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Shakespeare in the grounds of Dublin Castle

JULY
2014

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

JULY
2014

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

JUNE
2014

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

JUNE
2014

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

JUNE
2014

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

JUNE
2014
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

JUNE
2014
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.

JUNE
2014

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

JUNE
2014

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

JUNE
2014

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

MAY
2014

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

MAY
2014

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

MAY
2014

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

MAY
2014
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

APRIL
2014

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

APRIL
2014

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

APRIL
2014

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

APRIL
2014

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

APRIL
2014

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

FEBRUARY
2014

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

FEBRUARY
2014
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

FEBRUARY
2014

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.

http://www.ul.ie/news-centre/news/joseph-oconnor-announced-as-the-ul-frank-mccourt-chair-in-creative-writing

 
   

Sean O’Casey: A Rebel Playwright with a Cause

FEBRUARY
2014

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

JANUARY
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

 
   

GOTHIC HORROR: THE DUBLIN HAUNTING OF LAFCADIO HEARN

JANUARY
2014

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'

JANUARY
2014

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

JANUARY
2014

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

JANUARY
2014

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

DECEMBER
2013

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

DECEMBER
2013

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

DECEMBER
2013

        

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

DECEMBER
2013
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

DECEMBER
2013

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

NOVEMBER
2013

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.

 http://krakowcityofliterature.com/viewofkrakow

 

 

 
   

WritersWeb TV: Getting Published

NOVEMBER
2013

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

OCTOBER
2013
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

OCTOBER
2013

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

OCTOBER
2013

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

OCTOBER
2013

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

OCTOBER
2013
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

OCTOBER
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".
 
 

MOONDANCE: THE VAN MORRISON PROJECT

OCTOBER
2013

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. 

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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

SEPTEMBER
2013

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

SEPTEMBER
2013

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

SEPTEMBER
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

SEPTEMBER
2013

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

SEPTEMBER
2013

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

SEPTEMBER
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

AUGUST
2013
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

AUGUST
2013

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

AUGUST
2013

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

AUGUST
2013

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

AUGUST
2013

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

AUGUST
2013

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

JULY
2013

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

JULY
2013
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

JULY
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

JULY
2013
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

JULY
2013
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

JULY
2013

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

JUNE
2013

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

JUNE
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

JUNE
2013
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

MAY
2013

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!

To book contact   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tel: 01 6744862

 
   

Launch of Books of Dublin app

MAY
2013

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

MAY
2013

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

For further information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 048 677 23766.

About Dublin City Council 
About Green Hat
 
   

Jack Kerouac's search for language and and identity

MAY
2013

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

MAY
2013

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

MAY
2013

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

MAY
2013

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

APRIL
2013
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

APRIL
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

APRIL
2013
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

APRIL
2013

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

APRIL
2013

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

APRIL
2013
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

APRIL
2013

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

APRIL
2013
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

MARCH
2013

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

MARCH
2013
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

MARCH
2013
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

MARCH
2013

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

 
   

INVERSE: CREATIVE WRITING FOR LGBT YOUNG PEOPLE

MARCH
2013

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

ADMISSION: Free

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

MARCH
2013

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

FEBRUARY
2013

Wednesdays 

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

FEBRUARY
2013

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

FEBRUARY
2013

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

FEBRUARY
2013
 
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

FEBRUARY
2013

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

JANUARY
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

JANUARY
2013

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

JANUARY
2013

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

JANUARY
2013

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

DECEMBER
2012

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

DECEMBER
2012
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

DECEMBER
2012

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

NOVEMBER
2012

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

NOVEMBER
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

NOVEMBER
2012

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

NOVEMBER
2012

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

NOVEMBER
2012
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

OCTOBER
2012
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

OCTOBER
2012

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
WORDS @WERBURGH’S OPENS A NEW SERIES OF LITERARY EVENTS AT THIS HISTORIC CHURCH IN THE CENTRE OF DUBLIN
Presented by Temple Bar Traders and The Flying Book Club

 
 

Gold Dagger Award

OCTOBER
2012
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

OCTOBER
2012

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

OCTOBER
2012

"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

OCTOBER
2012
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

OCTOBER
2012
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

OCTOBER
2012
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

OCTOBER
2012

ARTS ACT 2003

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

OR DOWNLOAD CRITERIA & APPLICATION FORM HERE:

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

OCTOBER
2012

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

SEPTEMBER
2012

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

SEPTEMBER
2012

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

SEPTEMBER
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.

 

 

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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

SEPTEMBER
2012

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. 

 

BOOKING AND LISTING INFORMATION

PERCOLATE
presents
Green Street
at ABSOLUT FRINGE 2012
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

SEPTEMBER
2012

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

SEPTEMBER
2012

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

SEPTEMBER
2012

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

SEPTEMBER
2012
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

SEPTEMBER
2012

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

SEPTEMBER
2012

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.

 
 

Dubliners at Dublin Airport

SEPTEMBER
2012

Dubliners Comes Alive At Dublin Airport

 Dubliners @DublinAirport during September

 

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is bringing Dubliners to Dublin Airport passengers throughout the month of September to celebrate its sponsorship of a new theatrical adaptation of James Joyce’s famous collection of short stories in next month’s Dublin Theatre Festival.

 

Every day during September, five free copies of Dubliners will be left at Dublin Airport  with a Post It style note encouraging passengers to “take  me, I’m free”. Each copy contains a bookmark celebrating DAA’s sponsorship of the world première of Dubliners by James Joyce, produced by The Corn Exchange and Dublin Theatre Festival at this year’s theatre festival, which runs from September 27 – October 14.

 

For a chance of winning further prizes such as theatre tickets to Dubliners, sets of Penguin English Library classics and The Loop airport shopping vouchers, passengers who find a free copy of Dubliners will be asked to tweet a picture of their book on its travels to Dublin Airport’s Twitter account. These images will be re-tweeted by Dublin Airport and published on its Pinterest site and other social media channels.

 

Dublin Airport will also tweet a link to a Dubliners Daily – a short excerpt from The Corn Exchange production read by cast members Stephen Jones and Ruth McGill, with music composed by Conor Linehan – every day during September. These clips will build over the month to form an audio archive of the show. (http://soundcloud.com/dublin-airport/sets/dubliners-daily-1)

 

The WH Smith bookshops at Dublin Airport will also run a Dubliners promotion to coincide with the opening of the play and there will be competitions to win tickets and copies of Dubliners on Dublin Airport’s social various media sites. Dublin Airport will be using its Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Soundcloud accounts to promote the Dubliners @DublinAirport event throughout September.

 

Further details of Dubliners @DublinAirport can be found on http://www.dublinairport.com/ and the airport’s Twitter account https://twitter.com/dublinairport

 

 

 
   

TÁ NA MÍLTE AG SEOLADH ANONN/THOUSANDS ARE SAILING

SEPTEMBER
2012

A unique poetry show exploring emigration - featuring the work of Dónall Mac Amhlaigh read by Alan Titley; Mícheál Ó hAodha’s stunning debut Slán le hÉirinn; Rita Ann Higgins and a ‘rhyme essay’ that touches on themes of emigration and language; and Nessa O’Mahony’s acclaimed verse novel In Sight of Home.

Thousands are Sailing features beautiful onscreen projections by Margaret Lonergan, and music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire of The Frames.

Produced by Liam Carson, IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge. 

Thursday September 6th @ 8.30pm 

Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire

Ticket Prices: €12 & €10 (Concession)

www.mountainstosea.ie

 
 

Great Writing - Great Places

AUGUST
2012

Where Have All The Summers Gone?

2012 Great Writing Great Places

 

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature has great pleasure in launching the 2012 Great Writing Great Places series, bringing writers into unusual venues but with venues connected with their writing. Due to the huge interest in last year’s series this exciting programme of literature events will take place again this Autumn.

 

The first in the series of seven, Where have all the Summers Gone? takes place on Wednesday, 12th September in Ireland’s oldest public library, Marsh’s Library, which dates from 1701. The cience of weather is a question which meteorologist Evelyn Cusack may be able to answer on the night !

