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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

Howth Literary Festival

The third Howth Literary Festival takes place this weekend, 9th to 11th June, in beautiful Howth Castle. The literary and poetry ‘In Conversation With’ series includes Claire Keegan and Derek Hand; Mary O’Malley, Paula Meehan and Nerys Williams; Ruadhán Mac Cormaic and Gary Murphy; Peter Cunningham and Theo Dorgan; Julie Parsons, Michele Forbes and Hilary Fannin. This year’s One City One Book author Joe Joyce will be in conversation with Sean Moncrieff about his Echoland novel.

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International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Congratulations to the ten authors shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. There are seven novels in translation shortlisted, and one Irish novel – The Green Road by Anne Enright. The award is administered by Dublin City Council. Books are nominated by libraries in major cities throughout the world. The winner will be announced on 21st June. More details about the shortlist

George Russell: Literary Witness to Irish History Lecture

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of George William Russell, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, will give a public lecture titled George Russell (AE): literary witness to Irish history in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare St on Monday 10th April at 7pm. All are welcome. No booking is required.

Daniel Mulhall, who has maintained a long-term interest in AE’s life and work, will assess his contribution to the shaping of modern Ireland, as a cultural nationalist, an advocate of agricultural co-operation and an editor of two influential journals.

Daniel Mulhall has a lifelong interest in Irish history and literature. He is co-editor with Eugenio Biagini of The Shaping of Modern Ireland: a centenary assessment which was published in 2016. He has held a variety of posts within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is currently Ireland’s Ambassador in London.

George William Russell:

George Russell (AE), poet, painter, mystic and prominent public figure during the opening decades of the 20th century, was born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh on 10 April 1867. He became a leading figure in the Irish literary revival of the 1890s and was involved with W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in setting up the Abbey Theatre in 1904. From his editorial desk at the Irish Homestead (1905-1923) and the Irish Statesman (1923-1930, AE observed such dramatic events as the Dublin lock-out of 1913, the First World War, the Easter Rising and its aftermath, the Irish Convention of 1917-1918 in which he participated, the war of independence, the civil war and the formative years of the Irish Free State. No writer of literary merit maintained such an intensive engagement with the Ireland of his time. His work offers a unique perspective on that transformative era in Irish history.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of A.E.’s birth, Swan River Press will reissue Selected Poems which was originally published in September 1935, just two months after his death.
Daniel Mulhall has contributed the biographical afterword to this edition.