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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Gate, Dublin


Following the sell-out production of All My Sons last year, the Gate presents Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Death of a Salesman. One of the greatest achievements of 20th Century drama, the play burst onto the international scene in 1949, winning not only the Pulitzer Prize, but also the Drama Critics’ Circle and Tony Awards.

27 Aug 2010
25 Sep 2010

The Picture of Dorian Gray


Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' returns to Bewley's of Grafton Street as dinner theatre. A Wonderland Production, it was previously staged in April as part of Dublin: One City One Book and now runs from Friday 3rd September -Saturday 25th September (not Mondays). Tickets are priced at €35-€40 and include a two course dinner. Book at http://www.tickets.ie

03 Sep 2010
25 Sep 2010


An Irish language literary festival held in Dublin each September. Events include readings, debates, workshops, events for schools, book launches and award ceremonies.

14 Sep 2010
29 Sep 2010

Culture Night 2010


5.30 pm to 10.30 pm, Friday September 24th - an evening with students of creative writing.  New authors from the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing at T.C.D. and members of the Bealtaine Writers Group read from their work. Guest appearance by poet Macdara Woods. Musical interludes by Winedark Productions - featuring Baritone, James Barry, accompanied by Margot Doherty. Admission free - everyone welcome to attend and share the experience. Light refreshments provided. click here to download pdf

24 Sep 2010
25 Sep 2010

Children's Book Festival:


Now in its twentieth consecutive year, the national Children's Book Festival has established itself as the foremost celebration of children's books and reading in Ireland. With over 1,500 events taking place every year across the country, it is by far the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind..

01 Oct 2010
31 Oct 2010

Open House Dublin Festival


The FIFTH annual OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN, organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation, takes place THIS WEEKEND from 7 to 10 October 2010. Over one weekend, over 100 Dublin buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors for citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of the city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free. This year’s theme BIG, SMALL, GLOBAL, provides an opportunity to explore the city across all dimensions.As well as over 100 building tours, Open House Dublin 2010 includes: Open House Junior, a series of creative events /workshops for young participants to play architect for a day; a much-expanded Open Space programme of 26 architectural walks, cycles and boat tours; a growing Open Minds programme of talks, lectures and exhibitions examining topical city issues; and the increasingly popular Irish Times Open Debate. Chaired by John Bowman, the Irish Times Open Debate will ask a panel of invited guests Does Size Matter? at the Aviva Stadium on October 7, 2010.

07 Oct 2010
10 Oct 2010

All Ireland Poetry Day - Nationwide Poetry Events


This year, Thursday 7th October, we mark the 3rd All Ireland Poetry Day. Poets are again encouraged to tour, and thus read in new locations and situations. Some highlights from this year’s programme includes a reading by Griffin Poetry Prize Winner Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, presented in association with The National Library of Ireland, 1.00pm, 2 Kildare St, Dublin 2.  Further information is available at: http://www.poetryireland.ie/poetryday

07 Oct 2010

CUISLE Limerick City International Poetry Festival


CUISLE Limerick City International Poetry Festival Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th October 2010 2010 sees CUISLE Limerick City International Poetry Festival celebrating its fifteenth season. This is a must-go for your social diary, with evening readings by international, national and local poets, a schools’ programme, and Lunchtime readings to honour Limerick poets and their achievements on the literary stage. This year’s festival includes performances by the popular Rita Ann Higgins and Mary O’Malley from Galway; RTE’s Vincent Woods; American-born Belfast resident Chris Agee, editor of Irish Pages; American award-winner Allan Peterson from Gulf Breeze, Florida; Poet-Surgeon Veronika Dintinjana and Poet-Songwriter Jani Kovacic from Slovenia; younger poets James Brookes and Sarah Jackson from the UK; with Limerick’s Patricia Byrne and Ed O’Dywer. Irish language poetry will be presented by the eminent Máire Áine Nic Gearailt, while poet/authors Catherine Phil McCarthy and Kerry Hardie will perform a selection of their work. There will be discussions, socializing and crack, nightly open mic sessions, book launches and the much-loved CUISLE Grand Poetry Slam. The festival club will take place each evening after the readings in Bentley’s Piano Bar in O’Connell Street, after 10pm each evening.This years’ festival will be launched by Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman of Glenstal Abbey at Daghdha in John’s Square at 7pm on Wednesday 13th October. Full details of readings and festival timetable are available from www.limerick.ie/ArtsEvents/ The annual poetry publication Stony Thursday is a bumper new volume 10th edition, and will be launched at 7pm on Thursday 14th October in Daghdha. The journal is guest edited by Mark Whelan, including over 150 literary works in English, Irish and French.

