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Making Millions by Erika McGann is 2018 Citywide Reading Choice

We are delighted to announce Making Millions by Erika McGann as the 2018 Citywide Reading for Children choice. This exciting adventure story about the Bubble Street Gang is suitable for boys and girls aged 7-9 years.

“I’m so excited and delighted that Making Millions is the 2018 Citywide Read. I live in the heart of the city and I’ve already met and shared stories with a lot of kids through Dublin City Libraries. I’m looking forward to meeting many more and to hearing their stories about secret forts, jumble sales, ghost stories and getting up to (just a little bit of) mischief.” Says Erika.

The aim of the reading campaign is to encourage children to read for pleasure. The initiative is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with O’Brien Press, and runs from January to March 2018.

There will be author visits to many Dublin City Council branch libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign. Multiple copies of the book will be available in borrow in Dublin City Libraries from January 2018.  The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The campaign has been running since 2012. Previous books chosen were : Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent (Alan Early); The Nightmare Club series; The Powers (Kevin Stevens); Danger is Everywhere (David O’Doherty and Chris Judge); The Book of Learning (E.R. Murray) and Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Dave Rudden).

The Book

Cass and her best friends, Lex and Nicholas, are the Bubble Street Gang. They investigate crimes, solve mysteries and have brilliant adventures. They’ve even got their own secret clubhouse. Now the gang need money and they have some genius ideas on how to make it.  But Cass also has a mystery to solve. Who is the invisible boy? And why can’t anyone else see him. Join Cass and the Bubble Street Gang as they start Making Millions!




Erika McGann credit Lee Furlong Absolute Studios


Photo by Lee Furlong

Erika McGann lives in Dublin and spends her time solving mysteries and having brilliant adventures (well, she writes about them anyway). She likes cold weather (because it’s an excuse to drink hot chocolate by the gallon) and cheesy jokes (because cheesy jokes are always funny, even when they’re not funny). Making Millions is the second book in the new series for younger readers called Cass and the Bubble Street Gang.

Erika’s books for older readers include The Demon Notebook (winner of the prestigious Waverton Good Read Award), The Broken Spell, The Watching Wood and The Midnight Carnival.

The Clubhouse Mystery, the first book to feature Cass and the Bubble Street Gang, was published in Spring 2017.

Dublin City Writer in Residence Position

Dublin City Council invites applications for a Writer in Residence, as part of its Culture & Creativity Plan under the Creative Ireland programme.  The residency runs for the period October 2017 to September 2018 and will be managed by Dublin City Public Libraries through the Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and will be supported in kind by Irish Writers Centre.

The residency is open to published writers working in any genre of fiction for adults and attracts a fee of €10,000 per annum.

 The residency is envisaged as part-time, which will allow time for the writer’s own work, in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and, more specifically, with groups attached to Dublin City Public Library branch libraries across the city.

We are very pleased to announce that the writer in residence will have access, at agreed times, to a room in Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square. It is a requirement of the residency that the writer spend at least 4 hours per week working with writing groups based in Dublin City library branches.

Dublin is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and was designated as a City of Literature in 2010. The UNESCO designation ‘City of Literature’ recognises excellence and places an obligation on cities to nurture and support their art form locally, nationally and internationally.

Closing date for receipt of applications is September 22nd at 5:00pm, with interviews for shortlisted candidates being held on October 16th

Applications should be submitted in hard copy to:

Alison Lyons

Director Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Libraries, 138-144 Pearse St., Dublin 2

The Dublin City Writer in Residence is supported by The Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information on The Creative Ireland Programme from and 

The Dublin City Writer in Residence is also supported in kind by Irish Writers Centre 

Full details are available here:

Call for a Writer in Residence for Dublin City

Dublin in the Coming Times: Completed work now available

Read from a broad selection of original work from emerging and established writers of all ages who took part in Dublin in the Coming Times.

Free creative-writing workshops have been run over the course of the year for adults in a number of Dublin City Public Libraries and other participating organisations include Fighting Words, Science Gallery, Little Museum of Dublin, Axis Ballymun, Croke Park, the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Marsh’s Library and a number of workplaces around the city. A selection of the pieces created in these workshops is featured in these publications.

Poet Michael O’Loughlin to be Writer in Residence of Prague UNESCO City of Literature

We are delighted to announce that Dublin Poet Michael O’Loughlin has been invited by Prague to be the City’s Writer in Residence for the months of September and October 2017. Prague is one of Dublin’s sister Cities of Literature in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and Michael’s strong connections to Prague, along with his impressive credentials as a poet, have won him this prestigious honour. During his time there, Michael will participate in local literary life and will be asked to submit a text inspired by his visit.

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Metro Éireann, Kenan Institute of Ethics Announce 3rd Annual Intercultural Writing Competition

Metro Éireann, in collaboration with Duke University’s Kenan Institute of Ethics, invites young writers living in Ireland to submit original works of writing to its third annual intercultural writing competition.

Over €3,000 to be won in prizes!

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Announcing the 2017 writing competition, Bill McCarthy, coordinator of the project, said, “Writers between the ages of 14 and 21 – immigrants and non-immigrants – are encouraged to enter submissions that explore the ethical challenges associated with intercultural diversity in Ireland.  Continue reading

Dead in Dun Laoghaire Crime Writing Festival

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The inaugural crime writing festival, Dead in Dun Laoghaire, will take place over one day on Saturday 22nd July at The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. With a stellar line-up of international bestsellers and home-grown talent, the festival is a must for all fans of crime fiction.  Continue reading

Nick Laird in conversation with Rick O’Shea

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Author and poet Nick Laird will chat to RTE broadcaster Rick O’Shea about his latest novel Modern Gods in Hodges Figgis Bookstore, Dawson Street on Thursday 6th July at 6pm. Admission is free but places must be booked by emailing or by phoning 6774754

“Modern Gods has realer-than-real characters, unexpected turns of plot into unknown corners of the world, and language that finds its way through the darkest moments and states of mind to shine its clear bright light, revelatory and unforgiving. And it encompasses deep–the deepest, thorniest–questions of faith and redemption, fate and forgiveness.” Michael Chabon

The Winner Is ……. A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa

A_General_Theory_of_Oblivion_by_Jose_Eduardo Agualusa wins the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa wins the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award

21st June, 2017: Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. 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.

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International Dublin Literary Award – Winner Announcement


Winner Announcement….21 June!



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 is given annually. The prize of €100,000 is awarded to the author of the winning book. However, if the winning book is in English translation, €75,000 is awarded to the author and €25,000 to the translator.

‘The titles on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Sweden and the USA’, said Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr, Patron of the Award. ‘This is the beauty of this award; it reaches out to readers and authors worldwide, while also celebrating excellence in contemporary Irish literature represented on the 2017 shortlist by our laureate for Irish Fiction, Anne Enright.’  Continue reading