Dublin City Libraries open for 'Browse and Borrow'
4 May 2021
From Monday, May 10, sixteen Dublin City libraries are open for browsing and borrowing from Monday to Saturday. At this point of a phased re-opening there will be no seating for reading or studying, and users are encouraged to keep their visit as short as possible, and to use the self-service kiosks or library app to issue and return items.
The 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.The conversation explores whether the short story is a naturally introspective and self-reflective genre, and questions whether the form, described by Mary Lavin's as an "owl in flight", or "a slide under the microscope", has opened up or altered under the influence of television, poetry and film. If you haven’t already, we suggest listening to part one first, where you will hear actors Rose Henderson, Susie Lamb, Katie O'Kelly and Geraldine Plunkett perform readings by these four authors.Recorded at the New Theatre on Saturday 7 April 2018.This interesting discussion examines whether the short story is a naturally introspective and self-reflective genre, and questions whether the form, described by Mary Lavin's as an "owl in flight", or "a slide under the microscope", has opened up or altered under the influence of television, poetry and film. Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is a novelist, critic and folklore scholar. Among her novels are Cailíni Beaga Ghleann na mBlath, The Dancers Dancing, and Fox, Swallow Scarecrow.Lia Mills writes novels (Another Alice, Nothing Simple, and Fallen, which was the Dublin: One City One Book title for 2016) short stories and essays. Christine Dwyer Hickey is a novelist, playwright and short story writer. Her works include the novels Tatty, Last Train from Liguria, The Cold Eye of Heaven and The Narrow Land and the short story collection Parkgate Street and other Dublin StoriesAnne Devlin is a playwright and short story writer. Her works include The Waypaver Ourselves Alone (Royal Court, 1985) and After Easter (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993) and the radio play The Forgotten (2009).You can subscribe to the Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. This season is based on recordings from the 2018 Dublin: One City, One Book events. Dublin: One City, One Book is an award-winning Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, that encourages everyone to read a particular book during the month of April every year. 2018's choice was 'The Long Gaze Back' which you can read on Borrowbox and of course you can order it from your favourite bookshop.The Dublin: One City, One Book for 2020 is Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey, available electronically on our BorrowBox app and from your favourite bookseller.Finally if you’re interested in podcasts why not check out the Dublin Festival of History podcast which features recordings from the free annual event and the new City of Books podcast with Martina Devlin, the podcast for people who believe stories matter. And that you can never have too many books.
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? Following their discussion, Lia asks Sinéad, Rob, Eimear, Alan and Farmleigh writer-in-residence Philip St John, to read from their favourite short stories and to briefly outline why they resonate with them.You will also hear some beautiful music by Ciara Sidine accompanied by Conor Brady and Ciara’s daughters Ava and Romy. For rights reasons you will only hear clips from Ciara’s songs, but we really recommend listening to the full songs on www.ciarasidine.comThe full panel were:Singer/songwriter Ciara Sidine (Shadow Road Shining, Unbroken Line) performs Finest Flower, Trouble Come Find Me, Watching the Dark and Little Bird Song. As Ciara Considine, she is also a long-established literary editor with several anthologies to her credit.Conor Brady is one of Ireland’s finest guitar players. He has recorded with Terence Trent D’Arby and Toots and Maytals.Lia Mills writes novels (Another Alice, Nothing Simple, and Fallen, which was the Dublin: One City One Book title for 2016) short stories and essays. Sinéad Gleeson is the editor of The Long Gaze Back and The Glass Shore, two anthologies of stories by Irish women writers. Sinead's collection of essays Constellations was published in 2019 by Picador. Alan Hayes is publisher and editor at Arlen House – a press with a long history of supporting and promoting work by women. Rob Doyle is a novelist (Threshold, Here are the Young Men and This is the Ritual) who has also edited the anthology The Other Irish Tradition, from Dalkey Archive Press. Eimear Ryan is a writer and contributor to The Long Gaze Back and also a founding editor of the literary journal Banshee. The short stories picked by the writers can be found in the following books:(most of the links ar to the library catalogue so you can't access them now but you maight want to bookmark them for the future);The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson (out of copyright, available online e.g. Project Gutenberg) The things they carried by Tim O'Brien read by Lia Mills San Francisco by Amy Hempel read by Eimear Ryan. Collected StoriesZidane's Melancholy by Jean-Philippe Toussaint read by Rob DoylePeople Like that are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk by Lorrie Moore read by Sinéad Gleeson. From The Collected Stories of Lorrie MooreAlan Hayes reads Butcher Bird by Geraldine Mills from The Weight of Feathers; The New Wife Órfhlaith Foyle from Clemency Brown dreams of gin; Staying Thin for Daddy by Deirdre Brennan; I, Caroline by Nuala O'Connor from To the World of Men, Welcome.The event was recorded at Farmleigh House on 6 April 2018You can subscribe to the Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. This season is based on recordings from the 2018 Dublin: One City, One Book events. Dublin: One City, One Book is an award-winning Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, that encourages everyone to read a particular book during the month of April every year. 2018's choice was 'The Long Gaze Back' which you can read on Borrowbox and of course you can order it from your favourite bookshop.The Dublin: One City, One Book for 2020 is Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey, available electronically on our BorrowBox app and from your favourite bookseller.Finally if you’re interested in podcasts why not check out the Dublin Festival of History podcast which features recordings from the free annual event and the new City of Books podcast with Martina Devlin, the podcast for people who believe stories matter. And that you can never have too many books.