13 Oct 2010
16 Oct 2010

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2010


Following the Shortlist Announcement on October 28th the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are underway. The awards brings together the entire literary community -- readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians to celebrate Irish writing. The winners will be announced on 25th November. More information on www.irishbookawards.ie

01 Nov 2010
07 Nov 2010

James Joyce Centre Winter Lecture Series
Dublin 1


As part of The James Joyce Centre Winter Lecture Series 2010, Professor Nicholas Greene(TCD) will be giving a talk on "Shaw, Joyce and the Habit of Derision" on Monday November 1st at 6:30pm

01 Nov 2010
04 Nov 2010

In Other Words
Dublin 1

In Other Words… Irish Literature in Translation in Your Library. For the month of November, Central Library, ILAC Centre, Dublin 1 in association with Ireland Literature Exchange will host an exhibition of over 100 Irish books translated into 33 languages. Both contemporary and classic Irish writers feature including Seamus Heaney, John Banville, Lady Augusta Gregory and W.B. Yeats. Admission is free. A series of free talks will take place at Central Library:

     Siobhán Parkinson – Wednesday, 3 November @ 6:30pm

     John Boyne – Wednesday, 10 November @ 11:30am (Talk booked out)

     Hugo Hamilton – Wednesday, 17 November @ 6:30pm

     Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin – Wednesday, 24 November @ 6:30pm

Contact Open Learning Centre, Central Library, Dublin 1 to book a place, Tel: 01 873 4333.

01 Nov 2010
30 Nov 2010

Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend

The Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend 2010 will take place from 25 - 28 November.  For programme information, please check http://www.patrickkavanaghcountry.com/html/kavweekend.htm

05 Nov 2010
28 Nov 2010

Dublin 2


A season of cultural events including tales, literature and imagination each weekend from 27 November - 19 December at The Ark, a cultural centre for children.  Families are invited to record and listen to stories in The Story Lab.  A series of readings will take place featuring bestselling authors including Derek Landy, Roddy Doyle and John Boyne. For more information see http://www.ark.ie/

01 Dec 2010
19 Dec 2010

Hereos and Kings of the Shahnama
Dublin 2

The Chester Beatty Library is hosting an exhibition on The Shahnama (Book of Kings), one of the great classics of world literature. The book relates the glorious tales of the heroes and kings of Iran, from the dawn of time until the Islamic conquest in the mid-seventh century. The exhibition will take place 17 November 2010 to 3 April 2011, for  more information, please see www.cbl.ie

01 Jan 2011
13 Jan 2011

Dion Boucicault's Arrah-na-Pogue
Dublin 1

Warm up the dark days of winter with Arrah-na-Pogue, a rollicking good tale of romance and misadventure by renowned 19th Century Dublin playwright Dion Boucicault. For more information, see www. abbeytheatre.ie

01 Jan 2011
08 Jan 2011

Tell Tales & Deadly Drawings
Dublin 2

An exhibition of Irish children's books including illustrations from The Library's collection of drawings.  Visitors can leave a magic leaf to describe their own favourites. More information available at www.nli.ie

03 Jan 2011
01 Jan 1970

The Philip Lynott Exhibition
St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre

 An exciting new exhibition to honour Irish rock legend Philip Lynott is taking place in Dublin from March 4th to April 3rd.The Philip Lynott Exhibition, the biggest ever collection of memorabilia, song lyrics, exhibits, paintings, tributes and photographs of the late rock legend, and featuring an exciting multimedia extravaganza, is set to be seen by thousands from Ireland and abroad in a very special exhibition in the capital. The initiative is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council and Dublin Tourism.Located in the heart of Dublin, the exhibition will take place on the top floor of the Stephen’s Green shopping centre.To book your tickets go to: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/ . Check www.hotpress.com/philiplynott for more information.


04 Mar 2011
31 Mar 2011

Remembering Al-Mutanabbi Street Exhibition
Dublin 1

Central Library, Ilac Centre will host Remembering Al-Mutanabbi Broadside Exhibition 14-31 March 2011. The exhibition is to remember those who died from car bomb explosion on 5 March 2007 on Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad. This street was the literary centre of Baghdad, a focal point for booksellers and book lovers.

14 Mar 2011
13 Jan 2011

Convention Centre Dublin



Friday 18th March at 7:30pm

Book now for DublinSwell!  Tickets are on sale at http://www.tickets.ie/dublinswell.


Dublin is now a UNESCO City of Literature - a permanent designation which honours the city and its writers.

On 18th March in the stunning new Convention Centre on the Quays, in association with St. Patrick's Festival, there will be an evening of entertainment and inspiration with some of Dublin's best loved names from the worlds of literature, music, film and theatre in a fitting tribute to Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

Join us for a journey through Dublin’s literary past and present - be entertained, moved and inspired by some of Dublin’s best loved names from the worlds of literature, music, film and theatre – Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney as well as Sebastian Barry, Dermot Bolger, Damien Dempsey, Roddy Doyle, Paul Durcan, Lisa Hannigan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Paul Howard (Ross O’Carroll Kelly), Declan Hughes, Biddy Jenkinson, Neil Jordan, Cathy Kelly, Claire Kilroy, Paula Meehan, Eamon Morrissey, Barry McGovern, Joseph O’Connor, Mike Scott of The Waterboys and Gerry Stembridge - including contributions from the Abbey Theatre and Maeve Binchy. MC for the evening will be Mike Murphy.

