The Washington Post called Irish Book Day 'a literary pot of gold' and named it one of the top ten things to do on St. Patrick's Day.  Irish Book Day was also featured on Lets Talk Live, click to watch Solas Nua's Paddy Meskell recite "Lament for Christy Ring" on the show.

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Irish Book Day was postponed due to inclement weather and the closure of Federal Government offices in D.C. We gave away thousands of free books on March 18th.

You may know March 17th as St. Patrick’s Day, but here at Solas Nua it’s Irish Book Day, our celebration of the richness of Irish culture. This year’s Irish Book Day is extra special. Solas Nua has joined forces with Irish literary magazine The Stinging Fly to bring you an exclusive publication called What’s the Story? It’s a collection of poetry and short stories by Irish authors including Kevin Barry, Geraldine Mitchell, Cliona O’Connell and Michael J. Farrell.

Thanks to the support of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Solas Nua donating members Irish Book Day is still a free event! Solas Nua’s loyal volunteers gave away What’s the Story? at Metro stops including Dupont Circle, Gallery Place, Union Station, and Columbia Heights during morning and evening rush hours.

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An Irish Book Day First!

Solas Nua has partnered with Dublin-based literary magazine The Stinging Fly to create What’s the Story? an exclusive collection of poems and short stories from emerging Irish writers, the first project of its kind for Solas Nua. 

You can help us cover the cost of placing great new Irish writing into the hands of thousands of people. Solas Nua has received a grant from DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities of up to $7,800 to match every dollar we raise.

A donation of

$10 puts a book in the hands of 5 lucky people.

$50 gives What’s the Story? to 25 readers.

$100 means 50 people will enjoy discovering new Irish poems and stories.

More money means even more readers.

As always your support means a great deal to Solas Nua. Your Irish Book Day contribution will be matched by a grant from the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities so that we reach further into the community and spread exceptional Irish literature to a wide audience. If you have any questions you can reach us at

Here's the full slate of What's the Story? authors: stories by Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, Mary Costello, Michael J. Farrell, and Danielle McLaughlin. Poems by Sarah Clancy, Elaine Feeney, Geraldine Mitchell, Alan Jude Moore, Cliona O’Connell, Leanne O'Sullivan, Billy Ramsell and Tadhg Russell. We hope you'll enjoy their work as much as we do!