Irish Book Awards

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  • Dept 51 @ Eason
  • Specsavers
  • Irish Independent
  • RTÉ Offical Media Partner
  • Listowel Writers’ Week
  • Bookselling Ireland
  • National Book Awards
  • Sunday Independent
  • Ireland AM
  • Eason
  • Avoca

An Post has supported the National Adult Literacy Agency in providing literacy, numeracy and digital tuition to adults and families for more than a decade

November 26, 2019

This short documentary, below,  filmed by noted documentarian Ken Wardrop follows Veronica Poole – a determined woman who has taken the brave step to return to education after many years. Even though Veronica is only at the start of her journey back into education, the film sees her take on the sizeable challenge of writing a speech and reciting it in front of Ireland’s greatest literary minds at the Irish Book Awards.

With the help of her tutors at NALA, and the support of her family and friends, we see Veronica’s confidence grow as she composes and practices her speech. Interwoven with the story of her challenge we will learn about Veronica’s backstory, why she has chosen to return to education, and why the work NALA does is so important.

The film ends with Veronica delivering her speech at the An Post Book Awards as she presents the “Booksellers Award for Non-Fiction” If Veronica’s story has inspired you or someone you know to take the first step back to learning contact NALA today to learn how you can get started