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Solar Bones by Mike McCormack wins the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Irish author Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Solar Bones. The Award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Mike McCormack is the fourth Irish author to win the prize in its 23-year history.

Uniquely, the Award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators. The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House today.

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from County Mayo, Ireland. In 1996 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and in 2007 he was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. In 2016 he won the Goldsmiths Prize and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award for best novel for Solar Bones. He was elected to Aosdána in May 2018. He currently lives in Galway, Ireland.

The winning novel was chosen from a total of 150 titles, nominated by libraries in 111 cities across 37 countries.  It was first published by Tramp Press, an independent Irish publisher founded by Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen. The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges, included novels from four continents.

Commenting on his win, Mike McCormack said: ‘I am delighted to receive this unique prize which continues to recognise the valuable work of libraries around the world. To have Solar Bones chosen from a shortlist with such a broad international outlook is a special honour indeed. I have always thought that the inclusion of translated work is a particularly valuable aspect of the International DUBLIN Literary Award; these different voices and the diverse ways in which they tell their stories ensures that the novel in English does not become dull or complacent. Long may the prize continue to reach out with such intellectual and artistic curiosity across the world.’ 

Speaking at the winner announcement, Lord Mayor & Patron of the Award Mícheál Mac Donncha remarked; ‘The International DUBLIN Literary Award is a great Dublin success and a great international success – and our thanks go to all who are involved in making the Award work – writers, translators, publishers, librarians, and the administrative staff of the City Council.’

The prize money was presented to the winner by Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of the Award’s founders and sponsors, Dublin City Council. The Award is a key part of the City’s work in promoting Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature, and as a great place for people to live, work in, and visit.

See www.dublinliteraryaward.ie for more details.

2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award Longlist Announced

10 Irish novels are among 141 titles nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.  Nominations include 39 novels in translation with works by authors from 41 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.

Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2019 Award was launched today [19th November] by Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, Patron of the Award, who commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally.  ‘Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature and cultural tourism is a vital part of the City’s economy’ he said: ‘this prestigious Award enhances the City’s worldwide reputation as a literary destination’.

Mike McCormack, on winning the 2018 prize in June commented:

 ‘It speaks something generous,  eloquent and enquiring that Dublin City Council, for so many years have put their resources, their  weight, all their expertise behind this prize, it has huge international standing, it has a unique reach and a unique generosity and long may it live, it’s one of the shining jewels in this country’s crown’.

Mike McCormack, on winning the 2018 prize in June commented:

 ‘It speaks something generous,  eloquent and enquiring that Dublin City Council, for so many years have put their resources, their  weight, all their expertise behind this prize, it has huge international standing, it has a unique reach and a unique generosity and long may it live, it’s one of the shining jewels in this country’s crown’.

The Irish titles nominated for 2019 are:  

  • Mrs Osmond by John Banville
  • A Line Made by Walking  by Sara Baume
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies  by John Boyne
  • Acts of Allegiance  by Peter Cunningham
  • Smile  by Roddy Doyle
  • The Blood Miracles  by Lisa McInerney
  • Midwinter Break  by Bernard MacLaverty
  • Ithaca by Alan McMonagle
  • The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan
  • Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Brendan Teeling, Acting Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 141 books eligible for the 2019 award were nominated by libraries in 115 cities and 41 countries worldwide; noting that 39 are titles in translation, spanning 16 languages and 48 are first novels.

Speaking of the global interest in the Award, the City Librarian remarked ‘This great prize affirms Dublin’s commitment to international writers and translators, to literature and creativity. Through this award Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, brings the worldwide community of readers together to read the works of contemporary writers from all corners of the world’.

Other novels nominated for the 2019 Award include 2017 Costa Novel Award winner Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor, a previous winner of the award in 2012 for Even the Dogs; 2017 Costa First Novel Award winner Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; In the Distance by Hernan Díaz, finalist of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser, winner of the 2018 Miles Franklin Award.

Among the 39 translated books are novels originally published in Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Korean, Māori, Serbian and Slovene. Translated authors include Fredrik Backman, Jean Echenoz, Peter Stamm, Maria Duenas, Zoran Zivkovic and Han Yujoo.

The book that received most nominations this year is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, chosen by 9 libraries in Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Spain and the USA.

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FREE WRITING WORKSHOP

Free Writing Workshop
Writing the Contemporary: Earth and Sky
Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street
Saturday 3rd November, 10.30 am & 1pm

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If you would like to attend one of these FREE workshops, please email alison.lyons@dublincity.ie expressing your interest

Books on Writing Book Club

October’s Books on Writing book club pick is
‘Zen in the Art of Writing’ by Ray Bradbury.
They will meet on Tuesday 30th of October in Kevin St. Library
at 6.45pm to 7.45pm to discuss this book.
All are welcome. 

Email emreapy@gmail.com if you have any queries. 

Murder One Crime Writing Festival

A stellar cast of crime and thriller writers have been lined up for a new crime writing festival taking place in Dublin in November Murder One will feature a host international authors including Peter James, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, Lynda La Plante, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, Mick Herron and Robert Goddard together with many of your favourite Irish crime writers including Liz Nugent, Jane Casey, Patricia Gibney, Jo Spain, Karen Perry, Sam Blake and many more.

A three-day long weekend crime writing festival running from 2 – 4 November, Murder One will also feature readings and interviews with Irish and international authors, panel events, a speakers’ corner and forensics and writing workshops. Murder One will be a broad church which will aim to accommodate the kindred genres of thrillers and spy fiction.

International bestseller, Michael Connelly will open the festival with a special preview event on October 28th at 2.00pm in City Hall with Declan Burke moderating. Thereafter the main programme takes place in Smock Alley, one of Dublin’s premier event venues, from 2nd – 4th November.

International bestseller Lynda La Plante brings festival attendees a unique free workshop for anyone interested in the world of forensics or Crime Scene Investigation. This interactive event is hosted by Think Forensic whose experts include CSI’s, forensic scientists, and senior investigating officers. In Lynda La Plante’s CSI Murder Room, get a hands on introduction to forensic science and be briefed on the crime of the day, inspired by Lynda’s newest thriller Murder Mile. Lynda herself will be interviewed by Niamh O’Connor on Saturday 3rd November, talking about Murder Mile and the Steve McQueen movie due out in November, based on her novel Widows.

 

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Dublin One City One Book 2019 Choice: The Country Girls Trilogy

Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service is pleased to announce that The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien, is the Dublin One City One Book choice for 2019.

Dublin One City One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

Published by Faber & Faber,  this volume is introduced by Eimear McBride, and includes The Country Girls and its sequels The Lonely Girl and Girls in Their Married Bliss, which changed the temperature of Irish literature in the 1960s and inspired generations of readers and writers. The passion, artistry and courage of Edna O’Brien’s vision in these novels continue to resonate into the 21st century.

Edna O’Brien said: “I worked in Dublin as an apprentice pharmacist from 1948 to 1952, so it’s where I first encountered literature and set out on the very secret and profane matter of writing The Country Girls Trilogy.”

A full programme of events will be announced in March 2019.  See http://www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

Books on Writing Book Club with Elizabeth Reapy

Elizabeth Reapy will be running a Books on Writing book club for the remainder of her Dublin City of Literature residency. 

August’s Books on Writing book club pick is ‘Bird by Bird’ by Anne Lamott. They will meet on Tuesday 28th of August in Pearse St Library at 6.45pm to 7.45pm to discuss this. 

All readers and writers are welcome to join. 

Email: emreapy@gmail.com for any further info. 

GRANADA WRITERS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME

Writers! The wonderful Granada City of Literature has announced its 2018 Writers in Residence Programme.
Run in partnership with the University of Granada, the purpose of this programme is to strengthen international partnerships in the arts sector in general and in the field of writing in particular.
Deadline 20 Sep 2018. Find out more here and get applying

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Exciting Dublin One City One Book Events 2018

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March Newsletter 2018

February Newsletter + Upcoming Events 2018

January 2018 Newsletter Part 2

January 2018 Newsletter

December Newsletter 2017 + Upcoming Events

Bookclub Special Offer

A Night Before Christmas DLR

November Newsletter 2017 + Upcoming Events

Readers Day – Dublin Book Festival 2017

2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award and Longlist

October 2017 Newsletter + Upcoming Events

August 2017 Newsletter + Upcoming Events

June 2017 Newsletter

Paul Beatty in conversation with Rick O’Shea

May 2017 Newsletter + Events Info

Metro Éireann | Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics Fourth Annual Intercultural Writing Competition 2018

We are delighted to promote the fourth annual Metro Éireann and Kenan Institute for Ethics Writing Competition!

This competition is for ages 14-21 with cash prizes as well as an awards ceremony in Dublin. Submissions are invited from young people all over Ireland and are due July 29th at midnight. This year’s theme is centred on ethics and intercultural diversity.
Full details below!

2018 Intercultural Writing Competition

BOOKS ON WRITING Book Club with Elizabeth Reapy

Elizabeth Reapy will be running a Books on Writing book club for the remainder of her Dublin City of Literature residency. 

August’s Books on Writing book club pick is ‘Bird by Bird’ by Anne Lamott. They will meet on Tuesday 28th of August in Pearse St Library at 6.45pm to 7.45pm to discuss this. All are welcome. Email emreapy@gmail.com if you have any queries. 

All readers and writers are welcome to join. No booking required.

Email: emreapy@gmail.com for any further info.