books & reading

Notes of Change

Eileen GoganIn this episode of the DCLA podcast, musician Eileen Gogan responds to stories from The Long Gaze Back and talks to editor Sinéad Gleeson. They discuss the parallels and crossovers between song writing and writing, the difficulty of choosing a title, writer’s block, influences and the parallels between poetry and lyrics. Eileen is accompanied by musician Ed McGinley.

History on your doorstep!

Sherrif Street tattoo While #stayathome is in force lots of people are getting to spend more time in their own local area. As you stroll around your 2km zone, you may not know that you’re surrounded by history and heritage, in the streets and buildings that make up our city and suburbs!

Dublin City Council’s history on your doorstep programme brings this history & heritage to life.

Selected Shorts: part 2

Teh authors discussionThe latest DCLA podcast is the second part of "Selected Shorts", a discussion with authors Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Lia Mills, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Anne Devlin, chaired by Catherine Dunne.

Selected Shorts, part 1

the panelThe latest Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast is the first of a two part episode, "Selected Shorts", we hear actors Rose Henderson, Susie Lamb, Katie O'Kelly and Geraldine Plunkett perform readings from The Long Gaze Back – stories by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Lia Mills, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Anne Devlin. The second part will feature a discussion with the authors, chaired by Catherine Dunne. 


Natural Selection

Farmleigh line-up In this episode of the Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast Lia Mills talks to Sinéad Gleeson, Alan Hayes, Rob Doyle and Eimear Ryan about all things anthology. How do you start to compile an anthology? What do you need to think about (before and during)? Who do you include or exclude – and how do you handle the fallout?

Recovered Voices

PanelIn this episode of the Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast Lisa Coen, Louise Kennedy and Kathleen McMahon discuss the forgotten writings of Charlotte Riddell, Norah Hoult and Mary Lavin. Ger Ryan reads some of the works under discussion. Sinéad Gleeson chairs.

Fun Activities for Kids

coverWith the whole world feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic it is really heartening to see the response of those involved in the world of children's books. Many award-winning authors and picture-book makers are using their talents to bring a little bit of fun into the lives of their many fans and there are some lovely gestures, challenges and competitions from authors, illustrators and publishers alike.

Spring into Storytime with Bailey the dog

coverFor our story book choice today, we introduce you to Bailey the dog. Enjoy this fun story as Bailey spends a day at school. 

So you want to be a writer...

Writer's deskWe are living in strange and uncertain times, and we are all doing our best to keep ourselves, our loved ones and everyone else safe and well by staying indoors.

Maybe you have time now to try your hand at that novel or screenplay you’ve always dreamt about writing?

If so, welcome to your one-stop shop for great online writing supports including courses, magazines, books and reference tools, all FREE and all available with your Dublin City Libraries card.

Auschwitz anniversary 2020

AushwitzAs you know, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We have an extensive range of titles (both fiction and non-fiction, large print, print and audio) in our collections on the subject of the Holocaust. Just enquire in your local branch or check on our catalogue.