Dublin: One City One Book programme to feature over 50 events in Dublin venues this April

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Dublin City Council Public Libraries today announced a packed programme of events to animate this year’s Dublin: One City One Book initiative, which takes place throughout April. This year’s book choice is ‘If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song’. Full programme details are available on www.dublinonecityonebook.ie

“Dublin: One City One Book, has become a popular attraction for Dubliners and visitors alike. This year’s book presents a new lens through which to explore the city. It will take you on a journey, through past and present, seeing the city through the eyes of poets and songwriters. The programme, which includes dozens of free events, is also a great way to enjoy libraries, galleries, walks, historic buildings, venues and tours all over Dublin”, said Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn.

Highlights include ‘Celebrating Seamus Heaney’. This is Dublin and Poetry Ireland’s official tribute to Seamus Heaney at the National Concert Hall on 23rd April and a fitting event to mark UNESCO World Book Day.  Also included is ‘Dublin’s Fair City’, an evening of poetry and song at Dublin Castle on 5th April, a packed programme of poetry events in local libraries, film screenings and art exhibitions. Over two-thirds of the programme’s 50 plus events are free. 

‘If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song’ is edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and is published by Dedalus Press. It’s available now to borrow from Dublin City Public Libraries and public libraries in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. It can also be bought in most bookshops. The book is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of past and contemporary writers connected with Dublin. Presented in three geographical sections – Liffeyside; Northside and Southside - it is a unique invitation to residents and visitors to explore the city, street by street.

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 publishers Dedalus Press, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Poetry Ireland, Dublin Town, RTE Supporting the Arts and venues and booksellers all over Dublin.

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

Twitter: @1city1book #ifeveryougo

Facebook: /DublinOneCityoneBook
Notes to the Editor


Celebrating Seamus Heaney – Wednesday 23rd April, 8pm NCH – A Dublin City Council event in Association with Poetry Ireland.

The RTE Concert Orchestra, Donal Lunny, Paul Muldoon, Lisa Hannigan, Paula Meehan, Liam O’Flynn, Michael Longley are among the featured poets, writers and musicians. Lyric FM’s John Kelly will MC the event. This event is in association with RTE Radio 1 and the RTE Concert orchestra and is being produced for RTÉ Radio 1 by Clíodhna Ní Anluain. It will be broadcast at 8pm on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday 26th April 2014.

Joyce’s Chamber Music – Saturday 5th April, 1pm Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Presented by The James Joyce Centre and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Performance of Joyce’s Chamber Music. Free, no booking required.

Dublin’s Fair City, Wednesday 9th April, George’s Hall, Dublin Castle
Poetry and song associated with Dublin. Broadcaster Sean Rocks will be joined by DJ Rick O’Shea, actors Phelim Drew and Tom Vaughan Lawlor, musicians Lisa Hannigan & John Sheahan and poets Pat Boran, Harry Clifton, Melissa Kavanagh, Gabriel Rosenstock and Enda Wyley. €5, booking essential on www.tickets.ie or 01-871 9435

DART Along the Bay, Sunday 13th April, 11am, departs Connolly Station

Poet Gerald Dawe, actor Fergus Cronin and musicians on a return DART journey of music and poetry. Free, booking essential, cityofliterature@dublincity.ie

Bringing it all Back Home, Tuesday 15th April, 6.30pm, Drumcondra Library
Poets Dermot Bolger and Michael O’Loughlin reflect on their Dublin childhoods and read their contributions to ‘If Ever You Go’.

Lighting up the Dark in Poetry in Poetry & Song, Wednesday 16th April 8pm, Ballroom Farmleigh House - Free but tickets allocated by lottery. Apply by 10am 2nd April to info@farmleigh.ie

Literary Tours

Let’s Walk and Talk, 8th April 2.30pm – Pat Liddy leads a free tour of the river, its bridges and quays that have inspired generations of writers. Meet at Meeting House Square.

Liffey Cruises –€14 see www.liffeyrivercruises.com for details and dates

Walking app - Patrick Kavanagh, A Dublin Literary Trail. Explore Kavanagh’s Dublin from Raglan Road to the Grand Canal with our free app on http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/id450226634#