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We love hosting author events in Bridge Street Books & have been delighted in the past to welcome such celebrities as Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant), Rebecca Miller and Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart). We have also welcomed The Gruffalo and Maisy Mouse, held a cookery demonstration by Catherine Fulvio & had the children of Wicklow hunt for Wally all over the town.

It is always a pleasure to welcome local authors Emma Hannigan, Melissa Hill & Jackie Burke & more recently Alan Timmons (Here in No Place), Oona Frawley (Flight) and Micheal Delahunty (This is Wicklow) to BSB to launch their books.

Please see below a list of upcoming and exciting events which we will be hosting:

vet mission

Vet on a Mission

Gillian Hick 

Wednesday 25th July  @ 6.30pm

Join us to officially launch 'Vet on a Mission' the new memoir by Gillian Hick.
Gillian's third book and tells the story of a wife and mother of three who sets up her own small animal veterinary practice – the tears, the laughter and the whirlwind of chaos that follows!
Gillian is a local vet with Cloverhill Veterinary Practice in Glenealy.  Her previous books are 'Vet on the Loose' & 'Vet Among the Pigeons'




Book readings with play therapist Anne-marie O'Riordan

 play therapy

We have come together with Wicklow Town based play therapist Anne-marie O'Riordan to hold 'readings with a theme' once a month.
All ages welcome. Anne-Marie will read the book with 4-10 year olds in mind, however every age child will get something from it

About Anne-marie:
Anne-marie is an Accredited Play Therapist working with children and parents in private practice in Wicklow Town. She has 12 years experience of working therapeutically with children and families.


Please see our facebook events page for full details of books and confirmed dates


Adult Book Club

Will meet upstairs in Phil Healy's Pub on the last Wednesday of each month


Junior Book Club

9 - 12 year old: Meet on the last Thursday @ 3.30pm

Please see our facebook events page for full details of books and confirmed dates

christmas books


Gift Books for Children


worm birdThe Worm & The Bird – Coralie Bickford-Smith  

Deep below the earth, Worm dreams of having more space - there's not much room down there. Above, Bird waits, through sun and rain and wind. As the day goes on, will they both find what they are looking for?  A beautiful book about searching and hoping and how we should take a moment to apprecaite the small things


greatest magical storiesGreatest Magical Stories – Chosen by Michael Morpurgo

A collection of the best magical stories from around the world. With talking frogs to meddling fairies and mysterious sea creatures, there is something here to appeal to everyone.


build own globeDiscovery Globe – Leon Gary

Make your own globe and discover more about the people and places on it with this stylish kit, containing all the pieces for an easy-to-make spinning model plus a highly-illustrated explorer's guide. The sturdy card globe features icons labelling everything from natural wonders to famous faces, topics which can then be explored in more detail in the explorer's guide. 


SAILOR WENT TO SEAA Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea – Sarah Webb & Steve McCarthy

A beautiful collection of rhymes from an Irish childhood, brilliantly illustrated by Steve McCarthy. This duo also did the very popular 'Sally Go Round the Stars'. Perfect for a new baby or toddler.


one christmas wishOne Christmas Wish - Katherine Rundell 

It's Christmas Eve and Theo - left at home with a babysitter - sees an odd-looking star out of his window and decides to make a wish. He wishes that he had some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations begin to disentangle themselves from the tree behind him, ready to wreak a little havoc


hp azkabanIllustrated Harry Potter

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay's inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling's classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide.  Now available, individually or as a boxes set - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban



wolf duck mouseThe Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse  - Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen  When a woeful mouse is swallowed up by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it's pretty nice inside the belly of the beast - there's delicious food, elegant table settings and, best of all, dancing. And there's something more: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! Life's not so bad, considering the alternatives. That is, until a hunter shows up...  A tale of cooperation and creative cusine! 

LADYBIRD HOLIDAYWhat the Ladybird Heard on Holiday - Julia Donaldson (Illustrated by Lydia Monks)  Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't changed their thieving ways. In fact, they've got even more ambitious. They're planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to pinch the Queen's crown.  It's a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city.  With a whole host of noisy new zoo-animal characters to meet and even a cameo from the Queen 

Now also available, in hardback is the new Julia Donaldson / Axel Schaffler 'The Ugly Five' 


AGE 5+

RABBIT BEARRABBIT & BEAR - JULIAN GOUGH  A laugh-out-loud funny story of a rabbit and bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend



mango4MANGO & BAMBANG - POLLY FABER  SUPERSTAR TAPIR - there is now 4 books in the fabulous Mango & Bambang series about a young girl, Mango Allsorts and her pet Tapir.  The short stories are perfect to read aloud to age 4-6 or for emerging readers


KNITBONE PEPPERKNITBONE PEPPER - CLAIRE BARKER  Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. But when he discovers that the Hall is up for sale and his beloved owner, Winnie Pepper, and her madcap parents must leave their home, he smells a rat. Can Knitbone and his ghostly gang of animals help Winnie save Starcross? 



AGE 9+


creakersThe Creakers - Tom Fletcher  What's under your bed, keeping just out of sight? Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did. Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared - as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy's town run riot. It's mayhem.  It's madness. To most kids, it's amazing! But Lucy wants to find out the truth. She's going to get her back - and nothing is going to stop her, except, maybe, the Creakers

girl saved christmasThe Girl Who Saved Christmas - Matt Haig  It is Christmas Eve and all is not well. Amelia Wishart is trapped in Mr Creeper's workhouse and Christmas is in jeopardy. Magic is fading.  If Christmas is to happen, Father Christmas knows he must find her.With the help of some elves, eight reindeer, the Queen and a man called Charles Dickens, the search for Amelia - and the secret of Christmas - begins


explorerThe Explorer - Katherine Rundell    As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the Amazon jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.  Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.  A story of exploration, survival and the importance of preserving the Amazon rainforest

guggenheim mysteryThe Guggenheim Mystery - Robin Stevens (based on a story by Siobhan Dowd)   Ted goes to New York on holiday, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While there, a painting is stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. When Aunt Gloria is blamed for the theft Ted must find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.  Siobhan Dowd wrote 'The LondonEye Mystery' in which Ted and Kat must find their cousin, who has mysteriously disappeared from the London Eye.  This is the sequel, however, it can be read as a standalone too. 

boy bird coffinThe Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker - Matilda Woods  Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora. He is a coffin maker, spending his quiet, solitary days creating the final resting places of Allora's people. Until the day a mysterious boy and his magical bird arrive - flying from danger and searching for a safe haven. Tito is fearful, suspicious of kindness, but as the winter days grow colder and darker, Alberto's home grows warmer and brighter.  Can Tito and his bird be sheltered from the town's prying eyes and the shadows of their past? 

othelias orbThe Secrets of Grindlewood - Jackie Burke  The 5th and final book (Othelia's Orb) in the very popular series by local author Jackie Burke is out now.  The children and their pets have found Othelia's powerful and mysterious Orb but they must keep it hidden to protect it from falling into the wrong hands!  If you've never read the Grindlewood series, now is the time to start.




GIRL INK STARSThe Girl of Ink & Stars - Kiran Millwood Hargrave  Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep.




moonriseMoonrise - Sarah Crossan  Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years, and it's for the most brutal of reasons.  Ed is on death row. But now Ed's execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think.  Written in the same style as the multi award winning 'ONE' this is a powerful book that demands to be read 


after fireAfter the Fire- Will HillFather John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders.  Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.  But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?



It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories.  This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War.

DANGEROUS CROSSINGDangerous Crossing - Jane Mitchell  Ghalib doesn't want to leave his home in Syria. But the city has become too dangerous, and his family has no choice but to flee. Together they make their way through Syria to the Turkish border, where Ghalib gets separated from his family. Stricken with grief and fear, fighting cold, pain and hunger, he manages to make it to a refugee camp in Turkey. Ghalib is safe for now, but life in a refugee camp is wretched and hopeless, and this boy's journey in search of safety is far from over.

HATE GIVETHUG - Angie Thomer Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer.





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