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Nora and Nuala: A Celebration

Watch Live at 7pm at https://youtu.be/ntbciHcDIrQ.

 

Join us in the beautiful, Baroque surrounds of St. Ann’s Church on Dawson St for an evening of celebration and performances with Dublin City Council’s One Dublin One Book choice for 2022 Nuala O’Connor’s NORA: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce.

Author Nuala O’Connor will be in conversation with writer and researcher Paula Shields as they discuss Nuala’s writing career with a special focus on her captivating novel Nora which follows the frequently tumultuous life of Nora Barnacle, muse and wife of James Joyce. The book is an intimate portrayal of their relationship beginning on that well known date of the 16th June 1904 and spanning decades and  cities as they follow Joyce’s ferocious literary ambitions throughout Europe. 

The evening will feature music from Moxie Sings the ever-vibrant acoustic trio of “Moxie” as their genre and rhythm melding tunes take us on a journey across the continents and characters. There will also be dramatic readings from Nora from Niamh McCormack and Adam J. Richardson.

Tickets available for in-person or live streaming.

 

Venue

St Ann’s Church, 18 Dawson Street Dublin D02 YV57

Time

21 April 2022 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Nuala O’Connor in conversation with Edel Coffey

 

This year’s One Dublin One Book author Nuala O’Connor will be in conversation with author and journalist Edel Coffey on Friday 22nd April brought to you by Fingal Libraries. They will be discussing Nuala’s novel NORA: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce (New Island Books). Shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards, Nora is an earthy and authentic love letter to Irish literature’s greatest muse.

 

Venue

Online Event

Time

22 April 2022 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Be Your Own Muse: An Inspirational Writing Workshop with Eva Kenny (BOOKED OUT)

 
Dublin writer Eva Kenny will discuss the mythic, historic, social and economic roles played by the muse in artistic creation.

What does it mean to be a muse? In this workshop, Dublin writer Eva Kenny will discuss the mythic, historic, social and economic roles played by the muse in artistic creation. How does the muse prompt or inspire authorship? And what is the muse’s reward? Recognition? Attention?  A fee? Does he or she play an active or a passive role–– in other words, is participation involved or just observation? After our discussion, the group will spend the second half of the workshop devising ways to turn this focused attention on our own work, asking how we can inspire, motivate or otherwise provoke the creative urge in ourselves.

Eva Kenny is a writer from Dublin. In 2020, she was a recipient of the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award. Her criticism and fiction have been published in Artforum, the Dublin Review of Books, Frieze, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Irish Times, and The Stinging Fly, among others. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, where she wrote a dissertation on Samuel Beckett’s fiction, and is at work on a first collection of stories and essays.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North Dublin,

Time

23 April 2022 at 10:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

From Page to Stage: Adapting Fiction for the Stage with Dermot Bolger

 
In this talk and Q & A session, Dermot Bolger explores the challenges in adapting Ulysses, or any work of fiction, for the stage.

Some years ago the novelist, poet and playwright Dermot Bolger took what he himself described as “the near impossible task” of adapting Joyce’s Ulysses – a masterpiece of 265,000 words, written in eighteen episodes and a dazzling array of linguistic styles – into a stage play. He initially approached the task with a palpable terror until he realised that his anxiety as a playwright reflected the terror readers often feel when approaching it as a book. He therefore took as his starting point a complaint by Nora Barnacle that Joyce kept her awake at night, laughing so much as he wrote it and subtly got under the skin and prejudices of his claustrophobic Dublin.

In this talk and Q & A session, Bolger explores the challenges in adapting Ulysses, or any work of fiction, for the stage and chronicles the adventures of his own Ulysses adaption which was staged in Ireland by the Abbey Theatre and toured China in a famous Tron Theatre production. Bolger’s latest collection of poems, Other People’s Lives, is published in April 2022.

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Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North Dublin,

Time

23 April 2022 at 11:30 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Nora Barnacle’s Importance to Irish Literature

 

Join One Dublin, One Book author Nuala O’Connor (Nora) as she discusses the important role played by James Joyce’s muse and wife Nora Barnacle in Irish literature. Nuala will be joined in conversation by Joycean enthusiast Katherine McSharry of the National Library of Ireland and Terence Killeen, Research Scholar at the James Joyce Centre, Dublin and author of Ulysses Unbound.

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 is editor at flash fiction e-zine Splonk

Katherine McSharry is Acting Director of the National Library of Ireland and a proud west of Ireland native. She was the National Library lead on the UCD/NLI partnership to create the Museum of Literature Ireland, with its strong focus on James Joyce. She was also co-curator of the 2004 exhibition ‘James Joyce and Ulysses at the National Library of Ireland’, and wrote the collection-based publication ‘A Joycean Scrapbook’ which accompanied the exhibition

Terence Killeen is Research Scholar at the James Joyce Centre, Dublin. He is the author of Ulysses Unbound, which has just been published in a new edition by Penguin Books. He has published in the James Joyce Quarterly, the James Joyce Literary Supplement and the Joyce Studies Annual. A former journalist with The Irish Times, he continues to write on Joyce-related matters for the newspaper.  He has taught Finnegans Wake for many years at seminars at the Dublin James Joyce Summer School and the Trieste Joyce Summer School. He has also lectured at both schools, at the James Joyce Centre, at Trinity College Dublin at various International and North America James Joyce Symposiums and at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris.

Venue

County Library, Tallaght, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin, D24 A3EX,

Time

25 April 2022 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Richmond Barracks Book Club Event

 

This April, Richmond Barracks book club will read and discuss the One Dublin One Book 2022 selection, Nora: A Love Story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce by Nuala O’Connor.

If you’re attending one of these special book club sessions, you can avail of a free copy of the book, but please note that places are limited.

You can either collect a copy of the book from Inchicore Library free of charge, or have it posted to you for €6.20, which covers the cost of postage. 

About this month’s 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…

About the Book Clubs

The book clubs are held on the last Tuesday and Thursday of every month, one taking place online and the other in-person at Richmond Barracks. We start each session with an inclusive discussion about the current title and then have a broader discussion about what we’re reading and swap recommendations.

 

Venue

Richmond Barracks, Inchicore Dublin 8,

Time

26 April 2022 at 11:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Joyce, Ulysses and the National Library of Ireland

This online talk by Ludovica Neglie (National Library of Ireland) will explore Joyce’s world, celebrate his most famous work and the important role that the National Library of Ireland played in Joyce’s life.

This event will have ISL (Irish Sign language) interpretation and captioning.

 

Venue

Online Event

Time

27 April 2022 at 3:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

An Evening with Nuala O’Connor with readings by The Monaco-Ireland Arts Society

 

Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco – Under the aegis of the Fondation Princesse Grace

Nuala O’Connor will speak about what inspired her to write this book and the meticulous research undertaken. This bio-fictional novel takes the facts around the lives of Nora and James Joyce, and re-imagines them as a fictional story.

The talk will be illustrated by dramatic readings of personal letters between Nora and Joyce, performed by actors from the Monaco-Ireland Arts Society.

Nuala will also briefly bring us behind the scenes of the exhibition that she curated for the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) in Dublin entitled “—Love, says Bloom”, which looks at the deep love between the couple and their children, using music as a steadfast element in their lives. 

The talk will be followed by drinks in the Princess Grace salon of the library and signings of copies of the book, which was named by Dublin City Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature as the One Dublin One Book’ choice for 2022.

The talk will be recorded and the replay on YouTube will be made public in the days following the event (subject to the author’s permission)

Open to all with priority to Friends of the Princess Grace Irish Library. 10 Euro entrance fee at the library.

Venue

Princess Grace Irish Library, 9 Rue Princesse Marie de Lorraine, 98000 Monaco, Monaco

Time

28 April 2022 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

€10

Booking

Booking essential

WAVES OF EMOTION: JOYCE’S MOLLY AND NORA (BOOKED OUT)

In an event specially created for One Dublin One Book, writer Martina Devlin and actors Lise-Ann McLaughlin and Nick Dunning combine to take a fresh look at the world’s most famous novel. With selected readings by the actors from Ulysses and Nuala O’Connor’s NORA, the performance captures two earthy, independent and quintessentially female perspectives on life and art.

 

Venue

Rathfarnham Castle (OPW), Rathfarnham Road Dublin 14,

Time

28 April 2022 at 8:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

One City Two Books with Nuala O’Connor and Rónán Hession at Bray Literary Festival

Friday 29th September, 7.30pm, Bray Town Hall.

Join 2022 One Dublin One Book author Nuala O’Connor and 2021 author Rónán Hession for an in conversation event with David Butler at Bray Literary Festival.

Supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature/One Dublin One Book.

Tickets available on the door 

€5 or €20 for a festival ticket

Nuala O’Connor’s fifth novel NORA (New Island), about Nora Barnacle and James Joyce, was a Top 10 historical novel in the New York Times and the One Dublin One Book choice for 2022. Nuala curated the Ulysses 100 exhibition at MoLI, –Love, Says Bloom. She is editor at flash fiction e-journal Splonk. 

Rónán Hession has published two novels, Leonard and Hungry Paul (2021 One Dublin One Book) and Panenka, which have been shortlisted for several major awards in Ireland and the UK. He is currently working on his third novel, Ghost Mountain, which will be published in 2024.

https://brayliteraryfestival.com/

Venue

Bray Town Hall, Main Street Bray,

Time

30 September 2022 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

€5

Booking

Booking not necessary

Seamus Heaney Listen Now Again Bookclub Event (BOOKED OUT)

An informal and interactive discussion of this year’s One Dublin One Book selection: The Coroner’s Daughter along with the author, Andrew Hughes. You don’t need to be a literary expert to join in – everyone is welcome! We recommend that you read The Coroner’s Daughter before the book club so you can enjoy our chat.

Venue

Seamus Heaney Listen Now Again, Westmoreland Street Dublin 2,

Time

01 April 2023 at 11:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Rough Justice

A talk by James Scannell from the Old Dublin Society about the police intelligence reports from various newspapers around the time period of The Coroner’s Daughter (1800s) highlighting how offenders were treated.

No booking required. First come, first seated.

Venue

Terenure Library, Templeogue Road Dublin 6W,

Time

03 April 2023 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

The Anatomy of Crime (BOOKED OUT)

Join us for a fascinating evening as author Andrew Hughes and State Pathologist Dr Heidi Okkers and Deputy State Pathologist Dr Jill Roman will be in conversation with novelist and journalist Conor Brady. In the years preceding 1816, the year in which The Coroner’s Daughter is set, forensic investigation into deaths was almost non-existent. 1816 was also the year of publication of George Male’s Epitome of Forensic Medicine, a pivotal guide as to how marks of a violent death appear on a body, and a textbook which became instrumental in The Coroner’s Daughter. This panel discussion will explore the history of forensic science, the development of investigative techniques, and their use in crime fiction, from the historical through to the contemporary.

 

Venue

Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street Dublin 2,

Time

04 April 2023 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

UCD Lifelong Learning Course: One Dublin One Book

A 4-week course led by tutor Garret Fagan, based around The Coroner’s Daughter by Andrew Hughes. You’ll also read other titles, as well as material which relates to The Coroner’s Daughter and the Dublin of the time, and to Dublin in literature and crime writing.

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.

Takes place on Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th April.

Course Code: Spring AE-LN248

Tales From The Archives

From love letters and diaries, to court records and newspaper archives, Andrew Hughes will talk about how his background as a professional archivist, and his research with archival sources, has inspired the stories, characters, and setting for his historical crime novels The Coroner’s Daughter and The Convictions of John Delahunt.

