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Irish Writer Donal Ryan Awarded with EU Literary Prize

the spinning heartDonal Ryan, author of Spinning Heart, was one of the 12 recipients of the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature at the London Book Fair. The prize is intended to recognise up-and-coming talent in literature, and rewards each of the 12 winners with €5,000. It was established in 2009. The winners are also encouraged to apply for funding from the EU in order to have their books translated into other languages. 

The award receives funding from Creative Europe, an initiative that has the goal of adding fire to the competition and passion in the fields of creativity and culture in the European Union. 

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Shortlist Titles Wander the World

IMPAC Award Book TitlesThe 20th Anniversary of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, managed by the Dublin City Public Libraries, does not bring a disappointing selection for the 2015 shortlist. Briefly browsing the selected titles, each one promises a unique world that the reader can disappear into. Timeless subjects such as love, loss of innocence and isolation make appearances. Each novel's prose will speak to the reader in an unforgettable and haunting voice.

Spring Awakening

Learning BusSpring Awakening on Thursday 16th April is the inaugural event for Culture Dublin 1 - an organisation dedicated to promoting awareness and engagement with cultural institutions in the Dublin 1 postcode.

Spring Awakening will be a day of open culture, where you can step inside some of Dublin's most venerated buildings or partake in a free walking tour to celebrate this area of the city centre. Take an Argentine tango lesson, learn about Georgian architecture, get re-acquainted with Joyce or learn how to write a novel.

Drop in to the Dublin City Public Libraries' Learning Bus, parked outside the Hugh Lane Gallery from 6pm - 8pm to talk about plans for the new City Library at Parnell Square North. Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Shortlist Announced - 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

2015 ShortlistWednesday 15th April 2015: 10 novels have been shortlisted for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Public Libraries. The list includes TransAtlantic by Irish author and former winner, Colum McCann, three novels in translation from Brazil, France and Morocco and novels from Australia, Nigeria, the UK and the USA.

Right: The ten shortlisted titles (view photo slideshow below)

The IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995, making this year our 20th anniversary.

The shortlisted titles are:

The Loss of Novelist Günter Grass

The Tin Drum Book Cover

The world lost Günter Grass yesterday, 13 April, 2015, and so also lost a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was most well-known for his novels, especially The Tin Drum, and also for being a social critic who was adamant in his anti-war and anti-Nazi rhetoric. He passed away due to a lung infection in Luebeck, Germany according to a release by his publisher. 

Road to the Rising Festival 2015

Learning Bus at Road to the Rising FestivalThe Road to the Rising Festival took place on Easter Monday, 6th of April 2015 as part of the Decade of Commemorations and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Dublin City Council Libraries and Archive Learning Bus showcased their digital collection relating to the Decade of Commemorations at the festival. This Road to the Rising Festival recreated the atmosphere of Ireland before the Easter Rising with street theatre, music, and vintage attractions.

2015 Shortlist for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

2015 Baileys Women's Prize The shortlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 was announced yesterday, 13 April. The prize, which is open to any novel in English by a woman of any nationality, has selected the six finalists for this year's prize, which includes a cheque for £30,000 and a bronze statue called a "Bessie." 

County Development Plans - What are they?

map of IrelandWhat are Development Plans?  County Development Plans are written statements, including maps, that give a graphic representation of how that county will develop and improve in a sustainable way over the following 6 years.

As one Development Plan is produced the draft of the next is underway. These glossy and colourful reports contain social, economical, cultural guidelines for every county and are well worth looking at. They are pricey to purchase - up to €200 per plan but as the Business Information Centre has a full collection, 31 in total, just drop in and browse. Get on the inside track and be informed.

Libraries' Learning Bus on the Road to the Rising

Learning BusDublin City Public Libraries' Learning Bus will be showcasing the City Council digital collection relating to the Decade of Commemorations in the Road to the Rising Festival in O’Connell St on Easter Monday 6th April from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Right: Dublin Remembers! (click to view larger image)

We will be promoting Dublin City Council's plans for commemorative events in 2015 and 2016, including the 1916 community grants scheme.

Picture Book Wins 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Blown Away

Meet Penguin Blue! Meet 'Blown Away', the 11th winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the debut work of Rob Biddulph! 

It's a windy day, and Penguin Blue has a brand new kite - but where's he going on this maiden flight? In this fun and enjoyable picture book written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites. 

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize has three categories, from which the overall winner is selected. Biddulph's 'Blown Away' had won the Best Illustrated Book category; other category winners were: Sally Green, winner of the best book for teenagers with 'Half Bad', and Robin Stevens, winner of best young fiction with 'Murder Most Unladylike'.

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