Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Culture Night for Booklovers in Dublin

This week the first flurry of delectable Culture Night 2015 activities and events were launched and *WOW* we are excited! To help out all you fellow book addicts, we've selected the top five literary events in Dublin that you cannot miss this Culture Night, September 18th. 

Time: Drop in between 6 - 8pm
Booking: To register to take part in the open mic email alice.byrne@open.ac.uk 

Hosted by The Open University, The Winding Stair opens its doors for an evening of poetry and prose. Renowned Irish poets and Open University tutors Nessa O’Mahony and Siobhan Campbell, host readings by some of the university’s best creative writing students.The students will showcase throughout the evening and there will be a chance for members of the public to share their own work with an open mic session from 6.45-7.15pm.

2. Get Ridiculous at The Ark

Times: 4.30, 6.30 and 8.30pm
Booking: Prebook on the day from 10am

Head to The Ark this Culture Night for 40 RIDICULOUS minutes of crazy poems, silly songs and nonsense verse that will be loved by both adults and children alike! Whether you’re as big as a house or as small as a shoe, strap on your custard wings and tune your gnu!
Performers Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy will take you on a journey through some extremely silly, absurd and funny poems from the best loved childrens’ poets.

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3. The Irish Writers Centre

Times: 5pm - 10pm
Booking: No booking needed

Immerse yourself in literary fun for all ages at Parnell Square – brought to you by Children’s Books Ireland, the Irish Writers Centre and The Stinging Fly.

17.00–19.00 Meet the CBI Book Doctor: book recommendations for young readers
19.30–20.30 The Soapbox: see well-known and emerging writers take to the platform for some old-school entertainment
20.30–21.30 The Stinging Fly showcase: hear from the brightest new literary talents

18.30–20.00 Creative writing workshop with the Inkslingers writing group
18.30–20.00 Short story workshop for beginners

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4. Hodges Figgis

Times: 10am - 10.30pm
Booking: No booking needed

10am - 12noon Poetry Ireland will host fun readings for children
12noon - 3pm Poetry Ireland will read literary classics for adults
3.30 - 4pm St Patrick's Cathedral Choir will give an ambient performance
5.30pm An interview with a celebrity writer Henry McKean (TV3)
6.30pm Meet the Authors: Derek Landy and Shane Hegarty will be in Hodges Figgis to meet their huge fan base
7-10.30pm – A programme of classical music performed by young talented musicians will close the evening

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5. Sweny's Pharmacy

Times: 5pm - 11pm
Booking: No booking needed

Visit the Chemist that features in James Joyce’s famous book Ulysses, which follows the lives of Dubliners on 16th June 1904. Enjoy a reading of Joyce’s irreverent Children’s story ‘The Cat and the Devil’ as well as the section from Ulysses that features the chemist. Absorb the atmosphere and pick up a bar of lemon soap!

There are so many great event this year, we can't wait for September 18th! Other literary events worth checking out include; Chester Beatty Library, James Joyce House, Marsh's Library and loads more on www.culturenight.ie 

Will you spend the evening wafting from place to place, or will you have a regimental timetable to ensure you don't miss a single glorious bookie moment?

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