Dublin One City One Book

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Dublin: One City, One Book

Dublin: One City, One Book The award winning Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries.

The choice for April 2011 is Joseph O’Connor’s Ghost Light.  

‘A Book so beautifully written I did not want it to end’ Irish Times


The launch of Dublin: One City One Book 2011 takes place in the bar of the Abbey Theatre on Tuesday 29th of April at 11.00 am. The festival will be formally launched by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen and will feature a reading from Ghost Light by author Joseph O’Connor. Participants, sponsors and festival partners will be available for interviews and photographs.

Beginning on Friday, 1st April, Dublin goes romantic with O’Connor’s best selling tale of the relationship between Abbey actress Molly Allgood and playwright, John Millington Synge - with events ranging from street theatre to live performances at the Abbey, (including The Music of Ghost Light with Sinead O’Connor, Camille O’Sullivan, Steve Cooney, Eimear Quinn, Ciara Sidine, Fishamble - The New Play Company, Robbie Overson, Conor Brady and surprise guests), film at the IFI, dramatised readings and music in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Synge’s Changeling at St. Ann’s Church, exhibitions, tours and much more!

Outspoken and flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a star struck Catholic girl from the slums of Dublin whose lover, the troubled genius John Synge, is hampered by convention and a God fearing mother. Seen through Molly’s eyes, their affair is beautifully imagined by O’Connor, and makes for a tender and compassionate love story.

Talks during the month will tell you everything you need to know about the author and the dramatic and literary background to Ghost Light.  A short story competition, in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, celebrating the choice of Ghost Light, is open to previously unpublished authors - and must incorporate the line “He was the sort of man who makes you think the movement of foliage might be causing the breeze”

Programmes available in libraries, bookshops and tourist offices or see:


About the book


About the book


‘I cannot recommend it highly enough’

  Ryan Tubridy



‘…the words climb over each other to be first in the queue, brilliant, beautiful, exhilarating, heartbreaking, masterly. It’s that good.'

   Roddy Doyle


 ‘this is a rare experience indeed. It is a rare and wonderful book’
Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours



‘A tour de force…a love story that is as complex as it is beautiful’

  Sunday Business Post            


Ghost Light is Published by Vintage Books www.vintage-books.co.uk


Available for interview during the month are:

  • Joseph O’Connor, author of Ghost Light
  • Jane Alger, Director of the UNESCO City of Literature Office
  • Alastair Smeaton, Dublin City Libraries

 In association with Vintage Books, The Irish Times, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin Tourism and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.

 The initiative presents the opportunity to:

  • Promote reading for entertainment and educational purposes
  • Encourage people to use their local libraries and book clubs
  • Promote a city which boasts one of the world’s greatest literary heritages including four Nobel Laureates 

For more information

Programmes available in libraries, bookshops and tourist offices or see: www.dublinonecityonebook.ie