 

“Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Writing.ie are yet again joining great writing with great places. Many of these locations are closed to the general public but will be open for the event and fit so well with the writing. Crime writing in Green Street Court House- where is more appropriate? We are delighted to be showcasing so many great writers” said Jane Alger, Director, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

 

Other events in the series include Parnell Without the Split: what if history had been different? with Myles Dungan in the House of Lords and A Literary Salon, which takes place in Number 29 Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin’s Georgian House Museum.

Admission is free to all events but due to the high demand for tickets last year booking is essential. This project is supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, writing.ie and Ireland Funds.

 

A list of the first three events including booking information is available at www.dublincityofliterature.ie/great-writing-great-places.html with details of later events available in the next few days.
 
   

The Gutter Bookshop

AUGUST
2012
Congratulations to Bob Johnson and all the staff at The Gutter Bookshop for being voted into the top twelve best shops in Ireland following a summer long survey by the Irish Times!
 
 

Dubliners' Dubliners Exhibiton

AUGUST
2012

 

“It is not my fault that the odour of ashpits and old weeds and offal

hangs about my stories. ... I seriously believe that you will retard

the course of civilisation in Ireland by preventing the Irish people

from having one good look at themselves in my nicely polished looking-glass.”  

 

As part of National Heritage Week and as a continued celebration of both the Dublin: One City, One Book initiative and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, The Liberties Heritage Association and St. Nicholas of Myra Heritage Project presents "Dubliner's Dubliners; from Araby to A Painful Case", an exhibition capturing in words and pictures the Dublin of James Joyce's Dubliners.

The exhibition  will be opened at the St Nicholas of Myra Parish Centre by the Director of the Abbey Theatre Fiach Mac Conghail on Monday 20th August at 7pm.

For full details click on the following link Dubliner's Dubliners Exhibition

 
   

Thousands are Sailing

AUGUST
2012

I gcaitheamh na 1950í chuaigh lucht tógála ón tír seo go dtí na hionaid tógála thall i Sasana. Léigh tú faoi sin sna leabhair Dialann Deoraí, cuimhní cinn, agus Deoraithe, úrscéal le Dónall Mac Amhlaigh. Léifidh Alan Titley sleachta as an dá leabhar. Inár dteannta beidh Mícheál Ó hAodha, agus a chnuasach filíochta á chur i láthair aige, Slán le hÉirinn. Is é atá san úrscéal véarsaíochta de chuid Nessa O’Mahony, In Sight of Home ná leabhar atá spreagtha ag cartlann de chomhfhreagras neamhfhoilsithe mar gheall ar na heachtraí a bhain do Bhuitléaraigh Chill Chainnigh san Astráil dóibh. Léifidh Rita Ann Higgins ‘aiste ríme’ a bhaineann le cúrsaí teanga is imirce i gConamara.

A unique poetry show exploring emigration - featuring the work of Dónall Mac Amhlaigh read by Alan Titley; Mícheál Ó hAodha’s stunning debut Slán le hÉirinn; Rita Ann Higgins and a ‘rhyme essay’ that touches on themes of emigration and language; and Nessa O’Mahony’s acclaimed verse novel In Sight of Home.

Thousands are Sailing features beautiful onscreen projections by Margaret Lonergan, and music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire of The Frames.

Thursday September 6th from 8:30 - 10.30pm 
Maritime Museum
€12 & €10 (Concession)

To book go to www.mountainstosea.ie

 
 

Literary Events for Heritage Week

AUGUST
2012

Writers of the City: the Literary Heritage of Inner Dublin

Peter Costello will speak about the literary heritage of inner city Dublin on Monday 20th August at 1pm in the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1.

Admission free. Booking required.

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Tel: 01 873 4333 Open Learning Centre

 

James Joyce and Other Scribes of the Township: Literary Figures in the Neighbourhood of Terenure

Peter Costello will give a talk on the literary figures of Terenure on Monday 20th August at 7pm in Terenure Library, Templeogue Road, Dublin 6W

Admission free. Booking required.

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Tel: 01 490 7035

 
   

Maeve Binchy

JULY
2012
The Office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature is greatly saddened to hear of the death of Maeve Binchy. Maeve sold over 40 million books worldwide and her books were translated into 42 different languages. She has been accuratley described as one of the world's greatest storytellers. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
 
 

Writer in Residence - Dundalk Institute of Technology

JULY
2012
Dundalk Institute of Technology are currently inviting applications for a Writer in Residence who will engage with the Dundalk Insitute of Technology staff and students, and with the local community including the local schools. For full details please click on the following link Writer in Residence
 
   

Still In Love With You: THE PHILIP LYNOTT EXHIBITION

JULY
2012
Following a hugely successful run in London's O2 Arena, Still In Love With You: The Philip Lynott Exhibition returns from Thursday July 19 to the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre in Dublin, where it previously ran for a staggering eight months. 
The highly acclaimed exhibition, which brought visitors to Dublin from all over the world last year, garnering rave reviews along the way, will now return to Dublin for the months of July, August and September 2012, with a programme of events being lined up to bring additional fun and entertainment to the run. 
Take the amazing journey through the life, times and music of Ireland's iconic rock star. It's the last chance to see the biggest ever collection of memorabilia, song lyrics, exhibits, instruments, paintings, tributes, audio visuals and photographs of the late rock legend. The stunning exhibition gives a unique insight into the background of Ireland's pioneering rock star.  DONT MISS! Phil's Dublin, The Record Room, The Stella Cinema and The Guitar Room!
OPEN DAILY from July 19th 2012
Top Floor, Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Dublin, Ireland

 

TICKETS 

 ADULTS:  €10 (weekdays),  €12 (Sat/Sun)
CHILDREN (under 14):  €6 (weekdays), €7 (Sat/Sun)
FAMILIES:  €26 (weekdays), €30 (Sat/Sun)
Tickets at the door or in advance on http://www.ticketmaster.ie/philiplynott
STUDENTS & OAPs:   €8 (weekdays),  €9 (Sat/Sun)
 
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sat (except Thurs): 11am – 7pm (Last entry 6pm)
Thursday: 11am – 9pm (Last entry 8pm)
Sunday: 11am – 6pm (Last entry 5pm)
 
 

NUI Galway Honorary Degree

JULY
2012
Congratulations to playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry following his conferring of an Honorary Degree in Literature by NUI Galway last week.
 
   

Publishing Day

JULY
2012

The Irish Writer's Centre is hosting an information day on Publishing on 7 July. The day will start at 11.00am and run until 4.30pm. Tickets are €60 (€50 for members) . The day will feature talks from industry experts and will offer the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers. The event will feature talks with:

 

  • Novelist, Arlene Hunt
  • Editorial Director with Hachette Ireland, Ciara Doorley
  • Publicity Director of Penguin Ireland, Cliona Lewis
  • Literary Agent with Walsh Communications, Emma Walsh
  • CEO of ePub Direct, Gareth Cuddy

 

For more information or to book a place go to www.writerscentre.ie or Tel: 01 8721302

 
 

Carnegie Award

JULY
2012
Congratulations to Anne Enright following her success at the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Awards for Excellence in Literature. Ann won in the fiction category for her novel The Forgotten Waltz.
 
   

Dublin Writers Festival Tender for Programme Director

JULY
2012

Dublin City Council invites tenders from suitably qualified individuals for Contract for Services for Dublin Writers Festival 2013 – Programme Director.

Full details are contained in the following documents Tender for Director and Services Terms and Conditions

 
 

Sebastian Barry wins the Walter Scott Prize

JUNE
2012

Congratulations to Sebastian Barry on winning the Walter Scott Prize for his historical fiction novel On Canaan's Side. Sebastian was presented with the prize at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland on Sunday.

