logo unesco  dublin

Home Highlights



Featured Events


Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016
Dublin City


The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray is the chosen book for the 2016 Citywide Reading for Children campaign. The aim of the initiative is to encourage children to read for pleasure and there will be author visits to public libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign.

The Citywide Read is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council’s Libraries Service, in partnership with Mercier Press and runs from January to March 2016

The Book of Learning is a story of mystery and adventure, which will appeal to girls and boys of 9 years and older. The book features many well known Dublin landmarks such as the National Library, Glasnevin Cemetery, The Botanic Gardens, The Natural History Museum and St. Stephen's Green.  

“I’m delighted The Book of Learning has been chosen for this year’s Citywide Reading campaign, especially since Dublin is so central to the story.” says E.R. Murray.  “I wanted to capture the city’s essence in an adventure story that was both magical and mysterious – so get ready for wildcats, enchanted books, underground lairs, and shark submarines! I can’t wait to meet lots of young readers at events in the coming months – after all, it’s the readers that bring stories to life and make writing so worthwhile.”

An t-Ardmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said: “The Book of Learning is a book that will enchant and engage boys and girls from aged 9 upwards and I encourage children and their parents all across the city to read it and to visit their local Dublin City library to find out more about the fun events taking place. Is scéal draíochtach é a bheadh taitneamhach do éinne thar 9 mbliana d’aois” 

Copies of the book are available to borrow in all Dublin City Libraries as well as in all good bookshops.

The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Library Service and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.



Wednesday 20th January 2pm Hodges Figgis Bookstore, Dawson St. Free admission. All welcome.

Join author E.R. Murray for readings from The Book of Learning. She is happy to sign books after the readings.


Friday 12th February 10am Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, Grand Canal Quay Free event with the author of The Book of Learning E.R. Murray.


Saturday 13th February 2016 2pm. National Library of Ireland. Kildare St.  Free admission. Booking Essential.

Book of Learning Mystery Trail

Join The Book of Learning author E. R. Murray for an hour of mystery and adventure, which will include readings from the book and illustration workshop, followed by a book trail around the National Library, one of the key settings in this magical book. Suitable for children 8-12 years. Booking essential at learning@nli.ie


Friday 19 February 2-4pm. The City Gallery - Hugh Lane. Parnell Square. Illustration workshop, inspired by The Book of Learning, with children's author and illustrator Oisín McGann. This workshop will bring to life passages in the book set in Dublin and will introduce the relationshiop between text and image in illustration. Suitable for children 10+ Cost €5 Booking esential at  01-2225564. More details at www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/1454-illustration-workshop-with-oisin-mcgann


Tuesday 8th March 2016. 3.30pm. Cabra Library, Navan Road. Dublin 7. Free admission. Booking advisable.

Did you ever wonder what's involved in writing a novel? E.R. Murray, author of The Book of Learning will read from her book, discuss where ideas and characters come from followed by a Q+A session. Suitable for children 8+ Booking advisable at 8691414


Sunday 20th March. 11am-5pm  St. Patrick's Festival's The Big Day Out. Merrion Square. Free admission.

Don't miss our special event in the RSAI building in Merrion Square, which will bring the characters and story of The Book of Learning to life. Featuring magicians, creative writing workshops, live pet rats, author readings and lots more fun, this special adventure will be something to remember. Suitable for ages 6+ More details will be available nearer the time. www.stpatricksfestival.ie

04 Jan 2016
21 Mar 2016

Dublin: One City One Book 2016

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

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

For full details on the festival go to www.dublinonecityonebook.ie 

01 Apr 2016
30 Apr 2016


Stay Social With Dublin UNESCO


  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size