We 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. Universal Class provides access to over 500+ online courses including 55 courses on writing. Take your pick from the following:Novel Writing 101Romance WritingWriting Women’s FictionCreative Writing 101Creative Writing for BeginnersCreative Writing WorkshopHow to Write a Short StoryHow to Write Short Stories for ChildrenHistorical Fiction WritingMystery WritingScreen Writing 101Poetry WritingOr if you want to hone your non-fiction writing skills, some of these may be of interest:Journalism 101Nonfiction Writing 101Freelance Writing 101Essay Wrting 101Travel Writing 101Journaling and Memoir WritingUniversal Class courses include tutorials, lessons, assignments, discussion boards, and feedback on work you’ve submitted. All the courses are completely online, self-paced, available 24/7, and you have 6 months to complete each one.To access online, register with your library card number and email address at http://LGMA.universalclass.com/register.htm Or would you prefer not to have to do ‘homework’? Then The Great Courses Library Collection may be more to your liking. The Great Courses Library Collection Is a series of thought-provoking half-hour video lectures. You can play, pause, and review information as often as you like. Each course is taught by experts in their field, and includes a supplementary guide book. You can access as many courses as you want to for 7 days. After 7 days, simply log in again and get another 7 day’s access. Check out some of the following topics and see if you can find something to suit your writing needs.How to Publish Your BookScreen Writing 101: Master the Art of the StoryWriting Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and TechniquesWriting Great Essays: Becoming a Great EssayistThe Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction Register for the Great Courses Library Collection at https://dublincity.rbdigitalglobal.com/ or via the RBdigital app: Google Play - Android | iTunes - iOS | Kindle Fire We also have a selection of great eMagazines for writers:The Writer : Each issue provides motivation, expert tips, and compelling author insights that turn good writing into great writing. It’ll help you become a better writer, to find markets for your work and to understand the business of writing,.Poets & Writers Magazine : Within its pages, readers will find practical guidance for getting published and pursuing writing careers, as well as in-depth profiles of poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative nonfiction.Writer’s Digest : Each issue provides advice and insider tips on writing and selling fiction, nonfiction, poetry and scripts.Back issues of these titles are also available for you to browse.Register for RB Digital magazines at https://lgma.rbdigitalglobal.com/ or via the Rbdigital app: Google Play - Android | iTunes - iOS | Kindle Fire You can also check out out some of the following titles on BorrowBox for help in finding an agent and getting published. and for writing hints, tips and insights.Writer’s Market 2020Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to How to Hook an AgentWriters’ & Artists’ Guidebook to Self-PublishingWriters’ & Artists’ Year Books 2017 and 2018Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Year Books 2017 and 2018Letters to a Young WriterWriting for Well-being100 Ways to Improve your WritingImprove your WritingBrave the PageHow to Write an Autobiographical NovelThe Right to WriteThe Book You Were Born to WriteSemicolonWord SmartMore Word SmartTo access BorrowBox, register with your library card at http://library.bolindadigital.com/dublin And last but not least, are you having trouble finding the right word or the perfect turn of phrase?Then delve into a selection of Oxford University Press’s dictionaries, thesauri, and companions at http://www.oxfordreference.com/.Look to the left of the Oxford Reference screen for the prompt to ‘Sign in with your Library card’, then select 'Dublin City Libraries’ For a full listing of all our great online resources, go to http://www.dublincity.ie/library-eresourcesStay safe, stay well, and keep writing!