 
   

Ulysses under Construction Workshop

JUNE
2012

Café Literario, Instituto Cervantes

Lincoln Place, Dublin 2

Thursday, 21st June 2012, 6.00 pm

In Spanish

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Instituto Cervantes celebrates Bloomsday and the 90th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses with a writing workshop. High point of the workshop will be a competition to write a choral text in Spanish inspired by James Joyces´s novel. The structure, characters and scenery will enable to design a narrative collage that will be published on the workshop´s blog. The workshop will be run by Sara Canto and she will work with some of the literary resources of the original text, such as the stream of consciousness and the interior monologue, in order to hear all participants voices. The author of the best Joycean paragraphs will be awarded the Molly Bloom prize.

Spanish level: Intermediate/Advanced

 
 

2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

JUNE
2012
Jon McGregor has just been announced as the winner of the 2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Even The Dogs. Congratulations Jon.
 
   

Bloomsday 2012

MAY
2012

This year the Bloomsday festival will run from the 10th to 16th June with numerous activities organised across the city.

 

The James Joyce Centre will have activites taking place over the five days in various locations to celebrate Leopold Bloom's journey around Dublin City on 16th June 1904. Click on the following link to download a copy of the 2012 programme.

 

Bewleys Café Theatre presents Molly Bloom from  Monday 11 – Thursday 14 June at 8pm

Eilin O’Dea reprises her acclaimed performance of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy which closes out Joyce’s seminal novel Ulysses.

Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton St.

Tickets: €12/€15. Contact: Bewley’s Cafe Theatre +353 (0)86 8784001 or go to website www.bewleyscafetheatre.com

 

Dún Laoghaire - Several events will take place in at the Pavillion Theatre in Dún Laoghiare to celebrate the Bloomsday festival. Tickets for all these events are €5. Click on the following link for dull details of all of the events Bloomsday in Dún Laoghaire

 

Bloomsday at Glasnevin Museum - amongst the countless Joycean characters buried in Glasnevin is the writer's father John Stanislaus. This year to celebrate this historic date Glasnevin Museum will run a series of events including a Joycean breakfast in the Tower cafe, a reading of Chapter six Hades by the Dublin  Shakespeare Society and a Joycean tour of the cemetery with Shane Mac Thomais.

10.00am - 4.00pm: Joycean breakfast and lunch in Glasnevin Museum's Tower Café.

12.00pm: Dublin Shakespeare Society presents a rehearsed reading from the ' Hades' chapter of Ulysses. Featuring Ian Blackmore, Terry Byrne, Joe Jordan, Val O'Donnell, Jim O'Keeffe and Blasie Reid. Duration 30 minutes (approx). Admission free.

1.30pm: Joycean Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery with Shane Mac Thomais. Tour tickets are €6. Booking is advised to avoid disappointment. To book tel: 01 8826550 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Bloomsday at the Irish Writers' Centre - 

The Irish Writers’ Centre will attempt to make history this Bloomsday by claiming the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books’.

Senator David Norris will open proceedings in the Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, at 10am on Friday, June 15th and the first reader will be best-selling novelist, John Boyne. The readings, of 15 minutes each will run for 28 hours, all through the night, culminating at 2pm on Bloomsday. The current record of 75 is held by the Berlin International Literature Festival.

The readings will be open to the public and the worldwide audience can join in too, as the whole event will be streamed live on the Irish Writers’ Centre website. There will be a broad range of texts and tastes, and audience members are invited to stay all night and cheer on the writers reading into the small hours.

For a full list of the readers taking part click here

 

Bloomsday at the National Library of Ireland

Joyce in Bloom - A talk for Bloomsday by Senator David Norris, Seminar Room at 2pm

The Music of Joyce's World - Denise Kelly-McDonnell harp, Ellen Cranitch flute, Jane Hughes cello Main Hall, National Library 1.30 pm – 7.00 pm with intermissions

A Taste of Ulysses: short extracts read by actors Mark Lambert and Barbara Brennan in the Reading Room at 1.30pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 7pm

All events are free and admission is on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information tel: 01 603 0259 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

JUST A SONG.  Bloomsday Readings  by Miriam Gallagher with Music by Ciaran Tourish (Altan)

Ranelagh Arts Centre (location: Village Market next door ) Tel: 085 7437212 

Sat. 16th June at 2.p.m. This is a free event. All welcome. 

As part of Bloomsday events organised by Ranelagh Arts Centre, local playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Miriam Gallagher will read from 'Dubliners'. Music will be played by Ciaran Tourish (Altan). Miriam is an award winning playwright whose work is produced worldwide. She has published four books of plays, a novel, a collection of short stories and non-fiction. For more information on the author visit www.miriamgallagher.ie.

 

Rough Magic Theatre present Travesties by Tom Stoppard, directed by Lynne Parker from the 7-23 June at 8pm in the Pavillion Theatre Dún Laoghaire.

Zurich 1917: artists and exiles take refuge from the Great War in neutral Switzerland. Joyce is writing Ulysess and Lenin is planning a revolution. Humorous complications and mistaken identities arise when Joyce decides to stage Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Tickets are €18-€25. To book tel: 01 2312929 or log on to: www.paviliontheatre.ie

  

Bloomday at UCD - JoyceSong  - Irish songs from the works of James Joyce.
Lunchtime recitals by John Feeley and Fran O'Rourke with Joyce's recently restored guitar which dates from c. 1830. 

Newman House, 86 St Stephen's Green, Monday 11 - Friday 15, 1.05 - 1.55 pm. €10 www.joycesong.info
It is widely known from a famous photograph taken in 1915 by Joyce’s friend Ottacaro Weiss in Zurich (https://joycefoundation.osu.edu/people/joyce-5). Joyce gave the instrument to his friend Paul Ruggiero in the late '30s. Ruggiero donated it to the Joyce Museum in Sandycove in 1966. It was restored in March 2012 by renowned luthier Gary Southwell courtesy of facilities provided by the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. The guitar is on loan from the Joyce Tower courtesy of the James Joyce Museum; it will be returned to Sandycove in time for the Bloomsday celebrations.

Images of the restored guitar may be viewed at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gkvef259cbb2xvv/sciSpGvwzf


 

HOTELS

To honour Boomsday some of our Literary Ambassador Hotels are offering discounted rates click on the following link for details http://www.dublincityofliterature.ie/literary-world/dublin-literary-ambassador-hotels-and-restaurants.html

 
 

Tribute to Félix Romeo

MAY
2012

Café Literario, Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2

Tuesday, 29th May 2012, 6.00 pm

Admission free

In Spanish with simultaneous translation

Instituto Cervantes pays tribute to the figure of a Spanish writer Félix Romeo (1968-2011) by organising a round table discussion and inviting five guests to talk about their relationships with this prolific author. Félix Romeo, born in Zaragoza, was a novelist, columnist, literary critic and translator. He is a key figure in the world of Spanish literature and he stood out for his work in the promotion of culture. He published work in various newspapers and cultural supplements and was director of the Spanish cultural television programme 'La Mandrágora'. His most recognised works are: Dibujos Animados, Amarillo and Discothèque.

The following guests will take part in the discussion:

Miguel Aguilar

Luis Alegre

Ignacio Martínez de Pisón

Malcom Barrall

David Trueba

 
   

Dublins Northside City of Literature

MAY
2012

Northside Community Radio Station Near FM have produced a five part radio series to highlight and celebrate north Dublin’s contribution to UNESCO’s endorsement of Dublin as one of five World Cities of Literature. These programmes feature interviews with local authors from the north side of the city discussing their life and work. In the case of Bram Stoker they speak with local historian Denis McIntyre. Each programme also features panel discussions on one featured work from the author. This series focuses and highlights the unique contribution of north Dublin authors to Dublins status of a UNECSO city of Literature. This series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Irelands Sound & Vision fund.

Below are the links to the 5 podcasts

Paula Meehan - http://nearpodcast.org/pcast/?p=6555

Peter Sheridan - http://nearpodcast.org/pcast/?p=6661

Bram Stoker - http://nearpodcast.org/pcast/?p=6649

Marita Conlon McKenna - http://nearpodcast.org/pcast/?p=6656

Collette Caddle - http://nearpodcast.org/pcast/?p=6652
 
 

Change of reader for Words on the Street

MAY
2012
Due to unforeseen circumstances there is a change of reader for The Gutter Bookshop for Words on the Street. Actor Barry McGovern will now read there instead of Donal McIntyre.
 
   

Songs of the Scribe

MAY
2012
IMRAM in association with the Dublin Writers Festival will host a gala evening of song, poetry and prose on Surday 9th June in the Dublin Unitarian Church. 

The acclaimed singer Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin will sing work from her album Songs of the Scribe, inspired by ancient lyrics from scribes and hermit poets of early Ireland set to music in the traditional style. Pádraigín will be joined by Dónal O’Connor on fiddle and vocals; and Macdara Ó Graham on fiddle, vocals and Jew’s Harp.

 

Four writers will read specially commissioned work in Irish and English on the theme of ‘writing’. They include Éilís Ní Anluain, whose début novel Fillean Saoirse has just been published; novelist, playwright and publisher Darach Ó Scolaí, who bestselling novel An Cléireach won the 2007 Oireachtas Award for Literature and the 2008 Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin for Book of the Year; Kevin Power, author of Bad Day at Blackrock, acclaimed by Frank McGuinness as ‘the defining story of his generation’, and winner of the 2009 Rooney Prize; and poet Leontia Flynn, praised by the Guardian as’ one of the most original and accomplished poets of her generation: her voice is distinctive, and her technique as lightly and deftly carried as her learning’.

 

Time: 6pm

Ticket Prices: €10/€8

Tickets are available from www.dublinwritersfestival.com

 
 

The Night Town Project - A Celebration Of Dublin In Darkness

MAY
2012

On Wednesday 6th June in The Workman's Club IMRAM and the Dublin Writers Festival are hosting The Night Town Project - A Celebration Of Dublin In Darkness. 

The NIGHT TOWN PROJECT is a special bi-lingual multi-media project that celebrates the landscapes of Dublin at night. Four poets will read new work responding to images from photographers Jim Berkeley and Mark Granier; the resulting fusion will be transformed into beautiful on- screen projections by designer Margaret Lonergan, and performed to new music by acclaimed composer and musician Seán Mac Erlaine.

 

The poets:

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh’s poetry has been described by Livia Brennan as ‘reveling in urban life in all its crowded energy and cacophony’. 

Colm Keegan was the 2011 All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion; a potent new voice, his first collection Don’t Go There has just been published. 

Peter Sirr’s poetry explores how the contemporary and the historical meld in Dublin, and how ‘the buried city shows itself’. 

Gabriel Rosenstock is one of Ireland’s foremost poets, whose work Gwyneth Lewis has praised for its ‘beauty, humour and precision’.

 

Time: 8.30pm

Ticket Prices: €10/€8 and are available from www.dublinwritersfestival.com

 
   

Australian Poets to read in the Central Library

MAY
2012

On Wednesday 23rd May the Central Library presents poetry readings with two established Australian Poets, Paul Hetherington and Petra White.

Paul Hetherington currently lectures at the University of Canberra and is held in high esteem in Australian poetry circles. He holds a PhD in literature and has published eight collections. Paul is a former director of publishing at the National Library of Australia. He was one of the founders and is a former Chair of the ACT Writers’ Centre and currently publishes the online poetry journal, Axon.

Petra White lives in Melbourne, where she works as a public servant. Her first published collection of poetry The Incoming Tide was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the ACT Poetry Prize. Petra is a well-respected poet nationally and co-edits So Long Bulletin.

 

The readings will take place from 1pm-2pm. Admission is free, however booking is advised. To book tel: 01 8734333 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
 

A New City of Literature

MAY
2012
Congratulations to Norwich on becoming the sixth UNESCO City of Literature. They join Edinburgh, Iowa, Melbourne, Dublin and Reykjavik as Cities of Literature in the creative cities network. Author John Boyne said 'Having been a student in Norwich, having taught in Norwich, and having written a novel set in Norwich, I'm delighted that a place I love has been awarded the honour of becoming a UNESCO City of Literature. An extraordinary number of writers have begun their careers in the city. This award will ensure that many more do in the future.'
 
   

New appointed Laureate na-nóg

MAY
2012
Congratulations to Niamh Sharkey on her appointmentment as laureate na-nóg. Niamh is an award‐winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books. Her books have won numerous awards including the prestigious Mother Goose Award for the Best New Illustrator and The Bisto Book of the Year for her first two Picture Books; Tales of Wisdom and Wonder and The Gigantic Turnip. Her most recent picture book, On the Road with Mavis and Marge won the 2010 Junior Book of the Year award at The Irish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Awards.

Niamh’s books have been translated into over twenty languages. Tales from Old Ireland was included in the International Board of Books for Young People Honour Book List in 2002. She has exhibited her artwork many times both in Ireland and abroad, including at The Illustration Cupboard (London), The Dylan Thomas Centre (Swansea), Seven Stories (Newcastle) and The Museum of American Illustration (New York). She is an active member of Illustrators Ireland and twice she has created the image for the National Children’s Books Festival.

Niamh is the Creator and Co‐Producer of The Happy Hugglemonsters ‐ a 52 episode pre‐school series, based on her book I’m a Happy Hugglewug developed in association with the Irish Film Board and currently in production with Oscar nominated Brown Bag Films, for Disney Worldwide. It will air in over 150 countries in 2013. Niamh has worked on the development, pitch, series bible, concept art, character design, scripts, and all original content across this project.

 
 

Miriam Gallagher Reading

MAY
2012

As part of the Bealtaine Festival programme at Dublin City Libraries local playwright, novelist and screenwriter, Miriam Gallagher will read from her fiction and drama at Rathmines Library. Miriam is an award winning playwright whose work is produced worldwide. She has published four books of plays, a novel, a collection of short stories and non-fiction. She has worked in professional, prison & community theatre. Recently Nasturtiums & Cherry Buns premiered in Chicago, and Green Rain at Enniskillen Arts Festival. Lessons with Chopin premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a performance of A Wasteland Harvest as a Staged Reading took place in New York. A new book Green Rain - Irish Composers on Stage was recently published. For more information on the author visit www.miriamgallagher.ie.

Date and Time: Wednesday 30th May at 3pm

Admission to this event is free, booking is advised. To book email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or tel: 01 4973539

 
   

Poetry and Music Nights with IMRAM

MAY
2012

IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival is delighted to announce a second series of special club nights, featuring the very best in song, music and poetry from award-winning writers, musicians and singers - including fiddler Colm Mac Con Iomaire of The Frames, guitar ace Steve Cooney, acclaimed poets Biddy Jenkinson and Stiofán Ó Cadhla; and Séamas Barra Ó Suilleabháin, winner of the 2011 All-Ireland Poetry Slam.

Friday 11 May 8:30PM - Gearóid Mac Lochlainn & Caoimhín Mac Giolla Catháin, Biddy Jenkinson and Máire Ní Choilm (free admission)

Friday 18 May 8:30PM - Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Stiofán Ó Cadhla, Séamas Barra Ó Suilleabháin and Tony MacMahon & Steve Cooney  (free admission)

Friday 25 May 8.30PM - Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Míchéal Ó hUanacháin, Antaine Ó Donnaile and Doireann Ní Ghríofa (free admission)

For more details go to www.imram.ie

 

 

 
 

Dublins Northside City of Literature

APRIL
2012

Northside Community Radio Station Near FM have produced a five part radio series to highlight and celebrate north Dublin’s contribution to UNESCO’s endorsement of Dublin as one of five World Cities of Literature. These programmes feature interviews with local authors from the north side of the city discussing their life and work. Each programme also features panel discussions on one featured work from the author. This series focuses and highlights the unique contribution of north Dublin authors to Dublins status of a UNECSO city of Literature.

Programme one features the work of Paula Meehan. Go to http://nearpodcast.org/pcast/?p=6555 to listen to the podcast.

