Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature

Travel Tips — By vourneentaylor on February 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

Dublin is one of only 4 other cities in the world to be given the title of UNESCO City of Literature. The other cities include Edinburgh, Melbourne & Iowa city.

On your trip to Dublin include some literary culture. Pick up a book by a Dublin writer, visit the Dublin Writers Museum, enjoy a Literary Pub Crawl or follow in the foot of James Joyce’s Ulysses with this free self guided walking tour by Visit Dublin.

Dubliners have always admired writing in all its forms and regard writers with great esteem. No less than four Nobel Prizes for Literature were awarded to writers associated with the city: George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. You will be familiar with the faces of these great writers as they are displayed in Irish pubs the world over.

James Joyce

James Joyce

The city also graced writers with the title of ‘Freedom of the City’ to literary giants such as as George Bernard Shaw, Douglas Hyde and more recently Thomas Kinsella.  In 2009, Sebastian Barry was honoured with the prestigious Lord Mayors Award.

To underline further the city’s love of words, for the first time Dublin hosted the Man Booker International Prize.

High-ranking popular fiction novelists include; Maeve Binchy, John Connolly, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Patricia Scanlan and Cecilia Ahern. Other illustrious Dublin writers of international repute include Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Sean O’Casey and Brendan Behan to name a few.

Image Courtesy of The EFP

Tags: Books, Dublin Authors, Dublin Literature, Literary, UNESCO

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