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Posts Tagged ‘ One City One Book ’

‘Tracing the Lines’: Exhibition of Sketches Inspired by ‘If Ever You Go’

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I’ve been along to see an interesting exhibition at the RIAI Architecture Centre in Merrion Square, which consists of sketches inspired by the poetry collection If Ever You Should Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song which was this year’s ‘One City One Book’ choice. I missed the launch, which was on Tuesday evening with co-editor Pat Boran and contributors Catherine Ann Cullen, Nessa O’Mahony and Mark Granier reading from the anthology.

There are thirty-nine black and white drawings by architect Sean Dorman, who literally got on his bike (well, to be more accurate a Dublin bike) during April, and visited many of the city locations mentioned in the poems in the anthology. Each of Dorman’s dated sketches incorporates a section of a historical Dublin street map (for example John Rocque’s 1756 street map), echoing the map theme from the book and lines from the relevant poem. Dorman was quoted as saying that ‘I found this project to be an exciting and illuminating experience as it connected me with two greats: our poets and our town’. Continue reading

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A Poetic Month In Dublin: ‘One City One Book’

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again in Dublin’s fair city when we are all encouraged to read one book with a Dublin theme. ‘One City One Book’ is one of my favourite cultural events of the year so I cannot let it go by without a mention. This year for the first time since its inception in 2006, the organisers have plumped for a poetry anthology rather than choosing a novel. The collection is entitled If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus Press) which was created by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth especially for this event. Moreover, this poetry collection is heavy on contemporary writers so that the Dublin on the page will be one that many of us will nod in recognition at seeing in print. Continue reading

Going Over To The Dark Side: The Bram Stoker Festival

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Just as we’ve begun to notice that the nights are drawing in, a strange presence has been seen lurking around the darkened streets of Dublin’s fair city. But who and what is it that hides in the shadows? Are you brave enough to discover the secrets of the most famous un-dead literary character of them all? Who needs zombies when there’s the original blood sucker going a prowl?

If you do feel courageous enough to pay Count Dracula a Halloween visit, there’s plenty of opportunities over the course of the Bram Stoker themed weekend coming up. Running from 26-28 October at various venues around Dublin city centre is a veritable Gothic horror treat for Stoker and vampire enthusiasts. The festival is a mixture of readings and talks; music and art; vampires on film and much, much more. Many events are free though requiring advance registration. Check out the contact details that I give below. Continue reading

‘Children Save Dublin’: A One City One Book event for Dublin kids

As any parent knows, next week is the mid-term break and if any of you are searching for ideas to keep the children occupied then why not look at the events taking place to tie in with Dublin’s newest literary festival.

The festival, an initiative of UNESCO and Dublin City of Literature was launched on 17th January and it will run until the grand finale event at Connolly Station in March. But what is it all about? The event is a children’s version of the well-established One City One Book Readathon.  Children in 4th and 5th classes citywide are being encouraged to read, talk about and participate in activities around, one particular book.

First time author Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent had the honour of being chosen by the organisers for this exciting event. Early’s book had previously also been shortlisted in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2011 so he has had an exciting few months. This book is part one of a planned trilogy, part two being well on the way to publication according to a recent interview with the author by www.writing.ie .

The fast paced story is set in modern day Dublin, but with the not so modern addition of a Viking god on the loose. Three children, Arthur, Ash and Will have the rather daunting task of dealing with Loki and despatching him whence he came while at the same time dealing with a rather large monster. Cue perilous adventures in the city for the intrepid threesome.

Alan Early will be participating in events and workshops during the reading project and has set up an interactive web site and blog for his many readers. To compliment the author events, the ever popular Michael Moylan from Irish History Live will be running Viking themed events next week. Check out the links below for further information on the events hosted by Dublin libraries.

And watch out for giant serpents…

http://arthurquinn.ie

www.dublincitylibraries.com

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