MC for the evening is Mike Murphy


Tickets: €18, €21, €25 incl booking fee


Tickets are also available for purchase from Dublin Tourism O'Connell Street and Dublin Tourism Suffolk Street or by calling 0818 33 32 31.



Ely Bar and Brasserie, IFSC, Dublin 1are offering a complimentary glass of wine with their pre-theatre menu when you mention that you are an attendee of DublinSwell at the CCD.

To book your pre-show dinner Tel: 01 672 0010

18 Mar 2011

Poetry Now Festival
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


Dún Loaghaire Rathdown Poetry Now provides an opportunity to hear some of the greatest poets of our era from both Ireland and abroad. The festival in Dún Laoghaire, to the south of Dublin, also offers aspiring poets a chance to get involved in workshops with some of the participating poets.

24 Mar 2011
27 Mar 2011

Philip Lynott Exhibition
St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre

2011 marks the 25th Anniversary of the death of Phil Lynott. Dublin UNESCO City of Literature proudly supports the exhibition which is on display at The Stephens Green Shopping Centre. Fans can reminise while viewing a myriad of items from every era of Philip's life, from childhood mementoes to instruments (including the famous Fender Precision mirror bass and Ibanez bass), hand-written lyrics, original artwork, tour jackets, clothes worn in videos, rare vinyl, postcards, birthday cards, notebooks, photographs, posters, shares certificates for Manchester United, previously unseen film footage and much more. A large multimedia section includes performance footage and specially conducted interviews with Thin Lizzy members and other significant figures. For more information visit www.philiplynottexhibition.com/index.php

01 Apr 2011
02 May 2011

Cúirt Festival
Galway City


From its beginning as a literature festival in Galway dedicated to poetry, Cúirt has always placed the writer and the reader at its core. Over the years the festival has been anchored by the lively culture of literature enjoyed in Galway and this has been crucial to its enduring success.

12 Apr 2011
17 Apr 2011

Murder in the City
Leeson Street, Dublin 2

On 11th May at 6:30pm in Dublin UNESCO City of Literature you are invited to discover exciting contemporary European writers in the intimate surrounds of the Sugar Club, Leeson Street. Enter the murky world of crime and murder as writers from Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy and Scotland read and discuss their works. An atmosphere of suspense and intrigue will be created by musicians from Dublin Institute of Technology. Darina Gleeson will play accordian and sing, Tanya Murphy on fiddle, Eilis Lavelle  on harp, Aimee Farrell Courtney on bodhran and Robert Harvey on flute.Crime journalist and writer, Niamh O’Connor will introduce this exhilarating cast of contemporary crime writing talent including Pierre-Oliver Lombarteix, Giampalo Simi, Michaela Klevisová, Denise Mina and more.No booking required. For more information, email: catherine.duffy@dublincity.ie or tel: 01 674 4862

11 May 2011

Four Fiction Fridays
Central Library, Ilac Centre, Dublin 1

Every Friday in May at Central Library, ILAC Centre, Dublin 1 at 1pm, as part of the Bealtaine Festival, in association with Ireland Literature Exchange. Four Fiction Fridays' will present four writers, reading from their work and engaging in Q&A sessions on the following dates: 

Jennifer Johnston :: 6th May @ 1pm

Carlo Gébler :: 13th May @ 1pm

Kevin Barry :: 20th May @ 1pm

Paul Murray :: 27th May @ 1pm


All events are free, but booking is essential through the Open Learning Centre: Tel. 01 873 4333

12 May 2011
27 May 2011

Summer Wreath 2011
Dublin 2

The fifth Summer’s Wreath programme, which will take place in June, will celebrate the creativity and legacy of William Butler Yeats. Many Irish and international guests will grace us with their personal reflections and readings from Yeats’s poetry, plays and stories. We look forward to welcoming you to share in this universal love of Yeats’s creativity. Be part of our celebration this summer! Tickets for paid events must be booked in advance. Each event must be booked separately.  We look forward to seeing you! To book visit www.nli.ie or telephone 01 6030 200.

Reading & Reflection with Fergal Keane

Thursday, June 9th at 1pm: Free Admission/No Booking Required/30 mins

Fergal Keane is an Irish writer, broadcaster and presenter of the recent groundbreaking series The Story of Ireland – a five-part series on the history of Ireland. For many years, he worked as the BBC’s Southern Africa Correspondent. He has won numerous awards for his radio and television reports.


Reading & Reflection with Tamasin Day-Lewis

Monday, June 13th at 1pm: Free Admission/No Booking Required/30 mins

Daughter of Irish poet Cecil Day-Lewis, Tamasin Day-Lewis has worked as a documentary film-maker for 15 years, directing and producing over two dozen films for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She has written a dozen cookery books, appeared in two television series and gives masterclasses and talks all over the world.


Reading & Reflection with Hugo Hamilton

Wednesday, June 15th at 1pm: Free Admission/No Booking Required/30 mins

Hugo Hamilton’s acclaimed memoir The Speckled People has been called an ‘instant classic’ and has become an international best-seller. He is the acclaimed author of two memoirs, seven novels and one collection of short stories. His latest novel Hand in the Fire is now available in paperback.


Reading & Reflection with Kate O’Toole

Thursday, June 23rd at 1pm: Free Admission/No Booking Required/30 mins

Kate O’Toole is an Irish actress whose film roles have included Dancing at Lughnasa and The Dead. Her TV credits include the role of Lady Salisbury in The Tudors. Kate was awarded the British Arts Council/Barclays Theatre Awards for Best Actress 2001 for Three Tall Women and was nominated for Irish Times/Irish Theatre Awards, Best Actress 2002, for her role in Dead Funny.


Frank Delaney in conversation :Wednesday, June 8th at 8pm: Admission €10 To Book: www.nli.ie

In 1979, Frank Delaney’s first book, James Joyce’s Odyssey was published to critical acclaim and best-seller status. Since then, Delaney has written six books of non-fiction, twelve novels, one novella, two anthologies, and a smattering of short stories published in both magazines and collections.


Professor Roy Foster & Joseph M. Hassett

Monday, June 13th at 8pm: Admission €10 To Book: www.nli.ie

Yeats Scholars in conversation touching on their recently published books on W.B. Yeats

The distinguished Oxford scholar, Professor Roy Foster’s biography of W.B. Yeats is generally recognised as the definitive biography of the poet. Published in two volumes, the combined work runs to more than 1400 pages. His book Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances was published in April.


Joseph Hassett has lectured widely on Yeats and other Irish writers at venues including the Trieste Joyce School and Oxford University. His book W.B. Yeats and the Poetics of Hate was published in 1986 and his book W.B. Yeats and the Muses was published last year by Oxford University Press.


Yeats in Words and Music - Reading by Andrea Corr and music by Liam O’Flynn, uilleann pipes

Saturday, June 18th at 8pm: Admission €10 To Book: www.nli.ie

Andrea Corr is an Irish musician, songwriter and actress. For over a decade she was the lead singer of Celtic folk rock and pop group The Corrs. Andrea is now pursuing a solo career and released her second album Lifelines in May 2011. Andrea’s acting career has also blossomed with critically acclaimed stage and screen roles. Liam O’Flynn formed the legendary group Planxty with Donal Lunny, Christy Moore and Andy Irvine. He has made over 50 recordings, including, most recently, Out To Another Side, The Given Note, The Piper’s Call and The Poet and the Piper, a collaboration with Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.


Celtic Fever - a lecture by Sir Andrew Motion: Thursday, June 23rd at 8pm: Admission €10 To Book: www.nli.ie

Andrew Motion, poet, novelist and biographer, presided as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009. He has been awarded the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. In this special event, Sir Andrew will look at the influence of Yeats on the poetry of Philip Larkin.


One Day Immersion Course with Dr Gerard Dineen

THE POETRY OF W.B. YEATS: MEMORIES & PARAGONS: Friday, June 24th 9.30am - 5.30pm with lunch-break

Places Limited / Booking Essential / Cost €25 To Book: www.nli.ie

Designed for the interested amateur as well as for lovers of poetry and literature, this year’s immersion course takes a fresh look at Yeats’s poetry. The poems to be considered will fall into two categories: those in which Yeats is remembering people and those that feature paragons worthy of emulation. Participants will be given the opportunity to share their interpretations.


01 Jun 2011
24 Jun 2011

The Flat Lake Festival
Co Monaghan


A fun literary festival taking place 3rd - 5th June featuring readings from Kevin Barry, John Banville and Paul Murray. There will also be theatrical performances, concerts, sport events and music by Mundy and more!

03 Jun 2011
05 Jun 2011

Immrama – The Lismore Festival of Travel Writing
Lismore, Co. Waterford.


A very special literature festival inspired by the word 'Immrama' - the old Irish word for journey. Focusing on travel writing and literature, including literary presentations by top national and international writers.

09 Jun 2011
12 Jun 2011



Bloomsday celebrates the day on which the action of James Joyce's novel Ulysses takes place, 16 June 1904, the day on which (we believe) Joyce first went out with his future wife, Nora Barnacle. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The heart of this literature festival is the novel, Ulysses which follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June through to the early hours of the following morning.

