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Belfast Poet Sinéad Morrissey wins the TS Eliot Prize!

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Sinéad MorrisseyBelfast poet Sinéad Morrissey was last night named as the winner of the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for her latest collection 'Parallax'. This is her fifth collection and it was chosen from a shortlist of ten. With her win she collects a prize of £15,000.

ParallaxSinéad Morrissey is reader in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University and the city’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Born in 1972 in County Armagh, she is the author of five poetry collections - There was fire in Vancouver (1996), 'Between Here and There' (2002), 'The State of the Prisons'(2005), 'Through the Square Window' (2009) and 'Parallax' (2013). The last four have all been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Read more »

'Opportunities for All' - The New Public Library Strategy

Opportunities for AllIf you could build your ideal public library, what would it be like? A bright, spacious place to work, study, relax or enjoy community events? Free access, longer opening hours, wifi, self-service, ebooks and professional staff to help you with any research you might need? Or maybe you'd prefer to enjoy the digital library from the comfort of your own home? All of the above...or is that too much to ask?

Back in early September you were asked to contribute towards a new startegy for public libraries covering the period 2013 - 2017. Well, on 17th December last Phil Hogan, Minister at  the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, launched the new strategy, "Opportunities for All: the public library as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural development" (pdf, 1.2mb, 104pp.).

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Playing Catch Up with Some Crime Reads

It's been some time since I last posted about crime fiction, November it was, in fact I last reviewed my own reads on the 7th November. So time to catch up, not another moment to be lost! I have in fact been reading away, and here I am going to mention five books I read before Christmas, and unusual enough for me, it is my second time to read one of these. That book is 'Echo Park' by American Michael Connelly, while I will also mention two books by Sweden's Hakan Nesser and a book each by Italians Andrea Camilleri and Maurizio De Giovanni. 

Echo ParkThough I missed Michael Connelly's visit to Dublin in late November, I thought it a good time to revisit his Harry Bosch series, it being some time, years even, since I had last read him. My choice was 'Echo Park' 3 stars, for no particular reason other than it being ready to hand. 'Echo Park' was first published in 2006 and is the 12th in the series featuring Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch. In it a convicted killer is ready to admit to a killing thirteen years previously as part of a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty, a case Harry was involved in but which remained unsolved. Harry over the years had revisited the case time after time to see if any further progress could be made, but never to any avail, despite his resolute belief in the guilt of one particular suspect. And now this new development suggests that his long time chief suspect was innocent all along. Read more »

Reading Groups’ Book Choices 2013

In 2013 136 book clubs attached to Dublin City Libraries enjoyed and discussed 454 different books!

Most popular titles were the 2013 Dublin: One City One Book choice Strumpet City by James Plunkett; City of Bohane by Kevin Barry - the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese.

Anne Tyler, Graham Greene, Nora Roberts and Ian McEwan were the most popular authors.

 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Paris Wife by Pauline McLain The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman Read more »

A 'Killer' Show: Live in Dublin

Day and Age by the KillersThis Post was submitted by our Guest Blogger, Amy Connolly.

A 'Killer' Show: Live at the o2 Arena and Phoenix Park Dublin

The Killers released their new album 'Direct Hits', a best of collection recently. Their previous album 'Battle Born' hit the shelves in late 2012 and gave me the opportunity to see them play live not once but twice during 2013! It was very interesting seeing them perform in two very different venues. They are equally amazing to listen to in the enclosed environs of the o2 arena and the outdoor setting of the Phoenix Park in July. Both venues providing great sound quality and listening experiences for fans. My boyfriend and myself attended their sell-out show in the o2 in February, the tickets were a gift for my boyfriend’s birthday, and he had a fantastic night, particularly listening to his all time favourite song 'Mr. Brightside'. The rock band’s show was energetic and called for lots of dancing throughout the night. Read more »

Costa Book Awards 2013 Category Winners Announced!

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Costa Book Awards logoThe five category winners of the Costa Book Awards 2013 have been announced and include novelist and former winner Kate Atkinson. Her category win (Costa Novel Award) with her eight novel, 'Life after Life', comes 19 years after she won the overall Costa prize for her debut novel, 'Behind The Scenes At The Museum'. 'Life After Life' follows Ursula Todd, born in England during a snowstorm in 1910, as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Read more »

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