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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'.

New Adult Fiction Talking Books Recommended Reads

Born in IceThere's a great resource offered by libraries that often falls under the radar. Talking books, whether on cassette, CD, or audio book, aren't often used, but should be! They can supply hands-free entertainment in the car, on a run, or while making dinner. There are many great titles in every genre offered by the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive, and ready for use.

Below are a few titles just added to the library's collection. See if any spark your interest! 

Dublin: One City, One Book 2015 is Launched!

Roddy DoyleDublin will become Barrytown in April as the city celebrates Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy, this year’s Dublin: One City One Book choice.

Right: Author Roddy Doyle at the launch of Dublin: One City, One Book at Dublin City's Central Library this morning.

Dublin City Council’s Public Libraries have organised a packed programme featuring over 60 events which will animate the Barrytown Trilogy throughout April.

2015 Man Booker International Shortlist

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 LogoThe 2015 Man Booker International Prize Shortlist writers have just been announced today on 24 March, 2015. The ten finalists were revealed by Professor Marina Warner at a press conference hosted at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The prize recognizes a writer for his/her achievement in fiction, and bestows them with a £60,000 award. This year marks the sixth time of the Man Booker International Prize being awarded.

Folio Prize Winner: Akhil Sharma for Family Life

Family Life by Akhil SharmaThe Folio Prize 2015 has announced a grand winner: Akhil Sharma has won the prize for his novel, Family Life. Sharma was awarded the prize on 23 March at a ceremony in King’s Cross, London, along with a cheque for £40,000. This was the second Folio Prize that has been awarded by the Folio Society. The Folio Society began the award last year to recognize outstanding English-language fiction, no matter the geography, genre, or form of the piece.

Those Were the Days - Dublin in the 80s

1980s The VanView Image Gallery.

Mass unemployment and continuous emigration. On-going tragedy in Northern Ireland. Planning scandals. Hurricane Charlie, dreadful summers, pea-souper smogs. Urban decay and phone queues. Pirate radio stations, disco balls and leg-warmers. Eurovision highs and lows. Zig and Zag.

The 1980s have a lot to answer for..

2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlists Announced

CILIP Book AwardsThe 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists were recently announced on Tuesday, 17th March. The medals are awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and are the oldest awards for children's books in the UK.

The Carnegie Medal was established in 1936 in the memory of Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie established more than 2,800 libraries across the English-speaking world.

The Kate Greenaway Medal has been awarded since 1955 to distinguished illustrations in the world of children's books. The award is named after the 19th-century artist and children's illustrator, who was extremely gifted in the art of illustration herself.

Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards 2015 Shortlist

CBI logoThe shortlist for the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards was announced on Wednesday, 11 March, 2015. Ten titles were named to continue on to compete for the prestigious awards for both writing and illustration. These awards include the Children's Choice Award, which is voted for by youth readers from all over the country. Award winners be announced on the 19th of May at the Light House Cinema in Dublin.

Picturing Dublin in the late 20th century

 Screen Cinema A remarkable collection of photographs held at Dublin City Library and Archive brings Dublin of the late 20th century to life. The Donal McEnroe Photographic Collection, comprising some 17,000 images, puts the spotlight on life in the capital from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Covering people, places, events, transport, shops, social issues and Dublin by night, the collection captures everyday life in the city. The range and quality of the images makes this collection very suitable for digitisation.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlist Announcement

Baileys women's prize for fiction 2015On Monday, 9th March the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction announced the longlist for this year's prize of 2015. The prize is an annual award that acknowledges excellence, originality and accessibility in the writings of women from across the globe. It was launched in 1966, and is endowed by an anonymous donor. The prize includes a £30,000 cheque for the overall winner, in addition to a limited edition bronze known as a 'Bessie' which is created by artist Grizel Niven. 

This year's longlist includes 20 titles, with a variety of genres and styles included on the list. There are a number of both new and well-established writers included as well, representing a good variety of talent from across the field.

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