16 Jun 2011
19 Jun 2011

Dalkey Book Festival

Everyone is welcome to Dalkey Book Festival which features writers Maeve Binchy, Paul Murray, Roddy Doyle and Sinead Moriarty. The festival has an exciting childrens programme featuring storytelling, drawing and illustration workshops. For more information, www.dalkeybookfestival.org

17 Jun 2011
19 Jun 2011

Yeats International Summer School


A two-week academic Summer School with lectures,seminars, Poetry Workshop, Drama Workshop, visits to theYeats Country, Music and Drama, with a focus on the poetry,plays and prose of W.B. Yeats.

24 Jun 2011
05 Jul 2011

Trim Swift Festival
Trim, Co. Meath.


Trim is becoming the home of satire in Ireland, honouring the work of Jonathan Swift each year. At this book festival everyone is fair game and many politicians, celebrities and academics find themselves on the receiving end of some biting satire!

30 Jun 2011
03 Jul 2011

National Library Events July 2011
Dublin 2

The National Library of Ireland has just announced details of the events it will be running for July 2011.


Thursday Tales and Trails

Thursday Tales and Trails is a series of afternoon workshops inspired by NLI’s exhibition Tall Tales and Deadly Drawings which will take place every Thursday afternoon during July and August. Bookmaking, shadow puppet theatre and story making are just some of the themes.


To see the full listing of events, please check the NLI website at www.nli.ie   


To book places on the workshops: call 01 6030 346 or email: learning@nli.ie.

Booking not required for the story hour.




Discover Your National Library: Explore, Reflect, Connect FREE

Celebrate Ireland's rich history and heritage with the free multimedia exhibition Discover Your National Library at 2/3 Kildare Street, which brings you some of our most precious treasures, and allows you to hear from the curators who take care of them.


A new selection of treasures is now on display in Discover, including 700 year-old manuscripts, 19th century eviction photographs, a letter from war artist William Orpen, illustrations from some of Ireland's best illustrators of children's books, and a special display on our "throw-away treasures". This phase of the exhibition, which runs through 2011, includes a special focus on the history of the Irish Texts Society.


Free public tour: Tuesdays at 2.30pm.


Tall Tales & Deadly Drawings FREE

Kids of all ages will love our colourful display in the Library's main hall, Tall Tales and Deadly Drawings, featuring Irish children's books and amazing illustrations from our collection of drawings. Get involved when you visit - leave us a magic leaf telling us about your own favourites, and watch out for characters from the exhibition as you explore the Library! The display will be on view throughout 2011. 


Yeats: the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats FREE

This award-winning exhibition is a must see for all Yeats fans.

Free guided tour available on Wednesdays at 1pm and every Saturday at 11am and 3pm.


30 Jun 2011
29 Jul 2011

West Cork Literary Festival
Bantry, West Cork


This festival offers a feast of literary readings, workshops, walks and book launches. Come to hear writers from Ireland, America, Australia, Russia and Libya. The festival also has an extensive children's programme of workshops, competitions and readings.

03 Jul 2011
09 Jul 2011

Children's Authors visit the Central Library
Dublin 1

Each Thursday in July at 3pm a children's author will visit the Central Library in the Ilac Centre, Dublin 1. These events are free and all are welcome. To book a place simply call into the Central Library and book at the desk or tel: 01 8734333


Thursday 7th July at 3pm:

Eithne Massey 

Author of several books based on Irish legends, Eithne’s very successful book The Secret of Kells was based on the Oscar Nominated animated film of the same name. Her most recent book is The Silver Stag of Bunratty was published by O’Brien Press in May this year – based partly on truth, this exhilarating adventure is full of mystery and magic and brings the incredible medieval fortress that is Bunratty Castle to life for a whole new generation.

Eithne will appear at the Central Library on Thursday 7th July at 3pm.


Thursday 14th July at 3pm:

Debbie Thomas

Author of Dead Hairy, a hilarious original children's adventure story published by Mercier Press and getting great reviews. Dead Hairy is described as a crazy caper of laughter, love and lice crispies - a cross between Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Roald Dahl!

Debbie will appear at the Central Library on Thursday 14th July at 3pm.


Thursday 21st July at 3pm:

Marilyn Taylor

Author of the very popular historical novels for children, Faraway Home and 17 Martin Street, both published by O’Brien Press.  Marilyn’s books have been chosen for One Community One Book reading festivals in Inchicore, Ballymun and the Liberties and are read with keen interest by older children and their parents and grandparents – Marilyn brings even difficult historical subjects to life.

Marilyn will appear at the Central Library on Thursday 21st July at 3pm.


Thursday 28th July at 3pm:

Oisín McGann

Author and illustrator Oisín McGann writes for all ages, from the ‘Mad Grandad’ series for younger readers, published by O’Brien Press, to several science fiction and fantasy novels for older children, including The Gods and Their Machines, Small Minded Giants and The Wisdom of Dead Men. Oisín has also written two books for Barrington Stoke who specialise in publishing books for dyslexic and struggling readers.

