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Dublin: One City, One Book


This course will tie in with events in the Dublin Libraries : One Dublin, One Book festival 2024. It will focus on reading the festival selected book title, to be announced in Spring 2024. We will also read a variety of books and other material which may relate thematically to the 2024 choice, or through their connection with Dublin. Completing this course provides you with an in-depth understanding of Dublin from some of the writers who have lived here and made this city their subject. The course will consider the changing place of Dublin in literature and examine different ways the city has been represented by writers. No prior knowledge or skills are required for this course beyond an enjoyment and an interest in reading and in finding out more about your city. The 2024 One Dublin One Book festival choice will be available from Dublin libraries. 

This course may include a field trip to exhibition or event.

Dates Schedule Time Venue/Location Fee €
05 Apr 2023 to 26 Apr 2023 Sessions:
4 Wednesdays
10.00 - 12.00
Apr 05, 12, 19, 26
10.00 Pearse Street Library


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4 Wednesdays



Dates: Apr 03, 10, 17, 24

This list is provisional and Subject to change. The course structure will be based on the 2024 One Dublin One Book choice with other titles chosen that seem cognate with it as linked thematically, chronologically or in their connection to Dublin. 

The festival book choice will be available from Dublin City Libraries 

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Be aware of the richness and diversity of Dublin’s literary heritage
  • Be aware of the historical, political and social contexts that Dublin’s literature grew out of and responded to
  • Have an understanding of how literature can relate to social and political contexts in which it is produced or performed
  • Be aware of how a given text relates to a literary tradition
  • Confidently talk about their response to any given text they might read and to deploy the correct terminology
  • Have an increased understanding of the sorts of conversations and insights it is possible to have about literature through literary analysis 

This course will include group discussion, participative group work, short Audio/video clips, short tutor presentations and short student presentations.

Possible attendance at events associated with the One Dublin One Book festival if available and appropriate. 

Garrett Fagan has taught at universities in Dublin and at Warwick University in the UK. He has interests in Renaissance literature, legal - literary relations and Anglo Irish writing.