International Dublin Literary Award 2016

Posted by Miriam on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

160 titles up for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award

Shortlist on 12th April, Winner 9th June 2016



Launch of Red Line Book Festival 2015

Posted by Miriam on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Mayor of South Dublin County Council Sarah Holland and the Elected Members invite you and your favourite book
to the Launch of Red Line Book Festival 2015



Date: Monday 7th September

Time: 1.30pm

Venue: County Library, Tallaght
Reply to: communications@sdublincoco.ie


With Special Guest Catherine Dunne, Award Winning Author

Remember to bring your book!

Light refreshments will be served


Red Line Poetry Competition

Posted by Miriam on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized
The Red Line Book Festival 2015 will take place from October 11-17 2015

Red Line Poetry Competition

The Red Line poetry competition is now open for submissions.

First prize is €300, second prize is €200 and the third prize is €100.

All shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their poems at an event in The Red Line Book Festival this October.

The closing date for entries is Friday 14th August 2015.

Visit www.redlinebookfestival.com for more information


The International Literature Festival Dublin is looking for volunteers

Posted by Miriam on Apr 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

The International Literature Festival Dublin (formerly known as The Dublin Writers Festival) is looking to recruit volunteers for their upcoming festival. Volunteering is an excellent way to make new friends, make valuable contacts and a way to see some incredible events for free.



Impac Shortlist

Posted by Miriam on Apr 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

To see the shortlisted titles for the 20th International IMPAC Literary Award click on link below.

The winner will be announced on June 17th.



One Day by David Nicholls

Posted by Miriam on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

Two books were discussed at the April meeting – ‘A mad and wonderful thing’ by Mark Mulholland”‘ and ‘The Temporary Gentleman’ by Sebastian Barry. Interestingly several readers found a similarity between the two books. Generally speaking the Sebastian Barry book was accepted as conservative and predictable, while the Mulholland book delighted some and enraged others . A good discussion followed.

We were planning to change emphasis for the last night on 5th May. Anne Tyler was proposed but her books were not available. We have settled on David Nicholls book ‘One Day’ which should be a little more light hearted!

Members who would like to complete Sebastian Barry’s book as well would be welcome. Copies of David Nicholl’s Book will be available from the library reception.

See you for our last night (before the Summer break) on Tuesday 5th May.


Introduction to “One Day” from David Nicholls’ website;

‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’

He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’

15th July 1988. Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.

So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year which follows?

One Day is a funny/sad love story spanning twenty years, a book about growing up – how we change, how we stay the same.

‘One Day is a wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad. It’s also, with its subtly political focus on changing habits and mores, the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe’s What A Carve Up. – John O’Connell, The Times.

‘The funniest, loveliest book I’ve read in ages. Most of all it is horribly, cringingly, absolutely 100% honest and true to life. I lived every page.’ – Jenny Colgan.

‘A brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are the best weird love story since The Time Traveller’s Wife’ - Tony Parsons.


Jo Baker at The Law Society, Dublin.

Posted by Miriam on Apr 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Jo Baker, author of the popular, historical novel, ‘Longbourn’ will be speaking at The Law Society, Dublin, 2.30pm May 9th.

With an introductory talk by the editor of The Regency Magazine on obituaries in the time of Austen, and live music from students from The Royal Academy, it promises to be a great afternoon.  Afternoon tea is included and the tickets (€20) are available now from our website: www.thejaneaustensocietyofireland.com.

If you have not yet read, ‘Longbourn’, why not give it a try? It is a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ from the servants point-of-view.  See review here: http://www.mybookaffair.net/2013/10/longbourn-by-jo-baker.html which you might enjoy.


Louise Phillips visits our club for November

Posted by Emma Perry on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

We had the pleasure of having local author Louise Phillips in to talk to us about her book ‘The Dolls House’ and about her new title ‘Last Kiss’. This was a really insightful evening into the mind of a crime writer, Louise not only gave us a glimpse of what it was like to  get inside the head of a killer but also told us about the process of writing a crime novel ‘behind the scenes’ .


Man Booker Prize Long-list announced

Posted by Emma Perry on Jul 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

The new novel by David Nicholls and a novel from crowd-funding publisher Unbound are among the notable inclusions on the longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, the first to be open to writers in English of any nationality.

The Longlist:

•           TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR, Joshua Ferris (American) (Viking)

•           THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH, Richard Flanagan (Australian) (Chatto)

•           WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES, Karen Joy Fowler (American) (Serpent’s Tail)

•           THE BLAZING WORLD, Siri Hustvedt (American) (Sceptre)

•           J, Howard Jacobson (British) (Cape)

•           THE WAKE, Paul Kingsnorth (British) (Unbound)

•           THE BONE CLOCKS, David Mitchell (British) (Sceptre)

•           THE LIVES OF OTHERS, Neel Mukherjee (British) (Chatto)

•           US, David Nicholls (British) (Hodder)

•           THE DOG, Joseph O’Neill (Irish/American) (Fourth Estate)

•           ORFEO, Richard Powers (American) (Atlantic)

•           HOW TO BE BOTH, Ali Smith (British) (Hamish Hamilton)

•           HISTORY OF THE RAIN, Niall Williams (Irish) (Bloomsbury)

The Man Booker Prize dinner will take place at Guildhall on Tuesday 14 October. The winning author receives a further 50,000.


Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014

Posted by Emma Perry on Jun 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

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