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International Dublin Literary Award 2016


Akhil Sharma has been announced as the winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2016 for his novel Family Life

The winning novel was chosen from a total of 160 titles, nominated by libraries in 118 cities in 43 countries. It was first published in the USA by W.W. Norton and in the UK by Faber & Faber. The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges, included novels from five continents. Akhil Sharma is the third American author to win the prize in its 21 year history.


More information on the winner and the award is available at www.dublinliteraryaward.ie


Howth Literary Festival


Howth Literary Festival takes place in the beautiful and historic Howth Castle from 10th to 12th June. It features literary conversations, drama, heritage and children's events. Authors such as John Boyne, Catherine Dunne, Hilary Fannin and Michele Forbes will take part in discussions about their work. Brendan Twomey of Trinity College Dublin will moderate a series of three talks exploring the world of Jonathan Swift. The children's literature strand takes place in St Mary's Church parish centre with John Boyne and Alan Nolan. Children's Books Ireland Book Clinics will issue book prescriptions to young readers. For more information see www.howthliteraryfestival.com


Midwife of a Nation

Carnation Theatre will do a free performance of their play A Midwife of a Nation this Friday 27th May in Pearse St Library. It celebrates the importance of women in the 1916 Rising. Free admission. Book a space at 6744888

Talk on Writing for Children and Adults at the Ark


Join authors Sarah Webb and Marita Conlon-McKenna for a FREE talk on writing for children and grownups this Saturday 14th May at the Ark, Temple Bar. This event, organised by the Bealtaine Festival, is aimed at grandparents and grandchildren but is suitable for all adults and children, 8+ and takes place at 2pm. Sarah and Marita will discuss about the process of writing for children and adults as well supporting each other and other writers.

This is a free event but booking is advisable. More information at http://ark.ie/events/view/talk-writing-for-children-writing-for-grown-ups


FLASHBACK with the Alliance Francaise


The Alliance Française's FLASHBACK Festival will take place from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th May. 

The Festival will consist of four main parts: an exhibition built by two young photographers, one Irish and the other French, a lecture in both French and English on the theme of Art and Memory (11th May), the representation of an original French play “le Quai” (12th May) and a “Bal Moderne / Dancing Around”, unique participatory experience which opens contemporary dance to people of all ages through an original choreography taught by professional young dancers (13th May).


Thursday 12 May at 7:20pm in Alliance Française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Le Quai, A Story Of Cinema French-speaking play written and directed by Elie Triffault, performed by the C.T.C Company. Le Quai is the tale of three philosophy students on the tracks of a mysterious story written in 1865 that was at the heart of the creation of cinema! The C.T.C is a young Parisian theatre company, created in 2014 by Sarah Horoksand Camille Claris. Le Quai is their first production and first part of a trilogy on the theme of memory.


More details are available at www.alliance-francaise.ie/flashback


Children of the Rising Memorial Service


There will be a short service of remembrance in Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday May 1st at 11am to honour the children who died 100 years ago during the Easter Rising.. Assemble at the main gate for a short walk to the Easter Rising Memorial Wall, where the 38 identified children are now publicly and permanently remembered. A wreath laying ceremony will be followed by a performance of 'Children of Sixteen' by Declan O'Rourke. All are welcome to attend.


A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats


Filmed at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Bob Geldof concludes the two-part documentary examining the life of poet WB Yeats, looking at the battle for the hearts and minds of the Irish people that followed the Rising.”


Part 2 of A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats is now available on RTÉ Player. http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/a-fanatic-heart-geldof-on-yeats-30003945/10554007/


The Book of Learning - St. Patrick's Festival


Join us this Sunday 20th March at the RSAI building at 63 Merrion Square for a very special Citywide Reading event in association with St. Patrick's Festival's Big Day Out. No. 63 Merrion Square will be transformed into Mercury Lane, the mysterious house featured in E.R. Murray's book The Book of Learning. There will be author readings, arts & crafts and writing workshops, magic shows with Jack Wise and rat petting with Wooly Wards Farm. Come along with the children from 12-6pm. All events are FREE!

See www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/big_day_out


Fís na Fuiseoige / The Lark's View


A new one-hour documentary funded by the BAI and TG4 that will be premiering at the Dublin International Film Festival on February 24th at 18:15 at the Lighthouse Cinema 3.

The documentary explores the connection between People and Place, as expressed in Irish poetry and local lore. Filmed partially from the air, it is a beautiful visual exploration of the landscape of Ireland, and a story of the close relationship between the Irish people and the land.  The film features some of the best living Irish poets including Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Paddy Bushe, Biddy Jenkinson, Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Jackie Mac Donncha and Louis de Paor, among others. One hundred years after the Easter Rising, the poets' revolution, Fís na Fuiseoige affirms the Irish connection to the land and how this has informed our sensibility, sense of self and imagination.

Bookings via the Dublin Interantional Film Festival website at http://bit.ly/1mwi5Vh

Fís na Fuiseoige was directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin and produced by Counterpoint Films.


Mountains to Sea 2016 presents Ré-dhamhsa: Tionscadal Van Morrison


Moondance: The Van Morrison ProjectLiam Ó Maonlaí & The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

Dé Céadaoin 9 Márta/Wednesday 9 March in Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire

Ticéid le fáil ag an nasc seo/tickets online: www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/moondance-the-van-morrison-project

Aithnítear ceol Van Morrison ar an gcomáint mhothúchánach atá laistiar de, rithim agus gormacha, abair, san amhrán preabach Gloria, an rac tíre binn aerach laistiar de Tupelo Honey agus an ceol gaspal eacstaiseach in Full Force Gale.  Is fada an lá ó chéadchruthaigh Van fís cheolmhar dúinn a bhí chomh mór ar maos i bhfilíocht Donne, Yeats, Rimbaud agus Kerouac is a bhí sna gormacha, sa snagcheol agus san anamcheol. Mar bhonn leis an bhfís sin aige tá an 'gheit' sin, an t-iontas a spreag Blake is Ginsberg. Is é atá sa tionscadal seo Moondance ná leaganacha gleoite Gaeilge d'amhráin Van Morrison ó Chathal Póirtéir agus Gabriel Rosenstock, beirt de sheanfhondúirí IMRAM. Is iad na hoirfidigh a chuirfidh inár láthair iad ná Liam Ó Maonlaí, David Blakeagus Hilary Bow le tacaíocht ón mBrad Pitt Light Orchestra. Tá íomhánna éachtacha cruthaithe ag Margaret Lonergan chun na liricí a theilgean ar scáileán dúinn.  

From the pulsing rhythm and blues of ‘Gloria’ to the sweet, breezy folk rock of ‘Tupelo Honey’ to the ecstatic gospel of ‘Full Force Gale’, Van Morrison’s music is marked by its emotional drive. Over five decades, he has created a musical vision as much steeped in the poetry of John Donne, Yeats, Rimbaud and Kerouac as it is in blues, jazz and soul. At the heart of it all is a unique Blakean sense of wonder. Moondance features exquisite Irish language versions of Morrison’s songs, translated by poets Cathal Póirtéir and Gabriel Rosenstock. They will be performed by Liam Ó Maonlaí, David Blake, and Hilary Bow, with support from the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra.  Margaret Lonergan has created stunning screen projections of the lyrics. Produced by IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival.


Eriugena: Update on a famous 9th-century Irish-Greek encounter


Eoghan MacAogain, former director of the Linguistics Institute of Ireland will give a talk on John Scotus Eriugena, the most significant Irish intellectual in the early monastic period. John Scotus Eriugena was appointed head of the palace school at the court of Charles the Bald, Holy Roman Emperor, and became a translator and admirer of Greek theology.

Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 7.30pm in the United Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2. Admission free, no booking necessary


Poetry Response to Amongst Other Things Exhibition



Wednesday 24 February: 3pm - 4:30pm – Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Drop into the gallery and join poet Lucinda Jacob as she reads poetry responding to the Amongst Other Things exhibition using books from dlr LexIcon. A must for anyone with a passion for poetry.

Drop in, no booking required.


Dublin in the coming times - new writing workshops at Dublin City Libraries


Have you a story to tell? Want to express yourself on paper? Learn the craft of writing at a library near you!

 ‘Dublin in the Coming Times’ is a creative writing project which will set you on the path to writing.  Experienced mentors will guide you through the basics over a 4 week period. Writers’ groups will form and meet regularly to support and nurture each other’s work. The first group will meet at Donaghmede Library on Thursday 18th February at 6:30pm. Similar groups will also start in Rathmines Library and Ballyfermot Library in April. Further information from: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Operating in partnership with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Fighting Words, the project is intended to enable Dublin’s citizens to participate in illustrating a vision of the city that, while it might change and adapt to new circumstances, will continue as a living, creative environment and a place for the storyteller and poet.  

Dublin in the Coming Times is one of six projects currently being promoted by Dublin’s Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, a Dublin City University programme with the UN University.


Programme Director for the Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is hiring for the position of Programme Director. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 6th January 2016. Full job description and application details are avaialble at http://bit.ly/1Qv7xTr

UNESCO announces new Cities of Literature


The UNESCO Creative Cities Network has announced the designation of 9 new UNESCO Cities of Literature. The newly designated cities are Baghdad (Iraq), Barcelona (Spain), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Lviv (Ukraine), Montevideo (Uruguay), Nottingham (United Kingdom), Óbidos (Portugal), Tartu (Estonia) and Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation).

In total 47 new cities joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network across the 7 designations bringing the number of cities in the network to 116, which includes 20 Cities of Literature. Full details of all the newly designated cities are available at http://bit.ly/1Ut15vj 


History Ireland Hedge School: Popular Culture and the Great War


In the latest installment in the Hedge School series History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, moderates a panel discussion on The Great War to the Great War in popular culture.

The First World War was the first ‘total war’ where entire populations were mobilised — and demonised. How did that affect the popular culture (music, cinema, fashion, slang, etc.) of the societies involved — and of subject nations like Ireland in particular? And in turn how was the war represented in popular culture subsequently, up to and including Blackadder Goes Forth? To discuss these and related questions join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, for a lively discussion with Maurice Walsh, John Horne, Angus Mitchell and Jennifer Wellington


 Where: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

When: 7pm Tuesday 1 December 

Admission free, no booking required but come early to ensure a seat


International Dublin Literary Award 2016


The longlist for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award was announced this morning by Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Patron of the Award. Seven Irish writers feature among the 160 authors nominated by libraries across the world.

The nominated Irish authors are Sebastian Barry (The Temporary Gentleman), Mary Costello (Academy Street), Audrey Magee (The Undertaking), Liz Nugent (Unravelling Oliver), Joseph O'Connor (The Thrill of it All), Colm Tóibín (Nora Webster) and Eibhear Walshe (The Diary of Mary Travers). The full longlist is available at www.dublinliteraryaward.ie and the shortlist will be announced on the 12th April 2016. Best of luck to all the authors. 


Et in terra pax – Gloria by Vivaldi and Dona Nobis Pacem by Andrew Campling


Christ Church Cathedral hosts the Irish premiere of Andrew Campling's Dona Nobis Pacem on Saturday 7th November, 7.30pm, in aid of Focus Ireland. The oratorio for narrator, tenor solo, choir and orchestra was inspired by the World War One ward diary of Andrew's grandfather, Rev'd William Campling,which was recently transcribed and published.

The libretto of the work consists of various passages from the Bible, poems by Wilfred Owen and GA Studdert Kenny, hymns and songs, interspersed with spoken extracts from the diary of the Rev. Campling.

Three choirs, over 100 singer and actor Bryan Murray narrating the diary - the night will be one to be remembered, and an appropriate commemoration of all those who died as a result of the war.


London Dockland Singers

Dublin Bach Singers

Dublin Airport Singers

Marcel Sinfonia orchestra

Actor Bryan Murray

Tickets for the event cost €20 (€16 concession) and are available on the door on Saturday 7th November from 2-5pm and from 6.30pm.


Lia Mills’ novel Fallen has been chosen as the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2016


For the first time Dublin will team up with Belfast for a Two Cities One Book festival as readers in both Dublin and Belfast read Fallen during the month of April. A programme of events in both cities will provide opportunities to engage with the book in a range of contexts. The full programme, organised by Dublin City Public Libraries and Libraries NI (the library authority for Northern Ireland) will be announced in March 2016.

Fallen is Lia’s third novel, and tells the story of Dubliners against the backdrop of the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916. Through the experiences of its central character Katie Crilly, the novel explores the challenges of day to day living in a conflict situation alongside subjects such as education and votes for women.  It vividly depicts the various and conflicting allegiances faced by Irish soldiers in the First World War and those supporting the cause of the rebellion.


Full details on the Dublin: One City, One Book Festival can be found at www.dublinonecityonebook.ie 


Elizabeth Gilbert in conversation with Róisín Ingle


At 7pm on the 26th November in Liberty Hall Theatre, Elizabeth Gilbert author of bestselling novel Eat Pray Love, will discuss her latest book Big Magic with Róisín Ingle from The Irish Times.


Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.


Seats are available in the stalls for wheelchair users and their companions. These seats are not available to book online please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your contact details and we will be in touch.

Tickets are €8 and can be booked here

Venue: Liberty Hall Theatre

Date and Time: Thursday 26th November at 7pm





International Literature Festival Dublin returns this autumn with its OFF THE PAGE series with a exclusive Dublin appearance by American novelist Jonathan Franzen. Author of The Corrections and Freedom, and the first novelist to grace the cover ofTime magazine in 20 years, Franzen has emerged as the leading American novelist of his generation.His latest novel, Purity, is centred on Pip Tyler – real name Purity – who, fresh out of college, embarks on a quest to find the identity of her father. Through an internship with the Sunlight Project in Bolivia and under the auspices of its charismatic frontman, Andres Wolf, Pip is drawn into a complex web of activism and idealism, in a novel of trademark historical and geographical sweep.

With Purity, Franzen has written another masterwork combining family loyalties and murder, comedy and moral complexity.

Date: 5th October

Time: 8PM

Venue: RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Tickets are €20/€18

Visit www.ilfdublin.com for further information & booking details.


UNESCO Cities of Literature Summer Reading Recommendations

The UNESCO Cities of Literature have put together a recommended Summer Reading list for 2015, each city chose a book by an author from their city. The books were chosen as they are interesting, entertaining and have been widely translated, making them available to an international audience. Please see the list here 



The European Capital of Culture for the year 2020 will be hosted by Ireland and Croatia. Dublin, Galway, Limerick and the South East are now competing to win the coveted title. Dublin2020 is Dublin’s campaign to make sure our city wins. While 2020 may seem like a long time away, the judging is happening much sooner, and the clock is ticking! By mid-October of this year, a panel of European judges will arrive in Ireland and shortlist their favourites.To make sure Dublin moves forward to the next round in the competition, we need to spread the word, get involved and join in the conversation.If we are successful, the journey will continue to improve our city, for the people who are part of it, and for those who visit. It is a chance to make an actual change to the city and its people.

For more details on Dublin2020 go to http://dublin2020.ie/be-there-2/what-is-dublin2020/


Winner of the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award


Harvest by British author, Jim Crace  is the winner of the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The Award is organised by the Public Library service of Dublin City Council. The €100,000 prize is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Uniquely, the award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.

Jim Crace was born in Hertfordshire and grew up in North London. He is the author of ten previous novels, including Quarantine which was shortlisted for the award in 1999. The winning novel was chosen from a total of 142 titles, nominated by libraries in 114 cities in 39 countries. It was first published in the UK by Picador. The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges, included novels from five continents. Jim Crace is the fourth British author to win the prize in its 20 year history.

Set in an unspecified time in the past, in a green corner of England, Harvest is the story of the last days of a village and the death of an age-old way of life.

The 2015 shortlist included three novels in translation and authors from Australia (Richard Flanagan and Hannah Kent); Brazil (Bernardo Kucinski); France (Andreï Makine); Ireland (Colum McCann); Morocco (Mahi Binebine); Nigeria (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie); the UK (Jim Crace) and the USA (Alice McDermott and Roxana Robinson).

Full details of all books nominated are available on www.impacdublinaward.ie

The book of the Irish


Is an author signing, which is taking place in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2 on Saturday 11th July 2015 at 1pm. Tickets are only €5 (children free), and readers can come along to meet the authors and maybe discover new authors to take a chance on. They will also be able to chat about self-publishing, if they’ve ever thought about venturing into that field. As well as some authors being from Ireland, there are some traveling from the UK and the USA to attend. Tickets are available for purchase at eventbrite

Authors taking part in the event include Abbey Green, Andie M Long, Caroline Batten, Emma Burton, Lexi Buchanan, Michelle McLoughney, Nichole Chase and others.


Residency for Writer in Prague


Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in December 2014. To celebrate this  1 - 2 residencies in Prague for writers are being offered. This call is open to writers in UNESCO Cities of Literature only. Each City of Literature will nominate one writer and the City of Literature office in Prague will make the final selection. 

The writer who will be selected to represent Dublin UNESCO City of Literature will have a substantial body of published  work i.e. at least two books published by reputable publishers. The work may be poetry or prose. 


The selection criteria operated by Prague are that a writer should:

• Have an interest in Prague and Czech literature

• Be willing to hold some readings and public discussions in Prague

• Be free to spend October and November 2015 in Prague (period of the residency) 


Applications will be considered based on a creative plan and the quality of existing work.

The residency includes flights, accommodation and an, as yet, unspecified stipend. 

If you are interested in being considered as Dublin's nominee for this residency please email your literary biography, your interest in Prague and Czech literature as well as a plan of work for the period of the residency to: Jane Alger, Director, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before 24th June 2015.

Please note that applications will only be considered from writers with the stated body of existing published work


A Chinese Immortality? W.B. Yeats’s “Lapis Lazuli”


with Professor Jerusha McCormack

Wednesday 3rd June at 1pm

National Library of Ireland

Responding to the 70th birthday gift of a Chinese carved stone in lapis lazuli (now on view in the Yeats Exhibit at the National Library), Yeats wrote one of the most opaque poems of his later years. In this lecture, Professor Jerusha McCormack uses her experience of teaching in and about China to decode this poem as it moves from Western versions of immortality to the more elusive Chinese vision as inscribed in the carvings of this venerable artefact.

After teaching for 30 years in the School of English at University College, Dublin, Jerusha McCormack was appointed Visiting Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China, where in 2007 she helped to found the Irish Studies Centre. She returns to China this autumn to teach for a semester at Peking University.

Booking not required. All welcome.


Nearfm series follows the lives of 6 migrant poets


Poetic Lives is a 6 part series that follows the lives of 6 migrant poets that are living and producing their art in Ireland. Each poet expresses their different experiences through the medium of poetry.

This series will broadcast every Thursday from 3pm- 3:30pm starting from the 28th of May 2015.

The producer and presenter of the series Ignacio Irigoien states “Each programme is a blind date for the interviewer who will only know the poet through a selection of poems and a brief biography sent in by the poet. This has been as intriguing as ever, I had never met the poets before and have identified their character through their art.”

Following the path laid by the poems, the interviewer will talk about the life experiences and interests of the different poets, and how they are reflected in the poems. All poets have three common denominators:  poetry, migration and Ireland.

Transmission frequency for Nearfm is 90.3 FM and online at http://nearfm.ie/livestream/

The programs will also be available for podcast at http://nearfm.ie/podcast following their transmission.

This series is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound & Vision Scheme.




RTE Guide / Penguin Ireland Short Story competition 2015


Entries for the RTÉ Guide / Penguin Ireland short story Competition 2015 should be original, unpublished and previously not broadcast short stories in English, of 2,000 words or less. Paper manuscripts must be typed and cannot be returned. Entrant’s name and contact details (address, phone and/or email) should be on a separate page. There is no fee for entering the competition but only one entry is allowed per person. The deadline for this year’s competition is 6pm, Friday, June 19, 2015. Send your entries to: RTÉ Guide / Penguin Ireland short story Competition 2015, PO Box 1480, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 or email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , making sure to label your mail ‘RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland short story Competition 2015’.


Howth Literary Festival


The inaugural Howth Literary Arts Festival takes place in the historic Lutyens Library in Howth Castle 5-7 June 2015.  The programme will offer three distinctive strands; Literary, Cultural Heritage and Children’s Literature.

The literary programme boasts a stunning selection of the very best in Irish and International contemporary writing. It comprises of five “in conversation” events headlined by Pulitzer Prize winners Richard Ford and Michael Cunningham and Booker Prize winners John Banville, Anne Enright and Roddy Doyle.

The festival will also pay homage to Sir Edwin Lutyens and his contribution to Howth and its environs with a series of talks by Jane Ridley (Biographer), Martin Lutyens (Grandson and Lutyens Trust), Dr Edward McParland (TCD)and Matthew Jebb (Lambay Trust). Other historical characters associated with Howth, Granuaile and James Joyce will also be discussed.

Burrow National School will host the children’s literature strand which includes workshops with the Fighting Words Foundation, Children’s Books Ireland drop-in clinics and storytelling with Niall De Burca. Dr Anne Markey of TCD will also introduce an adult centred discussion on Children’s Literature.

All Event details at http://www.howthliteraryfestival.com


Saints and Sinners


SAINTS AND SINNERS  (Three Plays by W.B. Yeats)

Presented by Mouth on Fire and the New Theatre Company  


Monday 8th – Saturday 20th June 2015 at  7.30pm in the New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar

Tickets: €10 - €15 from www.mouthonfire.ie

There will be no interval.  Approximate running time: 1hr 15 minutes.


The Pot of Broth, a lesser known comedy tells the tale of a tramp, with nothing but a stone in his pocket, who manages to hoodwink a penny-pinching woman into filling his belly with tales of magic properties that the stone possesses.

The Cat and the Moon, will be in performed in the Irish Language: An Cat agus an Ghaelach, in a brand new translation by the world renowned poet and translator Gabriel Rosenstock.

Purgatory, a verse play, one of Yeats’s last works: desolate and unforgiving, played with great energy and fire.


Cast: Rory Corcoran, Donncha Crowley, Neill Fleming, Micheál Ó Gruagáin, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Deborah Wiseman, Macdara Yeates


Supported by Dublin City of Literature UNESCO, Foras na Gaeilge & Dublin City Council        


 *World Premiere, Irish Language Translation by Gabriel Rosenstock


Change of reader for Words on the Street

Due to unforeseen circumstances Lottie Ryan is unable to take part in Words on the Street tomorrow evening 20th May. Jenny Buckley, UTV weather presenter, TV broadcaster and actor will be reading from the Elegance of the Hedgehog in the Irish Writers Centre for the Alliance Francaise.

Stinging Fly Writing Workshop


Due to the very positive response to the call-out for their first workshop,Stinging Fly are organising a second week-long workshop in July. 
This is an intensive daytime workshop designed for writers of short stories and/or the novel. It will be led by Sean O'Reilly.

Up to ten writers will be offered a place based on work they’ve submitted by the application deadline, which is Monday, May 18th
Please note that several places on this second week have already been allocated from the first application round.
During the workshop, each writer’s work will be up for in-depth discussion twice. All the work will have been shared and closely read in advance. Also included in the structure of the course are three sessions on aspects of narrative prose by guest speakers, including the editors of The Stinging Fly. 

Dates: July 6th - July 10th 2015
Times: Monday to Friday, 10.15am-4.30pm 
Venue: Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Cost: €325 (or €300 for IWC members)
The summer fiction workshop is offered in association with the Irish Writers' Centre and is supported by Words Ireland.
How to apply:
Writers interested are asked to submit either a short story or a novel extract before 5pm on Monday May 18th.
The short story should not exceed 6000 words and the novel extract should not exceed 15 pages. 
Please use font size 12 and 1.5 line spacing.
We will accept either Word.doc or Word.docx files. 
Your name should not appear on the story or extract. Instead, send a separate cover page with your name, the title of your novel/story, your email address, your postal address and phone number.

Email the story or extract to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with Summer Fiction Workshop along with your name in the subject heading.


Dublin Young Authors Writing Course


The Big Smoke Writing Factory are running a week long writing course for teenagers 14-17 years of age, starting Monday 29 June. The Dublin Young Authors writing and performance workshop encourages participants to write various pieces of work, drawing on their own passions, interests and experiences, with a view to performing some of these pieces in a showcase at the end of the week.

Alongside writing and performing exercises, there will also be short talks and discussions on different aspects of being a writer in the modern world. The course which is run by poet and performer Dave Lordan and YA author and editor Claire Hennessy is open to newcomers as well as previous participants of DYA workshops.

More details on www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com


Write Here, Write Now Competition Results

The winners of the Write Here, Write Now competition run by Hot Press magazine in association with Dublin City Public Libraries for Dublin: One City,  One Book 2015 were announced in the Mansion House this afternoon. Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke presented the winners with certificates and prizes after Niall Stokes of Hot Press magazine commended the exceptionally high standard of work submitted. View the winning entries at http://www.hotpress.com/writeherewritenow/finalists.php

Words Ireland Mentoring Scheme Deadline

The deadline for entries to the Words Ireland Mentoring Scheme has been extended to Friday 8th May 2015. Full details on the scheme are available at http://bit.ly/1NzTiXp

Volunteers for the International Literature Festival Dublin

The International Literature Festival Dublin is looking for volunteers for the festival which runs from the 16th to 24th May. Full details are available here

WORDS Ireland Mentoring Scheme


produced by Children’s Books Ireland, Irish Writers Centre and Poetry Ireland

developed by WORDS Ireland in partnership with Wicklow County Council Arts Office


WORDS Ireland is offering five mentorship opportunities to Wicklow writers who are seeking to engage with a mentor over a period of six months from May 2015. This scheme is open to writers in any fiction genre: young adult and children’s books, short stories, playwriting, screenwriting, novels or poetry. The mentorships will focus on Manuscript Development in the main, but may include other aspects in the professional development of the writer.


Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the scheme the applicant must have been born in or be resident in County Wicklow for the last two consecutive years. The applicant will have with a track record in a professional capacity, such as having poems or short stories published in recognised journals or magazines (print or online), or a book of fiction, or a collection of poetry or short stories published by a recognised publisher. 


Who is not eligible to apply?

Writers of non-fiction work such as local history may not apply for the scheme. Writers who are beginning to write and have not completed a substantial piece of work will not be eligible.


Engagement period:

The mentoring process will be negotiated individually between the mentor and mentee during the 5th May to 5th November period. The scheme offers four sessions of two hours each between mentor and mentee. Each pairing will be supported by one of the four producing organisations. All of the pairings will meet and speak about their experiences at a public showcase event to take place in the week of 16th November.


Mentee contribution: While the costs of this scheme are being funded by Wicklow Arts Office and WORDS Ireland, the successful mentee are requested to contribute €100 to help offset costs and to demonstrate seriousness of intent.


How to apply:

Applications are accepted by email only to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please include:

  1. A cover letter including your personal details and statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during the mentoring period and what you will gain from the mentoring process
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  3. Clearly labelled samples of recent work (approximately 20 pages of fiction plus synopsis, or 4 - 6 poems).
  4. A short indication (no more than 500 words) as to why you wish to partake in the scheme and how it would benefit your artistic practice.
  5. A line to confirm your willingness to contribute €100 to engage in the scheme.


Applications will be assessed on the following basis:

  • Artistic merit
  • Track record of applicant
  • Benefit to the applicant’s practice
  • Adherence to the conditions and guidelines for application



Application deadline: 

Friday April 24th at 5pm. Please ensure that your complete application is attached in a single document. No late applications will be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.


Selection process: 

Applications will go before a selection committee comprising of a representative from each of the producing organisations, a representative from Wicklow County Arts Office and an independent writer. The successful applicants will be notified by Friday May 1st, 2015.


Musictown Festival April 2015


MusicTown 2015 – A Capital Celebration of a Symphony of Sounds

 Dublin’s musical heritage and vibrant music scene are the inspiration for a brand new music festival, MusicTown 2015 taking place from April 10th – 19th across the city. Organised by Dublin City Council, it’s a celebration of all music, created and enjoyed in Dublin. Tapping into our lyrical, musical and storytelling culture, its eclectic programme will thrill all ages and interests across 10 days. The full programme will be launched next week but tickets for some events are now available on www.musictown.ie .


MusicTown 2015 will continue the tradition of innovation, by surprising and inspiring, through a packed programme that includes everything from classical to trad, rock to world percussion, and everything in between. The programme ranges from ‘Barrytown Meets MusicTown’ a literary and musical journey of music and written word that inspired Roddy Doyle when writing his Barrytown Trilogy to Handel’s ‘Il Trionfo Del Tempo e del Disinganno’ performed by the Opera Theatre Company in Christchurch Cathedral.  Concerts, talks, workshops and walks, will make the music of Dublin accessible to all


  • ‘Barrytown Meets MusicTown’ on April 12th in Vicar Street will see a musical and literary celebration of Roddy Doyle's 'The Barrytown Trilogy', the featured book for Dublin City Libraries’ Dublin: One City One Book Choice 2015. This special event will be a mixture of music and spoken word that inspired Roddy in the mid 80s whilst writing the books, music that came from the books, and musicians who were inspired by the books. Voices on the night will come together from the worlds of theatre, film and music and confirmed to participate so far are Glen Hansard, Damien Demspey, Angeline Ball, Peter Coonan, Aslan, The Trouble Pilgrims, Cait O’Riordan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Paul Mercier, and Nelli Conroy. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ie


  • Handel’s ‘Il Trionfo Del Tempo e del Disinganno’ will be performed by the Opera Theatre Company in the historically significant and beautiful Christchurch Cathedral on April 10th.


  • ‘Choice Cuts presents Hank Shocklee’, founding member of Public Enemy and ground-breaking hip hop producer, will feature in a Q&A session and DJ set at The Sugar Club on April 10th.


  • First Music Contact presents ‘Breaking Tunes Music Trail’, on April 11th and 18th which will take participants on a walking tour of Dublin discovering a myriad of nooks and crannies where various artists from the breakingtunes.com stable will perform 20 minute, unplugged pop-up gigs.


  • ‘Dodeca Cycle’ at City Assembly Hall, South William Street from April 16th – 18th will see music and technology come together in a novel, interactive musical installation, allowing 12 people at a time to create their own musical loops.


  • A Touch Of Frost’ featuring Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto and Sibeluis’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor will be performed by outstanding young clarinettist Julian Bliss and conducted by leading young conductor David Brophy in the National Concert Hall on Friday 17th April. 




Five Lamps Arts Festival


The Five Lamps Arts Festival takes place around north east inner city Dublin from 4th to 14th March. There will be a mixture of literature, theatre music, dance and children's events. One of the events is a Tour of d'Northside, sponsored by Bus Eireann, at 4pm on 7th March. This event, inspired by Roddy Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy will include readings from the trilogy by an actor and soul music from The Commitments sung by Pia Dunne. This event is free and tickets can be booked at 087-9737401.



Poem Upstairs Series at Books Upstairs


A new monthly poetry club Poems Upstairs will take place in the new Books Upstairs premises on D'Olier Street beginning Thursday 4th March with poet Michael Hofmann who will read from his work and take part in an interview with poet Peter Sirr. German-born Hofmann moved to England at the age of four, and once said that he writes “to bring confusion to my languages and clarity to myself”. His work includes poetry, essays and translations of more than 70 books and is known for its unmistakable dark humour.  

Tickets cost €6 and include a complimentary glass of wine and can be booked at 





Hennessy Literary Awards


Congratulations to Dublin poet Paula Meehan on her induction into the Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame last night. Congratulations to Sara Baume, Henrietta McKervey and Simon Lewis. Sara Baume received the Hennessy New Irish Writer Award as well as the winning the Emerging Fiction Award for her short story Dancing or Beginning to Dance. Henrietta McKervey won the First Fiction prize for her story The Dead of Winter. Simon Lewis won the Emerging Poetry award for The Zoo, Cork, 1881; Creosote; and Two Sisters.


New Poetry Radio Series on NEAR FM


Near Fm have produced a ten part radio series reinterpreting 2014's Dublin: One City One Book choice If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song, edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth. This series will take a unique look at the book from a northside Dublin perspective by focussing on the poems, poets and songs, associated with northside Dublin.

The series festures poets such as Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan, Dermot Bolger, Colm Keegan, Jessica Traynor and Alan Jude Moore, who will recite and be interviewed abouth their poems that have featured in the book. There will also be contributions from Poetry Ireland, Dedalus Press, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Trinity College Dublin and St. David's Boys National School.

The series will be broadcast on Nearfm (90.3fm) over five weeks in March, 2 episodes every Monday 6-7pm, starting 2nd March 2015.






An innovative project for LGBT young people in Dublin, beginning 11 April, 2015


Inverse is an exciting project for LGBT young people, kicking off on the 11 April 2015 at the Big Smoke Writing Factory. The project will feature an innovative programme of creative writing workshops, performance activities, an LGBT walking tour, and talks by high-profile guest LGBT writers.

Following on from a pilot project in 2013, Inverse will - over a core six week programme - enable a group of LGBT young people to create original pieces of creative writing, which they will have the opportunity to present in a public spoken word event as part of Dublin Pride in June, 2015.

Writing is a singularly powerful way to process difficult or new emotions, to communicate our sense of ourselves to the world and in so doing to make sense of who we are. Inverse will provide a fun, welcoming space in which participants will be encouraged to use creative writing to explore, challenge and express themselves.

The project will be led by writers Nathan O’Donnell, Nicole Rourke and Claire Hennessy. It will also feature talks by a range of other high-profile LGBT writers, including novelists Denis Kehoe and Brian Finnegan, and playwright Sonya Kelly, author of The Wheelchair on My Face, and this year's runaway Fringe success, How to Keep an Alien. A tailored LGBT walking tour, led by the curator of the Irish Queer Archive, Tonie Walsh, will conclude the core six-week programme.

Inverse is an initiative which aims to provide young people, facing new and sometimes challenging realities, with the creative tools to negotiate them.  It aims to generate positive narratives for LGBT young people, and to empower and strengthen LGBT identities. 

Inverse is free for participants. This has been made possible by the kind support of Dublin City Council.

WHEN: Saturdays, 11 April – 16 May (6 weeks)

WHERE: Big Smoke Writing Factory, Dollard House, 2-5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2


AGE RANGE: 17 – 20

For further information please see: www.inverseproject.blogspot.ie 

For bookings and queries, go to: http://bigsmokewritingfactory.com/Inverse.php 


Periodicals & Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland


Saturday 28 February 2015

10.00am – 1.00pm

Seminar Room, National Library of Ireland


Session 1: 10:00am - 11:15am

Chair: Felix M. Larkin, former chairman of the NPHFI

Colum Kenny: Arthur Griffith: More Zionist than Anti-Semite.

Regina Uí Chollatáin: Decoding connections in An Claidheamh Soluis in 1916: political comment and Irish language.

Sonja Tiernan: Francis Sheehy-Skeffington: The Irish Citizen, feminism and anti-war.


Session 2: 11:45am - 1:00pm

Chair: Mark O'Brien, chairman of the NPHFI

Ian d'Alton: The oilmen cometh: The Irish Statesman and the Irish-American shaping of a new Ireland.

Brian Trench: Hibernia, dissent, and 'causing offence'.

Joe Breen: A rock on a roll: how Niall Sotkes tied his Hot Press to a changing Ireland.


All welcome, booking is not required.


Germany at Home

The first Germany@Home event will take place on 27th February featuring German writer Mirko Bonné. Mike O'Shea, who retraced Shackleton's journey, will also be talking about his experiences in the arctic. This is a free event and you can apply for tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.ie/e/germanyhome-with-mirko-bonne-tickets-15419375768
Mirko's reading will take place in the home of the Germany Embassy’s first secretary Peter Adams. The second event in the series on 4th March sees Goethe-Institut Director Mechtild Manus host Irish short story writer Claire Keegan as she reads with Berlin author Judith Hermann

A Poem for Ireland


A Poem For Ireland is a national project whose purpose is to celebrate Irish poetry, and in particular the vast wealth of Irish poetry of the past 100 years. The long list of nominations has been whittled down to just 10 poems and they are asking the public to vote for their favourite one. They are all printed in full on the Poem for Ireland website. http://apoemforireland.rte.ie/


Upcoming events at The Project Arts Centre


The Project Arts Centre will host two critically acclaimed plays in the next few weeks.

riverrun, the voice of the river in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake will run fromTuesday 27th January to Saturday 31st January at 8pm. riverrun was adapted and will be performed by Olwen Fouéré. A force of constant renewal, the river ‘Life’, Anna Livia Plurabelle, ALP, becomes a universal call to wake up, surrender the past and confront the betrayals that might lie at the heart of our histories. Together with an exciting creative team, rivverrun will give audiences an opportunity to witness Fouéré’s unique approach to Joyce’s extraordinary ‘sound-dance’.

Pre-booking tickets: €20/€18 concession. Book at https://projectartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/883967/events?show_id=883967

On the day tickets: €22/€20 concession


A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing will run from Wednesday 4th February to Saturday 14th February at 8pm with matinee performances on Saturday 7th February and Saturday 14th February at 2.30pm. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing follows the inner narrative of a girl from the womb to twenty with vivid intensity and originality. This is a character of astonishing resilience and intelligence, someone determined to make sense of things amidst the crushing Catholicism and deprivation of her Irish childhood. Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan, and featuring award-winning actress Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy), A Girl is a Half-formed Thing promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Pre-booking tickets: €20/€8 concession. Book at https://projectartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/883272/events?show_id=883272

On the day tickets: €22/€20 concession



Dublin in Words

Fáilte Ireland have just released the new video promoting literary Dublin. Listen to Stephen James Smith read Louis MacNeice's Dublin to the backdrop of beatiful images of the literary city. Watch the video here

Doolin Writers' Weekend Poetry & Short Story Competition 2015

Doolin Writers' Weekend takes place at Hotel Doolin from the 27th - 29th March 2015. Hotel Doolin in association with Tramp Press and Salmon Poetry are delighted to announce the launch of the Doolin Writers' Weekend Competition 2015.  This year they have two prizes, a short story prize and a poetry prize.  The Prize fund for 1st place is €1000 for each of the competitions and a publishing consultation with Tramp Press (short story) and Salmon Poetry (poetry).  The fee is €10 per entry and the closing date is Friday 20th February 2015 at 5pm.  Shortlisted authors will be announced on Friday 13th March and the winners announced at the Doolin Writers's Weekend 27th -29th March 2015.  For full details and to download an entry form click here

Sweny's Annual Fund Raising Dinner


Sweny’s annual fund raising dinner celebrating James Joyce’s The Dead will take place on the 6th January 2015 in Wynn’s Hotel, Middle Abbey Street. There will be pre-dinner entertainment from 7pm and dinner will be served at 8.30pm.

The menu will be as detailed by Mr James Joyce and dress is either period or formal.

Tickets are €60 and are available from Sweny’s Pharmacy, for tickets by post, or further information, contact Joe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 086 218 0357. Admission is by ticket only


Write Here, Write Now Competition


To celebrate Dublin One City, One Book 2015, Hot Press Magazine has launched a major national writing competition entitled Write Here, Write Now. In the Barrytown trilogy Roddy Doyle created the fictional suburban of Barrytown and the aim of this writing competition is for you to create your own Barrytown in 500 words. There are two categories, one for 5th & 6th year students in Second Level schools and one for Third level students. For full details on the competition, the rules and the prizes go to http://bit.ly/1tI4g2C


Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2014


Congratulations to all the winners at last night's Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Irish poet Paul Duran received the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievment Award while Jeffrey Archer was awarded the inaugural International Recognition Award.  The winners in the main categories were:

Eason Novel of the Year: Academy Street by Mary Costello

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year: Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill

RTÉ Radio 1's John Murray Show Listeners' Choice Award: It's All in the Head by Majella O'Donnell

Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year: Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent

Avonmore Cookbook of the Year: The Nation's Favourite Food Fast by Neven Maguire

National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year: The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton

Books Are My Bag Popular Fiction Book of the Year: The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern 

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year: The Test by Brian O'Driscoll

TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year: Dubliners 100 edited by Thomas Morris

Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Junior): Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Senior): Moone Boy by Chris O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy

Writing.ie Short Story of the Year: Rest Day by John Boyne



Galway, A UNESCO City of Film

Congratulations to Galway on being designated a UNESCO City of Film. Galway is the first  UNESCO City of Film in Ireland and the third UNESCO City of Film. Bradford and Sydney also hold the designation of UNESCO City of Film.

Australian Poet at the National Library of Ireland


Poetry Writing Workshop

Monday 1 December 2014, 2pm - 3.30pm

Join Australian poet, Bonny Cassidy as she reads from her own work followed by a workshop where participants will write a poem about a favourite place, real or imagined.

Bonny Cassidy is a Melbourne poet, essayist and critic. Her second poetry collection, Final Theory was published in July and she is recipient of the 2014 Australian Poetry tour of Irelnd award. She lectures in Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne.

All welcome and  booking is not required.


New Members to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network


Congratulations to Dunedin (New Zealand),Granada (Spain), Heidelberg (Germany) and Prague (Czech Republic) on being designated UNESCO Cities of Literature. We look forward to working with you in the future as part of the Creative Cities Network.

They join Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa, Dublin, Reykjavik, Norwich and Kraków as UNESCO Cities of Literature.


Noli Timere: Reflections On The Life And Work of Seamus Heaney


Professor Michael Parker, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Central Lancashire, whose publications include Seamus Heaney: The Making of the Poet and Professor Stephen Regan of the Department of English Studies, Durham University with Dr Esther Armstrong, University of the Arts, London will present Noli Timere: Reflections on the life and work of Seamus Heaney at 7pm on Tuesday December 2nd in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

First performed in September 2013 for the Irish Literary Society in London, the programme features readings of and commentaries on Heaney's poetry, as well as specially filmed interviews with Roy Foster and Bernard O'Donoghue. It also incorporates extracts from Charlie McCarthy's documentary, Out of the Marvellous, produced by IceBox Films for RTE on the occasion of the poet's 70th birthday. Booking essential: Please email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Longlist for the 20th International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

The longlist for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was announced this morning by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. In total 142 books were nominated by libraries in 114 cities and 39 countries worldwide. There are 49 titles in translation, spanning 16 languages and 29 are first novels. All of the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin's public libraries. The full list of 142 titles is available on www.impacdublinaward.ie  

The 2015 Judging Panel comprises Irish novelist Christine Dwyer Hickey, winner of the Irish Novel of the Year 2012 for The Cold Eye of Heaven; Valentine Cunningham (British) Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University; Daniel Hahn (British) award winning translator, writer and editor, Chair of the Society of Authors; Kate Pullinger (Canadian) winner of The Governor General’s Award for Fiction and Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University; Jordi Soler (Mexican/Spanish) author of books of poems, story collections, and ten novels translated into several languages and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines in Spain and México. The non-voting Chairperson is Eugene R. Sullivan (USA).



Online and Face-to-Face Creative Writing Courses with The Writers' Centre Norwich


The Writers’ Centre Norwich has recently launched some online and face-to-face creative writing courses in collaboration with the University of East Anglia (UEA-WCN International Writing Programme). The online courses allow writers to learn from anywhere in the world, at any time of day, which is a great opportunity for those who are too far away to usually benefit from the expertise of the UEA’s creative writing department, and for those who find it difficult to fit regular class times around a hectic schedule.

Applications are now open for @WritersCentre's fab new online poetry & fiction courses at http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/

Want to learn creative writing @UniofEastAnglia, but live too far away? Never fear, online is here! http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/


UEA-WCN Writing Programme

A suite of online creative writing courses offering high quality teaching in both fiction and poetry. Building upon Norwich and UEA’s proven record of literary excellence, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA are teaming up to offer courses in creative writing, online. Led by writers, with excellent records in teaching, the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme offers courses in both poetry and prose fiction and caters for beginners as well as for those who are more advanced.

To find out more, and to apply visit www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk


Starting to Write Poems (Online) with Helen Ivory

Level 1, 12 week course: UEA-WCN Writing Programme
12th Jan – 30th March 2015,
£450 payable on being accepted onto the course.

This 12-week course, run by Bloodaxe-published poet Helen Ivory will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry - learning how to explore the power of language and as a result, begin to develop your own voice.

You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course. 

To find out more, and to apply visit www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk



Starting to Write Fiction (Online) with Anjali Joseph

Level 1, 12 week course: UEA-WCN Writing Programme.

12th Jan – 30th March 2015, £450 payable on being accepted onto the course.

This 12-week course, run by prize-winning author Anjali Joseph will show you how to write fiction by looking at how to craft a good short story.

You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course, along with varied modules covering the range of elements involved in good writing

To find out more, and to apply visit www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk



Writing Poems: Intermediate (Online) with Helen Ivory

Level 2, 24 week course: UEA WCN Writing Programme.

w/c 12th Jan – w/c 6th July 2015, £900 payable on being accepted onto the course.

This 24-week course, run by Bloodaxe poet Helen Ivory will help you develop an understanding of your poetic abilities, and discover your voice.

You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course along with varied modules covering the range of elements involved in good poetry.

To find out more, and to apply visit www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk



Writing Fiction: Intermediate (Online) with Anjali Joseph

Level 2, 24 week course: UEA WCN Writing Programme.

w/c 12th Jan – w/c 6th July 2015, £900 payable on being accepted onto the course.

This 24-week course, run by prize-winning author Anjali Joseph will help you to take the next step with your fiction writing, and give you the necessary skills to reach that final draft. You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course, and varied modules helping you to move your writing to the next level.

To find out more, and to apply visit www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk


Starting to Write Poems (Online) with Helen Ivory

Level 1, 12 week course: UEA-WCN Writing Programme
w/c 20th April 2015 – w/c 6th July 2015,
£450 payable on being accepted onto the course.

This 12-week course, run by Bloodaxe-published poet Helen Ivory will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry - learning how to explore the power of language and as a result, begin to develop your own voice.

You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course. 

To find out more, and to apply visit www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk



Starting to Write Fiction (Online) with Anjali Joseph

Level 1, 12 week course: UEA-WCN Writing Programme.

w/c 20th April 2015 – w/c 6th July 2015, £450 payable on being accepted onto the course.

This 12-week course, run by prize-winning author Anjali Joseph will show you how to write fiction by looking at how to craft a good short story.

You will benefit from one-to-one feedback throughout the course, along with varied modules covering the range of elements involved in good writing

To find out more, and to apply visit www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk


Norwegian and Irish crime experts unite for Nordic Noir/Celtic Crime at the Centre


As part of the Battle of Clontarf Millennium Celebrations, on the 7th November at 7pm, the Irish Writers' Centre is hosting Nordic Noir / Celtic Crime to mark our shared histories and literary passions with our Nordic neighbours. Joining them on the night are: 

- Crime writer Thomas Enger (Norway)

- Author, and Arts and Media Correspondent with RTÉ News Sinéad Crowley (Ireland) 

Leif Ekle, culture expert, freelance journalist and broadcaster with Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK

- And host, writer and playwright, Declan Hughes (Ireland).


If you would like to attend the event please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or tel: +353 1 872 1302 as spaces are limited.


Translating James Joyce into Italian


Dr Enrico Terrinoni is one of the leading translators of Irish literature into Italian.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Marsh’s Library in November 2014 as part of his project to translate James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake into Italian.

Dr Terrinoni’s 2012 Italian translation of Ulysses was very well received,  both critically and commercially.

He has also translated Irish authors as diverse as Brendan Behan, James  Stephens, Francis Bacon, and Mannix Flynn.

Dr Terrinoni will give two public talks during his stay in Dublin.


On 19th November he will give the Ulysses Lecture for the UCD  Foundation for Italian Studies. The topic is:

‘Reviving Ulisse. A (re)translation of Ulysses into Joyce’s ‘second  language’

Details: Wednesday 19 November 2014, 6.30 pm, in the Arts/Newman  Theatre 1, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4.


On 25th November he will speak in The Irish Writers’ Centre on the process of translation.

Details:  Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Tuesday November 25th , 7.00 p.m.



The Discovery Lectures



The Irish Writers Centre in association with IMRAM.

Curated by Liam Carson


IRISH WRITERS CENTRE, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

 These lectures in English are designed to introduce readers to the depth and diversity of literature in the Irish language, past and present. Admission is free to all lectures.


Wednesday 12 November 7.30pm


Claochlú Chló: Transformative alchemy in contemporary poetry

In this talk, poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa will explore the richness and diversity of modern Irish poetry. Drawing on poems of the city, of folklore, of love, lust, sorrow and joy, Doireann will illustrate the ways in which our modern poets transform a subject into poetry.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is one of the most outstanding poets in the new generation of Irish language writers – and was recently awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015. Her collections Résheoid and Dúlasair are published by Coiscéim. Her first English collection is forthcoming from Dedalus Press.  


Wednesday 19 November 7.30pm


The Poetry of Cross-Talk

‘I remember reading Allagar na na hInise (published in English as Island Cross-Talk ) by Tomás Ó Criomhthain thinking it was something. There are sentences I carry around like a mantra. There’s a relationship between the language and the environment that’s seamless, that moves effortlessly from his own mind into the language and the landscape and back again. It’s almost sculpted. It’s almost like something out there. I’d wander there forever’. So poet Liam Ó Muirthile speaks of this classic work, and this talk will explore its unique language and its influence on his own work. Liam Ó Muirthile has been praised by the Irish Times for the ‘deep and illuminating humanity’ of his poetry. Of his novel, An Colm Bán, critic Mícheál Ó hAodha says: ‘he has re-located the Irish language and its people back in the cultural fulcrum of the European imaginary once more’.


Wednesday 25 November 7.30pm


Life Writing in Irish

This talk will provide an overview of modern Irish-language Life Writing, and will discuss both widely translated Gaeltacht autobiographies such as Tomás Ó Criomhthain’s An tOileánach (The Islandman), storyteller Peig Sayers’ autobiographical books, and Micí Mac Gabhann’s  Rotha Mór an tSaoil (The Long Road to Klondike), as well as less well-known examples by Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht authors. The talk will look at the range and scope of autobiographical writing in Irish, and will introduce readers to a rich and eclectic mix of life stories, diaries, memoirs, travelogues and works of autobiographical fiction. Professor Máirín Nic Eoin is the author of Trén bhfearann breac: an díláithriú cultúir agus nualitríocht na Gaeilge, a milestone in Irish literary criticism. She is currently researching international aspects of contemporary Irish literature and depictions of the child’s life in the new prose of the Irish language.


The Irish Writers Centre acknowledges the kind support of Foras na Gaeilge.

The Laureate for Irish Fiction Event


To celebrate the upcoming Laureate for Irish Fiction 2015 – 2018 the Arts Council is hosting an event from 1-4pm on Sunday, 7 December at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. This will be the first of many free, public events taking place between now and 2018 where the public will ave an opportunity to engage with Irish fiction. The line-up includes Clare Barrett, Adrian Crowley, Olwen Fouéré, Bronagh Gallagher, Seán Mac Erlaine, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Owen Roe and a film by Pat Collins.

Refreshments will be served. This event is free to the public on a first come first served basis. Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Bookings are limited to two per person. Bookings can be made through  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or by phoning Jen Coppinger on 01 618 0200 to reserve a place.

More information on www.artscouncil.ie/laureate


Irish language book of the year



Hollywood star proclaims the leading role of Irish language literature


After a bumper year for Irish language publishing, internationally-renowned actor Ciarán Hinds, today 20 October announced the shortlist for this year’s Irish Language Book of the Year awards at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.


Leabhar na Bliana celebrates not only the quality of the writing but also the high production values of books published in the Irish language in the course of a year. 


“I’m really lucky in that I can work all over the world in this very cosmopolitan industry,” said Ciarán who has worked with the world’s greatest film directors such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, Joel Schumacher and Sam Mendes and who most recently played Mance Rayder in the hugely successful Game of Thrones.


“I think it is brilliant that I can tell people wherever I might be that Irish is amongst the world’s languages which can boast first class reading material for people of all ages to enjoy,” added the actor who is originally from north Belfast.



Each year, Irish language publishers from around the country submit books to compete for the two prestigious annual awards which make up Leabhar na Bliana -  Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin, the Adult Book of the Year and Gradam Réics Carló, the Young People’s Book of the Year.  Following keen competition, ten books in total were shortlisted for this year’s awards. Leabhar na Bliana is funded by Foras na Gaeilge and administered by Oireachtas na Gaeilge.


Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin offers a prize of €4,000 for the publisher and €3,000 for the author while Gradam Réics Carló has a prize fund of €4,000 for the publisher, €1,500 for the author and €1,500 for the artist/illustrator.


“Books written in Irish - be they for adults or young people - have universal appeal, such is their high standard of design, illustration, subject range and storytelling,” according to Liam Ó Maolaodha, Director of Oireachtas na Gaeilge. “I congratulate all of this years outstanding entries and wish them well, in the final stage of the competition.” 



Cló Iar-Chonnacht,winner of Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin 2013, is the publisher of two of the books nominated for the Gradam Uí Shúílleabháin award.


Anamlón Bliana, edited by Tadhg Ó Dúshláine, gives us a fascinating insight into the tortured mind  of poet Seán Ó Riordáin through the diaries he kept from 1940 until his death in 1977. 


Seal san Aetóip is by Frank Reidy and recounts the ex-Irish Army officer’s  journey to Ethiopia in search of  the Arc of the Covenant. Frank is a previous winner of Gradam Uí Shuilleabháin for his African Odyssey, Ó Chósta go Cósta, back in 2010.


Conamara based publisher, Futa Fata published Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin’s book Aneas.  It is described as “a celebration of the rich vein of wisdom that is to be found in the Munster folklore tradition of the West Kerry Gaeltacht.” This bilingual book is accompanied by stunning photographs by Frenchman, Lanka Haouche Perren.


Cois Life published Sciorrann an tAm, Orna Ní Choileáin’s collection of short stories, full of atmosphere and suspense that will enthral the reader. Orna, author of Canary Wharf, is known for the vibrancy and variety of her work. 


Éilis Ní Thiarnaigh is the author of Ár Naomhoidhreacht published by Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta. The book, illustrated with photographs by Father Kevin Lyons, is a collection of prayers that show how our ancestors developed their relationship with Our Lord.



Young Irish-speakers, from toddlers to teenagers, have never before had such a wonderful selection of books to enjoy.


Five publishers have a book each on the shortlist with author Áine Ní Ghlinn scoring two nominations in this category.  


Her first nomination with publisher LeabhairCOMHAR, recounts the oft-heard Nílim ag Iarraidh Dul ar Scoil (I don’t want to go to school!) whether it’s a tummy ache or a headache or a cold. Any excuse will do! and they are beautifully illustrated by Carol Betera.


Áine’s second book tells of a chance meeting on a train between a boy on the run from his parents and an old man on the run from his children. The book, Daideo, is publisher Cois Life’s second offering on this years shortlist and, as an added bonus, an audio version of the book is also available from Cois Life’s website free of charge.


Previous award winners, An tSnáthaid Mhór are shortlisted with their offering POP!

POP! tells the story of Roo and her friends, Bear and Armadillo, who begin to recall the traumatic events that unfolded the last time they used the very powerful Space Gum! This book is written by Caitríona Nic Sheáin and illustrated by Andrew Whitson.


Róbó-Mhadra, written by Máire Ní Ghallchobhair and with illustrations  by Peter Donnelly, is a detective story featuring Jeaic, his dog Lúlú and a robot on the scent of a robber who has been seen in the area. 

Róbó-Mhadra, part of the Jeaic and Lúlú series of books, is published by Leabhar Breac  


Uinseann Donn by multi-talented, singer/writer/ publisher Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin is about a very grumpy bear who can’t stand the birds singing until one day he hears a sound that changes his mind … This book is illustrated by Írisz Agócs and published by Futa Fata. 



The winners of Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin and Gradam Réics Carló will be announced at a special ceremony in Belfast on 12 November at the award winning Irish Language Arts venue, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich in Belfast.


For more information, author biogs, book covers, go to http;//url.ie/vwwg


List of nominees for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction

The Arts Council has published the list of 34 nominees for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. The full list and details of the submission process are available here

Invitation for tenders for Programme Director of the Dublin Writers Fesival


Dublin City Council invites tenders from suitably qualified parties for a Contract for Services for Dublin Writers Festival 2015  - Programme Director

The Dublin Writers Festival, founded in 1998, organised by Dublin City Council, and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland,  is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Celebrating ideas, reading and writing for all ages the festival transforms Dublin into an international literary hub for spoken and written word, as befits a UNESCO City of Literature. The Festival has grown substantially in recent years and now takes place over nine days in May. Dublin City Council wishes to invite submissions from highly motivated and suitably qualified parties for the provision of service  - Programme Director  - to deliver the 17th Dublin Writers Festival (16 – 24 May 2015), with the option to extend for the 2016 Festival, on a contract for services basis.


Applicants do not have to be based in Dublin, but need to be available to travel to regular meetings in Dublin as required.


Closing date for receipt of Tenders: 31/10/2014 12:00 noon
To apply visit www.etenders.gov.ie  / System ID 89041

Poems of Dublin 8 - NCAD Exhibition


An exhibition of illustrated broadside of poems taken from the anthology, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and published by Dedalus Press) opens in the gallery space in the National College of Art and Design in Thomas Street next Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 1pm.


The anthology was chosen as Dublin’s One City One Book this year and celebrated in a month-long programme of events organised by Dublin City Libraries. Featuring the streets and people of the city and its suburbs, the poems range in time from the 12th century to the present day and the contributors include writers synonymous with the city – Swift, Joyce, Yeats, Beckett, Clarke and Kavanagh – as well as more contemporary voices, including Kinsella, Kennelly, Heaney, Boland and Meehan.


Designers in Residence and students of Visual Communication worked closely with co-editor Gerard Smyth in choosing and working with 17 poems from the anthology which all have relevance to the Dublin 8 area, where the college is located.


The poets whose work features in the exhibition includes Brendan Kennelly, Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan, Peter Sirr, Michael Smith, Enda Wyley, F R Higgins, Pádraig J Daly, Eileen Casey, Hugh O’Donnell, Theo Dorgan, Joseph Woods, Pat Boran, Gerard Smyth and Zozimus, the street balladeer who lived in the area in early 19th century.


These illustrated broadsides have been printed through a variety of techniques from traditional linocut and woodcut to contemporary digital. The one constant technique employed throughout the series is the hand-composed and letterpress printed poems which accompany each illustration. These texts have been composed from the l collection of metal types held at Distillers Press in NCAD. The works were then hand printed using vintage letterpress printing presses by Seán Sills and Jamie Murphy.


Exhibition: Tuesday 21st - Friday 24th October, opening times 1 - 5pm.

Admission is free


Hamlet in Smock Alley Theatre


Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by seeing Just Friends’ production of his prolific play Hamlet this December in Smock Alley Theatre; The Boys’ School Space.

Immerse yourself in this tragic tale of love, identity, duty and revenge. Hamlet has inherited a terrible debt of vengeance and violence, but where does his duty to right the past end, and his right to a future begin? Are we even capable of formulating answers when there must be more things in heaven and earth than our prevailing ‘modern’ philosophy.

December  9th-13th  at 8pm Nightly. Tickets €15 Online/By phone/At the door from entertainment.ie  / smockalley.com / 01-6770014


The World of Jane Austen


The Jane Austen Society of Ireland will host an event entitled The World of Jane Austen on Saturday 8th November 2014 from 2:30-5:30pm in The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin. The event will include a talk on regency fashion and Georgian Dublin, a demonstration on how to dance the Quadrille, and afternoon tea with live music.

Tickets at €10 for Jane Austen Society members and €12.50 for guests. To book a ticket email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Lingo Festival


Lingo Festival is Ireland's first ever spoken word festival, which takes place in Dublin from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014. Acts include Paula Meehan, John Cummins, Polarbear, The Brownbread Mixtape and Milk & Cookies storytelling in venues such as Smock Alley and the Workman's Club. Rick O'Shea, Mary Coughlan, David Norris and Aengus Mac Grianna will be sharing their favourite poem in the Hero Hour in aid of Childline on 18th October. Full festival details can be found on www.lingofestival.com



Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin


The Romanian Culutral Insitute in association with the National Library of Ireland and the Romanian Embassy in Ireland are hosting an event with acclaimed poet Es. Pop and cultural animator Peter Hurley on the 7th October. The event is part of a series called Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin (between 7-25 October) typifying the best and latest in Romanian music, film, theatre, literature, visual arts and intellectual reflection.



Tuesday 7 October, 6pm, The National Library of Ireland, 2 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Acclaimed poet Ioan Es.Pop and travel writer and cultural animator Peter Hurley read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the inexhaustible, mysterious appeal of Transylvania’s ancient ways in a conversation moderated by Stephen Collins of The Irish Times. Preceded by the screening of Dieter Auner’s documentary 'Off the Beaten Track', an elegiac homage to the old rite of transhumance.

Free entry: http://www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=cec028d8-8c83-470c-8503-509c1bcd4ce4


For more details on the Romanian Cultural Days click here.


A Poem for Ireland


RTÉ has lauched a Poem for Ireland - a campagin that encourages the public to vote for their favourite Irish poem from the last 100 years.  Between now and 14th November , you're asked to tell them what poems you think are the stand-out Irish poems of the past 100 years – and why. It doesn’t matter if you nominate happy, sentimental or sad poems, poems about places or people, poems about politics, emigration, history, life, death or or love. As long as it’s an Irish poem, published in the past 100 years and you love it, then tell them, and tell them why you love it. The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday 14th November 2014.


For full details on the campaign and to nominate your favourite poem go to http://apoemforireland.rte.ie/


Dalkey Book Festival Video


A brief look at the 2014 Dalkey Book Festival held earlier this summer with contributions from Joseph O'Connor, Sebastian Barry, John Banville, Bono and Salman Rushdie




Irish Language Literature Festival IMRAM


The Irish Language Literature Festival IMRAM has announced a dynamically charged 2014 progrmme featuring an eclectic brew of literature, music, theatre, dance, poetry, art exhibitions, readings, book launches, talks, discussions and workshops from 9-18 October.

Redemption Songs: The Bob Marley Project will feature Bob Marley's song performed in Irish by Liam Ó Maonlaí and Bréag with special guest Natty Wailer. Jig of Life: The Kate Bush Project, will feature Kate Bush's songs in Irish with Caitríona O'Leary and ensemble including Roger Doyle, Adrian Hart and Graham Hopkins. Both productions feature translations by poet Gabriel Rosenstock and screen projections by artist Margaret Lonergan.

Other highlights include The Wheelchair Monologues and My Pen Dances: The Seán Ó Ríordáin Project. Full festival details at www.imram.ie


Tá áthas ar bhFéile Litríochta Gaeilge IMRAM clár 2014 a fhógairt ina bhfuil manglam measctha meisciúil - ceol, drámaíocht, filíocht agus prós, taispeántais, léachtaí, lainseálacha leabhar, díospóireachtaí, ceardlanna agus danphóstaeir i lár na cathrach.

Beidh Amhráin na Saoirse/Redemption Songs, amhráin mhóra le Bob Marley á rá ag Liam Ó Maonlaí agus Bréag agus aoi speisialt Natty Wailer (iarbhall de bhanna clúiteach Bhob); agus Port a' tSaoil/Jig of Life, amhráin mhóra Kate Bush á rá ag Caitríona O'Leary. Na hamhráin traschruthaithe in nGaeilge ghleoite ag an bhfile Gabriel Rosenstock. Beidh na liricí agus íomhánna comhoiriúnacha á dteilgean ar scáileán ag Margaret Lonergan.


Féach www.imram.ie


DANGER: Citywide Reading Campaign For Children


We're delighted to announce that Danger is Everywhere by David O'Doherty has been chosen as the 2015 Citywide Read for Children. The aim of the initiative is to promote reading for pleasure and we are encouraging as many children as possible to read the book during the campaign which runs from January to March.


Danger is Everywhere is a fun book about Docter Noel Zone who is an expert in dangerology! The book, which is published by Puffin, is superbly illustrated by Chris Judge (author of The Lonely Beast, The Brave Beast and Brian and The Vikings) and is suitable for boys and girls from 8-11 years. There will be fun events in Dublin City Public Libraries in the spring along with a celebration of the book during the St. Patrick's Festival in March.

More details at http://www.dublincityofliterature.ie/danger-is-everywhere.html


Dublin: One City, One Book 2015


It has just been announced that The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle is the choice for Dublin: One City, One Book 2015.


Baggot Street Literary Walks


Waterloo Walks: Along the Enchanted Way


Crossing Baggot Street and the surrounding area, actor Paul O’Hanrahan leads this summer walk revealing the wealth of literary and theatrical connections in ‘Baggotonia’. From Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan at the upper end, to W.B. Yeats and Oliver St. John Gogarty at the lower, with Samuel Beckett literally bridging the two, here is Irish literature in an afternoon’s leisurely stroll. The tour includes stops at sites along the Grand Canal and in some of the city’s most famous hostelries.

Saturdays in August at 3 pm: August 9, 16, 23, 30

Meet in The Waterloo Pub, 36 Upper Baggot Street,=. The tour finishes at Toner’s Pub, 139 Lower Baggot Street with a stop en route at no.51 Pub, Haddington Road.

Duration: two hours.

Tickets: €7 (no pre-booking required)

 Info: 087-9305496; Twitter: @paulohanrahan;

 Facebook: Baggot Street Literary Walking Tours


Leonard Cohen Event


Dublin is the location for the first time for the bi-annual Leonard Cohen Event which takes place from August 7th-10th. Fans of Leonard Cohen from around the world will come together to honour the musician at events such as concerts, talks and film screenings. On Friday 8th August a spoken word event featuring John MacKenna, Dermot Bolger, Gerard Smyth, Leif Bodnarchuk and The Poetry Divas will take place in Liberty Hall Theatre. For booking and other details see



Samuel Beckett Summer School 2014


The 2014 Samuel Beckett Summer School takes place at Trinity College Dublin from 10th-16th August. There will be a varied public programme of events featuring leading artists, academics and Beckett's past collaborators. The talks and perfomances aim to give audiences a rare insight into the life and works of Samuel Beckett.

For details on the programme see www.beckettsummerschool.wordpress.com/public-programme-2014/


Shakespeare in the grounds of Dublin Castle


From Wednesday 23rd July until Sunday 3rd August at 7.30pm each evening, the grounds of Dublin Castle will play host to William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Tickets are €6 and are available through www.entertainment.ie 

You can download the flyer for the event here



Jack Harte Bursary


Awarded by the Irish Writers Centre in association with the Tyrone Guthrie Centre


The Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig have come together to offer a two-week fully resourced Writer-in-Residence Bursary to take place in spring 2015. The award is named in honour of Jack Harte, founder of the Irish Writers Centre, in celebration and acknowledgement of his contribution to Irish literature.


Who Can Apply:

This is an open call to writers resident in Ireland with a proven track record and at least one book of fiction or short stories published by a recognised publisher. 


How to Apply:

Applications are accepted by email only to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .  Please include:


1.   A cover letter including your personal details and statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during your time at Annaghmakerrig.

2.   An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.

3.   Clearly labelled samples of recent work (up to three short samples of up to 300 words). 

4.   Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.


Application Deadline: 

26 September, 2014 at 5pm. No late applications will be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email on receipt.


Selection Process: 

Applications go before a selection committee of the Board of the Irish Writers Centre and a nominee of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The successful applicant will be notified by letter no later than November 7, 2014. The recipient of the bursary will be publicly announced by Jack Harte at a celebration event on Thursday 4 December at the Irish Writers’ Centre.


Limerick's Summer Festival of Literature


Limerick’s love affair withall things literary continues with the launch of  – Limerick’s Summer Festival of Literature – which will take place this July at the University of Limerick.  A joint venture between The Limerick Writers’ Centre and Campus Life Services of UL the festival will run from Friday 18th July to Sun 20th July, and this year it will incorporate the Bring Your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition with over €1000 in prize money. The competition was made an international event last year as part of The Gathering celebrations in the University of Limerick and was an enormous success.

As well as showcasing the famous five-line Limerick verse, the festival will also include readings, book launches, performances, workshops and stand-up comedy with the Treaty Comedy Club over the three days.  Dominic Taylor of The Limerick Writers’ Centre and  Director of the Festival, says ‘we hope to make this festival a popular event with something for everyone, both serious and light hearted with the international  Limericks competition being the centre piece of the weekend’.

Already signed up to take part are Limerick person of the year and Booker nominated novelist Donal Ryan, who will give a reading on Friday 18th at 7.30pm.  Limerick born internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Lynch will host a master class on writing the novel on Sat 20th and two Limerick authors Críostóir O’Floinn and John Liddy, who has been appointed Limerick City of Culture writer in residence for July, will have new books launched plus, there will be lots more.

Entries are now been taken for the competition and local, national and international wordsmiths are encouraged to take part. You can enter on-line at www.facebook.com/limerickcompetition or pick up an entry form from your local library and various venues around the area.

Overseas visitors can avail of the very competitive accommodation available on the UL campus with self-catering accommodating starting from €39.00 per night.


Paper Visual Art Seeking Article Submissions


Paper Visual Art, the journal of art criticism, is currently seeking submissions from writers - either reviews or long-form essays and articles - on the visual arts. PVA will also consider pieces of creative fiction, personal essays, dialogues, interviews or other forms of writing that relate in some way to contemporary art themes and issues. They are also interested in receiving essays which address the borderlines between the visual arts and other art forms such as theatre, literature, publishing, politics, economics etc.

Details of their submission guidelines are available on http://papervisualart.com/?page_id=38


French Award for John Banville


Irish author John Banville has been named a chevalier in the French Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ambassador to Ireland. The Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is awarded by the French ministry of culture to recognise eminent artists, writers and scholars for their efforts in promoting the awareness and enrichment of France's cultural heritage throughout the world.

Banville, who was born in Wexford, received the Booker Prize in 2005 for his novel The Sea. Earlier this month, he became the first Irish author to receive the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.


Jon McGregor reading from Even the Dogs

If you didn't make it to Jon McGregor's reading from Even the Dogs in the National Library on the 15th May as part of Words on the Street - European Literature Night, you now have a chance to see the readings from the night by clicking here.

RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2014. Please click here for competition rules and submission details.

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez wins International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.


The Sound of Things Falling by Colombian author, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated from Spanish by Canadian Anne McLean, is the winner of the 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

The Award is organised by the Public Library service of Dublin City Council. The €100,000 prize is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Uniquely, the IMPAC DUBLIN receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez lived in Europe for 16 years before returning to his native Bogotá, Colombia. He is the author of two previous novels, The Informers and The Secret History of Costaguana. His books have been published in fifteen languages worldwide.

The winning novel was chosen from 151 other titles, nominated by 150 libraries from 39 countries. It was first published in the UK by Bloomsbury. The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges included novels from five continents. Juan Gabriel Vásquez is the first South American author to win the prize in its 19 year history.

Full details of all books nominated are available on www.impacdublinaward.ie

Sara Baume wins Davy Byrnes Short Story Award


Congratulations to Sara Baume who won the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award for her story "Solesearcher1". Sara was presented with her prize of €15,000 by one of the judges Anne Enright in Davy Byrnes pub. 

Sara was born in Lancashire in England and grew up in County Cork. The judges comments on the story: "Beautifully shaped, vividly imagined and realised, this story is the work of an original talent, a writer who has a distinctive vision and the formal discipline the short story requires."

Sara's debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither will be published by Tramp Press in 2015.

The five remaining shortlisted authors received €1000 each - they were Trevor Byrne, Julian Gough, Arja Kajermo, Colm McDermott and Danielle McLaughlin. An anthology of the six stories will be published in the autumn.

For more details see http://stingingfly.org/content/davy-byrnes-short-story-award



Celebrating Bloomsday with Wonderland Productions


Chapelizod Pubcrawl 

Guided by Alice Coghlan, director of Wonderland’s audio walk and 3CD of Dubliners, the literary pub crawl begins with pints, chat, craic, and a friendly introduction to, and readings and song from Finnegans Wake at the Mullingar House Inn, the pub in which Joyce set his great modernist novel in. After a pint, you'll take to the village of Chapelizod on headphones, on which you’ll listen to Dubliners’ A Painful Case in situ, as it is told and performed to you by leading Irish actors. As you listen and walk, you'll follow Mr Duffy’s love story from the village to its tragic climax on the Magazine Fort Hill, via a hot punch at The Bridge Inn. Once in the Phoenix Park, you’ll explore the haunts of one of Joyce’s greatest influences, the Chapelizod native and Gothic horror writer Sheridan Le Fanu, who was born here, before visiting the house, church and churchyard in which both Joyce and Le Fanu set their classic tales, where you will hear extracts from both of their stories performed.

Tour Times: Sunday 15th June 2014 4pm. Tour lasts approximately 3 hours.

Tickets: €15/13.50 for tour and a hot punch at The Bridge Inn.

Please bring an umbrella for the great Irish Summer and wear appropriate footwear as some of the tour will take place in the park.

Meeting Point: 4pm The Mullingar House Inn, Chapelizod.

Bookings: www.entertainment.ie http://e1.ie/1rjh



Read James Joyce's Dubliners by Bike

Now on the hundredth birthday of Dubliners publication, Read Dubliners by Bike invites you to tour the streets, pubs and historic buildings in which Joyce set his classic Dubliners stories, whilst you listen to his stories in situ, as they are told and performed for you on headphones by a large ensemble cast led by the celebrated Irish actor Barry Mc Govern.

Led by Dubliners’ director Alice Coghlan, in collaboration with See Dublin by Bike, this gentle three hour bicycle tour guides the Joycean enthusiast across his city, from his adolescent years in North Richmond Street, to The Boarding House of Hardwicke Street, to An Encounter in Ringsend, to Eveline at the North Wall Station, and finally to the Temple Bar of Counterparts.

The bicycle tour tickets also include a currant bun with the boys of An Encounter at Dublin Port, and later on, a hearty lunch of traditional Dubliner’s Coddle and a glass of porter at Farringtons, the historical pub of Counterparts. As Farringtons will explain, this cask porter is especially brewed for Bloomsweek, so that it is just like the ‘gp’ Mr Farrington so enjoys during Joyce’s classic story.

Tour Times:

Bloomsweek Festival June 2014 3pm Saturday 14th, 10am Sunday 15th & Monday 16th.

The tour lasts three hours plus lunch or supper at Farringtons, Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Tours for groups of 6 or more people can also be arranged, on any afternoon, by special arrangement with Wonderland and See Dublin by Bike.

Tickets: €29.99 for tour, meal and bicycle hire. €24.99 if you bring your own bicycle and helmet.

Please dress for the great Irish Summer and bring a drink. (Your bicycle hire from See Dublin by Bike includes bicycle, helmet and high vis jacket.)

Meeting Point: Cafe Rothar, Fade Street, Dublin 2.

Bookings: www.entertainment.ie see http://e1.ie/1qrk



Public Tour: A Way With Words at Collins Barracks


Join Adrian McBreen on Sunday 15th June from 3pm - 4pm for a journey around Collins Barracks Museum exploring objects on display connected with writers and writing. On the eve of Bloomsday, the tour includes an artefact tied to James Joyce, his protagonist Leopold Bloom and Dublin life in the early 20th century

No booking required – places allocated on a first come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

For more information on Education & Outreach programmes and events contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to www.museum.ie


Davy Byrnes Short Story Award


The short list for the the Davy Byrnes short story award has been announced. The winner will be selected by judges Anne Enright, Jon McGregor and Yiyun Li and announced on 3rd June.

Full details of the short list are available at http://stingingfly.org/content/davy-byrnes-short-story-award-%E2%80%94-shortlist-announced


University of Iowa on-line poetry writing course


University of Iowa Launches Poetry Writing MOOC

Iowa City, IOWA —The International Writing Program (IWP) is delighted to announce The University of Iowa’s first creative writing MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): How Writers Write Poetry, now open for enrollment. The free six-week course (June 28-August 9, 2014) will include discussions and workshops, as well as craft talks by more than 20 contributing poets, including former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Kwame Dawes, Kate Greenstreet, Kiki Petrosino, and Shane McCrae. The course is part of a new University of Iowa MOOC series: How Writers Write: Talks on Craft and Commitment; a fiction writing course will launch in September 2014.

Writing exercises, discussion, and workshops

How Writers Write Poetry will be guided by poet and IWP director Christopher Merrill and by Mary Hickman, poet and editor of Black Rainbow Editions. Twice a week, Merrill and Hickman will introduce and contextualize two short video “craft talks” by contributing poets and assign a writing prompt to MOOC participants. Merrill and Hickman will be supported by a team of teaching assistants, all MFA graduates with substantial experience in teaching poetry.

In the course discussion forum, Hickman, the teaching assistants, and the MOOC participants will examine points raised in the craft talks. The IWP expects to draw an international roster of users, so the teaching assistants will maintain an active presence in the discussion forum around the clock to support ongoing interaction in all time zones (though the course’s working language is English). Participants will be invited to post their poetry for discussion, and each week Hickman and the teaching assistants will workshop a representative collection of the submitted poems.

“The response to our first MOOC was terrific,” said IWP distance learning coordinator Susannah Shive. More than 2,000 people enrolled in Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself in February 2014. “We were thrilled by the participants’ deep engagement with the subject and one another in the discussion forum, and we’re especially excited to offer How Writers Write Poetry participants the opportunity to bring that energy and commitment into workshops of their own poetry. Workshopping hasn’t really been done in the MOOC world yet, and we’re confident we’ve figured out how to make it work.”

For those interested in poetry, but shy about submitting their own work for critique, Shive had this advice: “How Writers Write Poetry is an interactive study of how a poet develops and refines the lifelong practice and craft of poetry—it’s ideal not only for poets, but also for those interested in reading and learning more about contemporary poetry. We’ve structured the discussion topics to welcome readers as well as writers, and you can participate in workshops without submitting your own work.”

The course, taught in English, is free and open to anyone with an internet connection. To enroll, visit: http://courses.writinguniversity.org/course/how-writers-write-poetry



Words on the Street

Words on the Street - 15th May 2014. Due to unforeseen circumstances the last reading of Spanish Literature at  No.5 South Leinster Street with Joe Duffy will take place at 8pm. We apologise for any inconvenience casued.

Risteárd Mulcahy and Annie Ryan in Conversation with Margaret MacCurtain


An evening of discussion with Risteárd Mulcahy, Annie Ryan and Margaret Mac Curtain focusing on the events of Easter 1916 and its upcoming commemoration in the centenary year.

Risteárd Mulcahy's father was a military and political figure at the centre of events and Risteárd has written  a book entitled My Father, The General which draws on Richard Mulcahy's extensive archive of papers and tape recordings.

Annie Ryan is the author of Witnesses and Comrades, drawying on witnesses testitmonial from the Bureau of Military History for both books.

Margaret Mac Curtain is an acclaimed historian.


Venue: Liberties Press, 140 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W

Entrance fee is €4 (includes a glass of wine). This entrance fee may be redeemable against the purchase of any book on the night.

Payment is at the door but calling or emailing in advance is adviced to be sure of a place. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01 905 6075


The Town We Love So Well


The Town We Love So Well – Dublin City Writings

Saturday 26 April, 1–2pm at the Irish Writers’ Centre


Dublin City Writings is a series which elevates the capital city and its surroundings to muse-like status. It will  be looking at how the city has inspired diverse and distinct voices and themes from its traditional cobbled stones and contemporary award-winning architecture, to its leafy green suburbs and rolling plains. 

Each session will concentrate on a different theme and to launch the series the Irish Writers' Centre are delighted to host first-time novelist Oona Frawley as she discusses her debut novel Flight – a story of four people whose journeys intersect one winter in Dublin. 

Born in New York to Irish parents, Oona settled in Ireland in 1999 and, through Flight, offers a unique outsider’s insight into a Dublin of 2004.

Oona will also be joined by Lisa Coen, co-founder of Tramp Press. Lisa’s background spans from magazine production to academia where she achieved both an M.Phil and a PhD before joining the world of book publishing. 

Irish Writers' Centre

Parnell Square, Dublin 1


Saturday 26th April, 1–2pm. Admission free.


International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist


The 2014 shortlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was announced this morning. The following books are on the list.


  • Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye. Translated from the original French by John Fletcher
  • Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser
  • Absolution by Patrick Flanery
  • The Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan
  • Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman. Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia
  • The Light of Amsterday by David Park
  • The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker. Translated from the original Dutch by David Colmer
  • A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgard. Translated from the original Norweigan by Don Bartlett
  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
  • The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez. Translated from the original Spanish by Anne McClean


The winner will be announced in June and full details of all the books are available on www.impacdublinaward.ie


Celebrating Seamus Heaney SOLD OUT


Celebrating Seamus Heaney in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 23rd April is now SOLD OUT.

For all those who were lucky enough to get tickets the following poets and musicians will be taking part in the special event - The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, Paul Brady, Colette Bryce, Gabriel Byrne, Ciaran Carson, Zoë Conway, Theo Dorgan, Peter Fallon, Lisa Hannigan, Niall Hannigan, Michael Longley, Donal Lunny, Medbh McGuckian, Neil Martin, Paula Meehan, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáín, Liam O’Flynn, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conduted by David Brophy, Paul Simon and Tomas Venclova 


Special Guest at Celebrating Seamus Heaney


We are delighted to announce that Paul Simon will be participating in Celebrating Seamus Heaney in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 23rd April. While the event has been sold out for several weeks we are releasing 100 restricted view tickets for sale at 10am this morning. Tickets can be purchased at www.nch.ie or Tel: 01 417 0000


Doolin Writers Weekend


The Doolin Writers Weekend will take place from 28th - 30th March 2014 at Hotel Doolin. The weekend will consist of workshops in short story writing, poetry and novel writing, lectures and readings by some of Ireland’s leading writers, as well as some great traditional music and theatre. In addition to workshops and readings Hotel Doolin in association with The Irish Writers' Centre is delighted to announce the launch of the DOOLIN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2014.

The Competition has a prize fund of €1,000 for first place, €600 for second place and €400 for third place. Entries can be on any theme and should be no longer than 3,000 words. The entry fee is €10 and the closing date for entries is Monday 3rd March at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the Doolin Writers Weekend.

