A bright spring evening wandering around St. Stephen's Green in Dublin listening to well known Irish people evoking life in modern Europe - maybe stopping for a drink on the way....does that sound enticing?
Words on the Street - European Literature Night will happen in cities across Europe on the same night - Wednesday 15th May.
In Dublin well known Irish people will read contemporary writing from twelve European countries in twelve venues, many of which are unusual and not normally easily accessible to the public.
Rosaleen Linehan, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Eamon Morrissey, Seana Kerslake (IFtA shorlisted), Bryan Murray, Ray Foley (98fm DJ), Rick O'Shea (2fm DJ), Sinead Desmond (Ireland AM), Mark Cagney (Ireland AM) and Niamh Sharkey (Children's Laureate) will be joined by others in places such as Royal College of Surgeons, Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, Little Museum of Dublin, Constitution Room in the Shelbourne Hotel, Taylor Galleries, Boston College, 6 Ely Place, Loreto College, The Sugar Club, Iveagh House, Newman House and Newman University Church.
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 twelve 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, Belgium, 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.
The west end of Temple Bar and the Christ Church area were the locations for this hugely successful unique event in 2012 - don't miss Wednesday 15th May around St. Stephen's Green for the 2013 event.
A Dublin UNESCO City of Literature project in partnership with Alliance Francaise, British Council, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Italian Institute of Culture, embassies of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and the Romanian Cultural Institute
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission