37 James Street,
If you like what you see when you visit us, a review on Trip Advisor is really appreciated! As we're not in the main street of town, this is our best way to let people know we exist!
We are currently closed to the public, and taking a Winter Break. Blarney will re-open on
Thursday, 3 September 2020.
WHAT WE DO ...
We stock new and used books – with a focus on art, literature, crime, young adult, and diverse titles!
We are Australia’s only bookshop with a book-art gallery. All of our art exhibitions tie in with books, book art, artist books, and/or storytelling.
Author talks, book launches, artist workshops, cooking demonstrations, musicians - we have had them all!
We took over Port Fairy's old and disused Masonic Hall and set up Blarney Books in 2004, opening in January 2005. We had our first child in March 2005.
In 2007, we added an art space and changed our name to Blarney Books & Art. We had our second child in March 2007.
In 2009, we founded the international book-art competition, the book-related art competition, the Biblio Art Prize.
In 2015 we added a stage to our shop, for author and music events.
In 2015 we introduced a curated range of new books in order to enhance our events.
In 2016, we hosted our inaugural Edible Books competition!
In 2017, a tiny wedge of the enormous pie that is the Port Fairy Folk Festival came to us (at last!) and we played host to some of Australia's living legends.
In 2018 more living legends via the Folky.
In 2019 our Biblio Art Prize turned 10. To mark the occasion we took the exhibition to Melbourne to show at Tacit Galleries!
2020 - So far memorable for bushfires, Covid 19, and racial conflict. We are taking Winter off to do some shop repairs & maintenance, and some minor renovation work.