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Book Launch: An Leabhar Liath, Gaelic Love Poetry

Peter Mackay and Iain S Macpherson discuss the newly published An Leabhar Liath /The Light Blue Book: 500 years of Gaelic love and transgressive verse.

The book is already seen as a landmark in the printed record of Gaelic culture. It mines ‘a long and healthy tradition – or counter-tradition or subculture – of bawdry, erotic or love poetry that stretches as far back as the age of Ossian’, presenting 65 poems and songs (and some fragments) from high and low culture, including many from female perspectives. The majority of the poems have new English translations.

Event details:

Wed 15 March 2017, 6-8pm
Hodges Figgis
56-58 Dawson Street
Cost: free

International Literature Festival Dublin’s Date With An Agent

The hugely popular Date with an Agent programme, hosted by International Literature Festival Dublin and, returns in 2017 – this time with some format changes to enhance the day for both writers and agents.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend to an information-packed event at Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday 20th May, 10am – 5pm:

Getting Published Conference

Full-day conference facilitated by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of, featuring our facilitating agents and professionals from various sectors of the publishing industry. The day conference will finish with an Agent Panel, bringing all our agents together for an in-depth discussion about the industry and current trends – you will be invited to pose your questions, so come prepared.

Agent Workshops

Incorporated in this year’s Date with an Agent event will be a series of one hour workshops for 15 selected writers, each facilitated by one of our participating agents. These will focus on developing synopses and pitches, giving participants the benefit of focused feedback, as well as peer critique.

Agent Dates

In order to allow more time for each writer/agent ‘date’, each of our participating agents will be meeting just five selected writers in one-to-one meetings of 15 minutes each.

The closing date for applications is Monday 20th March at 5pm, please ensure you allow sufficient time for delivery and full application details are available here

International Women’s Day – Writers’ Voices


On Saturday 11 March at 3.30pm, 90 women writers from all corners of Ireland will participate in a mass reading on the steps of Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance, creating a soundscape of women writers’ voices in celebration of International Women’s Day. The public and press will be invited to join the experience.


The soundscape is part of a collaboration between the Irish Writers Centre and Women Aloud Northern Ireland, bringing together  90 women writers from North and South for a day-long literary readathon to mark International Women’s Day. Beginning at 11am, the full day event will be an all-island literary celebration of women’s writing and an opportunity to hear extracts from women writers participating in the Irish Writers Centre and Women Aloud NI. With panel discussions and information sessions, the event aims to cement the relationships between women writers across genres — and across Ireland.


The event is one in a series of events from Women Aloud NI, founded in 2016 by author Jane Talbot. Collaborating with the Irish Writers Centre, the aim of this event is to inspire women to write, read, and champion the literary work of local women, strengthen their relationship with local booksellers and librarians, and promote the performances, readings and literary endeavours of women writers.


Audi Dublin International Film Festival Literary Strand

There are plenty of films for book lovers amongst the 100+ screenings at this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival, which takes place from 16-26 February. Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture, adapted from the award-winning novel by Sebastian Barry, will have star Vanessa Redgrave in attendance at the screening. For younger audiences, beloved children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson will attend three films she’s selected for the young people’s programme Fantastic Flix, introducing Mandy and The Secret Garden and attending a Q&A at the screening of the adaptation of her book The Illustrated Mum.  To see the guide to literary interests at ADIFF visit


Jacqueline Wilson - July 2012 . ©James Jordan
Jacqueline Wilson – July 2012 . ©James Jordan

The programme features a rich mix of new films from Ireland and across the world and will see 60+ International and Irish guests coming to Dublin. There’s also a programme for young people aged 4 – 16 aimed at schools and families called Fantastic Flix running from Feb 4 – 25. Full details here

Bookings can be made online, by phone +353 1 687 7974 or in person at DIFF House, 13 Lower Ormond Quay, Monday to Saturday from 10pm-6pm.

Galway Film Centre & RTÉ Short Film Commission – calling Writers, Directors & Producers!

Galway City of Film is delighted announce the return of the Short Film Commission Scheme a partnership scheme with RTÉ and Galway Film Centre. Writers are invited to submit a story idea and the best three ideas will be selected and receive a prize of €500 each. These three writers will go on to be mentored by an experienced Script Editor to bring their idea from a story outline to a finished script. From this, one script will be selected and made into a short film.

New and up-and-coming Directors are also invited to submit a short CV to be selected through a competitive process to direct the winning script. The directors will be mentored by an experienced director through prep, casting right through to being supported on set

Producers and production companies are also encouraged to register for the scheme and will be selected on a CV and interview basis. Please note that director and producer teams are also encouraged to apply and will be interviewed together as a team.
DEADLINE for applications is Tuesday 31st January and full details on the scheme are here:

Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2017

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Young Dublin Readers will Borrow Knights of the Borrowed Dark For Citywide Reading Campaign


Children across Dublin are encouraged over the next two months to read about mysterious shape-shifting creatures that disappear into the shadows, as Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden is the chosen book for the 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

The launch of the 2017 campaign will take place today, at 10 a.m., in the Undercroft, in Dublin Castle, where avid and enthusiastic readers of the book will meet the author.

Speaking about this campaign, Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said “It is a pleasure to be involved with a campaign that encourages children to read and talk about books, and this year’s choice, Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden, will definitely keep young minds enthralled. The Citywide Reading Campaign is now in its sixth year and I commend all involved for their commitment to this initiative.  I hope that all the children that participate and take some time to read this book really enjoy the experience.”

Dave Rudden said, “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 fewer 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.”

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Puffin Books, and runs from January to March 2017.

There will be author visits to many Dublin City Council branch libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign. The campaign ends on 19th March with a packed day of fun events based on the book, as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival’s Big Day Out in Merrion Square.

Copies of the book are available in all Dublin City Libraries as well as in all good bookshops. Details of the campaign are available at

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

The 3rd JLPP Translation Competition

The Japanese Literature Publishing Project is holding the 3rd JLPP Tranation Competition in order to promote excellence in translation. There are no nationality or age-related eligibility criteria. However, those who have published their translations in book form are not eligible, but translations published in magazines will be eligible. The Japanese work can be translated in to either English or French and the application date runs from the 1st June to the 31st July 2017. Full details on the competition are available at

Michael Chabon Event

Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon will be in conversation with Rick O’Shea in The Morrison Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday 19th January. Tickets cost €10 are on sale at or at 01-2760059

Pre-publication copies of his new novel Moonglow will be on sale on the night.


Maeve Brennan Centenary Events

Central Library, Ilac Centre, presents “Maeve Brennan’s Century” a talk by Angela Bourke, Professor Emerita at UCD and author of Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker, this Friday 6th January at 1pm.

This event is free. Places are limited so booking is essential at or Ph 8734333

Maeve Brennan (1917-1993) moved from Dublin to the United States in 1934 where she established herself as an important figure in the world of journalism and short story writing.

The Irish Writers Centre’s annual Nollaig na mBan celebration on 6th January coincides with the centenary of Maeve Brennan’s birth. This Friday, Sinéad Gleeson will MC a special evening of entertainment, with contributions from writers Claire-Louise Bennett, Angela Bourke, Ita Daly, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Anne Enright and Doireann Ní Ghríofa, with music from singer-songwriter Inni-K. This event is in association with The Stinging Fly. Tickets cost €10 More details at

Seven Irish novels on the Longlist for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017

7 Irish novels are among 147 titles that have been 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 43 novels in translation with works by 43 American, 23 British, 14 Canadian, 10 Australian, 5 New Zealander and 4 Dutch authors.

The Irish titles nominated for 2017 are:
• The Blue Guitar by John Banville
• Beatlebone by Kevin Barry
• Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
• The Green Road by Anne Enright
• The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
• Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
• Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

The International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly known as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 147 books eligible for the 2017 award were nominated by libraries in 109 cities and 40 countries worldwide; noting that 43 are titles in translation, spanning 19 languages and 30 are first novels. Among the 43 translated books are novels originally published in Arabic, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Kannada, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Slovene and Turkish. Translated authors include Milan Kundera, Mia Couto and Isabel Allende.

More details on the longlist are available at