Read DL 2020 – Call for Schools!

Its that time of year again when we are thinking of READ DL 2020 – our 10th Anniversary Year!

This year we have teamed up with The Laureate Na Nóg Sarah Crossan on her poetry project called #WeAreThePoets which will host a workshop for one lucky primary school in each Electoral District in the County. Please see the points below before your consider your response. 

One school will be selected from each municipal district and a poetry workshop will be delivered at the school.

The workshop will take place at the selected school in January. Please do not put your schools name forward if you cannot facilitate a workshop at this time

The Workshop will consist of 2 x 1.5hr sessions in the day with 15 pupils max in each session. In the event where there are more than 30 pupils in the class participating in Read DL pupils will need to be nominated to take part.

This lottery is only open to schools who will be participating in this year’s Read DL (registration for Read DL 2020 will take place shortly).

Participants in workshops will be expected to read their poems to an audience at the closing ceremony which will take place on 26th March 2020 in The Balor Theatre, Ballybofey.

Please email if you wish to be included in the lottery for each Electoral Area by 2pm on Wednesday 27th November

Read DL 2019 Events

We had a fantastic time for Read DL 2019, as events were hosted across the county inspired by the book Mr Stink.

Read DL committee members and LYIT Library staff at the end of the daly-long Reading Event

Thank you to all who attended these events, as well as Donegal County Library Service, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and their Library staff, and Insomnia Coffee Company for kindly hosting these events throughout the six-week reading period.

Our very own Mr Stink (and The Duchess!) at the performance event at Insomnia Coffee Company, Letterkenny

Read DL 2019 Closing Ceremony

Some volunteers from Letterkenny Educate Together, who did a great job helping out on the day!

Participants of Read DL 2019 received a welcome surprise as Mr David Williams sent the students a special video to thank them for choosing his book, Mr Stink, to read this year. In response, the group made sure to send him a very special message back.

Special message from David Walliams to everyone at Read DL
Participants of Read DL 2019 thanking David Walliams for his book, Mr Stink!

Also, each participating school got the opportunity to showcase their wonderful projects inspired by the story, and the winners of the Creative Writing Competition, the biggest so far with over 192 entries, were revealed.

Courtesy of the LYIT and ETB, a total of 2285 books were distributed throughout the county and 100 copies were made publically available through the library network. In addition, new dimensions were added; such as the development of a Read DL app, 3 library family events, 2 public reading events and an exhibition of artwork at the LYIT.

Speaking at the closing ceremony Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill congratulated all those who participated in this year’s initiative explaining to pupils how “reading is a pastime that will reap long term rewards”. He also thanked the committee for their “collaboration and dedication to making this years’ initiative one of the best yet.”

Read DL Creative Writing Competition – Deadline fast approaching!

There’s just over a week left to get your creative writing entries into the #ReadDL19 team. Open to primary students, secondary students and adults alike. 

All you have to do is write a story, just 500 words or less, inspired by the following quotation from the book Mr Stink: Unimaginable Kindness” 

For all details visit our page to know more:…/Creative-Writing-Comp-Rules-and-C…

Crafty Creations Workshop

This is one for the artists! Come and join us for a fun evening of crafts, inspired by this year’s book “Mr Stink”.

Registration is limited so booking is essential. Call Buncrana Library on 0749361941 to book!

Read DL 2019 Creative Writing Competition

We are delighted to announce our writing competition for 2019.

This year, we are asking participants to write a story (500 words or less) based on one of Mr Stink’s most well-known sayings: “Unimaginable Kindness”.

Details on how to enter are attached, along with a cover sheet for submission. So have fun and get writing!

Download our App!

We have a fabulous new app!

Make sure to download the Read Donegal app for: the latest news; some very special bonus “goodies”; and of course, our list of book-tastic events that will be taking place over the next six weeks. You can add them to your own custom planner so you’ll not miss a thing!

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Over the next six weeks, we will be announcing events, activities and competitions that everyone can take part in. We are also encouraging schools and community groups to organise their own events, and to let us know all about them. That way, we can add them to our app, our website and social media pages. Just contact us!

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Read DL 2019 Launched

We’re delighted to have officially launched Read DL 2019!

Read DL which was launched on Thursday night (28 February) in the Central Library in Letterkenny. We had a wonderful evening with special guests Joe McHugh TD, Karen Guthrie and Sharon Stewart.

Karen Guthrie speaking at Read DL 2019

This is the 9th year of Read DL and its appeal remains as fresh as ever with hundreds of children and young people from 77 schools across Donegal including 6 youth reach centres and 10 ETB Learning for Living Centres taking part in what has become an incredibly successful community literacy initiative.

Speaking at the launch Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill described Read DL is a fine example of how community interaction and dialogue can be encouraged across a vast area and explained that “there are numerous benefits to reading and being literate. It can have far reaching consequences in a person’s life. Furthermore being involved in a community of reading, such as a book club, also has a profound impact on an individual’s life. According to the Reading Agency being a member of a reading group supports learning, provides opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment, develops individual confidence and self-esteem, builds a feeling of belonging and inclusion, promotes a sense of wellbeing and can provide a life-line in difficult circumstances”.

Joe McHugh TD speaks at the launch of Read DL 2019

Thanks to Donegal ETB,  Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Donegal County Council, Donegal County Library and CYPSC Donegal for everything you do do support us. We hope you all enjoy the next six weeks of reading!

Getting involved

Registration for group participation in this year’s programme is now closed, but individual copies of the book are available at your local library. Visit to reserve your copy. You can also visit for further information and learning activities to accompany ‘Mr. Stink’ and previous READ DL titles. Stay up to date by following Read DL on Facebook @readdlsocial, Twitter @ReadDonegal, Instagram “readdonegal” and our new Read Donegal app, available on both android and apple devices.