In April and May of 2017 Dolphin's Barn Library hosted a series of workshops where young historians learned how to combine research, storytelling, drawing and digital animation to tell a tale from Irish history.Expert facilitators included historian Conor Kostick and author and illustrator Alan Nolan.The result is this exciting video set in Dublin 1920. In it Tadhg undertakes a dangerous mission to deliver a message to Countess Markievicz. On the way he evades policemen, befriends Victoria Jacobs and is shot at by the 'Black and Tans'!The project was supported by the UNESCO City of Literature office. Credits:Animation Producers: Ciara, Kayra, Adam, Tadhg, Evie, Laoise, Yaha, Mahmoud, Dylan, Seppe, Naiara, Alice, Luke, GraceWriter and historian: Conor Kostick (See his books available to borrow here on our public catalogue).Writer and illustrator: Alan Nolan (See his books available to borrow here on our public catalogue).Location: Dolphin's Barn April and May 2017Digital & Film Producer: Mauricio FigueroaVideo by Rodann
Dublin City Council invites applications for a Writer in Residence, as part of its Culture and Creativity Plan under the Creative Ireland programme. The residency runs for the period October 2017 to September 2018 and will be managed by the City's Library Service through the Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, and will be supported in kind by Irish Writers Centre.The residency is open to published writers working in any genre of fiction for adults and attracts a fee of €10,000 per annum.The residency is envisaged as part-time, which will allow time for the writer's own work, in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and, more specifically, with groups attached to Dublin City branch libraries across the city.Closing date for receipt of applications is September 22nd at 5:00pm. For more information and how to apply, please visit the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature website.
Bookings are now being taken for a series of Creative Writing Workshops in Rathmines Library. The sessions will be held at 6.00pm on the 8, 15 and 22 May, courtesy of the Dublin in the Coming Times initiative. We are hoping to form a regular creative writing group from those attending the workshops, so if you have ever felt the yen to get your thoughts down on paper or start that novel that has been brewing inside for years, why not come along?The workshops are free of charge, but booking is essential. Get in touch with us by telephoning 4973539 or emailing us at [email protected]
The first I heard of Dermot Healy was in June 2014. A friend of mine was asked to read through poems to be considered for selection in the Dermot Healy International Poetry Competition. The next day, it was reported on the national news that he had passed away. It had been remarked by another one of my of friends that his work never got the recognition and success it deserved, that he was a much more “interesting” writer than his peers. Interesting can sometimes mean, “you’re not going to understand this…. You thickie!”. I began reading Long Time, No See. Immediately, I got a jolt: the words on the page were formatted like poetry and none of the dialogue was in inverted commas. I was reluctant to continue as my eyes and brain were in for a different exercise regime. However, my desire to be a know-it-all won through and I’m so glad I persevered. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Set in an Irish coastal rural community,it starts slowly with a young man visiting his grand uncle. Nothing happens for about six pages but I was enjoying the unusual format and the peculiar habits of the locals. Then something small happens and the story has you gripped. His descriptions of the landscape are beautifully minute and familiar. The language of the characters is real and humorous. The main character is a young man dealing with a tragedy that is intermittently revealed. It is about life, death and relationships’, each is given its weight from the cosmic to the banal and leaves you not wanting to leave these people or the place they live. Ten out of ten for Dermot Healy. I’m really sorry he is gone. I would have liked to have written to him to tell him how much I enjoyed his book. His earlier books are out of print but Dublin City Public Libraries do have copies to lend.
In conjunction with ‘Rathmines Roar’ Community Information Day, 17th May, Rathmines library invited children to write a short story about their favourite book and to dress up as a character from the book. The winners were presented with their prizes at Rathmines library on Friday 30th May.View a slideshow of the competition winners and runners up.WinnersKate Heffernan for the 6 – 9 year old age group. Kate's story was inspired by her favourite book, 'I won't go to China' by Enda WyleyÉriu Dalton for the 10 – 12 year old age group. Ériu's story was drawn from her favourite book, 'The Emerald Atlas' by John StephensThe winners were presented with a €25 book token.Runners Up:Molly Gorby who chose 'Paddington visits the Toy Shop' by Michael Bond as her favourite bookYuan Sree Kandru whose favourite book is 'Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown' by Megan McDonaldLucie Walsh picked 'The Tale of the Sea', which Lucie herself wrote.
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.
Barry 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.Barry Cunningham was the Marketing Director for Puffin, while there he worked with many of the great names in children's publishing including Roald Dahl, Mary Norton and Spike Milligan. He then set up the children's publishing wing of Bloomsbury and while there he discovered JK Rowling. He set up his own publishing company The Chicken House in 2000. The Chicken House has published best selling books by Cornelia Funke, Kevin Brooks, Lucy Christopher and Rachel Ward and bestselling The Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon.Thank-you for listening! To hear more, please subscribe to the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud.