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Reader-in-Residence Positions

Dublin City Public Libraries are committed to developing the role of the library as a centre for culture, with programmes and projects that meet individual and community needs. The Reader-in Residence programme fulfils these commitments by providing opportunities for positive engagement with libraries and reading for children, young people and their families.

Dublin City Public Libraries delivers library services to the North East Inner City through the Central Library at the ILAC Centre and the branch library at Charleville Mall.

As part of the Dublin North East Inner City Initiative, Dublin City Libraries will extend its already successful Reader-in-Residence programme for this area of the city, to encompass two main strands: one aimed at primary school-going children and one aimed at young people in a non-school setting (community/club based).

We propose to engage three readers-in-residence:
– 2 readers to work with primary school-going children, aged between 4 and 13 years
– 1 reader to work with young people in community/ youth club-based settings
Each reader-in-residence will deliver a programme of planned activities based around the idea of reading as fun, with the activities being geared to different age groups and genres.

As creating a print-rich environment in the home is an important factor in improving literacy, a key activity will be engaging with parents and caregivers.

The programme will be delivered in partnership with home school community liaison teachers, schools, youth projects, and other community-based agencies.

The programme will be delivered on a 20-hour a week basis during the remainder of the school year 2016-2017.

The programme will be supported by Dublin City Public Libraries and the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office and will be managed by a dedicated librarian based at Charleville Mall library.

The successful applicants will report to Charleville Mall Library. They will have excellent interpersonal skills, experience of working with children and an ability to think creatively, together with a clear appreciation of the role books and reading play in the development of children in our society. A flexible commitment of a minimum of 20 hours per week is required.
The successful applicants will be required to conduct an evaluation on completion of the project and present a report within an agreed timeframe.

Garda vetting will be required.

Terms and conditions of contract:
1. The successful candidate will be considered as self-employed for the purposes of the contract and will not be an employee of Dublin City Council. The duration of this project will be approximately 25 weeks at 20 hours per week at a fee of €2,000 per month paid on receipt of invoices as agreed.
2. The successful candidate must register with Dublin City Council as a contractor.
3. The successful candidate may be required to be registered for VAT. For further information visit
4. Payment to the successful candidate will be on production of invoices.
5. All publications, reports, and other outputs generated as part of the project will be the property of Dublin City Council, which will own copyright in such publications, reports, and other outputs generated.

Selection Process:
Candidates will be shortlisted based on CVs submitted and then called for interview, where they will be asked to give a short verbal presentation of their ideas.
Please send CVs (including the names and contact details of two referees) accompanied by a covering letter outlining which Reader in Residence position is being applied for, before Friday 28th October at 5:00pm to:
Alison Lyons
Director, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature
Dublin City Library & Archive
138-144 Pearse Street,
Dublin 2

T: 01 6744809

Something Wicked Crime Writing Festival

The first Something Wicked Crime Writing Festival, takes place in Malahide from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October, with authors such as Alex Barclay, Sam Blake, Arlene Hunt and the 2017 children’s Citywide Read author Dave Rudden. 

On Friday October 28th a panel of bestselling authors – Alex Barclay, Sam Blake and Liz Nugent – will discuss how they write about murder and violent crime.  The event will be held at Malahide Lawn Tennis Club at 7:30pm. Tickets €12.50*/€15 (*early bird)

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Echoland by Joe Joyce is the choice for Dublin: One City One Book 2017


Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service is delighted to announce that Echoland by Joe Joyce, published by Liberties Press, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2017.

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said “I am very pleased that Echoland by Joe Joyce has been chosen for ‘Dublin: One City One Book’ 2017. I am sure that lovers of thrillers and of history will enjoy this book. I encourage all Dubliners to read this book and participate in the programme of events during the month of April 2017 which offers opportunities to engage with Echoland in a range of contexts.’

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes added “Dublin: One City One Book 2017 will be the twelfth year of this annual programme. Echoland is set in the Dublin of 1940, expertly capturing the atmosphere of the city as its citizens cope with the challenges of the Emergency. It’s a brilliant opportunity for us to re-imagine our City as it was, while enjoying a thrilling read.”

Joe Joyce said, “I’m delighted and honoured that Echoland will be Dublin’s One City One Book for 2017. The city is an integral part of the book, not just the backdrop to a spy story. As I was writing it, I was very conscious of the hardships and great dangers of the Emergency period, faced — as always by Dubliners — with resilience and wit.”

Since its inception in 2006, the Dublin: One City One Book Festival has encouraged everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of April. The initiative is led by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of Dublin’s  UNESCO City of Literature designation and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

A full programme of events will be announced in early 2017.

The Book

June, 1940.

France is teetering on the brink of collapse. British troops are desperately fleeing Dunkirk. Germany is winning the war. Its next target is Britain . . . and Ireland? In neutral Dublin, opinions are divided. Some want Germany to win, others favour Britain, most want to stay out of the war altogether.

In this atmosphere of edgy uncertainty, young lieutenant Paul Duggan is drafted into G2, the army’s intelligence division, and put on the German desk. He’s given a suspected German spy to investigate, one who doesn’t appear to do much, other than write ambiguous letters to a German intelligence post box in Copenhagen. Before Duggan can probe further, however, he is diverted by a request from his politician uncle to try and find his daughter, who’s gone missing, possibly kidnapped.

Enlisting the help of witty Special Branch detective Peter Gifford, the two lines of inquiry take Duggan into the double-dealing worlds of spies and politics, and lead him back to a shocking secret that will challenge everything he has grown up believing. An addictive thriller that will keep you glued to the page, traversing the City of Dublin, right through to its heart-pounding finale.

September’s poem for A Year in Words

The second poem in our A Year in Words project is Native by John Cummins which was filmed in the Winding Stair.

A Year in Words celebrates the breadth and diversity of our city’s living poets through a year-long series of poetry videos filmed across 12 Dublin bookshops. The project was curated by Linda Devlin and Stephen James Smith and filmed by Design for Life.

Emma Donoghue Event

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Emma Donoghue Photo by Helen Hanley

Emma Donoghue, the Dublin born, award-winning author took part in a special event in Trinity College on 17th September. Organised by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature in collaboration with the School of English, Trinity College Dublin and Picador Books, Emma read from her new novel The Wonder, a psychological thriller, which is set in post-Famine Ireland.

In her discussion with Dr Aileen Douglas, Head of the School of English, she spoke about undertaking research for the book as well as her writing habits and the inspiration for her award-winning novel Room.

She was an engaging interviewee and during the Q & A which followed she discussed writing for and about children and other projects that she is working on at the moment.

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Jackie Lynam, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, author Emma Donoghue and Aileen Douglas, School of English Photo by Helen Hanley

Jack Harte Bursary 2017

The Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig are offering a two week fully-resourced Writer-in-Residence bursary to take place in spring 2017.

This is an open call to writers resident on the island of Ireland with a proven track record and at least one book of fiction or short stories published by a recognised publisher. Priority will be given to works of fiction.

The award is named in honoured of Jack Harte, founder of the Irish Writers Centre, in celebration and acknowledgement of his contribution to Irish literature.

Full details about how to apply are available here

Emma Donoghue Event

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Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, along with the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin and Picador Books, are delighted to present Emma Donoghue in conversation with Dr. Aileen Douglas (TCD) on Saturday 17th September at 2pm.

She will read from her new novel The Wonder, followed by Q&A session and a book signing. Books will be on sale at the event.

Tickets are free but must be booked here 

Following the huge success of her novel Room, The Wonder tells the story of an eleven-year-old girl who stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story. Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, The Wonder – inspired by numerous European and North American cases of ‘fasting girls’ between the sixteenth century and the twentieth – is a psychological thriller about a child’s murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

Dublin A Year in Words

Dublin: A Year in Words is a new poetry project from the office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. It celebrates the breadth and diversity of our city’s living poets through a year-long series of poetry videos filmed across 12 Dublin bookshops.

Like the city itself, the poets featured in the series are more than the sum of their parts. Collectively they tell of a Dublin full of light and shade, a city of contradictions, in constant flux. They show us that the story of Dublin is everybody’s to tell. It has no fixed points. Beyond wild, it exists far more in the unspoken and the unseen than any attempt to distil it down to a neat package can do justice to. And yet it is our poets perhaps more than anyone who have grappled with the task of laying our lifelines bare and bringing voice to the city. Dublin A Year in Words presents a cross-section of 12 poets who do just that, filmed in establishments that keep the city’s essence alive.

The project was curated by Linda Devlin and Stephen James Smith and filmed by Design for Life.

August’s video is ‘Dublin’ by Kerrie O’Brien which was filmed in Books UpStairs

2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children – Knights of the Borrowed Dark

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We are delighted to announce that Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden, published by Puffin Books, is the chosen book for our 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

This reading initiative is organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of its UNESCO City of Literature programme with the aim of encouraging children to read for pleasure.

There will be author visits to Dublin City public libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign from January to March 2017. Copies of the book will be available to borrow in all Dublin City Library branches.

Knights Of The Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a new trilogy about a secret war between a race of shapeshifting monsters and the warriors sworn to stop them. Denizen Hardwick doesn’t believe in magic – until he’s ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. That kind of thing can really change your perspective. Now Denizen is about to discover that there’s a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits. Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Unfortunately for Denizen, he’s one of them . . .

“I am honoured and delighted that KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK is Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide Read. This is the city that taught me how to write, and I owe so much to its vibrant, friendly and supportive literary community. There’s a wild, swashbuckling charm to Dublin that very much inspired the strange and magical world of the Knights (though thankfully with less clockwork women and waistcoated misery-drinkers) and I can’t wait to share it with Dublin’s young readers and help them find stories of their own.” says Dave Rudden

This is the sixth year of the reading initiative. In previous years books chosen for the Citywide Reading Campaign included Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent, The Nightmare Club series featuring Annie Graves , The Powers by Kevin Stevens, Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty, and last year’s book was The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray

Full details about the campaign and events will be available here in early January. For more details on Dave and the Knights of the Borrowed Dark click here.

Prague Writer-in-Residence programme 2017

Prague UNESCO City of Literature is offering 6 residencies in 2017 for authors and translators. The residency, which is part of the Prague City of Literature project, covers accommodation and travel, and provides a scholarship.

Prague City of Literature will cover the cost of the successful entrants’ travel and accommodation along with a stipend of €600 per month

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2016. Applications should be emailed to radka.navarova­

Full details  are available here and the application form is available here