Wednesday, 2 April 2008

One City One Book - Dublin


One Book, One City.Bakersfield, California has Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Carlsbad, California has The No. 1 Ladies' Dectective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Marin, California has Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan (highly recommended)
South Bend, Indiana has An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
Westport, Conneticut has The Wonderful World of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Gainesville, Florida has Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Highland Park, Illinois has Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
Kansas has Indiana Cold Blood by Truman Capote (terrific read)
Bangor, Maine has Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Is this the Welsh connection?)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana has Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
North Attleborough, Massachusetts has To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
North Reading, Massachusetts has A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Love his stuff, especially audiobooks)
Kalamazoo, Michigan has Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver (another great)
Las Vegas, Nevada has The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Rockingham County, North Carolina has The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lynchburg, Virginia has Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

and loads more. These books read like they are chosen (mainly) by people who love books and want to share the love. Long may it last.

Dublin has Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. A host of free events is planned. But aren't we supposed to read it too? Are there subsidised books? Free books? Bookcrossing? Also I think it would be a better idea to have one adult and one children's as it's hard to find a book to be all things to all readers.

Title: Gulliver Comes to Dublin
Venue: Jeanie Johnston, Custom House Quay, Dublin’s Docklands
Date & Time: Tuesday April 1st – 11.00 am
Description: Special opening event featuring Capt. Lemuel Gulliver himself!
Booking Details: Admission free, booking not necessary

Title: Sand sculptures inspired by Gulliver’s Travels
Venue: chq Building, IFSC, Dublin’s Docklands
Date & Time: Tuesday 1st – Tues 15th April
Description: Built by sculptors Duthain Dealbh, these sculptures will emerge from the ground in and around the chq building – a fascinating spectacle to watch!
Free

Title: Little and Large
Venue: Docklands, Wolfe Tone Park & South King St
Date & Time: Every Saturday & Sunday in April
Description: Watch out for ‘Little’ and ‘Large’ each weekend in April. These characters will be asking questions based on the four chapters of Gulliver’s Travels. Answer correctly and you will be entered into a draw for a family weekend break.
Free

Title: ‘No horse is a rational being’: Swift’s studies at Trinity College Dublin and the writing of Gulliver’s Travels
Venue: Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin
Date & Time: a talk by Professor Ian Campbell Ross, School of English, TCD.
Date & Time: Sunday 6th April 3pm
Free

Title: Gulliver - 21st Century Writers’ View
Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Sreet, D2
Date & Time: Monday 7th April at 7.00 pm
Description: Man Booker Prize winning author Anne Enright and best selling author Joe O’Connor share their views on Gulliver’s Travels with Niall MacMonagle.
Booking details: Admission free but booking essential: Tel: 01 674 4873
Email: dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie

Title: Gulliver Fun
Venue: Finglas Library, D 11
Description: with children's author Fiona Tierney and illustrator Úna Healy for children aged 3 – 5
Date & Time: Tuesday 8th April at 11.30am
Booking details: Admission free but booking essential: Tel: 01 8344906

Venue: Ballsbridge Library, D 4
Date & Time: Wednesday 16th April 11.30am
Booking details: Admission free but booking essential: Tel: 01 6689575

Venue: Walkinstown Library, D 12
Date & Time: Thurs 24th April 11.30am
Booking details: Admission free but booking essential: Tel: 01 4558159

Title: Jonathan Swift and Dublin
Description: a talk by Professor Ian Campbell Ross, School of English, TCD
Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Sreet, D2
Date & Time: Thursday 10th April, 7.00 pm
Booking details: Admission free but booking essential: Tel: 01 674 4873
Email: dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie

Title: Gulliver’s Travels Film Screenings
Venue: IFI Cinema, 6 Eustace St., Temple Bar, D2
Date & Time: Saturday April 12th – 12.30 pm
Description: Screening of classic children’s animated feature Gulliver's Travels by the makers of Popeye & Betty Boop. Bring all the family!

Title: Gulliver’s Travels Film Screenings
Date & Time: Sunday April 13th – 12.30 pm
Description: Words Upon The Window Pane – feature length film based on a play by W.B.Yeats, featuring Jonathan Swift & starring Geraldine Chaplin, Jim Sheridan, Brid Brennan and Donal Donnelly
Booking details: Tickets available free from IFI Box Office
Tel: 01 679 3477

Title: Gulliver’s Dublin
Venue: City Hall, Dame St.,D2 - for four nights only
Date & Time: Tuesday 15th – Friday 18th April at 8.00pm
Description: Eamon Morrissey’s acclaimed one-man show
Booking details: Tickets: €10. To book : Tel: 01 2225434

Title: Swift and Gulliver’s Travels
Venue: National Library, Kildare St., D2
Date & Time: Thursday 17th April 7pm
Description: A talk by Prof. Andrew Carpenter, School of English, UCD
Free

Title: Jonathan Swift- a documentary
Venue: Cabra Library, D 7
Date & Time: Thursday 17th April, 7.00 pm
Description: Screening of Jonathan Swift – a Kieran Hickey documentary
Free

Venue: Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry St., D1
Date & Time: Monday 21st April – Saturday 26th April each day at 1.00 pm
Free

Title: Interactive fun for children: Michael Moylan brings Swift and Gulliver to life!
Date & Time: Tuesday 22nd: Cabra Library 10.00am Tel: 01 8691414
Raheny Library 12.00pm Tel: 01 8315521
Wednesday 23rd: Rathmines Library 10.00am Tel: 01 4973539
Ballyfermot Library 12.00pm Tel: 01 6269324/5
Booking details: Admission free but booking essential – contact each library

Title: Organ Recital
Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Date & Time: Wednesday 23rd April at 6.30pm
Description: An organ recital of works composed or in common usage around the time of Jonathan Swift, given by Peter Barley, Organist and Master of the Choristers
Free

The Dublin Writers’ Festival - 11th – 15th June, will feature a panel discussion on Swift and his place in Irish literature. Panellists will include biographer Victoria Glendinning and critic John Mullan.

EXHIBITIONS
Title: ‘SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS’ - Illustrations from Gulliver’s Travels
Venue: City Hall, Dame Street, D2
Date & Time: From Thursday 3rd April -
Description: An exhibition of illustrations from the collections of Dublin City Libraries
Free

Title: Gulliver – 20 years on!
Venue: Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Sreet, D2
Date & Time: From Tuesday 1st April,
Description: Photographs of Dublin’s 1988 Millennium celebrations, featuring the giant Gulliver
Free

Title: Exhibition of material on Swift from the holdings of the National Library
Venue: National Library, Kildare St, D2
Date & Time: Throughout April during library opening hours
Free

2 comments:

KAREN said...

What a great picture!
That's a very respectable book list too.

Emerging Writer said...

I agree about the picture. Unfortunately not mine. Wouldn't you just love it!