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2020 International Dublin Literary Award Longlist Announced

                                                        2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award announced

Eight novels from Ireland are among 156 books nominated by libraries around the world for the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award. With the winner receiving €100,000, the Award is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 50 novels in translation with works nominated by libraries from 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand. Details of all the longlisted books https://dublinliteraryaward.ie/

Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2020 Award was launched by Cllr. Mary Fitzpatrick, representing Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe, Patron of the Award. Cllr. Fitzpatrick commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature and the opportunity it provides to promote Irish writing internationally;

“I am very pleased that Dublin City Council continues to support this significant international award. Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature and the Council is committed to further developing the City’s worldwide reputation as a literary destination, a key part of our cultural tourism offering.”

The Irish titles nominated for the 2020 Award are:  

  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • Milkman by Anna Burns
  • The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly
  • Begotten Not Made by Cónal Creedon
  • Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes
  • Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  • Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

 

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 156 books eligible for the 2020 award were nominated by libraries in 119 cities and 40 countries worldwide; noting that 50 are titles in translation, spanning 21 languages and 51 books are first novels. More details at 

Speaking of the global interest in the Award, the City Librarian Mairead Owens 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.”

Most Nominated Books

The book that received most nominations for 2020 is There There by Tommy Orange, chosen by 13 libraries in Canada, Greece, Ireland, and the USA . The second-most nominated book is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, chosen by 11 libraries in Canada, England, Jamaica, and USA. Normal People by Sally Rooney was nominated by libraries in Germany, New Zealand and Ireland.

Katona József Library of Bács-Kiskun County, Hungary nominated Orchid and the Wasp by Irish author Caoilinn Hughes noting: “The book is the girl’s coming of age story across different places and in circumstances of economic collapse and family dynamics.  Themes and messages of morality, mental health, class, religion and contemporary politics are written in a modern and unique style.”

 Nominated Nobel Prize Winners

Other novels nominated for the 2020 Award include Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2018 and who also won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her novel Flight, and The Great Fall by Peter Handke, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2019.

 2019 Winner

American author Emily Ruskovich was the winner of the prize in 2019 for her first novel, Idaho, and remarked;

“I cannot express how grateful I am to be the recipient of this award. . . I am especially honoured because of the admiration that I feel for the other finalists. Seeing my name beside theirs when the shortlist was announced – that alone was one of the greatest honours of my career.

“It is very special to me that this is an award in which libraries across the world determine the longlist through their nominations. Libraries are places of kindness, existing for the sole purpose of connecting us to each other and to ourselves.”

Novels in Translation

Among the 50 translated books are novels originally published in Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Slovene and Spanish.

Translated authors include Peter Handke, Olga Tokarczuk, Benyamin, Chico Buarque, Paolo Cognetti, Adélaide de Clermont-Tonnerre, Julián Fuks, and Cristina Rivera Garza.

Judging Panel

The 2020 international Judging Panel comprises Irish editor and columnist, Niall MacMonagle; Scottish author and editor Zoë Strachan; Yannick Garcia, a Catalan writer and translator based in Barcelona; Cathy Rentzenbrink, a Sunday Times top ten bestseller of the year writer; and Indian-born translator and champion of the novel, Shreela Ghosh. The non-voting Chairperson is Professor Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin.

Borrow the Books

All the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries. The full list of 156 titles has been published in a free newsletter, and all details are also on the newly revamped Award website at www.dublinliteraryaward.ie

Key Dates

The shortlist will be published on 2nd April 2020, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin will announce the winner on 10th June 2020. 

 

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. Nominations are made by library systems in major cities throughout the world. Established in 1994 in partnership with the company IMPAC, the Award is now wholly funded by Dublin City Council. The Award aims to promote excellence in world literature. Designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010, Dublin’s literary heritage is a significant driver of cultural tourism for the City.

