Words on the Street – a European Literature Trail

This Thursday 7th September 2017 Kit de Waal, award-winning author of My Name is Leon, will join well-known Irish personalities for Words on the Street, an evening of free readings in unusual locations around Parnell Square.

Katherine Lynch, Bryan Murray, Sharon Ní Bheoláin, Rick O’Shea and Johnny Ward will read from translated works of European literature, while Kit de Waal will read from her debut novel My Name is Leon, winner of this year’s Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award.

Readings last for 15 minutes and begin at 6.30 p.m. with the final one at 9 p.m. at each venue.  They are repeated on the hour and half hour. All locations are within walking distance of each other enabling people to move from one venue to another with ease. The event is free and booking is not required. Venues include Abbey Presbyterian Church, Belvedere College, Belvedere School, the James Joyce Centre, Dublin Writers’ Museum and Poetry Ireland.

Speaking about the event Alison Lyons, Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, said “We are delighted to be involved with organising Words on the Street for the seventh year in Dublin.  This popular event is a wonderful opportunity for the public to sample European literature while visiting different venues within the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter.”

A copy of the full programme and map of the venues is available to download at 


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Words on the Street

This year’s celebrity readers are broadcasters Sharon Ní Bheoláin and Rick O’Shea, actors Bryan Murray, and Johnny Ward (Fair City), and actor and comedian Katherine Lynch. They will read from translated works of European literature. They will be joined by UK author Kit de Waal, who will read from her novel My Name is Leon. My Name is Leon won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year in 2017, and was shortlisted for the First Novel Category at 2016’s Costa Book Awards and for the Desmond Elliott Prize, 2017/

All events are free and booking is not required.

Run as part of European Literature Night, Words on the Street aims to represent the 12 participating countries by translating a piece of contemporary literature – novel, poem or short story – from each country which is then read by a well-known Irish personality in unusual venues.

Words on the Street is organised by Dublin City Public Libraries and is a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project in partnership with Alliance Francaise, Austrian Embassy, British Council, Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Embassy of Denmark, Goethe Institut, Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Maltese Embassy, Polish Embassy, Romanian Embassy and Romanian Cultural Institute.