Wednesday, 7 May 2014
This night had good reviews last year so it may be worth checking out.
Nassau Street Area, Thursday 15th May starting 6.30pm
Eleven Countries, Eleven Voices, Eleven Venues, One Great Evening
A bright spring evening wandering around Nassau Street/Kildare Street/Dawson Street in Dublin listening to well known Irish people evoking life in modern Europe - maybe stopping for refreshments on the way....does that sound enticing?
In Dublin well known Irish people will read contemporary writing from eleven European countries in eleven venues, many of which are unusual and not normally easily accessible to the public.
Anne Doyle (former RTÉ newsreader); actors Maria Doyle Kennedy, Bryan Murray, Phelim Drew and Aoibhinn McGinnity; TV presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh; Aengus Mac Grianna (RTÉ newsreader); UK author Jon McGregor; RTÉ Radio One's Aine Lawlor and Joe Duffy and musician and radio presenter Fiachna Ó Braonáin
will read in places such as
Mansion House, Freemasons' Hall, Buswells Hotel, European Union House, Hodges Figgis, Royal Irish Academy, No. 5 South Leinster St., St. Ann's Church, Royal College of Physicians, National Library and the Alliance Francaise
A map and information booklet showing the location of the venues with information about the readers and readings will enable the public to move from venue to venue. This will be available from libraries in Dublin, Failte Ireland tourist offices, National Library and the venues.
The eleven participating countries will each be represented by a short (15 minutes) translated piece of a novel, poem or short story which will be read every 30 minutes so people can wander from venue to venue taking in readings from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain & the UK. The first reading in each venue starts at 6.30pm and is repeated on the hour and half hour with the final reading at 9pm.
First launched in Prague, it has now become a major international cultural event promoting European cultural heritage by presenting contemporary writers, well-known and newcomers to the broader European public.