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DUCoL would like to share this statement from our steering committee.

Our thoughts are with New Zealanders

18 March 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Network statement on New Zealand terror attacks

We, the members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and our colleagues in UNESCO Cities of Auckland (Music) and Dunedin (Literature) during this terrible moment of suffering in Christchurch.

It is important at this moment that we stand with the Mayor and people of Christchurch, and our UCCN colleagues in New Zealand. We know that there is great shock, pain and fear to be overcome.

When one city or nation suffers from violence fueled by racism and the deliberate targeting of the Muslim community – we all suffer.

We must not suffer in silence.

We stand together to fight violence and build peace through all art forms and culture.

Today we remind the UNESCO Creative Cities Network that the work of building peace in the hearts and minds of women and men around the world is an ongoing struggle for social change and progress in every city.

Arts and creativity are an important force for uniting communities to heal and process the trauma that remains from violence.

We stand today in solidarity with the people of Christchurch and the people of New Zealand – never again should any group suffer at the hands of violent extremists.

UNESCO seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, science and culture. Its mandate is as relevant as ever. Cultural diversity is under attack and new forms of intolerance, rejection of scientific facts and threats to freedom of expression challenge peace and human rights. Goal 16 on the Agenda 2030 states: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”. And the main goal of the New Urban Agenda is: “Leave No One Behind.”.

Today we recognize there is much work to do around the world to fully realize peaceful cities and societies and to leave no one behind. Therefore in response, UNESCO’s duty remains to reaffirm the humanist missions of education, science and culture, and we encourage our colleagues in New Zealand to recognize that they are not alone in this struggle.



The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development. The network currently comprises 180 cities from 72 countries.

The network aims to foster mutual international cooperation with and between member cities committed to invest in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy. The Network recognizes the following creative fields: Crafts & Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.




In 2019 the Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature for the first time offers a free residency for a writer from another UNESCO City of Literature.
If you need further information please email

It’s All About Books Exhibition


An exhibition by visual artist Marie Hanlon

and an accompanying series of Thursday Talks

Friday 22nd February – Friday 15th March

Set in the wonderful contemporary glass architecture of the DCU Cregan Library, Marie Hanlon’s visual art installation is designed to set us thinking about our engagement with books. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition with essays by Colm Tóibín, Joanne Laws, Catherine Marshall and Patricia Flynn.


EXHIBITION OPENING: 22nd February 6pm

Please come along to the Cregan Library on DCU St. Patrick’s Campus for the opening night of this lovely exhibition on the evening of Friday February 22nd. You will be welcome! Let them know you are coming by registering here

THURSDAY TALKS: 28th February, 7th March, 14th March, 6-7pm

Three Thursday Talks are being scheduled to accompany and illuminate the exhibition, featuring a range of fascinating observations and viewpoints. The talks are FREE to attend, but you must book your place in advance

Brought to you by GlasDrum and DCU Library. Supported by DUBLIN UNESCO City of Literature, DCU and Fingal County Council. Marie is a member of Aosdána, an affiliation of creative artists in Ireland.

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine named as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018

Pic: Patrick Bolger Photography.

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine, a book written in a collection of vivid and powerful essays, has been voted the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’

The ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent An Post Irish Book Awards. Previous winners of this esteemed award include ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ by John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and Dr. John Borgonovo, ‘Solar Bones’ by Mike McCormack, ‘Asking for it’ by Louise O’Neill, ‘Academy Street’ by Mary Costello, ‘Staring at Lakes’ by Michael Harding, ‘The Spinning Heart’ by Donal Ryan and ‘Solace’ by Belinda McKeon.

Published by Tramp Press, ‘Notes to Self’ is written as a series of essays, with Pine writing about a variety of aspects of her life including fertility, feminism, sexual violence and depression. She also addresses her personal experience of a family members addiction.

Emilie Pine, Winner of the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year’ says: I’m delighted and honoured to win Irish Book of the Year. I have been so moved by the generosity and support of readers over the past six months. This award is the kind of validation a writer dreams of – of my story, and also of the vision of my incredible publishers, Tramp Press”.

Maria Dickenson, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, says: “Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self was one of the great stories in Irish bookselling in 2018 and I’m delighted that the voting public has chosen it as the An Post Book of the Year.  The power and honesty of Emilie’s essays have captivated readers, and it’s truly gratifying both to see her talent rewarded and to see an Irish publisher like Tramp Press receive this well-deserved recognition”.

David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, says: “2018 was a huge year for Irish writing and no book illustrates better why An Post is delighted to sponsor the Irish Book Awards: Emilie Pine’s book, a challenging read, is deeply human and Irish, emotional and clever. An Post thanks all the voters for engaging with the Awards in such large numbers.”

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise the very best of Irish writing talent.

The initiative consists of a range of categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and Teen and Young Adult. This year, a new Irish Language category was added to the roster of awards. It is entitled ‘The Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year’. A one-hour highlight television programme featuring the An Post Irish Book Awards is broadcast on RTÉ One every year.

Pic: Patrick Bolger Photography.

The Words That Bind Us Poetry Project

 JAN, 2019

St. Patrick’s Festival 2019 Binds Irish and Scottish Cultural Connections Through Words

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature is delighted to partner with St. Patrick’s Festival on a new poetry project The Words That Bind Us, which will explore the contemporary connections of culture, traditions and heritage between Ireland and Scotland  The project brings together poets from Ireland and Scotland to collaborate with a new generation of young writers, exploring the roots between the two countries and topics of belonging and identity, through the prism of spoken word, poetry and performance.

Karen Walshe, St. Patrick’s Festival Artistic Director, has invited Irish spoken word artist Stephen James Smith and Scottish poet Leyla Josephine to work as ‘poets in residence’ at Axis in Ballymun, collaborating with a group of 20 teenage students from local secondary school Trinity Comprehensive, over a three-month period.

Through a series of participatory workshops and masterclasses with poets including Felispeaks, Dagago Hart, John Cummins and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan, the students will go on to perform their own original spoken word pieces in front of a live audience on the axis Ballymun stage. They will also be performing their works on the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Poetry Trail as part of the 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival programme.


The Words That Bind Us – Performance Schedule: 

Wednesday 13th March 
Scottish Event Partners: Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh & Neu! Reekie!
Three Irish and three Scottish poets will connect through the project and take part in youth engagement workshops at axis, Ballymun. The poets pair up and create a new performance which will be presented at an event in Edinburgh, based on the themes of identity, belonging and the exploration of the ties between Scotland and Ireland.  All will gather on Wednesday March 13th to perform on stage at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, in celebration of the launch of St. Patrick’s Festival Dublin, the following day. 

Saturday 16th March 
The Words That Bind Us – Live at axis, Ballymun, Dublin.
This performance will be the culmination of the work of 20 teens from Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun and their mentors’ Irish poet Stephen James Smith and Scottish poet Leyla Josephine. A beautifully curated presentation of their work will feature special guest appearances from a host of invited poets. It will also feature Creative Sisters, led by Leyla Josephine, where young female minds dive into their personal ‘WOW factor’ (Women Of the World), celebrating their power and potential as young Dublin women, and exploring notions of creativity, identity and belonging. Running concurrently with the live show, will be a new installation of the students work displayed through sound and photography in axis Ballymun.

Monday 18th March 
Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Poetry Trail
 The Words That Bind Us
We will celebrate the breadth and diversity of the city’s living poets on a curated trail, based on the poets’ own work and the locations that inspired them. Curated by Linda Devlin, the trail will include a mix of Irish and Scottish Poets; confirmed poets for the 2019 Poetry Trail include host John Cummins, Felispeaks, Dagago Hart, Colm Keegan etc. The route includes Gutter Bookshop, The Winding Stair, Books Upstairs, Science Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland and the International Bar. 

The Words That Bind Us is a new artistic initiative from St Patrick’s Festival 2019 with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland and the Department. of Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Scotland, the British Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, in association with axis Ballymun, Neu! Reekie! and Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh.

2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award Longlist Announced

10 Irish novels are among 141 titles 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 39 novels in translation with works by authors from 41 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, the US & Canada, South America and Australia & New Zealand.

Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2019 Award was launched today [19th November] by Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, Patron of the Award, who commended the Award for its promotion of excellence in world literature as well as for the opportunity to promote Irish writing internationally.  ‘Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature and cultural tourism is a vital part of the City’s economy’ he said: ‘this prestigious Award enhances the City’s worldwide reputation as a literary destination’.

Mike McCormack, on winning the 2018 prize in June commented:

 ‘It speaks something generous,  eloquent and enquiring that Dublin City Council, for so many years have put their resources, their  weight, all their expertise behind this prize, it has huge international standing, it has a unique reach and a unique generosity and long may it live, it’s one of the shining jewels in this country’s crown’.

