The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinnn, has this to say about the festival: "In this inaugural year, it’s wonderful to see such a stellar line-up of Irish and international historians contributing to the Festival. There are debates on historical fiction, the Great Irish Famine, and the Irish revolutionary period, as well as lectures by Roy Hattersley, Jung Chang, Simon Schama, Tom Holland, and Patrick Geoghegan to name but a few.All of these fantastic events are free and I am sure that Dubliners and visitors alike will find lots to interest them in the programme. Read more »
Monday, 26th August, marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the strike in Dublin of 700 tramway-men belonging to James Larkin’s Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (IT&GWU), a strike that developed into a general lockout of union members. On 30th August 1913 there were riots in Ringsend, Beresford Place and Eden Quay, during which the police baton-charged the crowds. One hundred years ago next Saturday (31st August) James Larkin, wearing a beard as a disguise, spoke to striking tramway workers from the balcony of the Imperial Hotel, O’Connell Street (now Clery’s Department Store). A riot followed Larkin's arrest at the event, and over 600 people were treated in hospital for injuries. That day became known as "Bloody Sunday". Read more »
Today the Crime Writers’ Association announced the shortlists for the remaining three CWA 2013 Daggers. Great to see Stuart Neville make the shortlist for the steel dagger (thriller) with Ratlines, which explores the lives of Nazis who were harboured in Ireland. Doug Johnstone a book critic for the Independent.co.uk newpaper described Ratlines as a "seriously impressive piece of crime fiction, that lingers long in the memory".
The shortlisted authors are:
For the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger:
Belinda Bauer for Rubbernecker (Bantam/Transworld)
Lauren Beukes for The Shining Girls (HarperCollins)
Mick Herron for Dead Lions (Soho Crime) (not yet in stock, sorry!)
Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying (Orion) (not yet in stock, sorry!) Read more »
Where has the romance gone? There was a time when it was a great adventure to fly, it was very glamorous, you dressed the part, and your luggage did not cause major grief. The role of air hostess was a top job for attractive young women. The Flying Boat Museum at Foynes, Co. Limerick, captures the excitement of the early days of passenger flight.
With the prospect of some added free time coming my way over the next couple of weeks, a chance to catch up on my reading beckons. So no better time than the present to have some good luck, with two recently (18 July) published crime novels landing on my desk just today! The two are: 'Redemption' (US title: A Conspiracy of Faith) by Denmark's Jussi Adler-Olsen and 'Light in a Dark House' by German-born but Finnish-based Jan Costin Wagner. Having read and enjoyed both authors before, I can now look forward to reading these two new titles in the near future. Read more »
Dublin City Public Libraries again brought the joy of books, reading and storytelling to the famous Rose Festival at Saint Anne's Park, Raheny, on the weekend of the 20th/21st July, 2013. Among the variety of events that took place were:-
The Gruffalo Puppet Show with No Strings Theatre Company - How are books made? with Úna Healy - Trade secrets from the illustrator of 'Look What Blew in from the Zoo' - 'St Anne's Park', a talk by Joan Sharkey from Raheny Heritage Society - Story session with Fiona Tierney, author of 'Look What Blew in from the Zoo' - Story telling session with Aideen McBride.
There was great interest in the library presence, the tented area and the mobile library being a hive of activity over the two days. Have a look at the following slideshow to get some idea of how wonderful an occasion it was.