Dublin: One City One Book Choice 2014 announced

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If ever you go to Dublin town

In a hundred years or so

Inquire for me in Baggot Street 


And what I was like to know.
 
(If Ever You Go to Dublin Town by Patrick Kavanagh )

The Dublin: One City One Book title for 2014 is something completely different yet very Dublin. Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature have announced that If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song  will be the One City One Book choice for April 2014.
 
If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. The book is arranged street by street so the reader is continually making new connections and discoveries on a virtual tour of the City of Words.
 
“This is an exciting first for One City One Book. We expect If Ever You Go to build on the initiative’s success in showcasing great Dublin writing to a wider audience.  The poems, songs and ballads in the collection are also ideal for the public readings, performances and theatrical events which animate One City One Book”, says Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian.
 
A full programme of associated events throughout the month of April will intrigue and engage Dubliners and visitors to the city. The programme will be launched in March 2014.
 
Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and published by Dedalus Press, If Ever You Go : a map of Dublin in poetry and song  is a unique volume of writing about Dublin, from early to modern times and will be available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops from February 2014.

It includes writing by both historical and contemporary figures, among them Swift, Synge, Yeats, Joyce, Kavanagh and Ó Direáin as well as Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Derek Mahon. There are songs and ballads from the city's colonial past, verses by leaders of the 1916 Rising, and portraits of the modern city with its Spire and Luas tram, its Celtic Tiger 'prosperity' and its post-Celtic Tiger challenges.
 
The choice follows the hugely successful Strumpet City programme in April 2013 which saw James Plunkett’s novel top the borrowing figures at Dublin’s libraries and the bestseller lists in bookshops. Since the initiative started in 2006 Dublin: One City One Book has encouraged everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of April.
 
If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song  will be published in February by Dedalus Press and has the support of The Arts Council and of Poetry Ireland.
 
Dublin: One City One Book is a Dublin City Council Public Libraries’ project organised by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office with support from Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. 
www.dublinonecityonebook.ie 
 
Notes
 
Pat Boran is the Editor of the Dedalus Press, a former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and Presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1. A former Writer in Residence with Dublin City Libraries and Dublin City University, he is the author of A Short History of Dublin and co-edited the audio CD Dublin 15: Poems of the City. Awards for his own work include the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the O'Shaughnessy Award in the US, and volumes of his work have been published in half a dozen languages. His prose books include the popular writers' handbook, The Portable Creative Writing Workshop, and The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood.
 
Gerard Smyth is a former Managing Editor of The Irish Times. He has published six collections of poetry, the most recent five of which are with The Dedalus Press. New and selected poems, The Fullness of Time, appeared in 2010. He received the O'Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry in the US in 2012 and is currently Poetry Editor at The Irish Times and Chair of Poetry Ireland, the national poetry organisation, supported by The Arts Council.
 
Previous books featured in the Dublin: One City One Book festival are At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’ Brien (2006), A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry (2007), Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (2008), Dracula by Bram Stoker (2009), A Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde (2010), Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor (2011), Dubliners by James Joyce (2012), Strumpet City by Janes Plunkett (2013).
 
Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian welcomes the opportunity to reacquaint Dubliners with well remembered poems and songs and to bring readers of all ages  to new poets who have been inspired by the city

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