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Celebrating Leonard and Hungry Paul

 

Join us for our flagship event to celebrate Leonard and Hungry Paul. Author Rónán Hession in conversation with arts journalist Nadine O’Regan about writing his debut novel about two friends trying to find their place in the world. Excerpts from the book  performed by actor Emmet Kirwan with music performances by Irish folk singer Brigid Mae Power.

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2021 One Dublin One Book Programme Launched

Dublin City Council invites people all over the city to take part in the annual One Dublin One Book campaign by reading the same book during the month of April. This year’s chosen title for One Dublin One Book, is Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession (Bluemoose Books). 

Read first chapter here 

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature have put together a range of free online public events throughout the month of April which will see author Rónán Hession take part in public discussions, interviews and live webinars. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic these events will take place online. Writers Donal Ryan and Alex Barclay, actor Emmet Kirwan and musician Brigid Mae Power all feature in the programme. Rónán Hession will also perform music from his three albums released under the name Mumblin’ Deaf Ro and discuss his move from music to writing. RTÉ Radio 1’s Book on One is delighted to be opening its forthcoming new season of books read on radio with Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession produced by Clíodhna Ní Anluain.

Further details on these events are below and at this link www.onedublinonebook.ie/events

As part of One Dublin One Book, complimentary copies of the book will be distributed to health care workers via libraries in hospitals across Dublin, in a special initiative this year. 

Hundreds of copies of Leonard and Hungry Paul have been purchased by Dublin City Libraries and will be available to borrow from all public libraries nationwide, through the free BorrowBox library app, and in hardcopy when libraries re-open to the public. The book is also available to listen to in audio format through BorrowBox. The new One Dublin One Book edition of Leonard and Hungry Paul is available to buy from all good book shops. 

Videos of actor Johnny Ward reading extracts from the book will be released over the coming weeks. Watch the first one HERE

This programme was made possible thanks to funding from Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Speaking about the One Dublin One Book initiative, author Rónán Hession said:  “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.”

Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, added:On behalf of Dublin City 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.”

 

Online events during April include:

Tuesday 20th April 7.30pm

Celebrating Leonard and Hungry Paul

One Dublin One Book flagship event to celebrate Leonard and Hungry Paul. Author Rónán Hession will be in conversation with arts journalist Nadine O’Regan about writing his debut novel about two friends trying to find their place in the world. Excerpts from the book will be read by actor Emmet Kirwan. The event will also feature music performances by Irish folk singer Brigid Mae Power.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/celebrating-leonard-and-hungry-paul-one-dublin-one-book-2021-tickets-144215090217

Friday 16th April 7.30pm

Music, Writing and Creativity

Rónán Hesssion, aka Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, in conversation with Leagues O’Toole about his music, writing and creativity. Together they will explore Rónán’s transition from song writing, to novel writing and the power of music as a source of inspiration. With performances by Rónán of songs from his three albums: Senor, My Friend; The Herring and the Brine; and the Choice Music Prize-nominated Dictionary Crimes.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/music-writing-and-creativity-tickets-144249017695

Thursday 1st April 6pm in association with The Little Museum of Dublin

Rónán Hession and Fíona Scarlett in conversation with Sarah Costigan of the Little Museum. As part of the museum’s 120 Dublin Stories series, this conversation will reflect on the idea of Dublin as a character and speak about themes such as friendship & outsiders as depicted in Leonard & Hungry Paul by One City One Book author Rónán Hession, and in Fíona Scarlett’s debut novel Boys Don’t Cry. 

To book a place email fiona@littlemuseum.ie

Wednesday 7th April 8pm in association with The Rick O’Shea Book Club: Nice and Nasty

Rick O’Shea hosts a discussion between writers Alex Barclay and Rónán Hession about characters and characterisation. What makes a memorable character? Where do characters come from?  How to write light and dark characters? Who are their favourite characters in literature https://www.youtube.com/RickOSheaTalksBooks

Thursday 8th April 1pm in association with Irish Hospice Foundation

Art and Compassion

Discussion on the role of art in nurturing compassion and enabling difficult conversations. With readings and reflections by Rónán Hession and other guests tbc.

Thursday 8th April 7.30pm in association with Contemporary Music Centre Musical Tales

Contemporary Music Centre presents Musical Tales online event with performances of works by composers Linda Buckley, Greg Caffrey, Ben Dwyer, David Fennessy, Deirdre McKay and Jonathan Nangle that were selected by curator Jane O’Leary from CMC’s collection based on connections in some way with Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession.This will be followed by a live Panel Discussion led by CMC’s Linda O’Shea Farren, in which Rónán Hession, Jane O’Leary and some of the featured composers and performers will participate. 

https://www.cmc.ie/events/2021/apr/musical-tales-2021-presented-cmc-association-one-dublin-one-book

Thursday 15th April 7.30pm in association with Fingal Libraries

Fingal Libraries host Live Webinar with Rónán Hession with Q&A chaired by Edel Coffey https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/138625698195

Monday 19th April 7pm in association with DLR Libraries Poetry at the LexIcon: The Joy of Connection 

Readings and discussion with poets Bebe Ashley, Seán Hewitt and Richard Scott chaired by Rosamund Taylor. We are all interconnected through shared experiences, languages, and vulnerabilities. With poetry that is always in conversation with other poets and artists, Bebe Ashley, Seán Hewitt and Richard Scott capture our capacity for despair and our need for kindness. Their vivid and unique work explores how to make space, in a fraught and difficult world, for love, freedom and joy.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/poetry-at-the-lexicon-bebe-ashley-sean-hewitt-richard-scott-tickets-143432553629?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Friday 23rd April 1pm Seattle and Dublin, both UNESCO Cities of Literature, jointly host a discussion with Nancy Pearl and Rónán Hession.

