One City One Book

The Country Girls Book Club

The Country Girls trilogy Dublin City Libraries Book Clubs members are invited to attend a special event with author Rachael English and broadcaster Rick O’Shea, where they will discuss The Country Girls Trilogy – main themes, the importance of O’Brien’s writing and more. Audience participation encouraged. Followed by complimentary refreshments.<--break->

An Evening with Edna

The Country Girls trilogy Spend the evening in the company of Edna O’Brien, author of this year’s Dublin One City One Book and one of Ireland’s most treasured writers in the Mansion House on Wednesday 24th April at 8:00pm.

Evil Literature: Banned Books in Our Collection

The Country Girls trilogyThe Evil Literature exhibition is focused on a selection of banned books in the collections of Dublin City Reading Room and Dublin City Archives, including the work of Edna O’Brien. 

The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien, the book choice for Dublin: One City One Book Festival in 2019, was censored in Ireland. Edna subsequently became one of a number of active opponents to censorship and was involved in reforming the manner in which the Censorship of Publications Board operated from 1967.

Reading Dublin One City One Book

The Country Girls trilogyPresented by Garrett Fagan, students read a variety of books chosen to relate thematically to the 2019 Dublin One City One Book choice. No prior knowledge is required for this course beyond an enjoyment and an interest in reading and in finding out more about your city.

Coming of Age Novels

The Country Girls trilogyJoin authors Catherine Dunne and Alan McMonagle to discuss The Country Girls Trilogy and why coming of age stories are so powerfully resonant for readers. Chaired by Michael G. Cronin, lecturer in English at Maynooth University.

Responses to The Country Girls

The Country Girls trilogyEdna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Trilogy made headlines internationally owing to censorship in Ireland. Condemned by one church leader as “a smear on Irish womanhood”, the book was even publicly burnt in Clare. Yet to others, the book was a revelation, enjoying unprecedented readership among young Irish readers, women in particular. This talk by historian Donal Fallon will examine reactions to O’Brien’s work, both positive and negative, in the context of the Ireland of the time.