This new exhibition marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift and focuses on Swift’s interaction with his native city. This exhibition produced by Dublin City Library & Archives seeks to place Swift within the context of his Dublin from Hoey’s Court, St Werburghs, his birthplace, to Trinity College where he was educated, St Patrick’s Hospital, which he founded as the first hospital to cater for patients with mental health problems and St Patrick’s Cathedral where he was Dean and which is his final resting place.
Saturday 28 October from 7pm - 8pm at the Mansion House
American author David J. Skal will discuss his groundbreaking biography of Bram Stoker at this free event in the Mansion House. Called "an authoritative book without a dull moment" by the New York Times, David J. Skal's Something in the Blood has been widely hailed as the definitive biography of the man who wrote Dracula. Skal, an American cultural historian and one of the world's leading authorities on Stoker and his immortal vampire, introduces his new book that delves deeply into the mysteries that still swirl around the most famous horror story of all time, with unprecedented insights and revelations about the obsessive and secretive Dubliner who created it.
6 to 10 November at Coolock Library and 20 to 24 November at Cabra Library
Getting Citizens Online is an initiative of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. This programme offers 10 hours free tuition to a complete beginner. By the end of the course, learners will know how to use the internet from setting up email, to using search engines and making calls over the internet. Other course content looks at specific government online services, social media, video, tv and radio, instructional videos on Youtube and some digital photography. The following libraries will provide this course on tablets which are very easy to use. The course is run in the mornings and afternoons. Booking for either morning or afternoon session is required. Max. of 10 participants per session.
Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin on 30 November 1667 and is the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the most popular Irish book ever written. To celebrate Swift’s life and legacy, Dublin City Public Libraries will have a programme of talks, exhibition and events as part of a citywide programme for Swift 350 Festival.
In a series of illustrated talks Brendan Twomey will describe and celebrate the complexity of Swift’s life, his personality and works unfolding the story of a clergyman, philanthropist, and writer. In addition Enda Leaney, Senior Librarian will give a brief overview of the Dublin City Library & Archives’ extensive Swift Collections, including first editions of Swift’s works, illustrated children’s editions, and rare items relating to the life and work of Jonathan Swift, including Wood’s Halfpenny.
Join us to find out about the man and ‘the brand’, a Dubliner of world renowned status, a celebrity now as he was 350 years ago. All the talks are free. Booking is essential.
Thursday 9 November at 5.30pm at Pearse Street Library.
Rosa is a prostitute. She inherited the business from Antonia, her mum, who believes to be Sara Montiel and makes of her life a living hell. Rosa doesn't know how to be happy. She can't be. But the unexpected arrival of a new member to her singular (and bizarre) family will give her a great opportunity to reach happiness.
16. In Spanish with English subtitles. Admission free.
Monday 13 November at 1pm in The Music Library, Central Library
Enjoy this solo performance and talk by Czech guitarist Peter Moc. Peter will perform his own arrangements of compositions by American jazz icon Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington was a composer, pianist and a bandleader, who had a big impact on shaping and directing course of jazz music for decades. Admission is free. Booking is essential.