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Dublin: One City One Book Programme 2018 launched

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha, launched the 2018 Dublin: One City One Book programme of events today on the eve of International Women’s Day.

The Long Gaze BackAn Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson, joins a long list of illustrious titles as this year’s featured book in the Dublin: One City One Book Festival. As suggested by the title, this book is rooted in the present with emerging writers, while looking back to the flag bearers of Irish women’s writing.

The month-long festival will feature dramatised readings, music, song and poetry, discussions with the featured authors, walking tours, talks on topics such as the tradition of women’s short fiction in Ireland, gender balance and anthologies, writing workshops, exhibitions and much more.  Many of the events are free.

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RTÉ Arena Special

RTÉ Arena on RTE Radio One will have a hour-long special on The Long Gaze Back with guests Sinéad Gleeson, June Caldwell, Anne Enright, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Siobhán Mannion with music by Eileen Gogan and Ed McGinley this Monday 16th April at 7pm.

Reading Dublin: UCD Course

This year’s choice for the One City One Book festival is The Long Gaze Backan Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson.

This course is designed to tie in with the ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’ festival 2018 and makes full use of events staged by Dublin City Libraries. The Long Gaze Back features writing from Maria Edgeworth in the 1800s up to writers of today like Eimear Ryan and everything from comedy to ghost stories, from well know writers like Mary Lavin and Somervile and Ross who wrote The Irish RM stories to more experimental writers like Lucy Caldwell.

The course will consider the changing place of Dublin in literature and examine different ways the city has been represented by writers. You will get to experience a broad range of writing produced by Irish women over the past 200 years. No prior knowledge or skills are required for this course beyond an enjoyment and an interest in reading and in finding out more about your city.

Details: 4 classes – Wednesday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th April 10am-12.30pm.

Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse St, Dublin 2

Tutor: Gareth Fagan

Cost: €100


Maeve Brennan: On the Life of a Great Irish Writer

We’re delighted that American author Kathleen Hill will be taking part in this year’s Dublin: One City One Book Festival at the Walking in Maeve’s Shoes event, organised by Ranelagh Arts Centre on Sunday 15th April. Booking details here

Kathleen’s essay on Maeve Brennan is published in Nine Irish Lives (Algonquin Press) an anthology about nine Irish men and women who came to the United States and remained

An excerpt can be read here via