Paul Simon to appear at headline event in Dublin: One City One Book Festival #ifeveryougo

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Dublin City Council’s Public Libraries has just announced on its @1City1Book Twitter account that legendary musician Paul Simon will be among those who pay tribute to Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney in Celebrating Seamus Heaney at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 23rd April.

Celebrating Seamus Heaney is a Dublin City Council and Poetry Ireland event and will feature a distinguished cast of poets and musicians from Ireland and further afield, many of whom had a close connection to the poet and to his work.  This hugely anticipated evening is the headline event in this year’s Dublin: One City One Book Festival.

The event is booked out but owing to demand, 100 seats in the choir balcony will be released for sale on Friday 4th April at 10am. Tickets are available from the National Concert Hall website or their box office on (01) 417 0000 and cost €15.

Dublin City Council and Poetry Ireland also announced that the evening  will be feature  poet and President Michael D Higgins, poets Paul Muldoon, Paula Meehan, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian and, from Lithuania, Tomas Venclova, actor Gabriel Byrne, and musicians Liam O’Flynn, Lisa Hannigan, Dónal Lunny, Michéal Ó Súilleabháin, Zoë Conway and Paul Brady. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will also participate.

Fittingly, Celebrating Seamus Heaney takes place on UNESCO World Book Day and today’s announcement has been warmly welcomed by Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes:   ”This news is sure to generate interest in what is already a fantastic programme.  Dublin: One City One Book runs in over 50 venues around Dublin city and county this April and is a perfect opportunity to explore Dublin’s libraries and literary landmarks through library-supported poetry readings, talks, concerts and guided tours on foot, by bike, on the water and even on the DART, many of which are free.”

Paul Simon first met Heaney through their mutual friend Derek Walcott and has said: “I’m a fan even more of the man than the poetry, though there are few poets I would rank as his equal.”  

For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

Jane Alger, Director, Dublin City Libraries , UNESCO City of Literature programme

Maureen Kennelly , programme information

Twitter: @1city1book #ifeveryougo

Facebook: /DublinOneCityoneBook

Notes to the editor

This celebration has been programmed by Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland and poet Peter Fallon, Heaney’s Irish publisher and close friend over many years.  The event will be MCed by John Kelly. RTÉ Radio 1 will record the evening for special broadcast on Saturday April 27th at 8pm.

Dublin: One City One Book encourages everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during April. The initiative, now in its ninth year, is led by Dublin City Public Libraries as part of its UNESCO City of Literature Programme. It is supported by Dedalus Press, Poetry Ireland, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin Town, RTÉ Supporting the Arts and venues and booksellers all over Dublin.  This year’s book choice, If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song, is edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth.