Whose life would make for an epic historical novel? Tell us in 140 characters or less

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Which Irish person’s life do you think would make a great subject for a historical novel? If you think you have the answer to this, Tweet their name and the reason why you think they would be a great subject for a historical novel in 140 characters or less to @HistFest by 1pm on Wednesday 25th September.  

The prize is one of two tickets each worth €25 to a workshop on writing historical fiction with bestselling author Katherine McMahon. Katherine will also judge the competition. The event is part of the first Dublin Festival of History which runs from 26th September to 9th October, www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie

“Entries can be based on the lives of famous or obscure historical personalities. Maybe you’d love to write a historical novel based on the life of O’Connell, Parnell or Markievicz or you know one of history’s unsung heroes who deserves to be brought to a new audience. Tell us in no more than 140 characters on Twitter”, says Tara Doyle, Senior Librarian with Dublin City Council’s Public libraries who is organising the festival.

The two winners will each receive free tickets to a master class with Katherine McMahon, author of bestselling historical fiction works including The Rose of Sebastapol and Season of Light at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street at 10.15am on Saturday 28th September.

The 2 ½ hour class will use historical sources and show how they can provide the spark for creating a story based on real historical events and characters.

The Dublin Festival of History features a stellar cast of Irish and international historians. These include Diarmuid Ferriter, Roy Hattersley, Simon Schama, Richard Overy and Jung Chang. Historical Walking Tours and a Local History Day on 5th October are just some of the other highlights on offer. All events except the historical fiction workshop are free but booking is required. See www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie 


For further information contact:

Tara Doyle, Senior Librarian, Dublin City Public Libraries tara.doyle@dublincity.ie  01-6744870

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Programme Highlights Include (free but booking required unless indicated) 

The Madalene Laundries, Margaret MacCurtain in conversation with Diarmuid Ferriter, Thursday 26th September, 6pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Britain & Ireland: A Shared Heritage, Roy Hattersley in conversation with John Bowman, Thursday 29th September, 8pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle

The Great Famine: ‘The Visitation of God?’, History Ireland Hedge School chaired by Tommy Graham, Friday 27th September, 6pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Writing Historical Fiction, workshop with Katherine McMahon, Saturday 28th September, starts 10.15am, Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Course fee €25, booking essential  at www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie

In the Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland in conversation with Michael Ryan, Saturday 28th September, 11am, The Printworks, Dublin Castle

The Dublin Lecture, Daniel O’Connell: The Liberator, Patrick M. Geoghegan, Saturday 28th September, 1pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle

The Story of the Jews, Simon Schama in conversation with Myles Dungan, Saturday 28th September, 7pm, The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Duel Personalities, James Larkin, William Martin Murphy and the 1913 Lockout, dramatised speeches from the two main protagonists, Sunday 29th September, 4pm The Printworks, Dublin Castle

The Concubine who launched Modern China, Jung Chang in conversation with Caitriona Crowe, Sunday 29th September, 6pm The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Events continue at Dublin City branch libraries, a screening of the War of Independence themed ‘Beloved Enemy’ (1936) at the Irish Film Institute, walking tours and much more until 9th October.

You can borrow history books and historical fiction from a special pop-up history Library with a Dublin City Library Card in Dublin Castle during the festival. The Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar is Festival Bookshop.

Full details on www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie