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Leonard and Hungry Paul is 2021 One Dublin One Book

Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession is the One Dublin One Book choice for 2021, following on from Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey in 2020.

One Dublin One Book aims to encourage everyone in Dublin to read a designated book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. This annual project is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries and encourages reading for pleasure. 

Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, says “On behalf of Dublin City Council Libraries, I am delighted to have the opportunity of promoting this wonderful book by Rónán Hession.  It reminds us all that life is precious and that there are many challenges facing us as we negotiate daily life.  The book is uplifting and positive and gives comfort at this time.  The book is a treasure and will hopefully encourage many more readers to seek refuge and sustenance from reading.”

A new One Dublin One Book edition of Leonard and Hungry Paul (Bluemoose Books) will be available to borrow from all public libraries nationwide, electronically via BorrowBox, and to buy from all good book shops. There will be online events in April to accompany the reading initiative. 

“I am sincerely grateful and proud that Leonard and Hungry Paul has been chosen as this year’s One Dublin One Book. I would like to thank Dublin City Council for this great honour. I was born in Dublin and have lived and worked here all my life, so this means a lot to me. And of course, I have spent countless happy hours firing my imagination with the books I have borrowed from the wonderful libraries we have throughout Dublin. Leonard and Hungry Paul is a gentle book about two friends learning to engage with the world without becoming overwhelmed by it. I hope my fellow Dubliners find it a source of peace and enjoyment in the year ahead.” says Rónán Hession.

The Book

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two quiet friends who see the world differently. They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st century. It is the story of two friends trying to find their place in the world. It is about those uncelebrated people who have the ability to change the world, not by effort or force, but through their appreciation of all that is special and overlooked in life.

The Author

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer based in Dublin. His debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul was published by Bluemoose Books in the UK and by Melville House Books in the US. Leonard and Hungry Paul has been nominated for a number of prizes, including the Irish Novel of the Year and the British Book Award for Best Debut. Rónán has also been longlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards for Short Story of the Year. Rónán’s second novel, Panenka, will be published in May 2021. As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of storytelling songs. His third album Dictionary Crimes was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year. 

The Publisher

Leonard and Hungry Paul is published by Bluemoose Books 

Christine Dwyer Hickey – A Special Celebration of Tatty at Dublin Book Festival

Treat yourself to an hour of inspiring and honest conversation as Christine Dwyer Hickey talks to Niall MacMonagle about writing this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice Tatty, how music inspires her writing and much more. Musical recitals by Leonora Carney (piano), Colm Byrne (trumpet) and Donnacha Dwyer (uileann pipes) This event is part of the Dublin Book Festival Autumn Series and was filmed in Kevin St Library and The City Gallery, Hugh Lane. 

 

 

 

Dublin One City One Book Special Event at Dublin Book Festival

Christine Dwyer Hickey in Conversation with Niall MacMonagle with Musical Interludes

A Dublin One City One Book and Dublin Book Festival Online Event

Join us for a special online event with Christine Dwyer Hickey, author of this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice Tatty on Thursday 24th September at 7pm. 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 and trumpeter Colm Byrne at the Hugh Lane Gallery 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.

Please note that you will need to register in advance to watch the event.

http://eventbrite.ie/e/dublin-one-city-one-book-christine-dwyer-hickey-in-conversation-tickets-117999891853

 

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.

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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.

Christine Dwyer Hickey, Roddy Doyle and Kevin Barry at Dublin Book Festival

Dublin Book Festival presents Christine Dwyer Hickey, Roddy Doyle and Kevin Barry in conversation with Seán Rocks, with music from Uly. In partnership with RTÉ Radio 1 Arena Live Show, Seán Rocks is joined by author Roddy Doyle, winner of the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and author of 2020 release, Love (his novel The Barrytown Trilogy was the 2015 Dublin One City One Book choice;  author and play-wright Kevin Barry, whose novel City of Bohane won the International Dublin Literary Award and who has just published his latest collection of short stories This Old Country Music; and acclaimed writer Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose latest novel, The Narrow Land, is the 2020 winner of the Walter Scott Prize and the inaugural winner of The Dalkey Literary Prize 2020. Christine’s 2004 novel, Tatty is this year’s Dublin One CIty One Book choice.