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Evil Literature Exhibition

The Evil Literature exhibition is focused on a selection of banned books in the collections of Dublin City Reading Room and Dublin City Archives, including the work of Edna O’Brien. 

The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien, the book choice for Dublin: One City One Book Festival in 2019, was censored in Ireland. Edna subsequently became one of a number of active opponents to censorship and was involved in reforming the manner in which the Censorship of Publications Board operated from 1967.

Accompanying the exhibition is an artistic response by Dan Eames, a graduate from NCAD, to the banning of The Country Girls, which was awarded by the International Society for Typographic Design and The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. It includes a printed book, a mobile app and a retroftted prie-dieu display

The exhibition is on display in the Dublin Room, Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse St, Dublin 2 from 4th April to end of May. 

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday 10am to 8pm

Friday and Saturday: 10am to 5pm 

Admission: Free

Christine Dwyer Hickey In Conversation

Join us for a special evening with Christine Dwyer Hickey, author of this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice Tatty, in association with Dublin Book Festival. Christine will be in conversation with literary critic Niall MacMonagle in the beautiful setting of Kevin Street Library, Dublin. She will discuss Tatty, her varied writing career, and in particular how music influences her writing.

Musical interludes will be contributed by pianist Leonora Carney, trumpeter Colm Byrne and piper Donnacha Dwyer.

Tatty was originally published in 2004 and earlier this year a special Dublin One City One Book edition, with a new introduction by Dermot Bolger, was published by New Island Books. Christine recently won the 2020 Dalkey Literary Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for her most recent novel The Narrow Land.

This event will be available to watch online via and Please note that you will need to register in advance to watch the event.