For more information on the festival and short story competition go to www.doolinwritersweekend.com


UNESCO Cities of Literature Global Meet Up

On Wednesday 19th February, the cities designated with UNESCO City of Literature status held a global meet up via the web. If you'd like to take a look at what was discussed during this session go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08RlK0uykBc

Joseph O'Connor: Frank McCourt Chair of Literature


Novelist Joseph O'Connor has been announced as the inaugural Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. He will teach students of the new UL Masters in Creative Writing programme in September 2014 and will also present a number of public literary events in the Limerick area. Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin and is the author of eight novels, including the international bestseller Star of The Sea, as well as collections of short stories and bestselling works of non-fiction. He also wrote the songs for the dance show Hearbeat of Home.



Sean O’Casey: A Rebel Playwright with a Cause


This exhibition at Farmleigh explores the themes of rebellion and conflict that permeate the life and work of  Sean O’Casey:  his involvement in the 1913 Dublin Lockout; his famous  politically charged ‘Dublin Trilogy’ plays  (The Shadow of a Gunman, The Plough and the Stars and Juno and the Paycock); his conflicts with the Abbey Theatre over its rejection of The Silver Tassie; and controversies involving the Catholic Church.


Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • O’Casey’s first book published in 1919, ‘The Story of the Irish Citizen Army’. O’Casey was Secretary to the Irish Citizen Army, a millitant wing of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union formed to protect the people from police brutality during the 1913 Lockout;
  • A letter from O’Casey to Lennox Robinson regarding the ‘The Plough and the Stars’ defending the play and refusing to alter the language after some of the cast refused to speak the lines. The play later provoked a riot where some of the audience were incensed by the ironic treatment of the 1916 Easter Rising;
  • A letter from O’Casey to Lennox Robinson regarding the rejection of O’Casey’s play ‘The Silver Tassie’. The ensuing argument between O’Casey and the Abbey was played out in the newspapers of the time. 


The exhibits are drawn from the Benjamin Iveagh Library at Farmleigh in Dublin and comprise first editions of O’Casey’s printed works and correspondence from the papers of the former director of the Abbey Theatre, Lennox Robinson. The Benjamin Iveagh Library was amassed by Benjamin Guinness, third Earl of Iveagh. The collection, which is of immense cultural significance, was donated to the Irish State in 2009.  It is owned by Marsh's Library but it is in the care of the Office of Public Works at Farmleigh.   


The exhibition is now on at Farmleigh, Castleknock, Dublin 15 and is open each day from 10am to 4:30pm as part of the guided tour of the House.

See www.farmleigh.ie for more details


Dublin Chinese New Year 2014


Dublin Chinese New Year 2014- Celebrating the Year of the Horse

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) celebrates Sino-Irish relations by showcasing Chinese culture and heritage to a new and wider audience while promoting integration. Run by Dublin City Council, there are lots of events on in Dublin over the next 4 weeks to celebrate Chinese culture including musical recitals, lectures and storytelling sessions.

On Saturday 8th February at 2.30pm in the Central Library, Ilac Centre, artist Kitty Rogers will help children make colourful Chinese lanterns and learn more about the Year of the Horse. Book in person at the library or by telephone at 8734333

Chinese New Year Carnival: The main event of the festival will take place in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar on Sunday 2nd February. There will be pop-up library and storytelling with Seosamh Ó Maolaolaí and lots of other fun activities.

For more details on the festival see www.cny.ie and for Dublin City Public Libraries events for DCNYF see http://www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/library_events/Pages/Chinese_NewYear_2014_Jan.aspx




Dublin Shakespeare Society presents GOTHIC HORROR: THE DUBLIN HAUNTING OF LAFCADIO HEARN . A Dramatised Reading by Paul Murray author of A Fantastic Journey: the Life and Literature of Lafcadio Hearn and From the Shadow of Dracula: A Life of Bram Stoker

Director: Valerie Greene 

Piano: John Howard

Cast includes: Ian Blackmore, Mary Howard, Nessa Power, Sonia Lavelle, Stephen Wallace and Paul McCorry

Venue: Teachers' Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Date: Saturday 18 January 2014 at 7.30pm

Admission: €5.00 (includes tea/coffee & biscuits)

No Reservations: Seats Allocated on First-Come Basis


Public Talk - 'Patrick Kavanagh and The Great Hunger'


The Limerick Writers’ Centre in association with The Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College presents the first in a series of public talks on Great Irish Writers.

Starting Thursday 6th February 2014 Dr Desmond Swan, Professor of Education in University College Dublin, will introduce the series with a talk on Patrick Kavanagh’s epic poem The Great Hunger called “Apocalypse of Clay - ' the men's the boys' - Patrick Kavanagh's masterpiece The Great Hunger and Ireland's Coming of Age".

The talk will take place in T118 in Mary Immaculate College and starts at 8.00pm. Free admission.

For further information contact Dominic Taylor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tel: 087 2996409 Web: www.limerickwriterscentre.com

The series will continue during 2014 and will focus on Irish writers such as Beckett, Joyce, Behan, Wilde and Brian O Nolan.


Davy Byrnes Short Story Award


There are now just a few weeks left until the closing date for the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award. An excellent panel of judges have been assembled – Anne Enright, Yiyun Li and Jon McGregor.

There is €15,000 on offer for the best short story and five runner-up prizes of €1,000. The closing date is Monday February 3rd. The competition is open to Irish citizens and to writers who are resident or were born in the thirty-two counties. Entries must consist of a previously unpublished short story written in English. The maximum word count is 15,000 words, no minimum. Only one story per entrant and the entry fee is €10.

The competition rules and the entry form are available here.

James Joyce The Dead


Featuring full story read by Barry McGovern

Free iPad App released Jan 6th 2014


The Dead is regarded by many as the greatest short story of the twentieth century. The closing story of Dubliners, first published in 1914, it begins with a party in Ushers Island on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany and the last night of Christmas. Now on January 6th 2014, UCD Humanities Institute is delighted to announce the release of an exciting new iPad app - including the full story read by renowned actor Barry McGovern plus period images and podcast commentaries – will be available to download free from the Apple App Store.

At number 15 Ushers Island on the 6th of January, Kate and Julia Morkan hold their annual dinner party. Gabriel Conroy and his wife Greta enjoy the company, dancing and music. When Greta hears the folksong, ‘The Lass of Aughrim’ sung plaintively by another guest, she remembers the young man who once loved her and sang to her on another snowy night. And Gabriel discovers his marriage and his life are not all he imagined them to be. Listeners to Lyric FM will be first to hear the recording by Barry McGovern of the poignant story on January 5th at 8pm

For many the universities, their archives and collections - and academics - are seen as exclusive, private and difficult. The Dead iPad app project makes academic and archive material accessible and available digitally in an open creative and innovative way to the general public and to an international audience – and demonstrates that this story can be enjoyed by new generations in new ways. Working with award winning design and broadcast partners Vermillion Design and Athena Media, the app shows the clear potential for collaboration between cultural heritage and new technology to create new opportunities for arts, scholarship, media and design in Ireland and globally. It is the final output of a number of UCD Humanities Institute and John Hume Global Irish Institute projects funded under the competitive HEA Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, which combined private philanthropic and public funding from 1998 onwards. Images and audio are available to media on request. Gerardine Meaney (UCD Humanities Institute), Anne Brady (Vermillion Design) and Helen Shaw (Athena Media) are happy to talk to media about the projects genesis and realisation


The app will include a recorded reading by Barry McGovern of the full text of The Dead

Podcasts which contextualise the story by commentators such as Catriona Crowe, Mary Daly, Anne Fogarty and Gerardine Meaney about Joyce, Dubliners, and the Dublin of the time

Many wonderful rare and unseen images of Dublin at the time

Architectural images and drawings describing the house and the architecture of the era

A video performance of The Lass of Aughrim filmed in the house on Usher's Island


Celebrating Seamus Heaney


Dublin City is celebrating the life and work of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney at a special event in the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. Tickets go on sale today and may be purchased from the National Concert Hall at  https://www.nch.ie/Online/default.asp or tel: 01 4170000. Those taking part include RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Theo Dorgan, Peter Fallon, Michael Longley, Donal Lunny, Paula Meehan, Paul Muldoon, Liam O'Flynn and many more. This event is part of the programme for Dublin: One City One Book and is in association with Poetry Ireland


Arts Council announces new €150,000 Laureate for Irish fiction


The Arts Council has announced that it has established a new award which will honour an outstanding Irish fiction writer, and encourage the next generation of Irish fiction writers. 

The Laureate for Irish Fiction has been developed by the Arts Council and is supported by University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU). The Irish Times is media partner for the Laureate.

The Laureate will be awarded by the Arts Council to an Irish writer of national and international distinction, writing in the English language.  The honour will be used to promote Irish literature nationally and internationally and to encourage the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction.

The Laureate will have a three-year term. Over the period, he or she will teach creative writing to students at University College Dublin and New York University, will spend time developing his or her own work, and will participate in a number of major, public events and promotions. The Laureate will receive €150,000 over the three years.

The Arts Council will coordinate the nomination process which will begin immediately and include key members of the literary community as well as a spread of national organisations.

The judging panel for the final selection will include a high profile Irish writer, a high profile US writer and representatives from the Arts Council, UCD, NYU and The Irish Times.

For more details go to www.artscouncil.ie


Irish Design Student Wins International Design Competition



Could insects offer a new sustainable food source? And if so what cultural prejudices would need to be overcome before insects could form a part of our daily diet?

 These were just some of the questions addressed by Lara Hanlon, a recent graduate of the Visual Communications programme, at Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT). Her final year design project éntomo was selected to represent Dublin city at the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents competition.

 Her multi-disciplinary project impressed so much that it has just won the ‘New Star Award’ at the competition. The Shenzhen Design Award was organised by the city of Shenzhen in China as part of its UNESCO City of Design programme and attracted high calibre entries from established professionals and graduate designers from around the world.

 Shenzhen invited Dublin, as a UNESCO City of Literature, to participate through the UNESCO Creative Cities Alliance. Dublin’s Public Libraries administer the very successful UNESCO City of Literature Programme. A competition to select entries from Dublin was organised jointly by the City of Literature Office together with the Council’s design promotion initiative, PIVOT Dublin, which invited submissions through its network and assembled a panel of assessors. The assessors, which included Barry Sheehan, Head of Design at DIT and graphic designer Mary Doherty of Red Dog, decided on three entries to go forward for the final judging in Shenzhen.

“Lara’s success in representing Dublin in the Shenzhen Design Award is a fantastic example of how the UNESCO City of Literature designation can provide a platform and recognition for other creative practices in Dublin”, says Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian.

 The purpose of the ‘ New Star Award’ is to reward the ideas of young designers, who, through their innovation and designs, have contributed to the enhancement of environmental sustainability, social and economic development and, above all, quality of lives in our cities.

 Lara herself explains that “Insects provide a healthy alternative to beef, pork, and poultry, and are promoted by international organisations including the UN as a feasible and wholesome option for ending world hunger. Through education and promotion of gourmet cuisine, éntomo challenges cultural prejudices associated with eating insects in the Western world and provides people with the means to explore bugs as a sustainable, tasty and nutritious food source”. Her winning project – and recipes – can be viewed at http://entomoproject.eu/

 Her award in Shenzen is further recognition for the design programme at IADT, which is currently the only Irish institution on the list of the top 100 European Design Schools. 

Lara will receive her $5,000 prize at an event in Shenzhen next February where her project will be exhibited with other category winners.


Christmas Readings at Brooks Hotel

Join Brooks Hotel for their Classic Christmas readings when actor Jim Roche will delight as he reads from Classic Christmas works such as ‘A Christmas Carol’.
The warm and cosy Café Lounge will come alive with culture with the words of some of the world’s finest authors, accompanied by the sounds of their classical pianist.
This event is free of charge but booking is essential.
Event Title: Christmas Readings at Brooks Hotel
Location: Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2
Date: Wednesday, December 11th
Time: 6pm (for about an hour)

Irish entry wins Shenzhen Design Competition


Congratulations to Lara Hanlon who won a New Talent award at the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talent.   Shenzhen (China) is a UNESCO City of Design and they held a competition among the members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for young designers. Lara was Dublin's nominee in the student competition. Her project on insects as a source of protein will be showcased at a major exhibition in Shenzhen in China in February 2014.

Full details of the competition are available at  http://www.szday.org/ 


A View of Krakow: Krakow UNESCO City of Literature


A View of Krakow: Krakow UNESCO City of Literature


"View of Krakow" is a part of the City (W)Wites international literary and film project which presents the literary capitals of Europe through meetings with writers connected with these cities. The role of the ambassador of Krakow and Malopolska region is played by Adam Zagajewski, who introduces the audience to his masters, favourite places and his friends among authors. There will also be reminiscences of other outstanding authors connected with the city: Wisława Szymborska and Czesław Miłosz. Participants of the 3rd Czesław Milosz Festival were the first to watch this film.

 The producer is the Krakow Festival Office, with TVP and the Book Institute as partners. The project is supported by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with funds from the Promoting Readership program. The funds are managed by the Book Institute.





WritersWeb TV: Getting Published


Saturday, 9th November from 10am – 4pm

WritersWebTV Live-streamed Workshop: Getting Published

Featuring Carole Blake (Blake Friedmann Literary Agency), Julia Churchill (A.M. Heath), Paul Feldstein (The Feldstein Agency) and Hazel Gaynor (author). Facilitated by Vanessa O’Loughlin (writing.ie).

This internationally accessible workshop will open the lid on the publishing process, helping authors learn how to perfect their manuscript, write an amazing pitch letter and get their work into the hands of eager publishers.


Crime’s best writers give you the scoop

Best-selling crime authors Ken Bruen, Jane Casey, Declan Hughes and Niamh O’Connor will be joining WritersWebTV on October 30th, ready to arm aspiring authors with all the best writing tips, tricks and methods at the upcoming workshop, Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction.
Multi-award-winning Ken Bruen - the author of the Jack Taylor series which has become a TV hit starring Iain Glen – will talk through writing great hook-lines and how to develop characters across a series. Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan series of crime novels will guide participants through the basics of narrative and plot. Declan Hughes - author of the Ed Loy PI series - rigorously plans his writing and he’ll be giving his insights on how to plan for your novel while being open to new sources of inspiration. Niamh O’Connor, one of Ireland’s leading crime journalists, will lead us through the research process and crack the code of juggling family, writing and a day-job.
This free-to-watch-live, online workshop will cover all aspects of crime fiction and viewers will be able to interact with those in studio to help them develop their skills. WritersWebTV has developed a world-first innovation in online education for writers by providing livestreamed interactive workshops to a global audience, featuring Irish and international best-selling writers and industry professionals.
The one-day workshops are streamed live from a multi-camera broadcast studio in Dublin. Bestselling authors interact with an in-studio audience of aspiring writers, who present their work for critique. Online viewers can communicate with those in the studio using Twitter, Facebook or email. They can ask a question, take part in a workshop exercise, comment online and benefit from on-screen feedback from the authors in-studio.
Led by experienced workshop facilitator Vanessa O’Loughlin, founder of writing.ie, the panel will consider the key elements of fiction writing and furnish viewers with tips, advice and actionable insights to help them improve their writing and get it on the path to publication.
Upcoming courses include Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction on Wednesday, October 30th, and Getting Published on Saturday, November 9th, with plans in motion for courses in 2014.
Viewers can watch the full one-day workshops for free when they watch them live. If they want to download a workshop or watch it later, they can pay to keep the course.
Further information is available on www.writerswebtv.com

Publisihing Day for Writers


The Irish Writer' Centre are holding a Publishing Day on Saturday 2nd November for short story writers. Rooney Prize winning author, Mike McCormack, along with Stinging Fly Contributing Editor and author Dave Lorden, will guide participants through the process of short story writing form the point of collating a collection right through to having a book ready for publication.

There will also be contributions from other industry experts including Doire Press, Jennifer Matthews, founder of online literary journal Long Story Short, and Sean Caribini, Chairperson of the Irish Writers' Union.

More information and booking details at http://www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/PublishingdayNov13.html or ring (01)8721302

€60 (€59 IWC members)

Professional Development Day, Saturday 17th November, Irish Writers' Centre Dublin Book Festival

New Ireland Books and the Irish Writers' Centre are hosting a Professional Development Day for published authors as part of the Dublin Book Festival. The event will consist of a series of workshops, designed to help writers develop their careers. Eoin Purcell, Managing Editor of New Island Books, will discuss how the publishing industry works, journalist Margaret E. Ward will cover the practical aspects of promotion for writers and their work through the media, and journalist and broadcaster Audrey Carville will moderate a panel discussion entitled "What Supports do Professional Writers Need?". To check eligibility for this event see http://www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/professionaldevelopment.html €60 (€50 IWC members)


Modest Proposals: Autumn Essays


Modest Proposals is a new literary project being run by postgraduates in Trinity College aimed at connecting third-level research with the wider public. They have produced a short series of essays aimed at a general readership, but making use of the expertise and disinterest of the researcher. 


The first of this series of essays, an overview of the project and an exercise in the essay form, by one of our organisers, Nathan O'Donnell, can be read on the Modest Proposals website: www.newmodestproposals.wordpress.com   


This will be followed by a series of essays addressing issues like climate change, arts funding, hospital design, public theatre, austerity politics and the role of the critic in Irish society.  These are essays written for the general reader, accessible, readable, and aiming for clarity and debate.  Modest Proposals aim to provide a platform for the voices of a generation of new writers and researchers to connect with new audiences, and to make the case for a civic idea of the university.


Krakow is designated the 7th UNESCO City of Literature


We are delighted to welcome Krakow in Poland as the seventh member of the UNESCO Cities of Literature and look forward to nurturing literary links between our cities. As well as having an illustrious literary heritage, Krakow is the centre of publishing in Poland, the host city for many literary festivals, home to libraries, bookshops and literary awards. Check out the Krakow bid document here and here. Learn more about the UNESCO Creative Cities Network here


Ten Things To Know about Krakow

A City of Literary Heritage - Krakow is the cradle of the Polish language and Polish literature. The first scriptoriums appeared there in the 11th century, the first prints in Poland were published there and the city boasts library collections unique on a global scale. Krakow is associated with great writers: Joseph Conrad Korzeniowski, Stanislaw Wyspianski, Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski, Tadeusz Kantor, Stanislaw Lem, Czeslaw Milosz, Slawomir Mrozek, Adam Zagajewski, and Wislawa Szymborska. Krakow is also the burial place of the Romantic national poets: Adam Mickiewicz and Juliusz Slowacki. The city is full of literary cafés and bookshops often centuries-old.

A City of Books - Krakow is home to a thriving book market with publishers of all sizes, the largest Book Fair in Poland and since 2011 the only Children's Book Fair in Poland. Krakow's publishing companies produce more than 3,000 titles annually, printed in the total number of about 6 million copies. There are close to 80 bookstores and almost 30 antiquarian bookshops in the city. One of the buildings on the Market Square has housed a bookstore continually since 1610.


A City of Culture - Krakow is the most recognisable Polish city in the world, the cultural capital of the country, a city of literature and poetry. In 1978, by the decision of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Krakow was inscribed on the first list of the most valuable objects in the world. The area including the Old Town, Wawel Hill, and the Jewish district of Kazimierz came under protection. In order to emphasize the historical heritage and contribution to the achievements of world culture and civilisation, Krakow was honoured with the title of the European Capital of Culture of the year 2000.

A City of Literary Festivals - As well as several dozen theatre, music, and film events, Krakow is the host of the most important literary festivals in Poland: the Milosz Festival and the Conrad Festival. Each year, eminent authors from all over the world come to Krakow, along with a select circle of Polish writers, poets, and reporters. These festivals are recognised world-wide and are a symbol of international celebration of literature, combining academic conferences, debates, concerts, meetings with translators and publishers and (parallel to the Conrad Festival) the largest Book Fair in Poland.

A City of Libraries - Krakow is the city of the first scriptoriums, libraries, and printing houses. At present several dozen libraries operate, including the Jagiellonian Library that houses the most important relics and masterpieces of the Polish language and world literature, and archives all Polish prints published in Poland and abroad. The former Municipal Arsenal houses the collection of the Czartoryski family, with priceless treasures of national literature including a collection of the oldest manuscripts and antique books in Europe. Coming right up to date, Arteteka at the Malopolska Garden of Arts presents art, books, and literature in all formats.


A City of Literary Institutions - Krakow is the seat of the Book Institute, the most important national institution dealing with the promotion of Polish literature in the world and supporting national literary programmes, established in 2004. The city is also home to The Polish Writers' Union, the Polish Writers' Association, the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Learning, as well as countless non-governmental organisations, associations, and foundations supporting literary initiatives, and industries related to books.

A City of Education - Krakow is one of the largest Polish academic centres. Twenty-three institutions of higher education operate there including Jagiellonian University (Universitas Jagellonica Cracoviensis), established in 1364 as Studium Generale. More than 200,000 students a year study in Krakow.

A City of Literary Recognition - Krakow's publishers and writers are recognised worldwide, but the city itself is home to several prestigious literary prizes including the Transatlantyk Award for promotion of Polish literature abroad; the Jan Dlugosz Prize for the best book of the year; the Kazimierz Wyka Award for essay writing and criticism; the Wislawa Szymborska Poetry Award, and the Stanislaw Vincenz New Culture of New Europe Award. Krakow also recognizes a 'Krakow Book of the Month'.  The Villa Decius Association organises scholarship stays for young writers and translators and the Albrecht Lempp scholarship supports translations and the Polish-German dialogue. Krakow is a member of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) for persecuted writers. 


 A City of Literary Institutions - Krakow is the seat of the Book Institute, the most important national institution dealing with the promotion of Polish literature in the world and supporting national literary programmes, established in 2004. The city is also home to The Polish Writers' Union, the Polish Writers' Association, the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Learning, as well as countless non-governmental organisations, associations, and foundations supporting literary initiatives, and industries related to books.


A City of Education - Krakow is one of the largest Polish academic centres. Twenty-three institutions of higher education operate there including Jagiellonian University (Universitas Jagellonica Cracoviensis), established in 1364 as Studium Generale. More than 200,000 students a year study in Krakow.

A City of Literary Recognition - Krakow's publishers and writers are recognised worldwide, but the city itself is home to several prestigious literary prizes including the Transatlantyk Award for promotion of Polish literature abroad; the Jan Dlugosz Prize for the best book of the year; the Kazimierz Wyka Award for essay writing and criticism; the Wislawa Szymborska Poetry Award, and the Stanislaw Vincenz New Culture of New Europe Award. Krakow also recognizes a 'Krakow Book of the Month'.  The Villa Decius Association organises scholarship stays for young writers and translators and the Albrecht Lempp scholarship supports translations and the Polish-German dialogue. Krakow is a member of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) for persecuted writers.


A City of Nobel Prize Winners - The city's history is closely related to the life stories of the Polish Nobel Prize winners in literature. The Krakow Czas magazine featured episodes of popular novels by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Quo Vadis), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905. Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1924 (the author of The Promised Land and The Peasants received the award for lifetime achievement) often visited Krakow. The 1980 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, poet, prose writer, and essayist, Czeslaw Milosz (The Captive Mind, Family Europe) selected Krakow to be his home in the last years of his life. Wislawa Szymborska (Calling Out to Yeti, People on the Bridge), honoured with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996, spent most of her life in Krakow.


A City of Poetry - Krakow was the capital of literary modernism, it was here that the Futurists organised their literary provocations and the poetic avant-garde has its roots. Several hundred poets live and work in the city and poetry soirées and salons - including Poetry Night, initiated in 2011 - are hugely popular. In 2000 the city became the place of the famous Meetings of the Poets of the East and the West, organised by Nobel Prize Winners in Literature Wislawa Szymborska and Czeslaw Milosz.


C.P.Cavafy - The Poet of Old Age and The Poet of Future Generations

The Inagural Lecture of the Irish Hellenic Society takes places on Friday 18th October at 7pm at the UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies (William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium), UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. The lecture on C.P. Cavafy, will be given by Dr Anthony Hirst former lecturer in Modern Greek at Queen's University Belfast. All are welcome.

Nobel Prize in Literature 2013

Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 today the 10th October. She was described as  being "a master of the contemporary short story".



From the pulsing rhythm and blues of ‘Gloria’ to the sweet, breezy folk rock of ‘Tupelo Honey’ to the ecstatic gospel of ‘Full Force Gale’, Van Morrison’s music is marked by its emotional drive. Over five decades, he has created a musical vision as much steeped in the poetry of John Donne, Yeats, Rimbaud and Kerouac as it is in blues, jazz and soul. At the heart of it all is a unique Blakean sense of wonder.

Moondance features exquisite Irish language versions of Morrison’s songs, translated by poets Cathal Póirtéir and Gabriel Rosenstock. They will be performed by Liam Ó Maonlaí, David Blake, and Hilary Bow, with support from the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra. Margaret Lonergan has created stunning screen projections of the lyrics. 


Aithnítear ceol Van Morrison ar an gcomáint mhothúchánach atá laistiar de, rithim agus gormacha, abair, san amhrán preabach Gloria, an rac tíre binn aerach laistiar de Tupelo Honey agus an ceol gaspal eacstaiseach in Full Force Gale. Is fada an lá ó chéadchruthaigh Van fís cheolmhar dúinn a bhí chomh mór ar maos i bhfilíocht Donne, Yeats, Rimbaud agus Kerouac is a bhí sna gormacha, sa snagcheol agus san anamcheol. Mar bhonn leis an bhfís sin aige tá an 'gheit' sin, an t-iontas a spreag Blake is Ginsberg. Is é atá sa tionscadal seo Moondance ná leaganacha gleoite Gaeilge d'amhráin Van Morrison ó Chathal Póirtéir agus Gabriel Rosenstock, beirt de sheanfhondúirí IMRAM. Is iad na hoirfidigh a chuirfidh inár láthair iad ná Liam Ó Maonlaí, David Blake agus Hilary Bow le tacaíocht ón mBrad Pitt Light Orchestra. Tá íomhánna éachtacha cruthaithe ag Margaret Lonergan chun na liricí a theilgean ar scáileán dúinn. 


DÉ hAOINE 11 DEIREADH FÓMHAIR / Friday 11 October 8.00pm,

Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire

Cead isteach/admission €20/16

Booking (01) 231 2929 or online at www.paviliontheatre.ie

All Ireland Poetry Day 3rd October


All Ireland Poetry Day which will take place on Thursday 3rd October, is now in its 6th year and hopefully this year will be the strongest and most comprehensive celebration of poetry and poets alike.

The object of the day is to celebrate poetry in every county in Ireland and in a variety of ways via imaginative programming, scheduling, venues and locations. Once again this year poetry will happen in diverse and unusual locations throughout the whole island of Ireland.

In Dublin, the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square Dublin 1 will host an all day marathon poetry reading with guest poets from 10am to 4pm.

The event will be streamed live at www.poetryireland.ie/live


For details of events in other counties go to www.poetryireland.ie/poetryday


Jhumpa Lahiri Reading Smock Alley


Bestselling writer Jhumpa Lahiri will be discussing her new novel The Lowland in Smock Alley Theatre on Friday 27th September at 6.30pm. The Lowland, which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013, is a beautiful and devastating family story set in Calcutta.. A book signing will take place after the event. Tickets cost €5 and are available from Smock Alley Theatre (01-6770014 www.smockalley.com) or from the Gutter Bookshop.

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and author of two previous books. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulizer Prize, the PEN/Heminway Award  and The New Yorker Debut of the Year.


IMRAM Irish Language Literary Festival 2013

The programme has just been announced for this year's IMRAM Literary Festival. This year’s festival continues the vision of eclectic and dynamic programming. Highlights include Moondance: The Van Morrison Project and the tri-lingual Whereof you cannot speak: The Wittgenstein Project. They will be paying homage to the wonderful force of nature that is Alan Titley; commemorating the life and work of Seamus Ó Grianna; and exploring the blues in Irish with the Mary Ryan Blues Band. IMRAM 2013 has all this and more – workshops, lectures and talks, and city-centre billboard poems. You are invited to climb on board as you embark on a literary, musical and artistic voyage like none other. Full programme details are available here

One City One Book 2014


Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature are delighted to announce that If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song will be the One City One Book choice for April 2014.

If EverYou Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. The book is arranged street by street so the reader is continually making new connections and discoveries on a virtual tour of the City of Words.

A full programme of associated events throughout the month of April will intrique and engage Dubliners and visitors to the city. The programme will be launched in March 2014. Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and published by Dedalus Press, If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song will be available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops from February 2014. It includes writing by both historical and contemporary figures, including Swift, Synge, Yeats, Joyce, Seamus Heaney Eavan Boland, Dermot Bolger and Paua Meehan.

The choice follows the hugely successful Strumpet City programme in April 2013 which saw James Plunkett's novel top the borrowing figures at Dublin's libraries and the bestseller lists in bookshops.

For more details see http://www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/node/315


Jaki McCarrick reading at Pearse St. Library


Author Jaki McCarrick will read from her short story collection The Scattering on Thursday 3rd October at 6.30pm in Pearse St. Library. Admission is free and all are welcome. For booking and information contact Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse St., Dublin 2.

Tel: 01 674 4888 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


About the author:

Jaki McCarrick is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Middlesex University. She writes plays, fiction and poetry. Her play, Leopoldville, won the 2010 Papatango Award for New Writing, and her most recent play, Belfast Girls, developed at the National Theatre Studio in 2012, was shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Jaki's short story, The Visit, won the 2010 Wasafiri Short Fiction Prize and appears in the 2012 Anthology of Best British Short Stories.

Her debut collection of short stories, The Scattering, was published by Seren Book in March 2013. Jaki is currently writing her first novel.



Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents 2013


As a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin is part of the international network of UNESCO Creative Cites. Shenzhen City of Design is holding its inaugural Design Award for Young Talents, which is open to applications from cities in the UNESCO network, including Dublin. Designers resident in Dublin from all fields of design which contribute to sustainable growth in cities are welcome to partipate. For more information see http://www.pivotdublin.com/index.php/blog/entry/call_for_entries_shenzhen_design_award_for_young_talents


Death of Seamus Heaney

It is with great regret that we learned to-day of the death of Nobel Poet Laureate, SeamusHeaney. Seamus was a most gifted writer and a life-long friend and supporter of the public library service.He was very generous with his time and talents .He supported Dublin’s application for UNESCO City of literature status and also took part in the “DublinSwell” event in March 2011 which celebrated the awarding of the designation. Just this Spring, Seamus donated some copiesof his work in translation to the Dublin Public Libraries Literature collection adding to the library’s extensive collection of his work . As this time of sadness, it is comforting for readers to know that his words will life on through his printed books and recorded readings. Margaret Hayes Dublin City Librarian and Chair, Management Group, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

PD James Event Trinity College


Dublin UNESCO City of Literature is delighted to announce that renowned crime author PD James will be speaking to novelist Declan Burke about her novel Death Comes to Pemberley in The Public Theatre, Trinity College on Tuesday 8th October.

Death Comes to Pemberley is written in the style of Jane Austen as follow-on from Pride and Prejudice, where PD James draws the characters of Jane Austen into a tale of murder, intrique and emotional mayhem. It is currently being made into a 3 part mini-drama series for the BBC to be aired in December. As this is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, PD James will discuss Death Comes to Pemberley, her love of Jane Austen, as well as her crime novels.

PD James was born in Oxford in 1920. Her first book was published when she was in her late thirties. She is the author of 20 books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast in the United States and other countries. Many of her books, including A Taste for Death, The Murder Room and Devices and Desires, feature Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

She spent 30 years working in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Department of Great Britain's Home Office.

In 2000, at the age of 80, she published her autobiography Time to Be in Earnest. She has won awards for crime writing in several countries including Britain, America and Scandinavia. She was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Declan Burke has published four novels including Absolute Zero Cool, which was shortlisted in the crime fiction section of the Irish Book Awards 2011. He is editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011) and the co-editor, with John Connolly, of Books to Die For (2012). He hosts a website dedicated to Irish crime ficiton called "Crime Always Pay"

Date: Tuesday 8th Ocober

Venue: The Public Theatre (known as the Examinations Hall), Front Square, Trinity College

Time: 7pm (doors close at 6.50pm sharp)

Admission Free.

Booking is essential (maximum of 4 tickets per person)

Book at 6744862 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


An Evening at Farmleigh Celebrating Jane Austen


Enjoy an evening celebrating the 200th year anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice in the beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh, with author Sophia Hillan discussing Jane Austen and her Irish connections. Listen to some live music from the period at a wine reception and delight in readings from some of Austen's most famous novels.

Date: 3rd October 2013

Venue: Farmleigh

Time: 8pm

Tickets are free but will be distributed to the public by random lottery. Apply for tickets now at www.farmleigh.ie

Full details about the event are available on www.thejaneaustensocietyofireland.com



One City, One Book: Dublin in Print


UCD Adult Education Programme 2013-2014

This course is designed to tie in with events in the Dublin: One City, One Book festival 2014 culminating in an extended engagement with the 2014 selected title making full use of events staged by Dublin City Libraries/Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Students will also read some of the books previously chosen for the Dublin: One City, One Book festival: James Plunkett's Strumpet City, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Sebastian Barry's A Long Long Way, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Joseph O'Connor's Ghost Light. The focus of the course will be to situate these books as Dublin books, showing different aspects and histories of the city. The course will consider the changing place of Dublin in literature and examine different ways the city has been represented by writers.

Venue: Pearse St. Library, Dublin 2

Dates: 8 Wednesdays from 10.00am-12.30pm from 5th March to 23rd April

Fee: €190

For more details go to www.ucd.ie/adulted


Bare Feet and Bowler Hats; Capturing the Dublin of 1913


It was the Best of times, it was the Worst of Times

Dublin 1913 - a divided city


"Bare Feet and Bower Hats: Capturing the Dublin of 1913" - Transporting you back to Strumpet City as we remember the Dublin of 1913. Remembering a turbulent time in our history and the oft neglected role of women in the 1913 Lockout.

An exhibition by the Liberties Heritage Association in St. Nicholas of Myra Centre, Carmans Hall (off Francis Streeet), Dublin 8

Dates: 19th August - 17th September 2013

Times:9:00am - 5:00pm



Free Genealogy Open Days


Free Genealogy Open Days in Dublin City Library and Archive Conference Room, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Trying to trace your family tree?

Speak to expert genealogists and get advice on how to start or progress tracing your family tree. No appointment necessary, just drop in between 10.30am-4.30pm on Friday 9th August and Friday 16th August.

Irish family history organisations will host information stands at the open days and you will also get information on family  history resources in Dublin City Library and Archive.


Irish Children's Prize


Literary agents A.M. Heath are looking for a new voice in Irish children's fiction. They have launched their Irish Children's Prize, which is open to un-agented children's book writers, born or resident in Ireland, and writing in English. The prize will be judged by Julia Churchill, children's book agent at A.M. Heath and David Maybury of Brown Bag Films, Penguin Children's Books and Inis Magazine Editor.The closing date is 17th October. For more details on what the judges are looking for see http://amheath.com/blog/irish-childrens-prize/



Irish Novelists Nominated for Man Booker Prize

Congratulations to Irish novelists Colum McCann, Donal Ryan and Colm Tóibín who are among 13 authors nominated on the 2013 Man Booker Prize Longlist. The books nominated are Transatlantic (Colum McCann), The Spinning Heart (Donal Ryan) and The Testament of Mary (Colm Tóibín). The shortlist will be announced in September.  For more details see http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/longlist-2013-announced

The Dromineer Literary Festival Writing Competitions 2013


The Dromineer Literary Festival Writing Competition is open for entries. There are two cagetories for entry, Poetry and Flash Fiction. Jean O'Byrne will judge the poetry and John McKenna will judge the flash stories.

Poetry Entry Fee: €5 for the first poem and €3 per additional title

Flash Fiction Entry Fee: €10 for each entry

Prizes awarded in each category: 1st Prize €500, 2nd Prize €350, 3rd prize €150

The deadline for entries is Friday 30th August, more information at www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie


Pygmalion at Synge Street

To celebrate the 157th birthday of George Bernard Shaw on Friday 26th July The Ranelagh Players will present an outdoor performance of extracts from Pygmalion outside his birthplace, 33 Synge Street. The performance will commence at 2pm on Friday.

Colum McCann

Congratulations to Colum McCann following the announcement that he is to receive an honourary degree from Queen's University in Belfast for outstanding distinction in literature. Colum who was born in Dublin has already won several awards for his work including the 2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Let The Great World Spin.

Dublin Novelist Catherine Dunne wins Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction


Dublin author Catherine Dunne has won the prestigious Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction for her novel The Things We Know Now. This year's prize celebrates the 700th anniversary of the Italian novelist Giovanni Boccaccio's birthday - he was born in Florence in 1313. The prize will be presented at a special ceremony in Florence in September. Previous winners incude Vikram Seth, Mark Hadden and Muriel Spark.

The Boccaccio Litearary Society says of Catherine's novel: "In her imaginative exploration of the most painful grief that anyone can endure - the loss of a child through suicide - Dunne excavates the subleties of both the inexplicable and the unspeakable. She illuminates that lack of understanding and awareness that can inhabit even the strongest and closest of our human relationships."


The Full Molly


Acclaimed Actor Eilin O’Dea performs the full version of Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy (the first on an Irish stage since 2008) for three performances only at the New Theatre, Temple Bar, July 11th-13th at 8pm. Molly Bloom, the most famous female character in literature, bares her soul on love, life, sex and loneliness. Sensuous, compelling and at times hugely funny, this is the only time throughout Joyce’s seminal novel Ulysses, where Molly’s voice is heard.

To book: call 01 6703361




International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013


Congratulations to Kevin Barry on winning the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013 for his debut novel City of Bohane. The winning novel beat off competition from 153 other titles, nominated by 160 libraries from 44 countries. It was first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges included novels from France, Iceland, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the USA. Kevin Barry is the third Irish author to win the prize. It was awarded to Colm Tóibín in 2006 for The Master and to Colum McCann in 2011 for Let the Great World Spin.

Go to www.impacdublinaward.ie for more details


Work for the Dublin Book Festival

One of Dublin’s largest and most vibrant book festival is looking for three interns (unpaid) to assist in the organisation and marketing of this year’s festival, which will take place from the 14th – 17th November 2013. Successful candidates will need to able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a dynamic team.This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wishing to get first hand experience of running a festival and working within the arts. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop relationships with authors and publishers in addition to getting a hands-on overview of what it means to organise a large-scale event. All internships will be based in Dublin, however, hours are flexible (approx. 15 hours per week) and candidates have the option of working largely from home.


Online Marketing Intern

The successful candidate will work with the Dublin Book Festival’s in-house web content manager and develop relevant online content which they will post and publicise on the festival website, www.dublinbookfestival.com. This will include the opportunity to conduct interviews with participating authors as well as managing social media competitions and PR exercises. Marketing experience as well as a working knowledge of the publishing industry would be desirable, but not essential.


Administrative Assistants

We are also looking for two administrative assistants to help in organising this year’s festival. These assistants will work closely with the Programme Director in developing this year’s programme as well as liaising with authors, booksellers and publishers in order to make sure that the structure of the festival runs smoothly. Candidates must be proficient in MS Office programmes, have fluent English and a knowledge of the publishing industry would be desirable, but not essential. We are looking for people with excellent communication skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team.


*The internships offered are unpaid, however, travel expenses will be covered in addition to days worked during the festival itself. To apply for any of these internships, send a current CV and Covering letter to julianne@dublinbookfestival.com.


Author Media Day


Presenting to Sell: Making the Most of the Media - for newly published authors

As a continuation of the National Emerging Writer Programme, UNESCO Dublin City of Literature and Irish PEN are hosting a FREE one day event for authors, Saturday June 15th 10.30-4.00pm at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse St., Dublin 2. It will show them how to make the most of public and media appearances, both traditional and online


For Authors
Identify angles in order to pitch your message to the media, find out how to look and sound good on TV, how to present your ideas on radio and how to hold an audience at a reading. Find out how to deliver your message to the biggest possible audience using social media.

All authors need a great author photo for press and PR. Professional photographer Paul Sherwood is offering a special rate of €30 for authors to get their photograph taken on the day, during the lunch break (must be pre-booked when you book your place, cash payment on the day).

Authors can also avail of this great rate by visiting his studio in Blackrock, County Dublin by contacting him at at: www.sherwood.ie Mobile: 087 230 9096 e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Television Appearances

MTVs Emma Ledden, a specialist in corporate communications, will coach participants on how to appear on TV, how to communicate your message effectively, how to sit and what to wear. How do you relax in front of the cameras? How do you make sure your book is mentioned?


Making the Most of Radio

Radio offers wide opportunities for authors, from local to national stations all looking for content. How do you get yourself onto radio? Should you settle for a phone interview or go into studio? What notes should you bring, how much preparation should you do?


Public Readings

Author Declan Hughes has extensive experience in theatre and knows how to deliver a reading. Declan will be covering what to read, how to read it and how to hold an audience at a public reading, demonstrating what works and what doesn't.

The Power of the Internet

The internet is a free tool that can launch careers. Find out from independent technology consultant, trainer and internet marketer Darina Loakman how best to use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to generate traffic to your blog or website and how best to maximise your website’s potential.

Make the most of every opportunity to develop your author profile!

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Launch of Books of Dublin app


Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Dennihan launched the Books of Dublin app in Marsh's Library this morning. Dublin’s distinguished literary heritage and its historic libraries feature in this app, which showcases a selection from some of the fascinating rare manuscripts and historic printed books held at Marsh’s Library (1701) and at the Edward Worth Library (1733). Each work presented is accompanied by a commentary from an expert in the field.

You can have a look at the app at https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/books-of-dublin/id649578925?mt=8


Parnell Square Cultural Quarter - Public Consultation



Your chance to have a say!

In early April 2013, Dublin's Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí announced a vision of a new cultural quarter for Dublin City - Parnell Square. A new City Library will be built beside the existing world-class Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and will offer a range of creative, participative and educational experiences. The civic plaza will connect the new library and Hugh Lane, creating a new public space that those who live, work and visit Dublin can use, engage with and enjoy in the heart of the City.

Dublin City Council has engaged Green Hat to carry out an initial public consultation to ensure that the vision of a Cultural Quarter as a cultural space for all is realised. Focusing on the responses to the vision and the desired physical spaces for the area, the consultation will seek input and ideas on the provision of opportunities to learn, create and participate.

This dynamic and exciting project will inspire cultural, physical and economic regeneration and will fulfil Dublin's ambitions for a 'Civic Spine',a route connecting the capital's key cultural & historic sites with retail areas, from Parnell Square down O'Connell Street through College Green to Christchurch, extending south to Kilmainham and eventually north to Grangegorman. Watch this short video for more information.

You are invited to attend one of the Café Conversations which will take place on the following dates:

Thursday 30th May, 5.30pm - 9.00pm - Conference Room, Pearse Street Library, Dublin
Friday 31st May, 9.00am - 12.30pm - Wood Quay Venue, Dublin
Wednesday 12th June, 9.00am - 12.30pm - Conference Room, Pearse Street Library, Dublin
Friday 14th June, 9.00am - 12.30pm - Teacher's Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin (Wheelchair access via Granby Lane)

Café Conversations are where people gather in an informal, café style setting for active and engaging conversations around a common issue or theme. 
Participants will have the chance to explore questions that matter, connect diverse perspectives and explore possibilities. 

Please book your place here. Please email us at the address below should you have any special requirements

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About Dublin City Council 
About Green Hat

Jack Kerouac's search for language and and identity


La nuit est ma femme will construct a literary exploration of Jack Kerouac’s relationship to French, to Catholicism and Buddhism; of his bi-lingual identity; and of his fraught relationship with America. The selections will draw on his letters, poems, haiku and novels. Two writers – Gabriel Rosenstock and Gearóid Mac Lochlainn – will both translate and respond to Kerouac’s work. The texts will be read to improvised jazz accompaniment by The Dirty Jazz Band and on-screen projections created by Margaret Lonergan

Curated by Liam Carson, director of the IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival.

Date Thursday 23 May

Time 8.30pm

Venue Workman’s Club

Tickets €10 / €8 concession

Book online: https://dublinwritersfestival.ticketsolve.com/shows/873493436/events


IMRAM at the Dublin Writers' Festival


A Thief of Fire: A Celebration of Arthur Rimbaud

The Thieft of Fire will celebrate Rimbaud's Illuminations as Ciaran Carson showcases his new English version In the Light of while Liam Ó Mhuirthile will read newly commissioned Irish versions. There will be on-screen projects by Margaret Longergan along with commissioned music by Seán Mac Erlaine.

Date: Wednesday 22nd May

Time: 8:30pm

Venue: The Sugar Club

Tickets: €10/€8

Booking at http://www.dublinwritersfestival.com/event/the-thief-of-fire-a-celebration-of-arthur-rimbaud


An Post Stamp Honouring Dublin as UNESCO City of Literature


The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins launched a new stamp issued by An Post which honours Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Fighting Words, which provides free tutoring in creative writing for students of all ages in Ireland, was asked by An Post to invite primary and secondary school students to write a story which would capture the essence of Dublin city - in precisely 224 words! That story forms the design of the new stamp. The winner is Eoin Moore from Marino in Dublin and the stamp is available from major post offices. The stamp was designed by The Stone Twins.

Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian and Chair of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature management Group said 'I am delighted that the literary city are being honoured in this way and I would like to congratulate both Eoin on his beautifully written story and An Post on this imaginative way of bringing Dublin's literary credentials to worldwide attention in this way.'


Getting Non Fiction Published


Getting Non-Fiction Published: Fergal Tobin,

author and commissioning editor at Gill & MacMillan.

Thursday 9th May 8pm United Arts Club, Dublin 2.

Fergal will discuss how to submit, what to submit and how to get published: What are the key ingredients needed to write and sell non-fiction? In a market where non-fiction will always have a healthy share, how do you take your first step?

Fergal Tobin has been publishing director of Gill & Macmillan since 1994. Among the books he has published are the monumental Encyclopaedia of Ireland; David McWilliams' The Pope's Children; Frank McDonald's ground-breaking manifesto The Destruction of Dublin, a book that one reviewer said was "the best book published in Ireland since the Book of Kells"; Fintan O'Toole's Irish Times Book of the Century; and, last autumn, Mary O'Rourke's best-selling memoir Just Mary, which will appear in paperback later this month. In the course of his career, he has published almost 2,000 books. As an author, he writes popular history most often under the pseudonym Richard Killeen. The pseudonym is now being retired and his next book, The Irish Revolution 1912-25: an illustrated history, will appear next October under his own name, as will all future books.

Fergal was President of CLE/Publishing Ireland from 2002 to 2004 and was President of the Federation of European Publishers, based in Brussels, from 2010 to 2012.

Tickets are €3/€5 and booking is advisable. You can book your ticket at http://IrishPENFergalTobin.eventbrite.ie


Virtual Poetry Seminars

The University of Iowa's International Writing Program presents The Virtual Poetry Seminars this May. These online poetry seminars run over 7 weeks and are available to writers witha an active commitment to reading poetry and refining their craft although previous experience is not a requirement. International writers are encouraged to apply. For more information see http://iwp.uiowa.edu/calendar/2013-05-08/applications-due-for-virtual-poetry-seminars-advanced-poetry-seminar-poetry-mast

Musical Tales 2013


The Contemporary Music Centre in association with The Royal Irish Academy of Music presents Musical Tales 2013, two concerts in Dublin City Libraries as part of Dublin: One City, One Book celebration of Strumpet City with music from Irish composers inspired by the city of Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature. Event programme available here

The concerts will take place on

Wednesday 24th April in the Central Library from 1-2pm. Admission free. Booking essential, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it tel: 01 8434333

Thursday 25th April in Rathmines Library from 1-2pm. Admission free. Booking essential, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it tel: 01 4973539


Short List for The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize

Liam Carson's Call mother a lonely field has been shortlisted for The Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. The £10,000 RSL Ondaatje Prize is awarded annually to a book of the highest literary merit – fiction, non-fiction or poetry – evoking the spirit of a place.

Bread and Roses: Strumpet City Revisited


For those who missed Bread and Roses: Strumpet City Revisited in Dublin Castle on 3rd April, you can hear the event on RTÉ 1's Arena this evening at 7pm


Musis events for Dublin: One City, One Book


The Contemporary Music Centre presents Musical Tales 2013 – two concerts in Dublin City Libraries as part of One City, One Book – featuring Royal Irish Academy of Music Miriam Kaczor (flute), Evelina Ndlova (electric piano) and Margaret Bridge, (choral conductor with a choir of eight singers), presented by composer Benjamin Dwyer  

In celebration of James Plunkett’s Stumpet City being the chosen book for One City One Book 2013 and to mark  the influence of Dublin City, which is at the heart of Plunkett’s novel, on Irish composers the Contemporary Music Centre has devised a concert of live music. In association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), the Contemporary Music Centre presents this concert programme in two Dublin City libraries on 24 and 25 April 2013. This exciting project is funded by the Dublin City Council Arts Office Arts Grants 2012 and supported by the Dublin City Council Library Development Office.

Curated by Irish Composer Benjamin Dwyer, the concert programme will be performed by Miriam Kaczor (flute), Evelina Ndlova (electric piano), Vincent Kennedy (trumpet), alongside a choir of eight singers (Robyn Richardson, Sarah McCourt, Zosia Kucyńska, Heather Fogarty, Richard Bridge, Richard Shaffrey, Robbie Blake, Pascal Kennedy) conducted by Maragaret Bridge. Benjamin Dwyer will introduce each concert and set the context for each piece of music performed. Featured Irish composers Michael Holohan and Vincent Kennedy will make further contributions.

Wednesday 24th April from 1-2pm in Central Library, Ilac Centre. Admission free. Booking essential. Tel: 01 8734333 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday 25th April from 1-2pm in Rathmines Library. Admission free. Booking essential. Tel: 01 4973539 Tel: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dublin: One City One Book

Strumpet City the choice for Dublin: One City, One Book 2013 has reached number one on the Irish bestsellers' list http://www.rte.ie/ten/2013/0409/strumpetcity.html

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist


Ten novels have been shortlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

The list includes City of Bohane by Irish author, Kevin Barry, five novels in translation (from Japan, Iceland, Norway, The Netherlands and France); one British and three American novels.

The shortlisted titles, announced by The Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Naoise Ó Muirí, Patron of the Award, in Dublin today are:

City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (Irish) (First novel) Published by Johathan Cape

The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq (French) Translated from the original French by Gavin Bowd. Published by William Heineman

Pure by Andrew Miller  (British) Published by Sceptre

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Japanese) Translated from the original Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel. Published by Harvill Secker and Alfred A. Knopf

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (Japanese American) Published by Alfred A. Knopf

The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips (American) Published by Random House Inc.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (American) Published by Alfred A. Knopf

From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón (Icelandic) Translated from the original Icelandic by Victoria Cribb. Published by Telegram Books.

The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am by Kjersti Skomsvold (Norwegian) (First novel) Translated from the original Norwegian by Kerri A. Pierce. Published by Dalkey Archive Press

Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa (Dutch) Translated from the original Dutch by Sam Garrett. Published by Portobello Books


The winner will be announced on Thursday 6th June.

For full details on the shortlisted books go to http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/



New City Library

Exciting news about a new City Library for Dublin City Centre was released this morning. View the Brochure

Mohsin Hamid in conversation with Dr Sharae Deckard


Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, The Irish Times and Penguin Books are delighted to present Mohsin Hamid bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, in conversation about his new book How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia with Dr. Sharae Deckard, School of English,University College Dublin, on Tuesday 2nd April at 6:30pm in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8. This event is free, but booking is essential. To reserve your tickets email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Announcement of CBI Awards Short List

The shortlist for the 23rd CBI Book of the Year Awards was revealed on Tuesday 29th March. Each of the ten titles will compete for six awards, which includes the innovative ‘Children’s Choice Award’ voted for by ten junior juries located across the country. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on 8th May.

The shortlisted titles are:

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

Hóng by Anna Heussaff

Na Laochra is Lú by Laoise Ní Cléirigh and illustrated by Steve Simpson

Spellbound by Siobhán Parkinson and illustrated by Olwyn Whelan

Mise agus an Dragún by Patricia Forde and illustrated by Steve Simpson

Dark Warning by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

Grounded by Sheena Wilkinson

For more details go to http://www.childrensbooksireland.ie/blog/cbi-awards-shortlist-revealed/


Call for Writer in Residence

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites applications for a writer in residence for the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival for the period May to October 2013. The residency seeks to support a writer in any genre. The residency is envisaged as a part-time position which will allow time primarily for engagement and interaction with the general public and more specifically with those who have an interest in writing. Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival is the focus for this engagement. In addition the residency will also allow time to develop the writer’s own work. Collaborative proposals are also welcomed.

Closing date: 12pm Thursday 4th April 2013 

Full brief available on www.dlrcoco.ie/arts or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Tel: 01 271 9531

Experience Dublin Literature


Experience Dublin Literature is a charity event in aid of a secondary student who has recently suffered a spinal chord injury.  Two Dublin based emerging authors, Janet E. Cameron and Irene Lawlor, have volunteered to deliver reading from their recently published book, entertain an audience questions and answers session, and a book signing.  The event is being held on 4th April 2013 at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.  Tickets will be sold on the door for €10 with proceeds being provided to the family of the student in order to purchase the assistive technology required to help him succeed in his educational career.  

For more details go to @Dublin_LitExp  or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Experience-Dublin-Literature/167598586727126




A new project for LGBT young people in Dublin, May-June 2013


Writing is a singularly powerful way to process difficult or new emotions, to communicate our sense of ourselves to the world and in so doing to make sense of who we are.  

Inverse is a new project for LGBT young people, which will take place in the Spring of 2013: a 6-week programme of creative writing workshops, during which participants will explore ideas of narrative, identity, creativity and form.

A group of LGBT young people will take part in workshops, theatre trips, and tours in Dublin City Centre, create original pieces of creative writing, and have the opportunity to present them as part of a public spoken word event in June 2013.  The workshops will be fun, welcoming spaces, where participants will be encouraged to use creative writing to explore, challenge and express themselves.

Inverse is an initiative which aims to provide young people, facing new and sometimes challenging realities, with tools to negotiate them.  It aims to generate positive narratives for LGBT young people, and to empower and strengthen LGBT identities. 

The word ‘inverse’ was coined in an early attempt to label sexualities in late 19th-century Europe.  This project aims to reclaim the word, using it to celebrate opposition, difference and creative inquiry. 

Inverse has been devised by two writers, Nicole Rourke and Nathan O’Donnell, in conjunction with the Dublin arts organisation, Big Smoke Writing Factory.  The organisers are currently calling all LGBT young people, interested in reading, writing, and creativity, to get in touch and sign up for this free pilot programme. 


WHEN: Saturdays, 4 May – 8 June (6 weeks)

WHERE: Big Smoke Writing Factory, Lower Hatch Street, Dublin 2


AGE RANGE: 16 – 19


For further information please contact:

Nathan O’Donnell

Tel: 086 6622671

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: inverseproject.blogspot.ie

Twitter: twitter.com/nathanodonnell 


Ulysses Reading Group


Join the Bloomsday Survival Kit team during the month of March for readings from Ulysses

Tuesday 5th March 

Meet at 7pm: The Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street (opposite Arnotts)

Bring: a copy of Ulysses if you have it and your Bloomsday Survival Kit if you're lucky enough to possess one.

We'll read: Chapter 8 from Ulysses, Lestrygonians: The One with the Arseholes

Cost: There'll be a bowler hat at the end for donations.

Call Jessica on 086 818 5537 for information

Tuesday 12th March

Meet at 7pm: Seminar Room, National Library, Kildare street

Bring: a copy of Ulysses if you have it and your Bloomsday Survival Kit if you're lucky enough to possess one.

We'll read: Chapter 9 from Ulysses, Scylla and Charybdis: The One with Shakespeare

Cost: There'll be a bowler hat at the end for donations.

Call Jessica on 086 818 5537 for information

Saturday 23rd March

Meet at 2pm: Arc de Triomphe, Stephen's Green main entrance.

Bring: a copy of Ulysses if you have it and your Bloomsday Survival Kit if you're lucky enough to possess one.

We'll read: Chapter 10 from Ulysses, Wandering Rocks: The One with Everybody in It

Cost: There'll be a bowler hat at the end for donations.

Call Jessica on 086 818 5537 for information



Dublin: One City, One Book at UCD Adult Education Centre



Garrett Fagan

This course is designed to tie in with events in the Dublin: One City, One Book festival 2013 culminating in an extended engagement with the 2013 selected title. Students will also read the books previously chosen for the Dublin: One City, One Book festival: Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Bram Stoker ’s Dracula, Sebastian Barry’s A Long Long Way, Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Joseph O’Connor’s Ghost Light.

The focus of the course will be to situate these books as Dublin books, showing different aspects and histories of the city. The course will consider the changing place of Dublin in literature and examine different ways the city has been represented by writers. The course will build up to a sustained consideration of the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2013, Strumpet City by James Plunkett, making full use of events staged by Dublin City Libraries and project partners.

For more information go to http://www.ucd.ie/adulted/coursesbycode/ln248/


Poetry at Smock Alley Theatre


To celebrate International Ear and Sound Day on Sunday 3 March there will be three unique live performances in the Boys School at Smock Alley Theatre, each performace features a collaboration by a poet and a sound artist. Scheduled as part of the Collaborations Festival 2013, this show will include experimental sound performances by poets Kit Fryatt, Annemarie Ni Churreáin, Christodoulos Makris, and sound artists Elizabeth Hilliard, Ed Devane, Keith Lindsay.

Venue and Time: Smock Alley Theatre at 8pm
Entrance: €5 (Tickets available on the door)
Duration: 40 mins
More information: http://3xdistilled.tumblr.com/ http://www.facebook.com/events/427916617284437/


Michael Longley at the National Gallery of Ireland


The National Gallery of Ireland will hold a study morning entitled Modernist Images and Portrait Painting on Saturday, 23rd February.Speakers include the singer Veronica Dunne and the artist Colin Davidson. Colin will be discussing his new portrait of the poet Michael Longley, which is one of the latest additions to the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection.

 Michael Longley himself will also be present, and will give a reading of some of his poetry at 1.30pm (this portion of the day is free to all, and no booking is required).

 Tickets (€25, €5 students) for the study morning may be booked in advance from the Gallery Shop on 01 663 3518. Ticket holders can avail of a 10% discount in the gallery shop and café on the day. Full details are available on http://www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/ConferencesStudyMornings/Modernist_Images_and_Portraits.aspx


Doolin Short Story Competition

Hotel Doolin in association with the Irish Writers Centre is delighted to announce the launch of DOOLIN SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2013! Prize fund: €1,000 for first place and second/third of €600/€400. Entries can be on any theme and should be no longer than 3,000 words. The entry fee is €7 and closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 8th April. This year's judge is John MacKenna.
Winners will be announced at the inaugural Doolin Writer's Weekend on 24th - 26th May 2013Doolin Writers weekend will consist of workshops, lectures and readings by some of Ireland's leading writers, as well as some great local traditional music.

All three winning entries will feature on the Irish Writers’ website and the story placed first will also appear in print in The Clare People.

To download a copy of the application form go to www.writerscentre.ie


Call for Ghost Writers


The award winning and international based company beActive is looking to recruit new Ghostwriters and screen writers to work with their development team on upcoming projects.


beActive’s previous TV and film projects include the award winning Irish interactive TV series Aisling’s Diary, feature film Beat girl and upcoming sci fi project Collider in addition to the Emmy nominated Brazilin series Final Punishment.


This year they have several new and exciting projects coming up covering a range of genres from young adult and women's contemporary fiction to autobiography and science-fiction and they’re looking for motivated creative ghost-writers to work with them on these projects and for new and emerging screen writing talent to attach to other works.


If you are interested please email Triona ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and send her a one-page CV along with a short sample of your work.


For more information on the company see www.beactivemedia.com

William Trevor/Eliz Bowen Short Story Competition 2013


The Mitchelstown Literary Society has announced the launch of the third William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition.

The Society was founded to celebrate the lives and works of two of Ireland’s literary greats with Mitchelstown connections. The short story competition evolved as an adjunct to the annual literary festival and aims to provide a competitive outlet for new and emerging writers in the short story genre.

First prize is €3000, second prize is €500 and there are five runner up prizes of €200.00 each.
There is an entry fee of €20.00 per entry and each entry must have an official entry form attached. Go to www.mitchelstownlit.com for more details, rules and entry forms.


Dublin City Book Fair


Will take place from 11am - 5pm on Sunday 27th January at Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road (just past Vincents Hospital). Admission is €2.00

Free parking permits are available for collection at the admissions desk.



In the footsteps of William Carleton


On Saturday 26th January marking the 144th anniversary of the death of the 19thC Irish author William Carleton, two short talks will take place in Sandford Church, Ranelagh, Dublin at 12:30pm

Admission free. Membership of the William Carleton Society will be available for €5.


The Pollard Collection of Children's Books: Constructing a History of lrish Children's Literature


The Pollard Collection of Children’s Books, a generous bequest to the Trinity Library from  Mary ('Paul') Pollard (1922-2005), is a collection of over 10,000 books covering the period from late 17thC to early 20thC. Extensive holdings of works by Maria Edgeworth, Barbara Hofland and Mary Sherwood feature in the collection. It contains many books of Irish interest, and includes moral tales and tracts, learner readers, chapbooks, nineteenth-century annuals and magazines. One of the most significant of its kind, the Pollard Collection offers enormous opportunities for research and scholarship.

