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‘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

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