Andrew Hughes born in Co. Wexford, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. A qualified archivist, he worked for RTÉ before going freelance. It was while researching his social history of Fitzwilliam Square – Lives Less Ordinary: Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922 – that he came across the true story of John Delahunt, a Victorian murderer and Dublin Castle informer. His debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt, was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Irish Crime Book of the Year. The Coroner’s Daughter was nominated for the CWA Historical Dagger.

Venue

Coolock Library, Barryscourt Road, Dublin 17,

Time

05 April 2023 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Heroes and Villains in Crime Fiction

In this special event to partner Wexford County Council Libraries and One Dublin One Book, Wexford authors Andrew Hughes and Cat Hogan will be in conversation with Caroline Busher about creating chilling, sinister and complex villains, and the different dynamics in writing novels from the perspective of the murderer, and the perspective of the sleuth.

Andrew Hughes born in Co. Wexford, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. A qualified archivist, he worked for RTÉ before going freelance. His debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt, was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Irish Crime Book of the Year. The Coroner’s Daughter was nominated for the CWA Historical Dagger.

Cat Hogan is an international bestselling novelist and screenwriter. Her first award nominated novel They All Fall Down was published in 2016, and her second novel, There Was A Crooked Man (2017) was nominated by Bord Gais Energy as Crime Fiction of the Year Novel.

Caroline Busher is the Irish Times best-selling author and Irish Book Award nominated author. Her books include of The Ghosts of Magnificent Children, The Girl Who Ate The Stars, The Legend of Valentine Sorrow and The Spectacular Library of Magical.

Venue

Wexford Town Library, Mallin Street Ferrybank South, Wexford

Time

06 April 2023 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

One Dublin Many Women

In The Coroner’s Daughter Abigail Lawless breaks the mould of our idea of a 19th Century Irish woman. Join historian and author Liz Gillis as she explores the status of women in 19th Century Ireland. Presented by South Dublin Libraries.

Historian and author Liz Gillis is from the Liberties. She is the author of six books about the Irish Revolution  including, ‘The Fall of Dublin’, ‘Women of the Irish Revolution’ and ‘The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution’ and  ‘May 25: The Burning of the Custom House 1921’. Liz has worked as a researcher on numerous publications, television and radio documentaries covering the period. 

Liz is the Historian in Residence for Dublin South County Council for the Decade of Centenaries. She also works as a Researcher for the History Show on RTE Radio and lectures at Champlain College Dublin.  Liz was a Historical Consultant for the new Custom House Visitor Centre and was a Curatorial Assistant in RTE, specialising in researching the Easter Rising and a tour guide for many years in Kilmainham Gaol.  In 2018 Liz was a recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Award for her contribution to history. 

Venue

Lucan Library, Supervalu Shopping Centre, Newcastle Road

Time

06 April 2023 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Rough Justice (POSTPONED)

 A talk by James Scannell from the Old Dublin Society about the police intelligence reports from various newspapers around the time period of The Coroner’s Daughter (1800s) highlighting how offenders were treated.

 

*This event has been postponed. We hope to re-schedule for a later date in April. 

Venue

Darndale Belcamp Village Centre, The Bell Building The Link Road, Darndale, Dublin 17

Time

12 April 2023 at 11:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Crime, Coroners and Criminal Procedures in Early 19th Century Dublin

The Old Dublin Society presents a talk by Dr. Niamh Howlin, Associate Professor at the UCD Sutherland School of Law.

All welcome. No booking Required.

Venue

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

Time

12 April 2023 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

Author Event with Andrew Hughes

dlr Libraries present Andrew Hughes in conversation with Martina Devlin about his book The Coroner’s Daughter followed by a Q&A. Copies of The Coroner’s Daughter are available to borrow from your local library or in e-format via the Borrowbox library app.

Born in Co. Wexford, Andrew Hughes was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. A qualified archivist, he worked for RTÉ before going freelance. His debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt, was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Irish Crime Book of the Year. The Coroner’s Daughter was nominated for the CWA Historical Dagger.

Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. Her latest book is Edith: A Novel based on the life of writer Edith Somerville. She also is the presenter and producer of City of Books podcast series.

Venue

Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Time

12 April 2023 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential
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