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Blarney Books Newsletters

Creatologist Shelley McDonald presents three arty workshops at Blarney Books in January!

To steal from the Magic School Bus, this is an opportunity to “take chances, make mistakes, and get messy” over Summer in Port Fairy! Shelley McDonald is a vibrant Brisbane artist and her workshops are guaranteed to give you the desire to create MORE! You can see some of her works here.

Click on the image to see a larger version. We will require bookings for these workshops, so please get in quick! Email us at, or phone (and leave a message) on 55682174.



The LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES that are popping up all over the world have had me a wee bit excited, I have to say. I love the idea of people giving each other books, making books available by installing private little ‘libraries’ in their front yards, their businesses and in public areas. I hope this trend continues. And no, it’s not at odds to our “business” (which, to be honest, has never really been about the ‘business’ anyway) – it’s just another way of saying I LOVE YOU to a book, and being able to spread that love around a little. It’s sweet, and my god, do we need some sweetness and light at the moment. Share! Give! Share and give again.

There are some lovely images of various Little Free Libraries. Have a look at them at the link.

One image from this gallery
One image from this gallery.

There are also some great images of them on Pinterest.  I love this Alice in Wonderland inspired Little Free Library.

Palos Heights Public Library's Little Free Library inspired by Alice in Wonderland
Palos Heights Public Library’s Little Free Library inspired by Alice in Wonderland

And here’s our own:

Our little free library in the courtyard at Blarney Books & Art
Our little free library in the courtyard at Blarney Books & Art

Let us know what you think. If you’ve made use of our little library, we’d love to hear from you too. Some of the books in our LFL will be extra copies of books that we already stock, and some books will be little gems for you to find. Call it an early Christmas gift to our bookish friends.



to the launch of a

new art exhibition called


by Sandra Winkworth & Jo Grant

on Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 5.30 pm.

BIRD BOOKS is a story about birds told through a book-art

installation that celebrates the joy, discovery and

loss of birds in our world.

Exhibition runs until 4 January 2015.

birdbooks - art exhibition
Bird Books artwork by Sandra Winkworth and Jo Grant


Mr Percival!  Mr Percival!


Opening on 25 October 2014 is STORM BOY – COLOURS OF THE COORONG.  This is an exhibition by Lisa Kensit and Helen Toop, of Timboon, and it will run until the end of November.  Stating the obvious, perhaps, but the exhibition has been inspired by the Colin Thiele book of the same name, and reflects their love not only of the book but also of Australia’s natural flora and fauna.


Artworks by Lisa Kensit & Helen Toop

LAUNCH DATE: 8 November 2014.  4.30pm.  All welcome.
This is a great opportunity to meet the artists!

Here’s a lovely article about the artists and the exhibition,
thanks to Bluestone Magazine.

October News

Sorry for the silence! We’ve just had five weeks away overseas – I won’t bore you with the juicy details, suffice to say that it included the Tate Modern, Charing Cross Road, the very hip Atlantis Books, and a LOT of Greek salads ……. BUT while we were away, our shop was in the hands of Helen & Des Bunyon of Customs House Gallery (Hawkesdale).


Helen & Des have returned with their fabulous new Australian Children’s Picture Book Illustration Exhibition and it’s a floor-to-ceiling extravaganza of JOY! Do make sure you get to see it. They’re in residence here until the 19th of October. This means that if you’re here for the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, be sure to include this on your weekend’s agenda. They also have their Hawkesdale gallery open at the same time, with even more picture book artwork, so really a round trip is called for. Artists included are Ann James, Chris McKimmie, Anna Pignataro, Andrew Joyner, Craig Smith, Chantal Stewart, Sue De Gennaro, Colin Thompson, Kerry Argent, the well-known Shaun Tan, and many more! (When I said extravaganza, I meant extravaganza!)

from "Rules of Summer" by Shaun Tan
from “Rules of Summer” by Shaun Tan



Coming to Blarney Books & Art on 4 October at 4pm is a new performance by Daylesford acting group, Pendulum Productions. Tix are $20/$15 conc. Available at the door.

by Ann Chadwick
Starring: Ann Chadwick, Peppa Sindar

We all feel anxious from time to time. Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t subside, when they are ongoing and exist without any particular reason or cause.

High Anxiety is a sometimes serious, sometimes quirky exploration of the things that we fear and how the fear of things that haven’t happened, or might never happen can influence how we live our lives.

In The Date Geraldine worries about what will be expected of her, middle aged and on her first date in 6 years, and in the title piece, High Anxiety, we share in the inner workings of Annette’s mind as she battles the chatter of fearful thoughts when home alone at night.

High Anxiety is a series of vignettes performed by 2 actors with a running time of approximately 60 minutes.