 

The Irish titles were nominated as follows:

  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne was nominated by Dunedin Public Libraries, New Zealand.
  • Milkman by Anna Burns was nominated by Redbridge Libraries, England; Stadtbücherei Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, USA, and Limerick City & County Library, Ireland
  • The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly was nominated by Dublin City Libraries, Ireland.
  • Begotten Not Made by Cónal Creedon was was nominated by Cork City Libraries, Ireland.
  • Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes, was nominated by Katona József Library of Bács-Kiskun County, Hungary.
  • Skin Deep by Liz Nugent was nominated by Waterford City & County Libraries, Ireland.
  • Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park was nominated by Dublin City Libraries, Ireland.
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney was nominated by Stadtbücherei Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Dunedin Public Libraries, New Zealand; Christchurch City Libraries, New Zealand, and Waterford City & County Libraries, Ireland.

2020 Judging Panel

Niall MacMonagle was born in Killarney and studied at UCC where he wrote an MA thesis on Virginia Woolf. He taught English for thirty-five years, first at Bandon Grammar School and then at Wesley College, Dublin. He has edited several anthologies and textbooks including the Lifelines series, Poetry Now, and Windharp: Poems of Ireland since 1916. He writes a weekly art column in the Sunday Independent and broadcasts frequently on RTE Radio 1. He founded Poetry Aloud, has done many public author interviews and has served on the boards of the National Library and the Seamus Heaney Foundation. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by UCD for services to literature.

 

Zoë Strachan was born in Scotland and is the award-winning author of three novels: Ever Fallen in Love, Spin Cycle, and Negative Space. As an editor, she has collected six new writing anthologies, and she also publishes short stories, essays and criticism. She teaches Creative Writing at University of Glasgow and has a PhD in Scottish Literature. Fellowships include the International Writing Program of University of Iowa, the University of Otago, UNESCO City of Literature writer-in-residence at the National Museum of Scotland and a Robert Louis Stevenson Award. Two of her works for stage are Panic Patterns (with Louise Welsh) and an opera adaptation of The Lady from the Sea (music by Craig Armstrong) for the Edinburgh International Festival, where it won a Herald Angel Award.

Yannick Garcia is a Catalan writer and translator based in Barcelona. He has published poetry, for which he won the Gabriel Ferrater Prize, as well as short story collections, such as Barbamecs and La nostra vida vertical which was awarded the Documenta Prize. Many of his stories have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies and have been translated into Spanish, Italian or Galician. He has also translated dozens of books from English and French into Catalan and Spanish by authors such as George Saunders, Lydia Davis, Sherman Alexie, David Vann, Sebastian Barry, Joseph O’Connor, Carson McCullers or Joseph Conrad. He has taught translation, interpretation and creative writing at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

Cathy Rentzenbrink was born in Cornwall, grew up in Yorkshire, lived in London for twenty years, and has now moved back to Cornwall. She is the author of The Last Act of Love, which was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller of the year and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize and the Portico Prize. She followed this with A Manual for Heartache and her next book is called Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books and will be published in September 2020. Cathy presents The Bookseller podcast, writes a column for Prospect, reviews books for The Times, and speaks and writes regularly on life, death, love and literature. She is often to be found doing events in bookshops and libraries, at festivals, and in prisons. 

Shreela Ghosh was born in Shillong, India and lives in London. She has worked in the Arts for more than 30 years and in 2009, she became the founding director of the Freeword Centre in London which brings together people working in literature, literacy and free expression. For several years the International Translation Day conference was held at Freeword. Shreela continues to champion translators and promotes translating as a creative act. Between, 2011 – 2018, she was part of the British Council’s Global Arts senior management team. During this period, she felt privileged to live and work both in Dhaka, Bangladesh and in New Delhi, India. Shreela believes that novels are the best place to start if you want to understand another culture.

Professor Chris Morash is the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College, Dublin. He has written books on Irish theatre history, Irish media history and Irish famine literature. Prior to his appointment to Trinity, Professor Morash worked in Maynooth University. He was the first chair of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (2009-2014), and has been a Member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2007.

Previous International DUBLIN Literary Award winners:

2019: Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (USA)

2018: Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Irish)

2017: A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa (Angolan), translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

2016: Family Life by Akhil Sharma (American)

2015: Harvest by Jim Crace (British)

2014: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian), translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean

2013: City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (Irish)

2012: Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (British)

2011: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish)

2010: The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch), translated by David Colmer

2009: Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas (American)

2008: De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage (Lebanese / Canadian)

2007: Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (Norwegian), translated from the Norwegian by Anne Born

2006: The Master by Colm Toibín (Irish)

2005: The Known World by Edward P. Jones (American)

2004: This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun (Moroccan) translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

2003: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Turkish) translated by Erdag M. Göknar

2002: Atomised by Michel Houellebecq (French), translated by Frank Wynne

2001: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod (Canadian)

2000: Wide Open by Nicola Barker (English)

1999: Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller (English)

1998: The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller (Romanian), translated from the German by Michael Hofmann

1997: A Heart So White by Javier Marías (Spanish), translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa

1996: Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (Australian)

 

11 New Cities of Literature Join UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature wishes to extend the warmest of welcomes to the following 11 new Cities of Literature who joined our Network in November 2020:

  • Angoulême (France)
  • Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Kuhmo (Finland)
  • Lahore (Pakistan)
  • Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
  • Nanjing (China)
  • Odessa (Ukraine)
  • Slemani (Iraq)
  • Wonju (Republic of Korea)
  • Wrocław (Poland)

The member cities that form part of the Network come from all continents and regions with different income levels and populations. They work together towards a common mission: placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We look forward to celebrating and showcasing stories from the 11 newly designated UNESCO Cities of Literature. The UNESCO Cities of Literature is a leading collaborative network of 39 cities with a shared goal to develop and promote the role of literature and creativity in our cities. It brings together a wide range of cultural professionals to share and inspire each other, strengthen exchanges, promote freedom of speech and further develop frameworks for collaboration in key areas.  

Boot Shane Hegarty is 2020 Citywide Reading Choice

We are delighted to announce Boot by Shane Hegarty, illustrated by Ben Mantle, as the 2020 Citywide Reading for Children choice. This fun story about a robot who wakes up in a rubbish dump with only two-and-a-half memories, is suitable for boys and girls aged 7-10 years.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with Hachette Childrens Books, and runs from January to March 2020. The aim of the initiative is to encourage children to read for pleasure.

“I am thrilled and honoured that Boot has been chosen as the 2020 Citywide Read. Growing up a Dubliner, my local libraries fed my imagination from a very early age, sending me on adventures in space and time every time I walked through their doors. As a writer I see the magic readers still find in libraries. I’m really looking forward to inventing exotic robots, telling tall tales and sharing the adventure with today’s young Dubliners.” says Shane Hegarty.

There will be author visits to many Dublin City Libraries branches as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign.

Multiple copies of the book will be available in all Dublin City Libraries as well as in all good bookshops.  Children can borrow the book in any library across the country. The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Book

Boot follows the adventure of a robot who wakes up in a rubbish tip and, with only two-and-a-half memories and a gang of new robot friends, sets off to find its owner. It was recently shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award in the UK and the second book in the series will be published in February 2020.

The Author

Shane Hegarty was born and raised in Skerries, Dublin, where he still lives. His bestselling Darkmouth series, about a reluctant monster hunter and the strange town he lives in, has been translated into over a dozen languages and a major animated film is in the works. 

The Illustrator

Ben Mantle has been working as a Children’s Book Illustrator since 2008 from his shared studio in Brighton. He illustrated ‘Callum’s Incredible Construction Kit’ which won the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book prize 2013.

Teachers Guide and Activities

Boot Teacher Notes

Boot Activity Booklet

Iris Murdoch: Philosophy by Postcard

 

Join An Post and In Parenthesis to celebrate Iris Murdoch’s philosophy, literature, and love of letter-writing by participating in an international #SlowPhilosophy exchange: #PhilosophybyPostcard.

Between July and September 2019 you are invited to send a postcard to Iris Murdoch at Blessington Street, Dublin.  100 postcards received will be selected and sent on to 100 waiting philosophers from around the globe. You will receive a reply to your postcard from a philosopher, written on a specially commissioned artist-designed postcard complete with a commemorative Murdoch stamp. Philosophy by Postcard was inspired by the postcard exchange between Elizabeth Anscombe and Sir Anthony Kenny, held in the Collegium Institute archive at University of Philidelphia.

Send your question for a philosopher to:
Iris Murdoch – Blessington Street
An Post
PO Box 1919
(FREEPOST*)
Dublin 1
* Freepost is only applicable to mail sent from within Ireland.
It’s Freepost in Ireland to send a postcard to Iris, but you can also collect the stamp!

For more information see https://www.philosophybypostcard.com/

Prague UNESCO City of Literature Writers‘ Residencies 2020

Prague, our sister UNESCO City of Literature, are launching their 2020 Writers Residency and want to hear from Irish writers!

Prague City of Literature offers residency stays for foreign writers and translators.

There are six residencies available for 2020, each lasting two months. Prague City of Literature reimburses the resident for a return ticket, provides accommodation for free and a stipend of 600 euro per month.

For more information continue to: https://www.prahamestoliteratury.cz/…-conditions/

https://www.prahamestoliteratury.cz/en/about/

 

Idaho by Emily Ruskinovich wins the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award

      Idaho by Emily Ruskovich wins the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Debut novelist claims €100,000 prize

American author Emily Ruskovich has won the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award for her novel Idaho. 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. Emily Ruskovich is the fourth American author to win the prize in its 24-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 which was livestreamed on the International DUBLIN Literary Award Facebook page to allow people from across the world to tune in to the event.

Emily Ruskovich grew up in the Idaho Panhandle, on Hoodoo Mountain. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story and the Virginia Quarterly Review. A winner of a 2015 O. Henry Award and a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she now teaches creative writing in the M.F.A. programme at Boise State University. She lives in Idaho City with her husband and baby daughter.  The winning novel was chosen from a total of 141 titles, nominated by libraries in 115 cities across 41 countries.  It was first published by Chatto & Windus in the UK and by Random House in the USA.

Commenting on her win, Emily Ruskovich said; ‘I cannot express how grateful I am to be the recipient of this astonishingly generous award. It is difficult to know how to respond to the magnitude of this kindness that has been so suddenly bestowed upon me. I feel shocked. I feel humbled. I feel overwhelmed with the enormity of my gratitude. I am especially honoured because of the admiration that I feel for the other finalists, authors from all over the world who are all doing such crucial and beautiful work. Seeing my name beside theirs when the shortlist was announced—that alone was one of the greatest honours of my career.

About Idaho; One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade the father, does the stacking. The two daughters June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.

Speaking at the winner announcement, newly elected Lord Mayor & Patron of the Award, Paul Mc Auliffe, remarked; ‘The International DUBLIN Literary Award is a great Dublin success and an even greater international success, 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 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.

The 2019 judging panel, which includes Irish author Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, commented:

‘At the heart of Emily Ruskovich’s haunting debut novel is the inexplicable. A young couple, Jenny and Wade, move from the prairies to the utter loneliness and unexpected isolation of the Northern Idaho mountains where they carelessly bought a piece of wooded land on a steep mountainside. As yet, they know nothing about the winter that will entrap them:  masses of snow, no plow, no neighbours, the next settlement eight miles away. This is not an idyll. Years go by. They build a house with their own hands; two children are born – May and June. Then, all of a sudden, in a brutal flash, with no warning, their happiness and their love are destroyed forever.’

Ruskovich’s masterful achievement is to narrate with consummate skill the complex series of events covering a time-span of more than fifty years. Empathy and love stand next to cruelty and crime. Individual guilt, trauma and pain are looming as large as eventual forgiveness and the ability to live in half-knowledge. Ultimately, Idaho evolves into a masterpiece on the redeeming and regenerative potential of music, poetry, literature and art.’ (full citation below)

The other judges were Ge Yan, Evie Wyld, Martin Middeke and Hans-Christian Oeser. The non-voting chair was Judge Eugene Sullivan.

Idaho was nominated by the public library in Brugge, Belgium, who commented:

‘This special debut novel is a real gem because of the atmosphere as well as the special structure of the novel. Ann Mitchell and her husband Wade live on a woody mountain in Idaho. We know from the beginning that the ex-wife is in prison and the two daughters are dead or missing. It’s difficult to unravel the mystery because Wade suffers from a kind of dementia. What had happened and why? Emily Ruskovich leaves bread crumbs by means of different stories. It’s nice to zig zag through time in a world of multiple truths. Toward the end the stories become shorter and supported by the long descriptions of the lonely, sinister and misty landscape.’

