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Danger, Danger, READ All About It!!
Dublin City

This Spring children in Dublin and beyond are encouraged to read Danger is Everywhere–  a guide to avoiding danger in everyday situations with Dangerology Expert Docter Noel Zone.

The Citywide Reading project for children is organised by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Libraries, in conjunction with Puffin Books and runs from January to March 2015. The campaign encourages children to read for pleasure.


Danger is Everywhere was written by David O'Doherty and illustrated by Chris Judge.


More details of events running during the campaign here http://www.dublincityofliterature.ie/danger-is-everywhere.html

01 Jan 2015
31 Mar 2015

Mountains to Sea
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin


The seventh annual Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival will run from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd March.  This year's festival is packed with fabulous events for all of the family and  it will be the first spring time festival in the recently opened dlr LexIcon.  Full details at www.mountainstosea.ie

18 Mar 2015
22 Mar 2015

Dublin: One City, One Book 2015

Roddy Doyle’s The Barrytown Trilogy is the Dublin: One City One Book Choice for 2015. The Barrytown Trilogy, published by Vintage, brings Roddy Doyle’s three acclaimed novels featuring the unforgettable Rabbitte family together in one volume.

  • The Commitments (1987) charts the rise (and even more rapid fall) of Jimmy Rabbitte's soul band and their bid for stardom in 1980s Dublin.
  • The Snapper (1990) centres on the speculation around Sharon Rabbitte’s pregnancy and
  • The Van (1991) follows Jimmy Rabbitte Senior and his pal Bimbo as they attempt to cash in on Ireland’s legendary adventures at the 1990 World Cup.

Festival events will be posted on the Dublin: One City, One Book website  www.dublinonecityonebook.ie and the programme will be available from all Dublin City Libraries from March.

To celebrate Dublin One City, One Book 2015, Hot Press Magazine has launched a major national writing competition entitled Write Here, Write Now. In the Barrytown trilogy Roddy Doyle created the fictional suburban of Barrytown and the aim of this writing competition is for you to create your own Barrytown in 500 words. There are two categories, one for 5th & 6th year students in Second Level schools and one for Third level students. For full details on the competition, the rules and the prizes go to http://bit.ly/1tI4g2C

01 Apr 2015
30 Apr 2015

Other Events


Ennis Book Club Festival
Ennis, Co. Clare


The Ennis Book Club Festival is a social and literary gathering bringing together book club members and readers from all over Ireland and beyond. Supported by Clare County Library, the festival includes author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours through the narrow streets and lanes of Ennis. They offer sessions on running book clubs, advice on reading lists, poetry, events as Gaeilge, and an opportunity to compare notes and meet with other Book Club members.


Special Offers

When you book the following events together a 10% discount will apply to the overall price:

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th
• Catalpa plus 10 Books You Should Read

Saturday 7th
• Literary Lunch plus Ones to Watch
• Niall Williams & Mary Costello plus It’s A Crime...

We recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please arrive early for each event. Latecomers will only be admitted if there is a suitable interval. 

For full programme and booking details please go to http://www.ennisbookclubfestival.com

06 Mar 2015
08 Mar 2015

Doolin Writers' Weekend Programme

Doolin Writers' Weekend takes place at Hotel Doolin from the 27th - 29th March 2015

The third annual festival features workshops and readings by some of Ireland's leading writers, including Booker Prize nominee Donal Ryan, playwright, screenwriter and director Peter Sheridan, poet Dave Lordan, and award-winning novelist and short-story writer, Christine Dwyer Hickey.

Other contributors include singer songwriter John Spillane, Hennessy Award winning writer Madeleine D'Arcy, author Catherine Dunne, writer Anthony Glavin, and poets Stephen Murray, Eleanor Hooker and Graham Allen.

There will be readings from Donal Ryan, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Dave Lordan, workshops from Catherine Dunne, Madeleine D'Arcy, Anthony Glavin, as well as singer songwriter John Spillane, theatre with Peter Sheridan, a workshop with publishing whirlwinds Tramp Press, a photo exhibition by Hanne T. Fisker, a craft market all weekend in the Marquee and a plethora of local trad musicians, our own Dooliner Beer and some of North Clare's finest food to keep the whole thing moving. 

The Weekend also features the Doolin Poetry & Short Story Competition, which Hotel Doolin is hosting in association with Tramp Press and Salmon Poetry.

The prize fund for first place in each both competitions is €1000, while the winners will also receive a publishing consultation with Tramp Press (short story) and Salmon Poetry (poetry).

The Poetry Competition,with a closing date of Monday 2 March, will be judged by poet Jessie Lendennie, who is the founder and Managing Editor of Salmon Poetry.  Novelist and short story writer Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is this year's Short Story judge.

For terms and conditions and to download an entry form please click here

There is a weekend pass available for only €75.00 which includes 

  • Invitation to the opening night drinks reception & talk with Donal Ryan
  • Followed by an intimate gig with singer songwriter John Spillane
  • A Choice of a workshop on both Saturday & Sunday  with lunch included
  • Entry to The Writer's tent
  • Entry to Theatre club on Saturday night
Weekend Passes & Workshops can be booked with Hotel Doolin at 065-7074111 / info@hoteldoolin.ie. 

27 Mar 2015
29 Mar 2015


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