Oisín will appear at the Central Library on Thursday 28th July at 3pm.

07 Jul 2011
28 Jul 2011

Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival
Newbridge Co. Kildare


This year's festival will feature lectures, international poetry readings, workshops, craft and architecture installations, guided field trips and more.

24 Jul 2011
30 Jul 2011

Phizzfest Phibsboro Community Arts Festival
Dublin 7

A week long festival of music, drama, poetry, film, competitions and theatre which celebrates the rich diversity of arts and culture in Phibsborough. For more information, visit http://www.phizzfest.ie/phizzpress/ The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde will be performed by Wonderland Productions on Saturday 10th September at 4pm in McGeough's Pub, 66 Phibsboro Road, Dublin 7

03 Sep 2011
11 Sep 2011

Dublin: Renaissance City of Literature Conference
Marsh's Library,St. Patrick's Close, Dublin 8

Monday 9th September 9am-4:30pm,a one day conference interrogating the notion of Dublin as a Renaissance city of literature. The conference is free of charge and open to everyone. Booking is essential. To book, email Kathleen Miller millerka@tcd.ie Speakers include Professor Raymond Gillespie, NUI Maynooth, Professor Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex, Dr. Marie-Louise Coolahan, NUI Galway, Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Trinity College Dubin and Dr. Sandy Wilkinson, University College Dublin. This conference has been co-funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

05 Sep 2011

Ranelagh Fest

This year's festival has a wide range of activities including walking tours, picnics, music, quizes and readings. Eamonn Morrissey will recall his memories of growing up in the area. Poet, novelist and playwright Dermot Healy will be interviewed by fellow writerJjames Ryan. Full programme details are listed on www.ranelaghfest.com

11 Sep 2011
18 Sep 2011

Irish Writers Centre September Events
19 Parnell Square Dublin 1


Tuesday September 13th: "Celebrating John F. Deane"

Time: 7.30pm Admission: Free but prior booking essential. People without tickets will not be admitted.

Details: The Irish Writers' Centre will be hosting a night of Celebration of John F. Deane's poetry, with readings from the poet himself and also from Eileen BattersbyPadraig J. DalyEnda McDonaghThomas KinsellaJohn McHugh,Maurice HarmonSeamus Heaney and Gerard Smyth.



Tuesday, September 20th: Book Launch: "Ireland Is Changing Mother" by Rita Ann Higgins

Time: 7.30pm

Newly released by Bloodaxe Books, Ireland Is Changing Mother is the latest collection from Rita Ann Higgins: provocative and heart-warming poems of high jinx, jittery grief and telling social comment by a gutsy, anarchic chronicler of the lives of the Irish dispossessed, before as well as since the demise of the Celtic tiger.


Wednesday, September 21st: Launch of the inaugural Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair.

Time: 7pm

The inaugural Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair for first-time novelists will take place on March 10th 2012. The Novel Fair aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents. Dermot Bolger will read from his upcoming novel!


Friday, September 23rd:  Culture Night


Wednesday, September 28th: Lonely Voice Readings

Time: 7pm

 Winners of the monthly Lonely Voice Short Story Competition will read their work

13 Sep 2011
28 Sep 2011

Culture Night
Dublin City


For this night  the city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists studios, cultural centres and more, will open their doors late for a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure. Hundreds of talks, tours, performances and events for you, your family and friends to participate in and enjoy. Join the thousands who will be staying up late for culture! 

23 Sep 2011

Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Weekend
Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan.


A weekend of poetry workshops suitable for both first time poets and more experienced writers. A highlight and popular literature festival for admirers of Kavanagh's work. Paul Durcan will give a keynote address at this year's weekend. The winner of the 41st annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award will be announced.

30 Sep 2011
02 Oct 2011

National Library of Ireland October 2011
Dublin 2

The National Library of Ireland as just announced its programme of events for October


Tuesday 11th October at 7.00pm. FREE 

Irish Texts Society Lecture 

'Táin Bó Cuailnge: Ireland's National Epic?’

Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Professor of Modern Irish at National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

All welcome. Booking not required.


Friday 14th October at 5.30pm FREE

Children’s Books Ireland/NLI  Event

This panel discussion features best selling young adult authors Sarah Rees Brennan and Peadar Ó Guilín with US newcomer Ilsa J Bick who will discuss the popularity of the dystopian genre amongst young adult readers.

All welcome. Booking not required.


Thursday 20th October at 8pm

Library Late: Chillers & Thrillers

An Evening of Ghost Stories with Dr. Darryl Jones, Head of the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin and Irish crime writer John Connolly. This event will include a special screening of BBC Adaptation of Writings of M R James.

Tickets €5. Log onto www.nli.ie to book.


Tuesday 25th October at 7.00pm. FREE

Irish Texts Society Lecture

Geoffrey Keating: the man and the myths

Join us for this talk on the man behind one of the most influential histories of Ireland ever written, Foras feasa ar Éirinn. Dr Bernadette Cunningham, Deputy Librarian, Royal Irish Academy.

All welcome. Booking not required.


For more details please phone 01 6030200 or email info@nli.ie

To see a full listing of events go to www.nli.ie

01 Oct 2011
05 Oct 2011

October in Irish Writers' Centre
19 Parnell Square Dublin 1


Tuesday, October 4th, 7.30pm: Celebrating Anthony Cronin

Anthony Cronin was a founding member of Aosdána and long been a leading figure on the Irish literary scene. As well as several collections of poetry, including the newly published The Fall, Anthony Cronin has written a number of admired prose works, including biographies of Flann O'Brien and Samuel Beckett, the classic memoir of Dublin in the fifties, Dead as Doornails. This evening will be a celebration of his achievements.


Friday, October 7th, 1pm: Lunchtime Readings at the Irish Writers' Centre - Patrick Cotter

This October and November a series of free Lunchtime Readings will take place in the Irish Writers' Centre in association with Poetry Ireland. Each Friday at 1pm we will be alternating between prose and poetry readings, offering audiences the chance to experience wide-ranging talent. First up is poet Patrick Cotter.


Friday, October 14th, 1pm: Lunchtime Readings at the Irish Writers' Centre - Kate Newmann

This October and November a series of free Lunchtime Readings will take place in the Irish Writers' Centre in association with Poetry Ireland. Each Friday at 1pm we will be alternating between prose and poetry readings, offering audiences the chance to experience wide-ranging talent. Next up is poet Kate Newmann.


Monday, October 17th, 3pm: Fabio Bussotti, in the context of the  XI ITALIAN Week In The World

We are delighted to co-host with the Italian Institute of Culture a reading and discussion with the distinguished Italian writer, Fabio Bussotti, in the context of the  XI ITALIAN Week In The World/ XI Settmana Della Lingua Italiana Nel Mondo.


Tuesday, October 18th, 7.30pm: Opening Night of the "Peregrine Reading Series" with Thomas Kilroy, James Lawless and Evelyn Conlon.

Thomas Kilroy, James Lawless and Evelyn Conlon will read at the Irish Writers’ Centre, kicking off our series of prose readings, Peregrine Readings. The readings will commence in the Centre and be taken afterwards to Sligo Yeats Memorial Building and to Granard Library, Longford.


About the Peregrine Reading Series: The purpose of the series is to develop an audience for prose readings and to cultivate and encourage reading among the public. It is the hope of the Irish Writers’ Centre that, by providing a regular platform for writers, they can maintain a continuous rapport with their readers and increase their readership from book to book. The Irish Writers’ Centre also holds that it is essential to do everything possible within our society to nurture reading, and promoting an interest in individual writers and individual books contributes to this broader aim.


Friday, October 21st, 1pm: Lunchtime Readings at the Irish Writers' Centre - Sean O'Reilly


Tuesday, October 25th, 7.30pm: Peregrine Readings with Deirdre Purcell, Martin Malone and Michael J. Farrell:

Deirdre Purcell, Martin Malone and Michael J. Farrell will read at the Irish Writers’ Centre as part of a series of prose readings, the Peregrine Readings. The readings will commence in the Centre and be taken afterwards to Limerick City Library and The Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.


Wednesday, October 26th, 7pm: Lonely Voice Readings

The next Lonely Voice Short Story readings will take place on Wednesday, 26th September, where the four short-listed writers, will read from their winning stories. The readers will be selected anonymously by a guest judge.


Friday, October 28th, 1pm: Lunchtime Readings at the Irish Writers' Centre - Richard Halperin

04 Oct 2011
05 Oct 2011

Images beyond Boundaries
No Grants Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

An exhibition of illustrations by children’s illustrators from Ireland and Austria. In association with Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson, Children’s Books Ireland and the

Austrian Embassy. Admission is free. Open 9am-5:30pm

06 Oct 2011
04 Oct 2011

Feel The Fear and Read It Anyway!

 6th October Stag's Head Pub, Dame Court, 6:00 PM

 www.flyingbookclub.ie  and


13th October The Central Hotel, Wicklow Street, 7:00PM


Admission €12

The Flying Book Club hosts another in its series of Feel The Fear And Read It Anyway! sessions, this time focussing on Flann O'Brien's wonderful comic novel, At Swim-Two-Birds. These sessions are designed to give readers a helping hand with those intimidating 'great works' that so many give up on or avoid altogether. The Flying Book Club know how perplexing, how bewildering these books can be and the Feel The Fear sessions offer fun explorations of sometimes difficult books.


O'Brien's novel is much loved but little understood. If you've ever felt a bit bewildered by its mixture of fantasy and foolishness, its language games and crazy characters then this session will help you get to grips with O'Brien's many layered masterpiece.


Come and join the fun. You'll feel the fear and read it anyway!


06 Oct 2011
13 Oct 2011

All Ireland Poetry Day 2011


This years All-Ireland Poetry Day takes place on 6 October with a poetry event in every county across the island. There are many events in Dublin UNESCO City of Literature including the launch of a new poetry competition by Rita Ann Higgins in Irish Writers Centre at 12:30pm. The competition will be open to adults, young adults and children, with the deadline for submissions being 11 November. As part of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature funded project Bringing it all back home, poet Enda Wyley revisits Coombe Women's Hospital at 1pm and poet Gerard Smyth revisits James's Street CBS at 11am.

06 Oct 2011
07 Oct 2011

Athlone Literary Festival 2011


From 7th - 9th October, Athlone will play host to an exciting mixture of readings, workshops and other convivial literary gatherings involving a variety of exciting contributors.

07 Oct 2011
09 Oct 2011

Flann O'Brien Centenary Weekend
Dublin 2

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Brian O’Nolan (Flann O’Brien),a series of lectures, reahearsed readings, panel discussions will take place. All events are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, see http://flann100.wordpress.com/. Booking is available at http://flann100.eventbrite.com/

14 Oct 2011
16 Oct 2011

Imram Féile Litríochta Gaeilge 2011


Imram is Dublin's Irish language literature festival. The word IMRAM can mean a ‘voyage of discovery’ and the festival takes its audiences on a magical journey that reveals the depth and diversity of modern literature in Irish, through eclectic and imaginative event programming that fuses poetry, prose and music in lively venues. The opening takes place tonight,  with a Symposium on Irish language blogging

 Is blogging the next step forward for Irish-language literature? Has the arrival of social websites and Twitter rendered blogging obsolete? Can minority languages flourish on the internet? These are just some of the questions that will be discussed in this provocative symposium. 


Friday14 Ocober

6.00pm (doras 5.30)


15 Bachelor’s Walk

Saorchead isteach/free admission

14 Oct 2011
22 Oct 2011

Great Writing - Great Places
Dublin City

Experience great writing in unique locations such as Jeanie Johnston famine ship, The Four Courts, Deanery of St. Patrick's Cathedral (home of Jonathan Swift), Fallon & Byrne restaurant, Lost Society at Powerscourt Townhouse, crypt of Christchurch Cathedral, Glasnevin Museum, Whitefriar Street Church (resting place of St. Valentine) with writers Brian Keenan, Martina Devlin, Sheila O'Flanagan, Catherine Fulivio and many more. See below for details of individual events:



Tuesday 18 October 6pm                          Dublin on a Plate

Fallon & Byrne, 11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2


An evening for foodies, food writers Hugo Arnold, Georgina Campbell, Catherine Cleary and Catherine Fulvio discuss the art of food writing. Enjoy food specially created by executive head chef Tom Meenaghan. Admission:€20 which includes a hot buffet of bacon & mustard croquet with buttered cabbage, slow cooked shin of beef with puff pastry crumble, blackened Connemara salmon with pickled vegetables and creamed goat’s cheese with marinated beetroot, tea & coffee. Booking essential, please book before 12 noon Monday 17 October, tel: 01 222 2222 Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm



Wednesday 2 November 7:30pm                     Matters of Grave Importance***Booked Out***

Glasnevin Museum, Glasnevin Cemetary, Finglas Road, Dublin 11


Historian Catriona Crowe and actor Fergus Cronin bring to life the work of some of the writers buried in Glasnevin in an evening of reading and song. Admission free. Booking essential. Tel: 01 674 4862/01 674 4873 Email: cityofliterature@dublincity.ie


Wednesday 16 November 6pm                 Scales of Justice***Booked Out***

The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin 7

Unique chance to see inside The Four Courts with crime writers Declan Hughes,Arlene Hunt and Niamh O'Connor. Admission free. Booking essential. Tel:01 674 4862/ 01 674 4873. Email: cityofliterature@dublincity.ie Please note this venue is not universally accessible.


Saturday 19 November 11am                    So Much more than Shopping

Lost Society, First Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2


Café treats with a topping of literary cream! Enjoy a morning treat from the Lost Society café menu with Claudia Carol, Sinéad Moriarty and Sheila O'Flanagan. Admission is free. Booking not necessary. 


For Children

Tuesday 1 November 2:30pm                   A Tale of Terror in the Crypt

Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

Eithne Massey's medieval tale of ghosts and witchcraft Where the Stones Sing is brought to life in the scary, spooky surrounds of the crypt. Admission is free. Booking not necessary. Recommended for children aged 10+


01 Nov 2011
19 Nov 2011

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