DLR Literary Landscape
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) is not a name that trips off the literary tongue. DLR is not Bloomsbury, the Parisian Left Bank or the Village in New York. Or isn’t it?
DLR has been the birthplace and inspiration for many of Ireland’s most influential, entertaining and popular writers.
From James Joyce to Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw to Flann O’Brien, Hugh Leonard to J. M. Synge and from Denis Johnston to LAG Strong it is unrivalled for its historic literature.
Wonderful contemporary writers from this area include Maeve Binchy, Joseph O’Connor, Julie Parsons, Colum McCann, Hugo Hamilton, Marian Keyes, Bernard Farrell, Declan Hughes, Martina Devlin, Sarah Webb, Paul Murray and Ross O’Carroll Kelly.
In 2004 Tim Carey, Heritage Officer, produced ‘Blooming Lit’ to celebrate the Centenary of Bloomsday. It explored, highlighted and celebrated the unique literary landscape of DLR.
Thanks to our Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival Writer in Residence, Declan Hughes for writing up a review of the many events he attended during this year's Festival. Declan was a cheerful presence, to be found on stage, backstage, in the audience, leading enthusiastic literary tours around Dún Laoghaire (during unpredictable weather conditions!) and generally extending a warm and generous welcome to authors and audiences alike during the Festival.
If you haven’t had a chance to read Declan’s short story from last year’s festival, click here to read Upon The Stair, a gripping tale, set at the festival and featuring the inimitable Ed Loy.
Download Declan's review here.
Festival Photos 2013
Relive the excitement of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2013 by clicking here to view photos from the events.
Poetry Awards 2014
Our judges have deliberated and decisions have been made for the shortlist for the Poetry Now Irish Times Award and the Shine/Strong Award. The shortlist will be announced here on July 30th. Watch this space!
Schools & Family Programme 2014
The full programme of events for 2014 will be announced in July
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