Libraries NI announces plans for a Big Armagh Read

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Libraries NI has announced plans for a ‘Big Armagh Read’ in February 2017 with the chosen book The Accidental Wife by 2016 Irish Book Award winning author, Orla McAlinden.

Orla, originally from Portadown (now living in Kildare), has won an award for ‘Best Short Story’ at the 2016 Irish Book Awards for The Visit which features in The Accidental Wife, her first collection of short stories.

During March 2017, Libraries NI will encourage as many people as possible across County Armagh to read the selected book with the nine public libraries across County Armagh (Armagh City, Bessbrook, Brownlow, Crossmaglen, Keady, Lurgan, Portadown, Richhill and Tandragee) stocking multiple copies of the book for people to borrow for free.

During the month of the ‘Big Armagh Read’, author events with Orla McAlinden will be held in four libraries, Armagh City, Bessbrook, Portadown and Tandragee, when she will be interviewed by local author Anthony J Quinn.

In July 2016, Sowilo Press, Philadelphia, published Orla’s first collection of short stories, The Accidental Wife, which won the Eludia Award 2014.

For more information on Orla McAlinden, go to

Keep an eye out in local libraries and on the Libraries NI website for more information on the Big Armagh Read, coming in February 2017!