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Speaking Words at Pearse Street Library

Migrating Minds coverWednesday 21 February at 5.30pm in Pearse Street Library.

Speaking Words: Poetry and prose readings of writers own work.

Join the Bayside Writers for the launch of their new book.  Francie Devine, Labour historian and singer, will launch Migrating Minds V, a collection of writing from Dublin's North Bay area. This is the Bayside Writers' fifth collection in their Migrating Minds series. Music will be provided by the Howth Singing Circle and Clasac. 

The event will start at 5.30pm, light refreshments from 5pm.

Jim Crace in conversation with Madeleine Keane

Jim CraceThursday 22 February at 6.30pm in Dublin City Library and Archive

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Picador Books present award-winning author Jim Crace in conversation with Sunday Independent's Literary Editor Madeleine Keane. Jim will talk about his new book The Melody as well as his writing career to date.

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Jim Crace is the winner of the 2015 International Dublin Literary Award for Harvest and is the author of twelve books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award) and Harvest (shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and winner of the International Dublin Literary Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize). He lives in Worcestershire.

Suffragist City: Women and the Vote in Dublin

SuffragistsJanuary and February at Dublin City Library and Archive

In February 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed and women who were over 30 years of age were finally allowed to vote. Eleven months later, the voters of Dublin elected Constance Markievicz, the first woman to win a seat at Westminster.

Suffragism was the conviction that votes should be extended to women. By the early years of the twentieth century, the suffrage campaign had gained sufficient momentum to be regularly debated in parliament. The 1910s was a decade of great social and political turbulence. The Home Rule crisis, labour unrest, the outbreak of the First World War, and the Easter Rising splintered the cosy certainties of the British Empire. The cause of suffragism added to the tumult as women asserted their political rights. Suffragists in Ireland endured ridicule, assault, and imprisonment in their quest for social justice but 1918 was their year of victory. This exhibition tells their story.

The Old Dublin Society Spring Programme

Old Dublin SocietyWednesday 14, 28 February; 14, 28 March; 11, 25 April at 6pm in Dublin City Library & Archive

Cumann le Seandacht Átha Cliath / The Old Dublin Society (1934-2017) spring programme of lectures.   Admission free – all welcome


Wednesday 14 February: A Life of Crime: Stealing Books in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Dublin Dr. Jason McElligott, Guest Speaker

Wednesday 28 February: ‘He Lost Himself Completely’ Shell shock and its treatment at Dublin’s Richmond Hospital, 1916-1919.  Dr Brendan Kelly, TCD, Guest Speaker

It’s Time to Start Talking: a teen workshop with Jigsaw Dublin City

Healthy IrelandThursday 1 March at 11am  in Pearse Street Library.

It’s Time to Start Talking: A workshop for 13-17 year olds in association with Jigsaw Dublin City. Attendees will become more aware of what helps and what hurts their mental health and the importance of talking to a trusted adult when they feel down, worried or stressed.  There will be practical advice on learning how and where to find help.  
The event is free. Booking is essential.