BLARNEY BOOKS & ART is – as far as we know – Australia’s only Bookshop with a purely Book-Related Art Gallery. All of our art exhibitions tie in with books, book art, artist books, and/or storytelling. Designed to appeal to every bookworm!

Anna Hoyle's very funny, and very bookish artworks had our visitors laughing in the gallery over January!

Anna Hoyle’s very funny, and very bookish artworks had our visitors laughing in the gallery over January!

 

We stock new and secondhand books – with a focus on literature, art, young adult, and eclectic titles!

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We are child-friendly – we have train tracks, a fish tank, and a piano you can tinker with. We are dog-friendly – you are able to bring your dog (on a lead) into the shop, and relax on our couches (warning – your dogs will be photographed for our Instagram account!).

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In 2015 we added a stage to our shop, so we are now able to offer ourselves up as a music venue as well. We’ve already had some wonderful gigs here, and look forward to many more to come!

Irishmen Gallie & Paddy Montgomery perform at Blarney Books & Art.

Irishmen Gallie & Paddy Montgomery perform at Blarney Books & Art.

 

We are the founders of the book-related art competition, the Biblio-Art Award (which has absolutely nothing to do with Bibles – biblio simply means ‘book’) … which attracts hundreds of entries from around the world every year. In 2016, we are up to the 8th year of this fabulous comp! The exhibition resulting from the competition is mind-blowing!

In 2016, we also hosted our inaugural Edible Books competition!

Green Eggs & Ham by Liz Gannon

Green Eggs & Ham by Liz Gannon

 

So whatever style your book-loving comes in, we are bound to have something for you!

Come in and see if you can’t lose a few hours of your life with us!