Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dublin author sets up weekly book club for the homeless

Maeve Devoy has started a book club for homeless people.
Maeve Devoy has started a book club for homeless people.

Lusk author Maeve Devoy is hoping to start a nationwide movement of book clubs for homeless people.

The 25-year-old DCU graduate (left) has set up Books Unite Dublin (BUD), a weekly book club she will host in conjunction with Dublin Simon.

"It's open to everyone, for anyone who is homeless and is interested in reading," she told the Herald.

The idea is imported from the US where it has spread to several cities.

Maeve hopes she can replicate the success of the project here.

"I would love for there to be a Books Unite Galway and Books Unite Cork one day," she said.

The Dubliner previously ran a creative writing course with homeless people.

Maeve published a book called the Tell Tale Collection and is currently working on her second.

At the moment BUD's numbers are small, but Maeve is relying on word of mouth.

"It could be really big and something really nice for people," she said. "The main thing is to try and elevate people."

Publishing companies have donated books to BUD so people can take them. "Every week we'll tackle a new author's short story or bio and then continue with what we are reading," said Maeve.

BUD takes place on Mondays at 5pm at 119 Capel Street, Dublin 1.

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