Idaho was chosen from a shortlist of 10 novels from France, Ireland, Pakistan, the UK and the USA. One of the novels, Compass by Mathias Énard, was translated from French by Charlotte Mandell.

Copies of the winning novel, the shortlisted books and the full list of novels nominated for the 2019 award are available to borrow from Dublin Public libraries. More details on the award at http://www.dublinliteraryaward.ie

Iris Murdoch Centenary

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch, there will be a series of events in Dublin this summer. Dublin City Council will unveil a plaque in Blessington Street, where Iris Murdoch lived, An Post will issue a special stamp and there will be a Philosophy by Postcard campaign. There will also be an exhibition of Iris Murdoch’s books and letters in Phibsboro Library. 

On Wednesday 26th June, Niall McMonagle will discuss Iris Murdoch, her life, her work and his friendship with her. Actor Cathy Belton will read from selected Murdoch works.

Venue: The Castle Hotel, Great Denmark St, Dublin 1. Time: 7.30pm

Admission is free. All are welcome. No booking required.

Phibsboro Library Exhibition

First editions of Iris Murdoch’s books along with correspondence and newspaper articles curated by Niall MacMonagle during the month of July. Free admission. No booking.

Opening Hours:
Monday and Wednesday 12.45pm-4pm. and 4.45pm -8pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

Screening of Iris at IFI, Eustace St, Temple Bar.

Monday 15th July, 6.30pm

Musician and Iris Murdoch fan Finghin Collins will introduce the screening of the 2001 biographical drama, that tells the story of Irish-born novelist Dame Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. Starring Judi Dench and Kate Winslet. Tickets from the booking office or at  https://ifi.ie/iris-the-bigger-picture/

Philosophy By Postcard

To celebrate the centenary of Murdoch  An Post are issuing a beautiful commemorative stamp on 15th July 2019.
Join An Post and In Parenthesis to celebrate Murdoch’s philosophy, literature, and love of letter-writing by participating in an international #SlowPhilosophy exchange: #PhilosophybyPostcard

Between July and September 2019 you are invited to send a postcard to Iris Murdoch at Blessington Street, Dublin. The postal address will be released on 15th July 2019. 100 postcards received will be selected and sent on to 100 waiting philosophers from around the globe. You will receive a reply to your postcard from a philosopher, written on a specially commissioned artist-designed postcard complete with a commemorative Murdoch stamp. Philosophy by Postcard was inspired by the postcard exchange between Elizabeth Anscombe and Sir Anthony Kenny, held in the Collegium Institute archive at University of Philidelphia.

For more information see https://www.philosophybypostcard.com/

WORDS ON THE STREET – Celebrating European Literature in Translation

 

Join Johnny Ward, Bryan Murray, Ger Ryan, Owen Roe, Marian Richardson and Kate Stanley Brennan

for an evening celebrating European Literature in Translation

9th May
Around Merrion Square

FREE NO BOOKING REQUIRED

 

Crossing political and literary borders – Words on the Street will take you on a journey across the cultural landscape in an evening of moving and animated readings of translated work by contemporary European authors. Treat your eyes and ears to a new experience – hear voices from ten European countries, across a range of beautiful cultural venues on a trail around all sides of the handsome Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s most impressive Georgian areas.

Our venues this year are Literature Ireland, The American College Dublin, The Goethe-Institut Irland, The Irish Architectural Archive, and The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

The first reading at each venue will start at 6:30pm and the last one at 9:00pm.

Each reading takes approximately 15 minutes and is repeated on the hour and half hour.

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FREE NO BOOKING REQUIRED

 

Save the Date! Words on the Street 9th May around Merrion Square

Words on the Street 2019 – A European Literature Trail

Crossing political and literary borders – Words on the Street will take you on a journey across the cultural landscape in an evening of moving and animated readings of translated work by contemporary European authors. Treat your eyes and ears to a new experience – hear voices from ten European countries, across a range of beautiful cultural venues on a trail around all sides of the handsome Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s most impressive Georgian areas.
Our venues this year are Literature Ireland, The American College Dublin, The Goethe-Institut Irland, The Irish Architectural Archive, and The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

The first reading at each venue will start at 6:30pm and the last one at 9:00pm. Each reading takes approximately 15 minutes and is repeated on the hour and half hour.