For more on Near FM visit www.near.ie
 
   

Hennessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame

APRIL
2012
Congratulations to Dublin writer John Boyne on being inducted into the Henenssy Liteary Awards hall of fame. John's novels include The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and he recently wrote the foreword to a new edition of James Joyce's Dubliners which was the choice for Dublin: One City, One Book 2012.
 
 

Literary Events in the National Gallery of Ireland

APRIL
2012

The National Gallery of Ireland are hosting a series of reading events in May and June

 

15 May Tuesday 10.30am

Bram Stoker author of Dracula

Paul Murray, author of From the Shadow of Dracula: A Life of Bram Stoker 

 

29 May Tuesday 10.30am George Bernard Shaw and the National Gallery of Ireland

Dr. Marie Bourke, National Gallery of Ireland

 

13 June 1.00pm Wednesday Celebrating W.B. Yeats

Professor Morris Harmon and Kathleen Watkins

In association with Poetry Ireland

 

For full details go to www.nationalgallery.ie

 
   

Tribute to Barney McKenna

APRIL
2012
Celebrating Dubliners on Friday 13th April at 8pm in the National Concert Hall will be dedicated to the memory of the late Barney McKenna. Barney's former bandmates will lead the tributes on Friday night. To book tickets for this tribute event go to www.nch.ie or tel: 01 417 0000.
 
 

Deepest Sympathies

APRIL
2012

Dublin City Public Libraries wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Barney McKenna of The Dubliners folk group.

At the moment Celebrating Dubliners that is scheduled for Friday 13th in the National Concert Hall is still proceeding. Please refer back to this website for up to date news.

 
   

DLR Library Voices Series

APRIL
2012

DLR Library Voices Series presents

PAUL DURCAN

reading from his new collection of poetry

Praise in Which I Live and Breathe and Have my Being


Sunday April 22nd at 7.30pm in Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire

&

IRVINE WELSH

In Conversation with Olaf Tyaransen

Tuesday April 24th at 8.00pm in Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

For ticket information call Box Office at (01) 231 2929

                                                                                    or visit www.paviliontheatre.ie
 
 

Talks at the Abbey Theatre during April

APRIL
2012
The Abbey Theatre offers a programme of talks to complement, interrogate and explore the work on and off the stage.  Go to www.abbeytheatre.ie for full details on the talks, keep an eye out for a special talk by Christine Dwyer Hickey on the 26th April on the influence of Joyce and Dublin on her work.
 
   

Gerard Smyth wins the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry

APRIL
2012
Gerard Smyth former managing editor of The Irish Times is this year's recipient of the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St. Thomas's Centre for Irish Studies in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gerard will read from his work on campus on the 20th April following a week of classroom visits and public appearances. Congratulations Gerard.
 
 

The Battle for Books

MARCH
2012

The 20th annual SHARP conference

The Battle for Books

26-29 June 2012

Trinity College Dublin

Registration for the much-anticipated conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) has now opened at http://sharp2012.org/. This international conference will bring leading practitioners in the field from across the world to Ireland. The conference is limited to an absolute maximum of 400 delegates. Please do register early in order to avoid disappointment. 

 The Theme: In a city like Dublin, which has been home to Swift, Wilde and Joyce one naturally thinks of ‘The Battle for Books’ in terms of censorship, constraint and restraint. While these will be significant topics at the conference, scholars have been invited to examine the theme as broadly as possible.There is plenty of scope to develop ‘The Battle for Books’ in a historical context, but speakers will also examine the future for books, the book-trade and the printing industry in the context of current and future technological innovations.
 
Registration is now open at http://sharp2012.org/  The full conference programme will be available next week.

 
   

Collection of World War One memorabilia across Ireland for pan-European event

MARCH
2012

The National Library of Ireland in conjunction with Oxford University and Europeana (Europe’s digital library, museum and archive) is building the first ever online European archive of private stories and documents from World War One in time for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in 1914 – and it is looking for your help in order to achieve this.

 

On Wednesday 21 March, the Library will be holding a World War One Family History Roadshow in Kildare Street, Dublin. On that day, between 10am and 7pm, people across Ireland will be invited to bring in photographs, letters, postcards, medals, coins, keepsakes, diaries, sketches, army discharge papers, diaries, rosary beads, recordings and other memorabilia  belonging to family and friends who took part in World War One, and to tell their stories.  Can’t make it on the day? It’s still very easy to get your material into the archive. Just scan or digitally photograph your items, and upload them to www.europeana1914-1918.eu, where you’ll also find a step-by-step guide to the process.

 

At the 21 March Roadshow, the National Library will have historians and experts on hand to talk to visitors about the significance of their finds. The material will be scanned on the spot by Library staff and people will then be free to take their precious memorabilia home with them. Once scanned, the material will be uploaded to the Europeana 1914-1918 website.

 
 

Three Irish Writers on the Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist

MARCH
2012

Congratulations to Aifric Campbell, Emma Donoghue and Anne Enright on being included in the long list for the Orange Prize for Fiction. The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. Now in its seventeenth year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing throughout the world. The announcement coincides with International Women's Day 2012.

Aifric Campbell was nominated for her novel On the Floor , Emma Donoghue was nominated for novel The Sealed Letter and Anne Enright was nominated for her novel The Forgotten Waltz.

The Short List will be announced on the 17th April.

 
   

Dracula at the Dublin Writers Museum

MARCH
2012

A dramatized reading in costume of excerpts from Bram Stoker’s vampire horror story, Dracula. Based closely on Irish author Stoker’s original text, this solo piece is devised and performed by experienced performer Paul O’Hanrahan. Included are scenes of sensational drama such as Dracula’s encounters at his Transylvanian castle with Jonathan Harker and vampiric assaults in England on Lucy Westenra and Mina Harker. Gothic horror prevails: the climax, based on the pursuit and hunting down of Dracula, involves the destruction by Dr Van Helsing of the graves of the undead.

Date: Friday 20th April at 1:10pm (60 minutes duration)

Admission fee: €8/€6 for performance only or €13/€11 for combined museum entry and show

 
 

Improbable Frequency at the Gaiety Theatre 13-24 March

MARCH
2012

is a joyous surreal satire that lifts the lid on Ireland’s beloved neutrality and cuts to the heart of the tempestuous affair with its nearest neighbour – Britain!


Winner of three Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production and Best Director Arthur Riordan’s “linguistically dazzling” (Time Out) comedy follows the exploits of a young British crossword enthusiast sent to Dublin to investigate suspicious radio messages. Improbable encounters with English poet John Betjeman, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, satirist Myles naGopaleen, the mysterious Agent Green and the innocent (or is she?) Philomena O’Shea, lead to plot twists, double crossings and, inevitably, to the Palace Bar.

This is a must-see for all book lovers and literature enthusiasts

Improbable Frequency - Gaiety Theatre 13 -24 March

For tickets go to http://www.gaietytheatre.ie/   or tel: 0818 719388
Ticket Prices: €15 - €49.50

 

Ticket Deals:

Previews (13 and 14 March): all tickets €25
Bank Holiday Monday 19 March: all tickets €30

No booking fee when booking in person.
 
   

Young Readers Rule When It Comes To Library Lending

MARCH
2012

 It’s not all about computer games and TV for Irish children as reading continues to be one of their favourite pastimes. Figures released by the Library Council show that children’s authors dominated the ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ lists in Ireland’s 350 public libraries in 2011.

 However Joseph O’Connor’s Ghost Light, Dublin City’s ‘One City One Book’ for 2011, was the nation’s most borrowed book last year. Reacting to the news, Mr O’Connor said:

‘I'm deeply honoured that Ghost Light is the most borrowed book of 2011, and I offer a heartfelt thanks to my readers for making it so. All my life since childhood I have been a lover of our libraries. My novels have been researched in them, and I have many times been the beneficiary of the exceptional professionalism and helpfulness of our librarians. Now more than ever, I am proud to support the libraries and the wonderful work they do for their communities up and down the land.’

