Words on the Street – Dublin’s European Literature Night

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Thursday 15th May:  Join 11 Irish celebrities for Words on the Street as they read extracts from contemporary European literature in 11 unusual venues around the Nassau Street area, many of which are not generally open to the public. Each reading lasts 15 minutes with the first reading at 6:30pm and the last reading at 9pm, The readings are repeated on the hour and half hour.

Celebrity readers are Maria Doyle Kennedy, Anne Doyle, Phelim Drew, Joe Duffy, Bryan Murray, Aengus MacGrianna, Jon McGregor Aoibhinn McGinnity, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Fiachna Ó Braonáin. This year’s venues are the Alliance Française, Buswells Hotel, European Union House, the Freemasons’ Hall, Hodges Figgis Bookshop, the Oak Room of the Mansion House, National Library of Ireland, Royal College of Physicians, Royal Irish Academy, St. Ann's Church and No. 5 South Leinster Street.

“Words on the Street is a fun, engaging, imaginative way to look outwards and experience the wide variety of writing from our European neighbours” says Jane Alger, of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Public Libraries, organiser of Words on the Street.

The celebrities will read works from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom all of which have been translated into English. To add a little twist to the evening the Italian reading has been translated into Irish and will be read by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh in the Freemasons’ Hall.

To view a programme of the event showing the location of the venues with information about the readers, author and venues click on


For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office 
OR Jane Alger, Director, Dublin City Libraries UNESCO City of Literature programme office

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Notes to the Editor:

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

The 15th May 2014 is European Literature Night and Dublin will celebrate the occasion with the other eleven participating countries. Each country will 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, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK.

All venues except the Alliance Française and the Freemasons’ Hall are wheelchair accessible.