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Hard to believe that it’s been a year already, given that Halfway Up The Stairs feels like forever…

Then again, a good book tends make you lose all track of time.

On Sunday, October 18th, Trish Hennessy will be marking the 1st birthday of her dream-come-true, her children’s bookshop on La Touche Place proving a hit with Greystonians from day one.

And a hit out there in the big bad world too, of course, with thumbs up from the likes of Eoin Colfer, and visits from such well-known and much-loved authors as Alan Nolan, Gerry Daly and Sarah Webb.

And to mark the big day – and the fact that this is Irish Book Week – Trish has organised not only some more well-known visitors to the Halfway underworld but also some groovy competitions with bundles of prizes.

For children 10 and under, you have to pick a theme from Unicorn, Dinosaur, Halloween, Nature or Space, and then submit a picture or a story based on that theme, with Halfway Up The Stairs included somewhere in your masterpiece.

For children 10 and older, you can submit a review of your favourite book. Just a few lines on why it means so much to you and a bundle of brand, spanking new books could be yours. There are three age categories here – from 9 to 12, young teen and young adult.

Competition entries – and bribescan be sent to

Grown-ups can also check out Halfway Up The Stairs’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for chances to win a copy of Charlie Mackesy’s beautiful book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse, along with a limited edition tote bag, designed by the author.

You can find out more about Halfway Up The Stairs here, the birthday celebrations here, and check out our October 2019 interview with the wide-eyed Trish right about here.