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.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2015

JDIFF logoThe annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2015 (JDIFF) is fast approaching, and will take place from 19 March to 29 March this year. Since 2003, the festival has celebrated film by presenting hundreds of productions from around the world to the Irish audience. It takes place citywide in each of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas, including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The aim of the festival is to connect the makers and stars of the movies to the audience in a unique way by hosting events such as public interviews, panel discussions and question and answer sessions. The majority of the films that are shown are Irish premieres, and some of these premieres will be the only public showings of the films in Ireland.  

International Women's Day 2015

Dublin City Public Library and Archives International Women's Day LogoThis Sunday, 8 March is International Women's Day 2015. This is annual celebration of women all around the globe, and is a time to reflect on progress made in society for women, a call for continuation of change and improvement in regards to the treatment of women, and it acknowledges the girls and women from across the world that have played a part in the history of their communities. 

The theme for this year's international event is Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It! It focuses on the vision of a world where girls and women can exercise their power of choice, whether regarding participation in politics, the workforce or education, as well as the power to earn a fair income, and live in societies that are free from discrimination and violence in all forms. 

The theme of International Women’s Day in Dublin City Public Libraries is "Women’s Stories." Stories in folklore and legend, cinema and documentaries, poetry, art and history. Check out the link above to find events going on in your local Dublin City Public Library during the month of March such as exhibitions, talks, and more.