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Becoming John Gray

Bookcover: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeListen to a talk by Jerusha McCormack on John Gray and celebrity culture. The lecture was held at Dublin City Library & Archive on 26 April 2010 as part of Dublin: One City, One Book 2010.

John Gray was an ordinary working-class man who, as the alleged model for the “Dorian” of Oscar Wilde’s novel, became a household name. How did this happen? Did Wilde in fact invent John Gray? What forces colluded to help manufacture this new kind of fame –known to us now as “celebrity culture” – and what was its price? By retelling the story of the man who became Dorian Gray, Jerusha McCormack seeks to throw new light on the power of Wilde’s novel: to create as well as to destroy those around him – and finally to conscript the very life of the author himself.

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Annual Emmet & Devlin Lecture 2010

'Rediscovering Emmet's Dublin through the Collections of Dublin City Libraries' by Dr Máire Kennedy, Divisional Librarian with Dublin City Public Libraries in charge of Special Collections. Introduction by Aidan O'Hara, Emmet and Devlin Committee. The 8th Annual Emmet Spring Lecture hosted by the Emmet and Devlin Committee and Dublin City Public Libraries, was recorded at Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street on 15 March 2010.

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The 13th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Commodious Temples by Brendan GrimesOn 21 January 2010 the thirteenth annual Sir John T. Gilbert Commemorative Lecture, 'Commodious temples: Catholic church building in nineteenth-century Dublin' was held at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. The lecture was given by Brendan Grimes, Dublin School of Architecture, D.I.T. Bolton Street. Brendan Grimes' lecture, Commodious temples: Catholic church building in nineteenth-century Dublin, brought the audience on a fascinating tour of Dublin churches such as Saint Nicholas of Myra's, Saint Audeon's and Saint Francis Xavier's.

Songlines: Culture Night 2009

Culture night 2008 speakersOn 25th September 2009 Dublin city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios, libraries and more, opened their doors late for a night of entertainment, discovery and adventure. Hundreds of free talks, tours, performances and events were enjoyed throughout the city.

As part of Culture Night, 'Songlines' - an evening of words and music took place in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street. A group of new writers read from their work and musicians performed traditional and classical music. The writers featured are members Cumann Scríbhneoirí Úra na Gaeilge and students from the 2008-2009 MPhil in Creative Writing at the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin. The musicians featured are students at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Dublin City Public Libraries 1884-2009

Charleville Mall Library'Dublin City Public Libraries 1884-2009: 125 years of service to the community', a talk by Deirdre Ellis-King, Dublin City Librarian commemorates 125 years of Public Library Service in Dublin City. The talk was part of Local History Day 26 September, 2009.

Image right: Charleville Mall Library

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Ceithre seachtaine, Carnán scéalta: Cromail i mBaile Atha Cliath, 1649

Oliver Cromwell'Ceithre seachtaine, Carnán scéalta: Cromail i mBaile Atha Cliath, 1649' (Four Weeks, a collection of stories of Cromwell in Dublin 1649) by Dr Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha. Thug Dr Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, (léachtóir agus staraí), léacht gearr mar gheall ar na scéalta atá ag baint le saol Cromail i mBaile Átha Cliath. Is as Cathair Bhaile Átha Cliath ó dhúchas í Maighréad agus tá roinnt leabhar agus roinnt altanna sna hirisí stairiúla foilsithe aici.

On 9 March 2009, Maighréad Ní Mhurchadha, (lecturer and historian), gave a talk on stories relating to Oliver Cromwell. Maighréad is a native of Dublin and has published books and journal articles including Early Modern Dubliners, published by Dublin City Public Libraries.

The 12th Annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture

Dublin's civic buildings in the early modern period by Colm Lennon Early modern Dublin was a massive time of growth from Dublin as it transformed from a small medieval city to the modern city we recognise today. In this lecture, 'Dublin's civic buildings in the early modern period' Professor Colm Lennon takes us on a journey through the city, highlighting the key buildings, many of which have become landmark features of Dublin. Professor Lennon draws on sources including Malton's prints and famous maps of Dublin by Rocque, Brooking and de Gomme to trace the development of civic buildings in the 17th and early 18th centuries.

The twelfth annual Sir John T. Gilbert Lecture was recorded on 22 January 2009 at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street.

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Culture Night 2008 at Dublin City Library & Archive

As part of Culture Night, 19 September 2008 a group of new writers read from their work at Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street.  You can read more of their work in Sixteen after Ten, an anthology of writing by students from the Oscar Wilde Centre and Blaiseadh Pinn : Nuascríbhneoireacht Ghaeilge, by members of Scríbhneoirí Óga and published by Cois Life.

The Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin opened in January 1998 as the teaching and research centre for M.Phil. in Irish Writing and the M.Phil. in Creative Writing. Sixteen after Ten is a significant milestone in the writing life of its contributors. Students from the centre reading on Culture Night were Niall Duff, Philip St. John, Mary Turley-McGrath, Phyl Herbert, Carmen Cullen, Andrew Fox and Emily Firetog.

Scríbhneoirí Óga is Úra na Gaeilge was founded in 2007 to cultivate new Irish-language literature. Its members are young and have diverse literary interests including drama and poetry. Reading on Culture Night were Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, Majella McDonnell, Ríona Nic Congáil, Ruth Nic Giolla Iasachta and Scott de Buitléir.

Readers and musicians from Culture Night 2009

Dublin in 1608

Early Modern Dubliners by Maighread Ní MhurchadhaDublin City has a remarkable collection of historical documents, many of which are under the care of Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive. Dr Maighread Ní Mhurchadha has drawn on the contents of these and other records to tell the stories of some of Dublin's residents during the Renaissance period in her book Early Modern Dubliners. Despite many difficulties, including plague, riots, the threat of war and serious religious differences, the citizens combined to maintain a spirit of independence, a belief in the importance of their city and a strong sense of community, often using unorthodox means to achieve their ends and, occasionally, even managing to enjoy themselves!

This talk marked the launch of the Early Modern Dubliners on the 28th August, 2008.

Writing for Children Tips and Advice Session

Writing for ChildrenBarry Cunningham and Mary Byrne presented a tips and advice session aimed at writers of children's literature in Dublin City Library and Archive on 23 February 2008. The practical advice centred on elements of successful children's literature and the publishing and marketing process. In association with the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry.

Mary Byrne worked in the children's publicity department of Puffin for years and she is now a PR consultant specialising in children's books. She plans campaigns for children's writers such as Cornelia Funke, Darren Shan, Cathy Hopkins, Derek Landy and Kate Thompson. She works closely with The Chicken House, Harper Collins and Picadilly Press.

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