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Celebrating Leonard & Hungry Paul

 

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Tuesday 20th April at 7.30pm

 
A celebration of this year’s One Dublin One Book choice – Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession. With interview, readings and music.

Join us for our 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 performed by actor Emmet Kirwan. There will be music performances by Irish folk singer Brigid Mae Power.

Leonard and Hungry Paul was published in 2019 by Bluemoose Books and has been nominated for several awards including the Irish Novel of the Year and the British Book Award for Best Debut. The novel 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 and has become a word-of-mouth hit among readers.

Rónán Hession is from Dublin and has also been longlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards for Short Story of the Year. His 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.

Brigid Mae Power is a singer songwriter. Recently signing to Fire Records, Power released the surely autobiographical and acclaimed album ‘Head Above The Water’ in 2020 which was Rough Trade’s ‘Album Of The Month’. The third album from the celebrated Irish singer songwriter is a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country – an engaging blend of strings, bouzouki, piano and Power’s distinctive vocal make it a beautiful body of work.

Emmet Kirwan is an Irish actor, playwright and screenwriter. He is known for starring in RTÉ2’s Sarah & Steve and for writing and starring in the 2015 play, and 2018 movie version of Dublin Oldschool. Other credits include parts in Ella Enchanted, ’71 and Inside I’m Dancing. 

Nadine O’Regan is an award-winning Irish journalist, broadcaster and podcaster. Editor of the Business Post Magazine, the culture magazine which is published weekly with the Business Post newspaper, she is also a columnist and arts writer with the publication, as well as its head of podcasting. A cover presenter on RTÉ Radio 1 (Late Date), Nadine has presented shows on Phantom FM (The Kiosk) and Today FM (Songs in the Key of Life). Nadine hosts the interview podcast My Roots Are Showing.

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Online Event

Time

20 April 2021 at 7:30 pm

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Free

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Cabra Library Book Club

Tuesday 20th April 8.30pm

 

Cabra Library Book Club discusses Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession. Rónán will join the meeting at the start to answer questions and read from the book, before leaving the readers to discuss the novel among themselves.

If you wish to enquire about joining the book club please contact Cabra Library at cabralibrary@dublincity.ie

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Online Event

Time

20 April 2021 at 8:30 pm

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Free

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Seattle and Dublin: Two Cities One Book

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Friday 23rd April 1pm

 

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Rónán Hession and Nancy Pearl discuss Leonard and Hungry Paul

Join us for a special conversation between beloved rock star librarian Nancy Pearl and Rónán Hession, whose novel Leonard and Hungry Paul is the 2021 One Dublin One Book selection.

Did you know that The Seattle Public Library started the original ‘one book, one city’ with a programme called  ‘If All of Seattle Read the Same Book’  (better known now as ‘Seattle Reads’) back in 1998? The programme, created by Nancy Pearl, has been a huge success, spreading throughout the United States as well as to cities around the world. For the first time ever, Seattle is partnering with another city to celebrate their ‘one book’ selection and to talk a bit about why shared reading experiences are so powerful. The Dublin One City One Book programme (now One Dublin One Book) began in 2006 with Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds and has featured over the years books by Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, James Joyce, Edna O’Brien, Christine Dwyer Hickey and many others. 

This event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle City of Literature, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Elliott Bay Book Company, with thanks to author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be pre-recorded and streamed on SPL’s YouTube channel and Dublin City of Literature YouTube channel.

Nancy Pearl regularly speaks about the importance and pleasure of reading at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups around the world.  She can be found on NPR’s Morning Edition and KWGS-FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma talking about her favorite books. Her monthly television show on the Seattle Channel, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl, features interviews with authors, poets, and other literary figures. Among her many honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. Nancy is the creator of the internationally recognized program If All of Seattle Read the Same Book, and was the inspiration for the Archee McPhee “Librarian Action Figure.”  Nancy is a best-selling author, librarian, and literary critic, but first and foremost, she is a reader and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have. 

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. 

Venue

Online Event

Time

23 April 2021 at 1:00 pm

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Free

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Booking not necessary

Eight Days a Week: Developing as a Writer in the Real World with Donal Ryan and Rónán Hession

 

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Tuesday 27th April 7pm

 

RDS Library and One Dublin One Book present an interview by award-winning writer Donal Ryan with Rónán Hession, about becoming a writer, allowing time for creativity in a busy life and the inspiration behind Leonard and Hungry Paul, this year’s One Dublin One Book choice.  This event is part of the RDS Library Speakers Series in association with One Dublin One Book.

Donal Ryan, from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, is the author of five number one-bestselling novels and a short story collection. He has won several awards for his fiction, including four Irish Book Awards, the Guardian First Book Award, and the European Union Prize for Literature, and he has twice been nominated for the Booker Prize. His work has been adapted for stage and screen and is published in over twenty languages. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer based in Dublin. His debut novel 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. 

Venue

Online Event

Time

27 April 2021 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

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Our City Our Books Book Club (BOOKED OUT)

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Tuesday 27th April 8.30pm

 

Our City Our Books invites readers to discuss Leonard and Hungry Paul at this book club meeting. Author Rónán Hession will join the meeting at the start to answer questions and read from the book, before leaving readers to discuss the novel among themselves. Book club attendees can avail of a free copy of the book, posted to their address, but please note that places are limited.

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two quiet friends who see the world differently. Using humour, stints of silence and board games, they try to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st century.

 

Described as “the book we all need at the moment”, this charming novel celebrates those underappreciated people whose gentleness and appreciation of the small things of life have the power to change the world.

 

 

Venue

Online Event

Time

27 April 2021 at 8:30 pm

Tickets

Free

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The Human Family – Poetry Workshop with Nessa O’Mahony (BOOKED OUT)

 

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Thursday 29th April at 2pm 

Join poet Nessa O’Mahony on Poetry Day for this poetry workshop organised by the National Library of Ireland exploring the themes from this year’s One Dublin One Book choice, Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession.

As this will be an interactive workshop, places are limited. 

Time

29 April 2021 at 2:00 pm

Tickets

Free

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DCU Book Club

Thursday 29th April at 7.30pm

 

Leonard and Hungry Paul will feature as part of the DCU Book Club in April. The 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

 

Venue

Online Event

Time

29 April 2021 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

Free

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Our City Our Books Book Club (BOOKED OUT)

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Thursday 29th April 8pm

 

This month Our City Our Books is celebrating the One Dublin One Book 2021 selection, Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession. 

Attendees of this special book club session can avail of a free copy of the book, posted to their address, but please note that places are limited. 

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two quiet friends who see the world differently. Using humour, stints of silence and board games, they try to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st century.

Described as “the book we all need at the moment”, this charming novel celebrates those underappreciated people whose gentleness and appreciation of the small things of life have the power to change the world.

 

 

 

Venue

Online Event

Time

29 April 2021 at 8:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

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Embassy of Ireland in Poland: Evening With Rónán Hession

 
 

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The Embassy of Ireland welcomes you to an online discussion with Irish author Rónán Hession, moderated by Liliana Sikorska.

The Embassy of Ireland in Poland has joined One Dublin One Book for the second time, gathering six book clubs of young readers across Poland who share the joy of reading and discussion, to celebrate the best in contemporary Irish writing. Rónán Hession will speak to his Polish readers – past, current and future – on 5th May at 7pm Polish time (6pm Irish time)

This event is open to everyone, both those lucky enough to have read this wonderful book and also those who are interested in learning more about “Leonard and Hungry Paul” and its author Rónán Hession. The event will be in English.

About the author

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer and musician based in Dublin. As Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of songs, with his most recent album, Dictionary Crimes, nominated for the Choice Music Prize for album of the year.

“Leonard and Hungry Paul” is his first novel, and was not only chosen for the One Dublin One Book project, but has also been nominated for Irish Novel of the Year and the British Book Award for Best Debut.

About the moderator

Liliana Sikorska—Head, Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. President, International Association of University Professors of English 2016–2019. Academic interests comprise medievalism and orientalism, Celtic and Irish cultures and English literature. Her publications include: Ironies of Art/Tragedies of Life: Essays on Irish Literature (ed. 2005), A Universe of (hi)stories: Essays on J.M. Coetzee (ed. 2006). She has also authored An Short History of English Literature (fourth edition 2011). She is the general editor of An Outline History of English Literature in Texts. Vol I- III (2007) and general editor of An Outline History of Irish Literature in Texts (2011). She co-authored a book Paul Muldoon’s works: Between the Self and the other. Essays on the Poetry of Paul Muldoon (2018) Her most recent publication is Other Encounters: Reading the Medieval Orient in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Narratives (to be published by MIP Press, 2021).

Time

05 May 2021 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

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The Book on One: Leonard and Hungry Paul

RTÉ Radio One will feature Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession in January. Ten excerpts from our wonderful 2021 One Dublin One Book novel will be read by actor Emmet Kirwan

Broadcast 11.20pm weekday evenings for two weeks starting Monday 10th January and finishing on Friday 21st January.

 

 

Time

January 10 at 10:20 pm

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Irish Literary Society: Nuala O’Connor in Conversation

 

Irish Literary Society presents: Nuala O’Connor in conversation with David Collard.

In this centenary year of the publication of Ulysses, Irish Literary Society are delighted to welcome Nuala O’Connor to the Bloomsbury Hotel in London to discuss her novel Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce. Nuala O’Connor will be in conversation with David Collard whose own Joycean musings Multiple Joyce will be published in June. Joining them will be soprano Angela Hicks and guitarist Tom Gamble with songs of the period.

 

 

Venue

Bloomsbury Hotel London, 16-22 Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3NN United Kingdom

Time

March 28 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

£10

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Ulysses Journey 2022

Ulysses Journey 2022 presented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland & Centre Culturel Irlandais in association with One Dublin One Book and DLR Libraries.

Screening of six newly-commissioned music and film works complemented by a discussion on Joyce & Music by composer Benjamin Dwyer in conversation with Linda O’Shea Farren, CMC’s Projects, Programmes & Events Manager

As part of Ulysses Journey 2022 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce, CMC and CCI have co-commissioned six new works by composers from Ireland, which are inspired by, reflect on and/or respond to Ulysses, together with films by filmmakers from Ireland to accompany these new works.

These new music and film works are supported by the Irish Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 programme; by One Dublin One Book 2022 through funding from Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media; and by New Music Dublin 2022.

 

Venue

DLR LexIcon, Queen's Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin,

Time

April 1 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

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1922: Nora Barnacle and James Joyce – The Galway Story

Galway Public Libraries presents an evening of readings, conversation and music highlighting Nora Barnacle, her life in Galway and her role in the Joyce odyssey with Nuala O Connor, author of NORA: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce and Ray Burke, author of Joyce County, his book about Joyce’s links to Galway (which is being re-issued in 2022 with illustrations by Joe Boske) in conversation with Emily CullenNORA is very much about Nora’s side of the Joyce odyssey; the Joyce County about Joyce and Galway and the collaboration and conversation between Nuala and Ray will, we hope, broaden the audience’s relationship with the Joyce family and their Galway connections.The Nora-themed music by Tomás Mannion, Carmel Dempsey and Emily Greaney, and anecdotal commentary from various guests will enhance the evening’s celebration of this west-east couple who eloped and had such a fascinating life in Europe.

 

Venue

St Nicholas Church, St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Lombard Street Galway, Galway H91 PY20 Ireland

Time

April 1 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

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Central Library Book Club Event

Image of Nuala O'Connor

 

The Central Library invites book club members to discuss Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce, this year’s One Dublin One Book choice. Author Nuala O’Connor will join the meeting at the start to answer questions and to read from the book, before leaving readers to discuss the novel among themselves.

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.

Physical copies of the book can be borrowed in advance from the library or electronically (e-book and e-audiobooks) via Borrowbox app.

This Central Library Book Club event is open to members of other Dublin City Libraries’ book clubs subject to availability

 

Venue

Online Event

Time

April 4 at 1:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

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One Dublin One Book Bookclub at Ballymun Library (BOOKED OUT)

Join us for the special book club devoted to this year’s One Dublin One Book choice, Nora by Nuala O’Connor. This fictional account of Nora Barnacle –partner and muse to James Joyce – shines a light on one of the most intriguing figures in Irish literary history. This event is ideal preparation for Nuala O’Connor’s visit to Ballymun Library on the 12th April where she will discuss the themes of the novel. 

Booking for event on 12th April is at https://bit.ly/3q5fJRn 

 

Venue

Ballymun Library, Main Street Ballymun, Dublin, 9

Time

April 4 at 6:30 pm

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RTÉ Radio 1’s The Book on One

 

Monday 4th April to 15th April 

RTÉ Radio 1’s The Book on One will feature Nora by Nuala O’Connor (New Island Books). Actor Cathy Belton will read  from this year’s One Dublin One Book novel which will be broadcast during Late Date on RTÉ Radio One every week day evening at 11.20pm from Monday 4th to Friday 15th April 2022. Produced by Clíodhna Ní Anluain.

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The readings will be available for one month after broadcast. Listen back here

Time

April 4 at 11:20 pm - April 15 at 11:40 pm

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Sirens and Songs with Nuala O’Connor, Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy

Nuala O’Connor will read from and discuss her novel Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce followed by musical performances by Sinead Murphy and Darina Joyce.

In person and live-streamed

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

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 published five novels and six short story collections, including Becoming Belle, Miss Emily, You, and Joyride to Jupiter.

Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher present a musical exploration of Nora Barnacle and her life with James Joyce. Sailing from ‘Dublin Bay’ they embark on an unconventional journey through life and love, full of passion and music, children and ever- changing European cities. But no matter where they lived, there was always a piano.

Event will be streamed live on Dublin City of Literature You Tube channel 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-3Nfbv1l0c

 

 

Venue

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road Dublin 6,

Time

April 5 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

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Reading Between the Lines: The Love Letters of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce

In Conversation with Nuala O’Connor (In-person and Live Streamed)

The private writings of those who came before us have long held the interest of historians and scholars alike. They provide insights into the personal beliefs and inner lives of the writers and allow us to engross ourselves in the intimate details they share.

The vividly detailed series of letters exchanged between Joyce and Barnacle, an Irish emigrant couple often separated for long periods of time, conveys the sense of longing and urgency experienced by many others who find themselves in long distance relationships.

Join us as we explore Nora’s story and the important role emigrant letters play in shaping our understanding of our predecessors.

Nuala O’Connor lives in Co. Galway. Her fifth novel NORA (Harper Perennial/New Island, 2021), about Nora Barnacle, wife and muse to James Joyce, was recently published to critical acclaim in the USA, Ireland, the UK, and Germany, and is forthcoming in other languages. NORA was named as a Top 10 2021 historical novel by the New York Times. Nuala has curated the current exhibition at MoLI, ‘Loves, Says Bloom’, on the Joyce family, for #Ulysses100. Nuala is editor at flash fiction e-zine Splonk.

 

This event will be live streamed on Dublin City of Literature You Tube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_ZAAm3fy_g

Venue

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Annie Moore Room, EPIC, The Chq Building, Custom House Quay, North Dock Dublin,

Time

April 6 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

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Little Museum of Dublin : Women in Ulysses (POSTPONED)

 * The online event this evening has been postponed due to illness. A new date will be re-scheduled in due course.

The Little Museum of Dublin presents a conversation – with images – between photographer Deirdre Brennan and author Nuala O’Connor, about Deirdre’s photo documentary series, Following Ulysses, which uses Joyce’s novel to consider politics, race, and class in modern Dublin.

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Venue

Online Event

Time

April 7 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

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An Evening of Noras at James Joyce Centre (BOOKED OUT)

An Evening of Noras will present a powerful insight into the extraordinary life of Nora Barnacle through written word, poetry, performance and music.

We welcome back writers; Clíona Saidléar and Sinéad Nolan, along with writer and performer Paula Greevy-Lee, and music by Sinéad Murphy.

This free performance will take place in the beautiful Kenmare Room in the James Joyce Centre.

It will last approx. 1 hour and will be followed by a Q and A.  

 

Venue

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street Dublin, 1 Ireland

Time

April 7 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

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