Mike McCormack, on winning the 2018 prize in June commented:

 ‘It speaks something generous,  eloquent and enquiring that Dublin City Council, for so many years have put their resources, their  weight, all their expertise behind this prize, it has huge international standing, it has a unique reach and a unique generosity and long may it live, it’s one of the shining jewels in this country’s crown’.

The Irish titles nominated for 2019 are:  

  • Mrs Osmond by John Banville
  • A Line Made by Walking  by Sara Baume
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies  by John Boyne
  • Acts of Allegiance  by Peter Cunningham
  • Smile  by Roddy Doyle
  • The Blood Miracles  by Lisa McInerney
  • Midwinter Break  by Bernard MacLaverty
  • Ithaca by Alan McMonagle
  • The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan
  • Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Brendan Teeling, Acting Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 141 books eligible for the 2019 award were nominated by libraries in 115 cities and 41 countries worldwide; noting that 39 are titles in translation, spanning 16 languages and 48 are first novels.

Speaking of the global interest in the Award, the City Librarian 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’.

Other novels nominated for the 2019 Award include 2017 Costa Novel Award winner Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor, a previous winner of the award in 2012 for Even the Dogs; 2017 Costa First Novel Award winner Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; In the Distance by Hernan Díaz, finalist of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser, winner of the 2018 Miles Franklin Award.

Among the 39 translated books are novels originally published in Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Korean, Māori, Serbian and Slovene. Translated authors include Fredrik Backman, Jean Echenoz, Peter Stamm, Maria Duenas, Zoran Zivkovic and Han Yujoo.

The book that received most nominations this year is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, chosen by 9 libraries in Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Spain and the USA.

For more information CLICK HERE



Free Writing Workshop
Writing the Contemporary: Earth and Sky
Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street
Saturday 3rd November, 10.30 am & 1pm


If you would like to attend one of these FREE workshops, please email expressing your interest

Books on Writing Book Club

October’s Books on Writing book club pick is
‘Zen in the Art of Writing’ by Ray Bradbury.
They will meet on Tuesday 30th of October in Kevin St. Library
at 6.45pm to 7.45pm to discuss this book.
All are welcome. 

Email if you have any queries. 

Murder One Crime Writing Festival

A stellar cast of crime and thriller writers have been lined up for a new crime writing festival taking place in Dublin in November Murder One will feature a host international authors including Peter James, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, Lynda La Plante, Lisa Jewell, Ruth Ware, Mick Herron and Robert Goddard together with many of your favourite Irish crime writers including Liz Nugent, Jane Casey, Patricia Gibney, Jo Spain, Karen Perry, Sam Blake and many more.

A three-day long weekend crime writing festival running from 2 – 4 November, Murder One will also feature readings and interviews with Irish and international authors, panel events, a speakers’ corner and forensics and writing workshops. Murder One will be a broad church which will aim to accommodate the kindred genres of thrillers and spy fiction.

International bestseller, Michael Connelly will open the festival with a special preview event on October 28th at 2.00pm in City Hall with Declan Burke moderating. Thereafter the main programme takes place in Smock Alley, one of Dublin’s premier event venues, from 2nd – 4th November.

International bestseller Lynda La Plante brings festival attendees a unique free workshop for anyone interested in the world of forensics or Crime Scene Investigation. This interactive event is hosted by Think Forensic whose experts include CSI’s, forensic scientists, and senior investigating officers. In Lynda La Plante’s CSI Murder Room, get a hands on introduction to forensic science and be briefed on the crime of the day, inspired by Lynda’s newest thriller Murder Mile. Lynda herself will be interviewed by Niamh O’Connor on Saturday 3rd November, talking about Murder Mile and the Steve McQueen movie due out in November, based on her novel Widows.



Dublin One City One Book 2019 Choice: The Country Girls Trilogy

Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service is pleased to announce that The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien, is the Dublin One City One Book choice for 2019.

Dublin One City One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Public Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

Published by Faber & Faber,  this volume is introduced by Eimear McBride, and includes The Country Girls and its sequels The Lonely Girl and Girls in Their Married Bliss, which changed the temperature of Irish literature in the 1960s and inspired generations of readers and writers. The passion, artistry and courage of Edna O’Brien’s vision in these novels continue to resonate into the 21st century.

Edna O’Brien said: “I worked in Dublin as an apprentice pharmacist from 1948 to 1952, so it’s where I first encountered literature and set out on the very secret and profane matter of writing The Country Girls Trilogy.”

A full programme of events will be announced in March 2019.  See