 
 

Free Pre-Show Discussions and Readings from Fishamble: The New Play Company

MARCH
2012
To celebrate the variety of voices and the creativity sparked by Fishamble’s call for submissions for Tiny Plays for Ireland, Fishamble: The New Play Company is programming a series of free pre-show, post-show discussions and readings right through the run.
Post show discussions, featuring a varied panel of speakers from all  walks of life, looking at where we are now and where we will go across the range of issues investigated by the playwriting public. March 21, 28 and 30, starting at 9.40pm.
To reflect the amazing interest in the call for submissions by young people, Fishambe offers you a chance to hear Young People’s Tiny Plays for Ireland, a reading of selected plays by under 18's on Saturday March 24, 5.30-6.30pm.
Meet the playwrights – pre-show meetings with Fishamble’s Literary Manager Gavin Kostick and playwrights of Tiny Plays for Ireland. An opportunity to meet some of the writers to gain insights as to the process and pleasures in the production to come. March 16 and 19, 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Please book your free tickets through the Project Arts Centre box office: 01 881 9613.

 
   

Bring It All Back Home

FEBRUARY
2012

Dermot Bolger and Michael O'Loughlin will read together in their native place for the first time in a quater of a century.

In 1979 two young Finglas writers came together to launch the Raven Arts Press, a publishing house that – while publishing a generation of writers who rose to national and international prominence – always remained informed by their shared Finglas roots. Although the location of their work has ranged across Europe and European history, their Finglas childhoods have remained central to their vision of the world.

This special event will take place in Finglas Library on Monday 12th March at 7pm

Admission is free but booking is essential.

To book tel: 01 834 4906 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

This reading is presented by Poetry Ireland in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature
 
 

Special Group Offer at the Gate Theatre

FEBRUARY
2012
Hugh Leonard's DA is currently being performed at the Gate Theatre. To celebrate the show, the Gate are offering a reduced price of €20 per ticket for groups of 8 or more people subject to availability. To book your tickets tel: Group Bookings on 01 874 4045
 
   

Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel in Irish!

FEBRUARY
2012

Following the sell-out success of this show at IMRAM 2011, on Thursday 8th March a specially expanded show will present many more songs by Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel rendered into exquisite Irish by poet Liam Ó Muirthile. They will be performed by singers Hilary Bow and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde. Accompanying them will be Peter Roycroft on piano; Geoff Kirk on drums; and Neville Lloyd on double-bass. 

Designer Margaret Lonergan has created special on-screen projections of the lyrics accompanied by images inspired by the songs. Liam Ó Muirthile will also read new versions in Irish of poems by Jacques Prévert (1900 -1977) and Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) to musical accompaniment. 

Date/Time: Thursday 8 March 2012 at 8pm

Venue: The Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire

Booking: 01-2312929 www.paviliontheatre.ie

Tickets: €21/19

 
 

Joe O'Connor shortlisted for a major American literary award

FEBRUARY
2012
Joe O'Connor's latest novel Ghost Light has been shortlisted in the Fiction category for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2012. Best of luck Joe!
 
   

Laureate na nÓg 2012-14 Nominations

FEBRUARY
2012

Nominations are currently being accepted for the next Laureate na nÓg. A blog post at the following link - http://www.childrensbooksireland.ie/blog/nominate-your-next-laureate-na-nog/ - provides all the information needed to make a nomination, along with a downloadable nomination form and a link to the Laureate na nÓg website.

Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland and Poetry Ireland.

This important project:

  1. Introduces high quality children’s literature to a new audience of adults, children and young people.
  2. Raises the profile of children’s literature in Ireland.
  3. Increases media attention for children’s literature in Ireland and internationally.
  4. Brings children’s literature into the mainstream conversation about books and literature in Ireland.
  5. Builds partnership and cooperation among various players in the children’s literature sector.

Laureate na nÓg 2012 – 2014 will be chosen by the selection committee which will include representatives from the Arts Council, Children’s Books Ireland, OMCYA and Poetry Ireland as well as experts from a range of relevant fields. The new Laureate na nÓg will be announced in May 2012.

 
 

The Old Triangle

FEBRUARY
2012

A celebration of music and words in aid of the Irish Penal Reform Trust will take place in the Abbey Theatre on Sunday 26th February at 8pm. Artists taking part on the night include Shaz Oye, Tony Curtis, Noel Shine, Mary Greene, Ellie Shine, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Eddie Cahill artist and Brian Maguire, Karan Casey and Niall Vallely, Peter Sheridan, Leanne O'Sullivan, Christy Moore, Jimmy Kelly, Tom Crean and Brian McCarthy. The event is hosted by Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan. This event is supported by Poetry Ireland.

Tickets cost €20 and are available from the Abbey Theatre Box Office on 01 8787 222 or www.abbeytheatre.ie

 
   

Joseph O'Connor received The Irish PEN Award 2012

FEBRUARY
2012

Members of the Irish writing and publishing community gathered in the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Friday 10th February for the annual Irish PEN Award dinner. Joseph O’Connor received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for a lifetime contribution to Irish literature, sponsored this year by www.writing.ie. Joe was joined by his family and his proud agent Carole Blake as he listened to words of the highest praise for his work delivered by An Uachtarán (President of Ireland) Dr. Michael D. Higgins. Congratulations Joe.

 

irish pen dinner joc president higgins  trophy

 
 

Bookworms is back at The Abbey Theatre

FEBRUARY
2012

After a hugely popular debut at the Abbey Theatre in 2010, Bernard Farrell’s hit play Bookworms is back. Set in a book club this is a ‘brilliant, fun, entertaining comedy’ - (ARENA - RTÉ Radio 1) that lovers of literature are sure to enjoy.

 

Tonight is Ann’s debut as host of her book club and she is determined to deliver a perfect evening of literary classics in her model home. But her best laid plans come undone as the usually all-female group has invited their husbands to join the club. Soon the nibbles and small talk give way to accusations and revelations to rival the most outrageous fiction.

 

 

- Competition to find Ireland’s best book club -

 

To celebrate the return of Bookworms, The Abbey Theatre are on the hunt for Ireland’s best book club. Earn some brownie points with your club by winning them a fabulous night out at Ireland’s national theatre to see the play. To enter the competition - Tell them in 200 words or less why your book club deserves the title of Ireland’s best.

 

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

Post your entry to: Book Club Competition, Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

The closing date is Friday 24 February, 5pm.

 

Best of luck and we look forward to welcoming you to the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre soon.

 

P.S. Bookworms is on the Abbey Stage from Tuesday 7 February – Saturday 17 March and we have a special discounted rate for 6 or more for the perfect book club night out. For tickets go to www.abbeytheatre.ie or tel: 01 8787222
 
   

Poetry in The Coombe

FEBRUARY
2012

 The Coombe Hospital, in association with Poetry Ireland, The Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and Dublin Unesco City of Literature are delighted to launch Poetry in The Coombe Hospital, March 8th, 7.30pm (International Women's Day).

Poets Dermot Bolger, Katie Donovan, Paul Durcan, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Enda Wyley and writer Colm Toibín have kindly donated a poem/writing for display in The Coombe Hospital and to be read on the night.

 The event will be launched by Michael D. Higgins, The President of Ireland.

 Music performed by Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

 This event is part of Dublin Unesco City of Literature’s series Bringing it All Back Home.

 
 

Celebrating Dubliners

FEBRUARY
2012
celebrating dubliners
 
Tickets for Celebrating Dubliners in the National Concert Hall on the 13th April are now on sale. Join us for a magical evening celebrating James Joyce's Dubliners, the choice for Dublin: One City, One Book April 2012. Delight in the music of Dubliners and be inspired as well know personalities The Dubliners folk group, Peter Sheridan, Noel O'Grady, David McSavage, Shannon Colleens and many more, bring this iconic collection of short stories to life.
Booking Essential. Tickets €25 and €20 (Conc. available). Tel: 01 4170000 or go to www.nch.ie
 
   

Dubliners by Dubliners

FEBRUARY
2012

To celebrate International Womens Day on the 8th March Sweny's Pharmacy are hosting a public reading from Dubliners at 1pm in The National Library of Ireland.

