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Christine Dwyer Hickey Reads – The House on Parkgate Street

Christine Dwyer Hickey reads ‘The House on Parkgate Street’ from her short story collection “The House on Parkgate Street and Other Stories”.
Set in various eras, at various times of life, each story is a unique and perfectly carved gem embedded in the city of Dublin.
With her customary wit and empathy, Christine Dwyer Hickey brings us an intimate portrayal of the city and some of its people in these beautifully observed stories.
Music by Denis Hickey
The House on Parkgate Street and Other Stories is published by New Island Books.


The Latest Reading of Tatty from Seána Kerslake

Seána Kerslake is one of Ireland’s most uniquely talented young actors and we’re delighted to call her a friend of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature office. We had been really looking forward to hearing her read from Tatty at Liberty Hall this month, as part of Dublin One City One Book, and very much hope she can be with us when that event is re-staged later in 2020.

In the meantime, treat yourself to this wonderful rendering of the voice of Tatty in a special video Seána has made for fans of the book.

You won’t be disappointed!
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The Long Gaze Back Podcast

Dublin City Libraries and Archive podcast  is back with a new season looking back at Dublin: One City, One Book 2018, when we celebrated The Long Gaze Back, and the female voice in Irish literature. This anthology of 30 short stories edited by Sinead Gleeson is an exhilarating anthology of thirty short stories by some of the most gifted women writers this island has ever produced.

Episode 1: An Evening with Christine Dwyer Hickey and Susan Stairs event took place in Ballyroan Library. The recording includes both writers reading from their work and a follow-up discussion with librarian Mark Ward.

Episode 2: Letters of Distinction: Sommerville and Ross Novelist and journalist Martina Devlin discusses the fascinating letters from Somerville and Ross to their literary agent in the early 1900s. 

Episode 3: Natural Selection Lia Mills talks to Sinéad Gleeson, Alan Hayes, Rob Doyle and Eimear Ryan about all things anthology.  With music by Ciara Sidine.

Episode 4: Recovered Voices 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.

You can subscribe to the Dublin City Libraries and Archives podcast to listen to more podcasts recorded during the 2018 Dublin One City One Book Festival on iTunesStitcherSpotify or wherever you get your podcasts. You can read ‘The Long Gaze Back’ on Borrowbox and of course you can order it from your favourite bookshop.

City of Books Podcast


Calling all bookworms. Dublin City Libraries is delighted to announce an exciting new initiative to mark the tenth anniversary of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature designation.

City of Books is a podcast in which host, author and journalist Martina Devlin, talks books to all sorts of people who believe books matter – and that you can never have too many books.

It’s sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature in association with MOLI, the Museum of Literature Ireland.

Be sure to subscribe to City of Books now.

Episode 1 The Fine Art of Reading features Robert Ballagh and Mary Costello
Episode 2 Life Lessons with Marian Keyes
Episode 3 with author of Tatty Christine Dwyer Hickey and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe

Episode 4 with author and editor Sineád Gleeson

Episode 5 with author Carlo Gébler

They are available on the usual platforms including Apple and Spotify.

Tatty at The New Theatre

Presented by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The New Theatre

Dramatised excerpt readings from Christine Dwyer Hickey’s Tatty performed by spoken word artist Felispeaks. Tatty is “a devastating, yet hilarious, depiction of the break up of a troubled Dublin family, as told through the eyes of a child.”

Written by Christine Dwyer Hickey
Dramatised excerpts by Audrey Devereux
Performed by Felispeaks
Directed by Mags Keohane
Produced by Anthony Fox 
Lighting by Cathy O’Carroll
Graphic design by Leanne Willars
Stage Management Shannon Cowan 

Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th September at 7:30pm

Matinee at 1pm on Friday 4th September

Tickets: €10 (€8 conc.)
Show Length: 50 minutes
Booking essential – tickets limited due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements.

Christine Dwyer Hickey and Emilie Pine Online Event

Building a Better World With Words


On Thursday the 2nd of July at 7pm, we’re collaborating with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature to invite award-winning Irish authors Christine Dwyer-Hickey and Emilie Pine to join us online for a special event. They’ll be discussing their works in conversation with Deirdre O’Byrne from Five Leaves Bookshop and Alison Lyons, Director of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Christine will be talking about this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice Tatty as well as The Narrow Land, which has just won the Dalkey Literary Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Emilie Pine will be discussing her award-winning collection of essays Notes to Self.

The webinar event features live BSL interpretation.
Closed caption subtitles will only be available on the archived version via our Youtube channel after the event.

Register for this free event 

Literary Prize Wins for Christine Dwyer Hickey

Congratulations to our 2020 Dublin One City One Book author Christine Dwyer Hickey who has won two major literary awards this month! Christine won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her  latest novel The Narrow Land (Atlantic Books) And on Saturday she was awarded the inaugural Dalkey Literary Award for Novel of the Year – also for The Narrow Land. And congratulations to Sinéad Gleeson who won the Dalkey Literary Award for Emerging Writer at Dalkey Book Festival for her debut collection of essays Constellations. Sinéad is the editor of The Long Gaze Back which was our 2018 Dublin One City One Book choice. 

More details on the Dalkey Literary Awards, sponsored by Zurich here