Call for Dubliners to all read the same book this month

Dublin City Council is calling on people all over Dublin to take part in this month’s Dublin One City One Book Festival by reading the same book.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Festival has been redesigned to allow the public enjoy the chosen book online and through social media. The Festival, which takes place annually in April, aims to get everyone reading a book connected with the city. This year’s chosen title is Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey.

While over 30 events planned for the month have been postponed, Dublin City Libraries have worked hard to re-invent the Festival and enable the public to enjoy the book at home. Borrowing of Tatty has seen a ten-fold increase since early this year and Libraries have increased the number of copies available on Borrowbox to keep up with the demand.

Book readings, podcasts, and competitions are just some of the initiatives taking place.

“Tatty is a novel that is connected to the city of Dublin in so many ways,” said author Christine Dwyer Hickey. “When I look back over the previous books on the Dublin One City One Book list, from Flann O’Brien in 2006 to Edna O’Brien last year, I feel very privileged indeed to be included.”

Tatty is available to borrow on ebook and eaudiobook formats for free on Borrowbox (through Dublin City Libraries website) and is also available to order direct from the publishers New Island Books, plus from many book shops that are now operating online ordering again.

Available for Interview: If you are interested in hearing more about the Dublin One City One Book Festival both the author, Christine Dwyer Hickey, and the Festival Organiser, Alison Lyons, Director Dublin UNESCO City of Literature are available for interview.

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