During this lecture, Dr Pádraic Whyte will provide an overview of the collection, research underway, its significance nationally and internationally, and also conduct a close analysis of certain texts within the collection. More specifically, he will discuss his current research and his use of the collection in constructing a history of Irish Children's Literature.

Venue: Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute

Date and Time: Monday 11 February 2013 at 7pm

Admission is free and all are welcome http://www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/



National Emerging Writer Programme


Have you always wanted to write a book but don’t know how to start? The National Emerging Writers Programme, aims to encourage new writing talent from all parts of the country by providing expert advice on DVD and online from some of Ireland’s best known and internationally successful writers.

Hear Carlo Gébler discuss Starting to Write, Sinéad Moriarty talk about Telling the Story and Declan Hughes giving tips on Revising, Rewriting and Overcoming Obstacles.

 The DVDs are available to borrow from libraries nationwide or access the content online at www.dublincityofliterature.ie, www.writing.ie or on YouTube. The DVD is also available to purchase from Amazon.  

The National Emerging Writers Programme is a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project which has been developed in association with Writing.ie and is funded by Dept. Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.

Each of the programmes has been edited into easy view sections for web-viewers and is available to see on www.writing.ie and on You Tube from 1st January 2013.

View the trailer here: http://youtu.be/Q3fB6xjrysk


John Boyne at the United Arts Club

John Boyne In Conversation
Thursday, December 13, 2012
from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
 United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2
John Boyne, international best selling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and more recently The Absolutist talks to Irish PEN about writing technique, his writing technique and how those great ideas arrive.
John was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize.
His early writing consisted mostly of short stories, and his first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. In total, he has published about 70 short stories.  John's trademark style involves setting his novels in different periods of history;  hear more about his impressive range of books from children's to historical fiction, in the warm surrounds of the United Arts Club this December 13th. 
John will be happy to sign books if you would like to make your Christmas gifts extra special. There won’t be a bookseller available on the night, so please bring your books with you.
John Boyne’s website is at : http://www.johnboyne.com/

John Milton's Paradise Lost


The first public reading of John Milton's Paradise Lost in aid of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland will take place on Friday 14th December from 10am until 10pm.

 10am–2pm in the Graduate Memorial Building (GMB), Trinity College Dublin

2pm–10pm in the Gallery Chapel, Trinity College Dublin

All welcome - please go along and show your support

Readers include: Harry Clifton, Gerald Dawe, Seamus Heaney, Dave Lordan, Thomas Luxon, Iggy McGovern, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, David Norris, Michael O’Loughlin, Nessa O’Mahony, Eve Patten, Patrick Prendergast, Gerard Smyth, Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods, members of Trinity Players, students and staff of the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, and many more.


The Fantastic:Tribute to Bram Stoker


The Fantastic: Tribute to Bram Stoker


Wednesday 28th November: 6.30pm, Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, Free Admission

Instituto Cervantes Dublin is pleased to invite Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Alicia Marino, who will pay homage to the Dublin writer Bram Stoker. The talk will be chaired by Dr. Jarlath Killeen, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Trinity College Dublin.This event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker's death (1847-1912) and remember the author who has been idolized and remembered by the creation of one of the most influential horror stories in history: Dracula


In Spanish and English, with simultaneous interpreting

Free Admission

Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2


Winners for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2012


Congratulations to all of the winners at last night's Irish Book Awards. The winners were

Just Mary by Mary O'Rourke - RTÉ 1's John Murray Show Listeners' Choice Award

A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy - Eason Popular Fiction Award

Broken Harbour by Tana French - Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan- Sunday Independent Newcomer Of The Year Award

Ancient Light by John Banville - Eason Novel Of The Year Award

Artemis Fowl And The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer - Specsavers Children's Book Of The Year Senior

This Moose Belongs To Me by Oliver Jeffers - Specsavers Children's Book Of The Year Junior

Atlas Of The Great Irish Famine by Crowley, Smyth & Murphy's - International Education Services Best Irish - Published Book Of The Year

Country Girl by Edna O'Brien - Argosy Nonfiction Book Of The Year

My Olympic Dream by Katie Taylor - Life Style Sports  Sports Book Of The Year Award

Eat Like An Italian by Catherine Fulvio - Avonmore Cookbook Of The Year Award


The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Jennifer Johnston







The Bram Stoker Lecture at the National Gallery of Ireland


Visualising the Gothic: Ways of seeing the Unseen with guest speaker Sir Christopher Frayling and introduction by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí will take place on Thursday 29th December at 6:30pm at The National Gallery of Ireland.

Admission is free.

This lecture is supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht


International Day of the Imprisoned Writer


Thursday, November 15th, 2012 : International Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Day of the Imprisoned Writer
15 November 2012
The New Theatre
43 East Essex St., Temple Bar @ 5.30pm
On 15 November former Beirut hostage and writer Brian Keenan, poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and journalist Justine McCarthy will read from the works of imprisoned writers from around the world. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at http://theimprisonedwriter.eventbrite.com/


International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Long List

The long list for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013 was announced on Monday 12th November in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse St. Dublin 2. With 154 books, nominated by libraries in 120 cities, in 44 countries, in 19 languages, it's the most International of Awards. Eight Irish authors were nominated for the 2013 award. For a list of all the nominated books go to www.impacdublinaward.ie

Writing Fantasy for Young Adults

On November 8th at 8pm, come to PEN's event Writing Fantasy for Young Adults at the United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam St. Dublin 2

Find out how bestselling authors Oisin McGannCeline Kiernan and Conor Kostick create magical worlds and hook their readers in one of the biggest selling sectors of the publishing market.  
All are welcome & tickets can be booked on http://irishpenwritingfantasy.eventbrite.com/
The panel will be chaired by successful author and PEN Committee member Ruth Long.

Words@Werburgh's - Darker Dublin


On 2nd November at 8pm experience an evening of haunting performance and chilling music exploring Dublin city’s Gothic Writing Spook yourself on All Soul’s Night with samples of Dublin’s darker writing – with Eerie music, chant and candles in the ancient and atmospheric St Werburgh’s Church.
DARKER DUBLIN includes: A Talk on Gothic Writing and music from The Crux Vocal Ensemble with Natalia Astramowicz-McGough, saxophone and David O'Shea, organ. Performances from local Gothic Writing including; W.B. Yeats and Sheridan Le Fanu

Tickets €15

To Book: www.entertainment.ie/darkerdublin
Presented by Temple Bar Traders and The Flying Book Club


Gold Dagger Award

Congratulations to journalist Gene Kerrigan who has won the Gold Dagger for the best crime novel of the year for The Rage.

Tercentenary Celebrations of the Old Library, Trinity College


As part of the Tercentenary celebrations of the Old Library in Trinity College and in conjunction with Library week, on Library Day Wednesday 14th November 2012 – Trinity College Library is inviting members of the public to enjoy free admission to the Old Library to view the Book of Kells: ‘Turning Darkness into Light’ exhibition, the magnificent Long Room and the current exhibition from its rich collections - Drawn to the Page: Irish Artists and Illustration ca 1830-1930  from 9.30am to 5pm. See http://www.bookofkells.ie/ for details.


Richard Ford Reading


"Richard Ford has written a great American novel, another masterpiece, and he most emphatically has. Canada is his finest work to date."

(Eileen Battersby)


A rare opportunity to hear acclaimed American author

Richard Ford read from his latest novel Canada in the unique surroundings of the

Exam Hall, Front Square in Trinity College on

Wednesday 17th October at 7:30pm


To book: Tel: 01 6744877 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Bloomsbury Publishers in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and School of English, Trinity College


"Canada is a superlatively good book, richly imagined and beautifully fashioned. Although it is too early to do so, one is tempted to acclaim it a masterpiece". (John Banville)

Fishamble New Writing Award

Congratulations to Shaun Dunne, writer of Death of the Tradesmen, who won the Fishamble New Writing Award 2012 at Dublin Fringe Festival. Shaun receives a stipend and dramaturgical support towards his next play, as well as a place on a Fishamble playwriting course and residency in the Artists’ Retreat on Inis Oírr. The other short-listed nominees were Stefanie Preissner for Solpadeine is My Boyfriend, Demian Fox, Shane O’Brien and James Walmsley for Clowns, Ross Dungan for The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle.

Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Library Voices Series

As part of this series author T.C. Boyle will give a reading at the County Hall, Dún Laoghaire on Tuesday 9th October at 7:30pm. Tickets are €8/€5 and are available for purchase from the Pavilion Theatre Box Office at  www.paviliontheatre.ie or tel: 01 2312929

VS Pritchett Prize

Congratulations to Martina Devlin on winning the Royal Society of Literature's 2012 VS Pritchett Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded for the best unpublished short story of the year in the UK.

Dublin City Council Arts Funding Opportunites 2013



Dublin City Council invites applications for funding towards arts projects and programmes in the city which are complementary to the following objectives:

  • Achieving quality provision of the arts and cultural services
  • Supporting the established and emerging artist
  • Ensuring equality of public access to and participation in the arts, particularly through the city neighbourhoods
  • Encouraging awareness, education and research in the arts
  • Supporting the sustainable and strategic development of arts initiatives

Application forms, guidelines and criteria may be obtained from:


City Arts Office, Dublin City Council, The LAB, Foley St., Dublin 1

Tel: 222 7843 or E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Arts Grant 2013 - Application Form
Arts Grant 2013 - Criteria & Guidelines

Closing date for receipt of Applications is Friday 26th October 2012 at 5pm.
Please note there are important changes to the scheme this year. 

Tá leaganacha Gaeilge de na foirmeacha seo ar fáil  


The Letters of Élie Bouhéreau in French context


A masterclass on 19 October 2012 

at Marsh's Library, Dublin

Organised by National University of Ireland Maynooth & Marsh’s Library, Dublin 

This study day is funded by The Heritage Council of Ireland, the French Embassy in Ireland, and Marsh’s Library, Dublin


The Man, his archive, and its importance

 Élie Bouhéreau was a Huguenot refugee who came to Ireland in 1697 from La Rochelle. In 1701, he became the first librarian of Marsh’s Library, Dublin, to which he donated his extensive private library and some of his personal papers. The Library holds a unique set of letters, some 1,200 manuscripts, written in French and occasionally in Latin, which were sent to Élie Bouhéreau between 1662 and 1690 by his friends, family, colleagues and associates in the French Reformed Church and the medical profession. The correspondence provides unique insights into family life, student life at the Protestant Academy of Saumur, the troubled existence of French Protestants and their churches under Louis XIV, and the practice of medicine in early-modern France. The masterclass will situate the correspondence in its French context, provide participants with some of the tools for reading it, and offer a unique and exciting opportunity to view hand-written letters from the 1660s to the 1690s. Academics, librarians, archivists, students and interested members of the public are welcome to participate.

Numbers are limited; early registration is advised, by 15 October. Send name and contact details to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A contribution of €5 to the cost of catering is requested on the day


Narcissism or Necessity? Playwrights and National Cultural Identity


Next Door Neighbours event as part of Dublin Theatre Festival…

18 years ago, Conor McPherson and Jez Butterworth met briefly in a pub on their respective journeys as playwrights of international stature. This Saturday 29th September, 4pm at Project Arts Centre, the pair will resume that conversation. Amongst the discussion will be the vexed question of national identity. Both Conor and Jez are widely attributed as speaking for, or about, Ireland and England respectively. Is that their intention? How differently are their plays interpreted throughout the world?

Free tickets on the door.

This is the final Next Door Neighbours event of the 2012 festival season. Next Door Neighbours is a programme of UK arts at seven Irish festivals in parallel with the London 2012 Olympic Games and Cultural Olympiad. It is a partnership programme run by the British Council and The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion in association with the Department for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with support from Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland.


The Merriman Short Story Competition


The Merriman Short Story Competition is dedicated to the memory of the late Maeve Binchy, who was a life-long supporter of Cumann Merriman and a regular visitor to the Merriman Summer School. In 2005 Maeve wrote a special short story for the Brian Merriman bicentenary celebrations. The story, entitled A Week in Summer, was read by the author at that year’s Summer School in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare and was recorded live. A limited edition of the story was subsequently published in CD and booklet form. Maeve generously donated the royalties from the US edition to Cumann Merriman, and she agreed that her donation be used to award a short story prize. A prize of €1000 will be awarded to the winning short story, which must be original, unpublished and unbroadcast. Entries should be not more than 2,500 words in length and set in Ireland. Stories may be written in Irish or English. The competition is confined to writers born or living on the island of Ireland. The closing date for entries is October 31st 2012. The Merriman Short Story Competition is being run in association with Cumann Merriman, the Ennis Book Club Festival, Clare County Library and the Irish Times. The winning story will be read at the 2013 Ennis Book Club Festival and will be published in the Irish Times.

Please click here for competition guidelines


Poetry Aloud 2012


To celebrate the joy of speaking and listening to poetry, the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland are delighted to announce the POETRY ALOUD Poetry Speaking Competition 2012 for post-primary school students.


Participants will be expected to speak the poems from memory. This year’s prescribed poems include poems from William Butler Yeats to coincide with the award winning exhibition Yeats: the life and times of William Butler Yeats which is running in the National Library. Also included are poems by the War Poets to mark the library’s involvement in the Europeana 1914 - 1918 project and poems by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney in acknowledgement of his support for the Poetry Aloud competition.


The competition is open to all students attending a second-level school on the island of Ireland. The list of prescribed poems and entry requirements are on the entry form.


Entries are now being sought for the 2012 competition.



  • Entry forms should reach the National Library of Ireland no later than Wednesday 26th September.




Note: Regional heats will take place from the 15th October and depending on the number of entries received it is planned to host regional heats in Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Killarney, Kilkenny, Laois, Monaghan, Mullingar, Sligo, Tipperary and Waterford.


Green Street


PERCOLATE presents the Premiere of Green Street Sep 14-22 at ABSOLUT Fringe 2012.

“Though you my Lord, sit there as a judge, and I stand here a culprit, yet you are but a man – and I am a man also.”

The historic doors of Green Street Courthouse will be swung open to ABSOLUT Fringe audiences over 10 nights in an original and new production by Percolate.

When Robert Emmet was sentenced to death for treason in 1803 he made a speech that went viral. It outraged the Government, inspired the nation and still resonates today.

Come to Green Street Courthouse and take an unprecedented opportunity to see inside the hidden spaces of this beautiful, atmospheric building – annexes, cells, the judges’ room, as well as the courtroom itself. You will encounter a contemporary, kaleidoscopic piece of theatre inspired by some of the trials that have unfolded within Green Street’s walls, from 1803 to the present day.

The courthouse, in Smithfield, is a Dublin landmark with a weight of legal history. Just six years after it first opened, one of Ireland’s most famous ‘show trials’ took place there. In 1803, on the eve of his execution for his part in a shambolic rebellion, Robert Emmet delivered a mesmerising and immortal speech from its dock.

Throughout the 19th century, the court served as a crucible of Irish history, politics and revolutionary struggle. Among the many Dubliners who enjoyed watching proceedings at Green Street from the public gallery was James Joyce. He wrote about the comic tragedy of the case of Myles Joyce, a native Irish speaker accused of the Maamtrasna Murders and tried and sentenced to death in a language he did not understand -- a case that features in the current play.      

In 1972, the building became the high security, non-jury Special Criminal Court. It heard a series of IRA trials over the years, was bombed in 1976, and more recently began to hear the trials of drug gang members. In 2009 Green Street Courthouse was closed as a court, but still serves as an administrative building for the Courts Service. 



Green Street
Green Street Courthouse, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Preview Thursday 13 September | Opens Friday 14 September  | Runs until Saturday 22 September
Thursday 13 September | Preview at 7pm and 9pm| €11
Friday 14 September toSunday 22 September  7pm and 8pm | €14/12
Regrettably this show is not wheelchair accessible
Tickets from  http://www.fringefest.com/programme/green-street

Underground Cinema Film Festival


Underground Cinema Film Festival 2012 will take place from 13th-16th September in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire.

In celebration of Bram Stoker's centenary Dacre Stoker will be joining them on Saturday 15th. From 5pm onwards The Dracula Experience will begin with a live Skype Q and A session with Jim Hart, screenwriter (Dracula 1992) hosted by Dacre; an exhibition of Stoker effects along with film memorabilia by John Moore, a presentation by Dacre Stoker and introduction to the 20th anniversary screening of Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 feature Dracula. Dacre will be available to chat throughout the day and in a day dedicated to horror there will be short and feature films screening all day.

For further information and to book tickets please go to website: http://www.undergroundcinema-filmfestival.com/


The Talk of the Town by Emma Donoghue


Multi-award winning Emma Donoghue, author of the worldwide bestseller Room, returns to the theatre with The Talk Of The Town inspired by the life and work of a pioneering writer and remarkable woman.

Ireland and America collide. From the red-brick suburbs of Ranelagh to the giddy heights of 1950s Manhattan, one woman - the iconic Maeve Brennan - made the leap.

Daughter of a famous revolutionary father, she threw herself into the glamour of New York literary circles while writing heartbreaking stories of a very different wordl back in Dublin. Beautiful, mercurial and devastatingly truthful in her work, she fascinated the world, including the brilliant and volatile men in her life at The New Yorker.


The Talk Of The Town is running from 27th September to 14th October at the Project Arts Centre

To book tickets go to www.dublintheatrefestival.com or tel: 01 677 8899

There are great discounts for groups, get every 11th ticket free!



Dubliners as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival


In Dubliners, James Joyce offers an astonishing and enduring portrayal of the city – a mirror in which the people of Dublin, as Joyce once wrote, could take “one good look at themselves.” Nearly a hundred years since its publication, Dublin Theatre Festival and multi-award winning company The Corn Exchange present an extraordinary opportunity to experience a collection of Joyce's stories staged on a large scale for the first time in the city of their origin. 

This adaptation by award winning team Michael West and Annie Ryan will run for seven performances only at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. 


Directed by Irish Times award winning director Annie Ryan the company deftly captures the rich humour, the small cruelties and the celebrated epiphanies of Joyce's iconic stories in their ground-breaking transformational style. The sterling cast will include Barbara Bergin, Janice Byrne, Derbhle Crotty, Jack Hickey, Stephen Jones, Mark Lambert, Nick Lee, Mark O’Halloran, Gus McDonagh and Ruth McGill.  


The 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival runs from 27 Sept - 14 Oct at various venues around the city,  The Festival presents new work from many of the leading and new Irish Theatre companies and writers as well as some of the best of International theatre and special events / talks complimenting the onstage work.   Full programme details can be found at www.dublintheatrefestival.com 


Booking details:    Dublin Theatre Festival, 44 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 

Tel: 01 6778899 of go to www.dublintheatrefestival.com


Poetry Now Award

Congratulations to Michael Longley on winning the Poetry Now Award for his collection A Hundred Doors. The prize was presented yesterday at the County Hall, Dún Laoghaire as part of the Poetry Now strand at the Mountains to Sea Festival.

Congratulations to Mary Costello


Congratulations to Mary Costello following the nomination of her book The China Factory for The Guardian First Book Award. The short story collection, published in May of this year, is one of only six fiction titles amongst the longlist of eleven books that have been selected.

The Guardian first book award is an annual award – established in 1999 and now in its 14th year – is open to all first-time authors writing in English, or translated into English, across all genres, and aims to recognise and reward the finest new writing talent. The winner will be at announced at a ceremony later this year and will receive a £10,000 prize plus an advertising package in the Guardian and the Observer.


Ulysses Unlocked: Introducing and Exploring Joyce’s Ulysses


Friday 28th September 9.15am – 5.30pm

One-day immersion course

This course will introduce, contextualize and explore Joyce’s Ulysses, one of the most important novels in the English language. Beginning with an overview of Joyce’s life and times, the course will discuss the Modernist period before introducing Joyce’s famous novel and then examining in detail several passages from the text. The course will be delivered as an extended lecture and will be illustrated by a number of clips from the main film adaptations of the novel. Participants will be encouraged to share their own opinions whenever possible during the day.

This course will appeal to those who have read the novel, as well as those who are simply curious about its contents and it will be designed to suit those who attended Dr Dineen’s immersion course on Joyce earlier this summer, as well as those approaching Joyce for the first time.


Booking and payment:

To book a place tel: (01) 603 0259 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cost: €30. Places are limited, so booking is essential.

Payment can be made by cash at the Library at 2 – 3 Kildare Street (entrance at the Particles of the Past exhibition beside the Alliance Francaise) or by cheque paid payable to the National Library of Ireland.


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