If you’re wondering what holiday reading to pack with you on your trip to Dublin, we – or rather Dublin City Council – have at least one suggestion for you. Since 2005, Dublin – a UNESCO City of Literature – has encouraged everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April each year. This year their choice in the “One City One Book” celebration is Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor. It will be promoted and supported by a wide range of public events which will include:
- A month of public events, readings and music, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
- Performances and readings of plays by the great Irish playwright John Millington Synge, best known as author of The Playboy of the Western World.
- Exhibitions, extravaganzas, happenings, walks, talks, train rides, art shows, films etc.
For more details visit www.dublinonecityonebook.ie
O’Connor’s novel is loosely based on the love affair between Synge and the Abbey Theatre actress Molly Allgood. The novel received rave reviews at home and internationally, and was a no.1 bestseller in Ireland for nine weeks when it was published last year.
If you haven’t already bought a copy, fear not. A special paperback edition has been published under the Vintage imprint Dublin: One City One Book. Why not buy one as a gift for the folks back home – it says so much more about you than a plastic leprechaun!