Words reclaim the streets to mark European Literature Night on 15th May

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Wednesday 15th May is European Literature Night and Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, will mark the occasion with ’Words on the Street’. The event is organised by Dublin City Council Public Libraries and sees 12 celebrity readings from 12 literary works from 12 countries at 12 venues on or around St. Stephen’s Green from 6.30-9pm.

“It’s a great chance to sample an eclectic mix of European readings given by some well-known personalities in places, some of which you wouldn’t normally get to visit. Readings only last about 15 minutes so it’s perfect for ‘literary grazing,’” says Jane Alger of Dublin City Public Libraries who organised ‘Words on the Street’ as part of Dublin’s UNESCO City of Literature Programme.

Readers include Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí, Rosaleen Linehan, Eileen Dunne (RTE News), Bryan Murray (actor), Ray Foley (98fm DJ), Rick O'Shea (2fm DJ), Sinead Desmond (Ireland AM). They will be joined by others such as Mark Cagney (Ireland AM) and actor Eamon Morrissey  in venues such as Iveagh House, the Royal College of Surgeons, Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, Little Museum of Dublin, the Constitution Room in the Shelbourne Hotel, Loreto College, Newman House and The Sugar Club.

A map and information booklet showing the location of the venues with information about the readers and readings can be downloaded on www.dublincityofliterature.ie It is also available from local libraries, tourist offices and the venues.


For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170

Jane Alger, Director, Dublin City Libraries UNESCO City of Literature programme, 087 959 0010


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Notes to the Editor:

The twelve participating countries will each be represented by a short (15 minutes) translated piece of a novel, poem or short story. This will be read every 30 minutes, so people can wander from venue to venue, taking in readings from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK. The first reading in each venue starts at 6.30pm and is repeated on the hour and half hour, with the final reading at 9pm.

'Words on the Street’ is a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project in partnership with Alliance Francaise, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Italian Institute of Culture, embassies of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and the Romanian Cultural Institute


Programme Details

St. Stephen’s Green & Surrounding Area
The Netherlands
No. 9 – The Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club
Bryan Murray
No. 15 – The Little Museum of Dublin
Ray Foley
No. 27 – Constitution Room, Shelbourne Hotel*
Eileen Dunne
No. 42 – Boston College
Sinéad Desmond
No. 53/55 – Loreto College*
Niamh Sharkey
No. 80 – Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade,
Iveagh House
Seána Kerslake
No. 85/86 – Newman House
Mark Cagney
No. 87A – Newman University Church*
The Lord Mayor of Dublin
No. 121/122 – RoyalCollege of Surgeons*
Eamon Morrissey
United Kingdom
No. 16 Kildare St. –Taylor Galleries
Daniel Clay
No. 6 Ely Place – WHPR
Rick O’Shea
No. 8 Lwr Leeson St. –The Sugar Club*
Rosaleen Linehan



* wheelchair accessible