The three stories that will be read all feature women A Mother, Eveline and Clay. Members of the audience will be encouraged to read.  Admission is free, tea and cake will be provided.    

 
 

William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition

FEBRUARY
2012

Mitchelstown Literary Society is pleased to announce the launch of the second William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition. 

FIRST PRIZE: €3,000 (SPONSORED BY WILLIAM TREVOR)  2nd prize: €500    5 runners up prizes of €200 each

Details of rules, official entry form(s), payment methods etc. obtained by tel: 025 84969, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visiting www.mitchelstownlit.com

There is an entry fee of €20 per entry and the Closing Date for receipt of entries is last post on Friday, 30th March 2012.

The winner and runners up will be notified personally as well as results being posted to the competition website as they become available.

 Entries, by post only, to:

Trevor/Bowen International Short Story Competition,         

37 Upper Cork Street,

Mitchelstown,

Co. Cork,

Ireland.

 

 
   

Bare Hand International Poetry & Photography Competition 2012

FEBRUARY
2012
The winning poems and photographs of the competition will be turned into a beautiful postcard and will be distributed to leading independent bookshops in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto & Vancouver. They’ll be free so people can just pick them up!

There will be two winners in each category - two poems and two photographs - so two different postcards will be created. 2000 of each will be made sent all around the world. The winning entries will also be published on the Bare Hand Poetry website also.

The theme is BARE HANDS

DEADLINE MARCH 1st 2012

HOW TO ENTER

Entries are €4 for one entry. Multiple entries are accepted. 

To pay simply click the BUY NOW button on http://barehandspoetry.tumblr.com/

All competition entries should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Poetry entries

Poems must be unpublished and not be entered into any other competition. Poems should be no longer than 20 lines long (has to fit on the postcard!) Send your poem within the body of an email (no attachments please). Put your name at the end of the poem. Mark the subject field COMPETITION ENTRY POETRY. 

Photography entries

Photographs must not have appeared in any online or print journal. Put your name in the body of an email. Attach your entry as a jpeg and mark the subject field COMPETITION ENTRY PHOTOGRAPHY.

The winners will be announced at the end of March. 

Postcards will be created and distributed in May!

 


 
 

Lunch Time Talks in the Central Library

FEBRUARY
2012

A series of lunchtime talks will take place each Thursday in March at 1pm in the Central Library, ILAC Centre. The series addresses questions around the Irish Economy.  Contributors include noted economists, journalists and historians.

For full details on this talks go to http://bit.ly/Aoelkz

Admission is free. Booking is Essential

To Book Tel: 01 873 4333 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
   

Rewarding Rewording: Gate Theatre Writer's Workshop - Adaption and Translation

FEBRUARY
2012
This is a six day programme for emerging and mid career writers in which five different acclaimed writers will illuminate the skills and processes involved in adapting and translating for the stage.
The workshop will be framed by Conor Mc Pherson and will also feature Nick Dear, Alan Stanford, Tanya Ronder and Thomas Kilroy.

Venue: Gate Theatre Lab
Date: February 13th-18th, 10am-5pm (Saturday 18th 10am-2pm)
Cost: €250
Application: please send a C.V. and expression of interest to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Deadline for application: Friday, February 3rd 2012.
*Please note places are extremely limited.

www.gate-theatre.ie

 
 

130th Anniversary of the birth of James Joyce

FEBRUARY
2012

Today, Thursday, 2nd February, is the 130th anniversary of the birth of James Joyce!

Arguably Ireland’s greatest literary genius and a leading proponent of modernism in fiction, James Joyce was born at 41 Brighton Square to John Stanislaus Joyce and Mary Jane Murray, and spent his earliest years there and in Castlewood Avenue. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College and at Belvedere College before going on to University College Dublin (on St Stephen’s Green), where he studied modern languages.

Joyce left Ireland with Nora Barnacle in 1904, and was to spend the rest of his life in Italy and France, paying his last visit to Ireland in 1912. Joyce died in Zurich on the 13th January, 1941, and is buried in Zurich's Fluntern Cemetery.

Joyce's collection of short stories, Dubliners, and the choice for Dublin: One City, One Book 2012, was first published in 1914 by Grant Richards Ltd., London.

 
   

Learning To Live One Day At A Time With Peter Sheridan

JANUARY
2012

On Saturday 18th February from 10am-1pm playwright and director Peter Sheridan will give a workshop on his insight into living life.

The workshop costs €45 (concessions €30).

For more details go to www.sanctuary.ie or Tel: 01 6705419/ 01 6727545 

 
 

Decoding the Secret Messages of Finnegans Wake

JANUARY
2012

RANELAGHFEST, in association with Sandford Park School  presents 'I Know that I have broken every heart' Decoding the Secret Messages of Finnegans Wake.  

Diarmuid is a teacher at Sandford Park School and a scholar of literature in several languages. He has chosen to disclose his discoveries of the secret messages of  Finnegans Wake  at this very special event in Ranelagh.

Date: Thursday 9th February 2012 at 8pm

Venue: Sandford Park School

Tickets: €8/€5 available at the door

For more information go to www.ranelaghfest.com

 
   

'It's not the past that matters, it's the way you see it': Childhood, Ireland, and Children's Fiction - Lecture at the NLI

JANUARY
2012

The National Library of Ireland is hosting a lecture series in conjunction with our photographic exhibition Small Lives – Photographs of Irish Childhood 1880 – 1970

 The first lecture is in February and focuses on Irish history as portrayed in children’s fiction.

 Wednesday 15 February at 7pm

'It's not the past that matters, it's the way you see it': Childhood, Ireland, and Children's Fiction. Lecturer: Dr Pádraic Whyte, Assistant Professor of English, Trinity College Dublin.

 

Dr Pádraic Whyte will discuss the representation of Irish history and childhood as portrayed in children’s fiction. Dr Pádraic Whyte is Assistant Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin and author of Irish Childhoods: Children’s Fiction and Irish History

 

Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2

This event is free and no booking is required. Futher details from www.nli.ie

 This lecture is organised in conjunction with the photographic exhibition Small Lives- Photographs of Irish Childhood 1880 – 1970.  

 

Exhibition

Small Lives – Photographs of Irish Childhood 1880 – 1970

 The National Photographic Archive’s current exhibition explores photographs of Irish children from 1880 to 1970. The photographs are from the National Library of Ireland’s photographic collection and show a wide range of photographs from formal studio shots, images of school children and photographs of city life in the 1960s. The exhibition will run until June 2012 and takes place in the National Library’s Photographic Archive, Meeting House Sq, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

 
 

Music of Ghost Light

JANUARY
2012
Were you one of those lucky enough to get tickets to the Music of Ghost Light that took place as part of Dublin: One City, One Book in the Abbey Theatre last April? Or perhaps you were one of the disapointed fans who were unable to attend. Well you can now listen to excerpts of music from the evening and to the playet, a chapter from Ghost Light that was performed by Pauline McGlynn, Peter Hanly, Marion O'Dwyer, Kathy Rose O'Brien and Peter Daly and was directed by Jim Culleton of Fishamble: The New Play Company. Click on the following link and you relive part of that amazing night http://www.josephoconnorauthor.com/media.html#LiveRecordings 
 
   

CNN'S Future Cities

JANUARY
2012
During the month of November CNN International recorded a programme showing how literary Dublin is boosting the city's morale as part of their CNN Future Cities series. To view this programme simply click on the following link www.cnn.com/futurecities
 
 

DLR Library Voices Series

JANUARY
2012

Joanna Trollope In Conversation with Sinead Gleeson
 
Joanna Trollope is one of the most popular and successful authors in the world and DLR Libraries are delighted to welcome her to Dun Laoghaire for the first time. She is the author of sixteen bestselling novels, the latest of which, The Soldier’s Wife, deals with the difficulties facing a military wife awaiting her husband’s return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.   Sinead Gleeson is a wonderfully perceptive interviewer and this promises to be a great night.

Tuesday February 7th at 8.00pm in Pavilion Theatre

Tickets €10 & €8 concessions. Call (01) 231 2929

or online at www.paviliontheatre.ie

 Also look out for readings by Irvine Welsh, Peter Carey and Paul Durcan in April

 

 
   

Dickens in Dublin

JANUARY
2012

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the world’s greatest novelist, Laurence Foster  has re-created  Charles Dickens’ first  public performance in Ireland

CHARLES DICKENS was born on February 7th in 1812 in  Portsmouth. Shortly afterwards, the family moved to London. At 19, having had little formal education, Charles became a reporter and recorded the parliamentary speeches of Daniel O’Connell, the Irish Liberator. They retained a lifelong mutual admiration. In August, 1858 Dickens paid the first of three lengthy visits to Dublin and was hailed with delight everywhere he went. He often found it difficult to make his way from Morrison’s Hotel (on the corner of Dawson St. and Nassau St.) and through the crowds who were queuing to see his performance. Dickens in Dublin is a recreation of that dramatic evening in Ireland’s capital city.             

Stage Director:  Colm Maher

 

Rathmines Library      Tuesday 7th February at 6.30pm Tel: 01 497 3539 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Central Library            Wednesday 8th  February at 1pm Tel: 01 873 4333 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Raheny Library           Thursday 9th February at 6.30pm Tel: 01 831 5521 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Special thanks to Historian Jim Cooke for access to his book, Charles Dickens's Ireland

 
 

Celebrate James Joyce this weekend at The National Wax Museum

JANUARY
2012

The National Wax Museum Plus will mark the 71st anniversary of the celebrated writer’s death this weekend
 
The Museum will come alive from this Friday 13th of January and continue all weekend with Joycean Character on hand to entertain and inform visitors of the life and works of the legendary James Joyce. Take a tour of the National Wax Museum Plus this weekend and you never know what characters from another time you will come face to face with they may be real or they may be Wax. This weekend it will be the characters from Joyces Ulysses and Finnegan’s wake that will lurk in the corners of the attraction as well as Joyce himself in the flesh and in wax.  

Adults :   €10
Children: €7
Family: €30 2 Adults 2 Children under 12
Further discounts for groups apply , School Tours €6.50 per pupil, plus teachers go free

 
   

Death of Caroline Walsh

DECEMBER
2011

The staff of the office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature were saddened to hear of the passing of Caroline Walsh, literary editor of The Irish Times.

As described by The Irish Times editor Kevin O'Sullivan 'She had a passionate commitment to outstanding journalism and good writing. She ensured The Irish Times celebrated new literary talent and introduced readers to important voices from outside the English-speaking world....'.

We send our condolences to her husband James Ryan, who is a member of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Steering Group and to her son and daughter at this difficult time.

 
 

Donation to the National Library of Ireland

DECEMBER
2011
This morning Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney donated his archives to the National Library of Ireland. The donation from Mr Heaney was accepted by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on behalf of the state.
 
   

Storytelling for Children at Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge

DECEMBER
2011

Visit Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge to hear the story “Santa comes to Dublin” each Saturday in the lead up to Christmas. The enchanting Irish reading begins at 10.30am. It truely is a magical festive storybook which all children (and adults!) will love. All are welcome to this free event!

23 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2
T: 01 416 0040

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Crime Writing - Fiction and True Crime

DECEMBER
2011
Come along to the United Arts Club Thursday, Upper Fitzwilliam St., Dublin 2 on December 8th. Leading authors Abigail Rieley, Sandra Mara and Arlene Hunt will form our panel at this event. Booking is essential.  You can make your advance booking conveniently at this link:  http://irishpencrimewriting.eventbrite.com/.  For the rest of 2011, PEN's monthly events will still be competitively priced at €3 for members, and €5 for non-members, and everyone is welcome to attend. 
 
   

Congratulations to receipients of UCD Honorary Degree

DECEMBER
2011

Congratulations to Joseph O’Connor, Andrea Camilleri and Mary Gordon who were conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature from UCD. Journalist and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary was also awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature from UCD on 5th December 2011.

 
 

Congratulations to Dublin playwrights Philip St John & Kathleen Desmond, winners of International Playwriting Competition 2010

DECEMBER
2011

Winners of the International Playwriting Competition 2010 organised by  the International Playwrights´ Forum, a committee of the International Theatre Institute ITI / UNESCO were announced:
1st prize: „The Diamond Stars“ by Maya van den Heuvel-Arad (Netherlands)
2nd prize: “Maxine” by Philip St John (IDublin)
3rd prize: “Unravelling Myths” by Kathleen Desmond (Dublin)

For more information, visit http://www.playwrightsforum.com/

 
   

Restored tomb of Oscar Wilde to be unveiled today

NOVEMBER
2011

The restored tomb of Oscar Wilde will be unveiled later today at the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. The date was chosen to coincide with the 111th anniversary of Wilde's death. The project was coordinated by his grandson Merlin Holland, and supported by both the French and Irish governments. When Oscar Wilde died on this date in 1900, he was a penniless exile. Friends of the writer could only afford a sixth-class grave outside Paris. Wilde was later reinterred in Père-Lachaise, the final resting place of writers, artists and composers. His new tomb was unveiled in 1914 - an angel in flight, by sculptor Jacob Epstein. It became a magnet for tourists and admirers, who by the mid 1980s had covered the monument with lipstick kisses. French conservationists have carefully cleaned the Art Deco tomb and encased it in glass. For more information on the project, visit http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1130/oscarwilde.html

 
 

Congratulations to Joseph O' Connor, winner of Irish PEN Award 2012

NOVEMBER
2011

Author and broadcaster Joseph O’Connor is to receive the 2012 Irish PEN Award for outstanding contribution to Irish Literature. The award will be presented at a dinner on Friday, 10 February, 2012, at the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Booking in advance is essential, and patrons are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Dinner tickets cost €60 and can be purchased online here: www.irishpendinner.eventbrite.com

 
   

Bringing It All Back Home Event

NOVEMBER
2011

Poetry Ireland, in association with St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, is delighted to present a gala evening with the writers Paul Durcan, Belinda McKeon and Paula Meehan to celebrate different aspects of the life of the city.Venue: St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra Time: 7pm on 29/11/2011
Admission: Free but booking essential E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  For more information visit www.poetryireland.ie

 
 

Congratulations to winners of Irish Book Awards 2011!

NOVEMBER
2011

Winners of Irish Book Awards 2011 were announced last night, some highlights include:

  • Irish Novel of the Year : Mistaken by Neil Jordan (John Murray)
  • Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year : All For You by Sheila O’Flanagan (Headline)
  • Irish Sports Book of the Year: Inside the Peloton by Nicolas Roche (Transworld Ireland)
  • Best Irish Newcomer of the Year: Solace by Belinda McKeon (Picador)
  • Best Irish Published Book of the Year: Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom by Tim Robinson (Penguin Ireland)
  • Irish Children’s Book of the Year: Junior: The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge (Andersen Press)

                                                                        Senior: The Real Rebecca by Anna Carey (O’Brien)

For more information, visit http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1118/1224307765902.html

 
   

Kevin Barry on Costa Book Awards Shortlist

NOVEMBER
2011

Congratulations to Irish writer Kevin Barry who has been shortlisted for his book City of Bohane on the Costa First Novel Award shortlist http://www.costabookawards.com/

 
 

The Stinging Fly - Christmas Gift Idea

NOVEMBER
2011

For €40 (€45 overseas) you can introduce a friend to The Stinging Fly.  The  intro pack contains two back issues of The Stinging Fly, two Stinging Fly Press books, and the latest issue of the magazine.  You can hand pick the titles or just let Stinging Fly choose – either way, it’s a lovely gift for fans of new writing. More information on http://www.stingingfly.org/

 
   

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