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Poetry Reading in Pearse Street Library

Australian poet Ross Donlon will do two readings in Pearse St. Library on Wednesday 3rd August. The first reading takes place at 1pm. The 2nd reading takes place at 6pm and light refreshments will be served before the evening reading. Admission is free and all are welcome. No booking required.

Ross has been published in numerous literary journals in Ireland including Poetry Ireland Review, Crannog, The Shop & Skylight 47. Widely published in Australia, a sequence from his book, The Blue Dressing Gown, was produced for radio by the national broadcaster and is available online. You can read more about Ross and some examples of his poetry on his website

His poetry collections include:

Sjovegen (The Sea Road) (2015)

Light Travelling (2014)

Awakening: Poems from the collection of the Castlemaine Art Gallery (2014)

Summertime Reading from the UNESCO Cities of Literature

summer reads 2016

The UNESCO Cities of Literature have drawn up a summer reading list with each city recommending a book by an author from their city. The Green Road by Anne Enright was recommended by Dublin. So take a look and see what titles you’d like to read in the sunshine. A pdf of the list is available here.

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

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The Red Line Book Festival is now accepting entries for its poetry competition. Full entry details can be found here. The closing date for entries is Friday 12th August.

The Dublin Book Festival is hiring


The Dublin Book Festival is recruiting for two positions –  a part-time Marketing and Administration Executive for the 2016 festival and a part-time Marketing and Administration Assistant Intern. Full details of the two positions on offer are available at Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th July.

The 2nd Annual Metro Éireann-Kenan Institute for Ethics Intercultural Writing Competition

2nd Annual Metro Éireann-Kenan Institute Writing Competition (3)

Metro Éireann, in collaboration with the Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics, is hosting an intercultural writing competition for young people in Ireland. The competition is completely free, and cash prizes will be offered to the winners.

The 2nd Annual Metro Éireann-Kenan Institute for Ethics Intercultural Writing Competition seeks to simultaneously enrich Irish intercultural life and foster the development of the next generation of Irish writers. All Irish residents, immigrants and non-immigrants, are encouraged to enter, and no submission fee is required.

Submissions of original fiction that illuminate the ethical challenges of intercultural diversity in Ireland are invited in the following
• a short story (2,000 words maximum)
• a novel extract (2,000 words maximum)
• a selection of poetry (5 poems maximum)

All submissions must be previously unpublished. The panel of judges will pay attention to the following criteria:
• Engagement with Themes of Ethics and Interculturalism • Creativity/Originality • Organization/Structure • Impact on Reader • Initiative of Beginning Writers

€3200 will be awarded in total to the winners Age 14-17 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400) Age 18-21 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400) Age 14-21 Spirit of Intercultural Ethics winner (€800)

All submissions must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and sent to with the entrant’s full name and the word ‘Submissions’ in the subject line. Submissions should also include a cover page that provides the entrant’s personal information (name, age, address, telephone number) and details about their work (age category, title).

Submissions are due by Midnight on July 31; winners will be announced on August 5.

To learn more or book an individual meeting, please visit call Catherine Ward at 087 401 3414 or Chinedu Onyejelem at 01 878 3441, or e-mail

Melbourne Digital Writers’ Festival

The Digital Writers’ Festival prides itself on being inclusive to everyone in the writing community, of all ages and at all stages of their career.

They’re running an open artist call out for writers to put up their hands and let them know if they’d like to be involved in the sure-to-be-incredible 2016 program.

The Digital Writers’ Festival will take place in early November 2016, from anywhere in the world you can get an internet connection.

They’re looking for representatives from the UNESCO Cities of Literature to be part of the festival as artists, and to help connect them with other writers in your city. Applications are open now and close 27th July, 2016.


International Dublin Literary Award 2016

Repro Free: Dublin, 9th June 2016: XX at the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award in Dublin’s Mansion House where XX was announced as the winner of the world’s most valuable literary prize of €100,000. Picture Jason Clarke
Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes with Akhil Sharma

Family Life by Akhil Sharma has won the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award.

Akhil was presented with a cheque for €100,000 by Owen Keegan, CEO of Dublin City Council at a reception in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin on Thursday 9th June. Family Life was chosen from a list of 160 titles in 19 languages nominated by libraries from 118 cities in 44 countries. The International Dublin Literary Award is the largest prize for a single work of fiction in English and is sponsored by Dublin City Council.

More information about the award is available at

Shortlist Announced for International Dublin Literary Award

shortlist for International Dublin Literary Award 2016

10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Public Libraries.

The list includes four novels in translation from Brazil, France, Germany and Spain, Academy Street by Irish author Mary Costello, and novels from India, Jamaica and the USA.

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched in April 1995.

2016 Shortlisted Titles:

  • Outlaws  by Javier Cercas (Spanish) Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
  • Academy Street by Mary Costello (Irish) First Novel
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers  (American)
  • The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (German) Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaican)
  • Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub (Brazilian) Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
  • Our Lady of the Nile  by Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwandan) First Novel. Translated from French by Melanie Mauthner
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (American)
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (American)
  • Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Indian-American)

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