Tuesday 27th April at 7pm in association with RDS Library. Eight Days a Week – Developing as a Writer in the Real World. Donal Ryan and Rónán Hession in Conversation

Award-winning writer Donal Ryan in conversation with Rónán Hession, author of this year’s One Dublin One Book choice Leonard and Hungry Paul, about becoming a writer, allowing time for creativity in a busy life and what they have learned along the way on their journey to publication. This event is part of the RDS Library Speakers Series in association with One Dublin One Book.

https://www.youtube.com/c/therds

Thursday 29th April at 7.30pm DCU Book Club Event

Leonard and Hungry Paul will feature as part of Our DCU Book Club in April. Our DCU Book Club is a virtual monthly book club for DCU staff with over 165 members.  A Live event with writer Rónán Hession takes place online on Thursday, April 29th at 7.30pm. It will be moderated by John McDonough, University Librarian. 
DCU Staff can register here: https://www.dcu.ie/president/our-dcu-virtual-book-club

Book On One

RTÉ Radio 1’s Book on One is delighted to be opening its forthcoming new season of books read on radio with Leonard and Hungary Paul by Rónán Hession read by actor Emmet Kirwan and produced by Clíodhna Ní Anluain. Excerpts will be broadcast weekday nights at 11.20am from Monday 19 – Friday 30 April 2021 and available to be also enjoyed on the RTÉ Book on one website for one month following the first broadcast of each episode.

https://www.rte.ie/radio1/book-on-one/

 

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.

LISTEN HERE 

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.

Nora by Nuala O’Connor is the 2022 One Dublin One Book

Dublin City Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature are delighted to announce Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce by Nuala O’Connor as the One Dublin One Book choice for 2022, following on from Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession in 2021.

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. The initiative is also funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, says

“Every year we choose a book that we hope will capture the imaginations of the people of Dublin, of all ages and walks of life, and I know that Nora will prove a rewarding reading experience for all who engage with One Dublin One Book 2022. For the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, it’s important for us to honour the contemporary writers Joyce has inspired, as well as the woman who inspired him. We look forward to working with Nuala O’Connor to create a programme of events next April that we hope will encourage many discussions and conversations.”

A new One Dublin One Book edition of Nora (New Island Books) will be available to borrow from all public libraries nationwide and to buy from all good book shops. There will be events in April to accompany the reading initiative. 

‘I’m honoured and humbled that Dublin City Council has chosen Nora as its One Dublin One Book read for 2022, the Ulysses centenary year. I imagine Nora Barnacle would be as pleased as I am to see her contribution to the life and work of James Joyce celebrated in this way. I’m a proud Dub and this wonderful opportunity has me really looking forward to engaging with library users and readers, all over my home city, in 2022.’ says Nuala O’Connor

The Book

When Nora Barnacle, a twenty-year-old from Galway working as a maid at Finn’s Hotel, meets young James Joyce on a summer’s day in Dublin, she is instantly attracted to him, natural and daring in his company. But she cannot yet imagine the extraordinary life they will share together. All Nora knows is she likes her Jim enough to leave behind family and home, in search of a bigger, more exciting life.

As their family grows, they ricochet from European city to city, making fast friends amongst the greatest artists and writers of their age as well as their wives, and are brought high and low by Jim’s ferocious ambition. But time and time again, Nora is torn between their intense and unwavering desire for each other and the constant anxiety of living hand-to-mouth, often made worse by Jim’s compulsion for company and attention. So, while Jim writes and drinks his way to literary acclaim, Nora provides unflinching support and inspiration, sometimes at the expense of her own happiness, and especially at that of their children, Giorgio and Lucia. Eventually, together, they achieve some longed-for security and stability, but it is hard-won and imperfect to the end.

In sensuous, resonant prose, Nuala O’Connor has conjured the definitive portrait of this strong, passionate and loyal Irishwoman. Nora is a tour de force, an earthy and authentic love letter to Irish literature’s greatest muse.

The Author

Photo by Úna O’Connor

Nuala O’Connor is a novelist, short story writer and poet who was born in Dublin and lives now in Co. Galway with her family.

She has worked as an arts administrator in theatre and in a writers’ centre; as a translator, as a bookseller and also in a university library. She is the author of four previous novels, including Becoming Belle (2018) and Miss Emily (2015), a reimagining of the life of Emily Dickinson, The Closet of Savage Mementos (New Island, 2014), You (New Island, 2010) and six short story collections, her most recent being Joyride to Jupiter (New Island, 2017). She has won many prizes for her short fiction including the Francis MacManus Award, the James Joyce Quarterly Fiction Contest and the UK’s Short Fiction Journal Prize. Nuala’s work has also been nominated for numerous prizes including the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year and the International Dublin Literary Award. She is editor-in-chief at flash e-zine Splonk. Her fifth novel, Nora, is about Nora Barnacle, wife and muse to James Joyce, and was published in Ireland in April 2021 with New Island.

 

BORROW THE BOOK

BUY THE BOOK

Leonard and Hungry Paul Most Borrowed Book in Irish Libraries

Borrowing figures for April show that Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession (Bluemoose Books) is the most borrowed ebook and eaudio book in Irish libraries!

We’re thrilled that readers and public libraries across the country have engaged so passionately with this year’s chosen book.

You can borrow Leonard and Hungry Paul from your local library using the BorrowBox app 

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