Dublin was recently named the fourth city of literature by UNESCO, joining Melbourne, Iowa City, and Edinburgh. Here are five bookish things to do in the Irish capital.
Experience some traditional Irish craic (good times) on the Jameson Dublin Literary Pub Crawl. Led by two actors who perform famed passages from Irish literature, bibliophiles follow in the footsteps of Joyce, Beckett, Wilde, and a host of contemporary Irish writers to centuries-old haunts where these men of letters once raised a glass.
Take in a production at the Abbey Theatre, co-founded by poet and playwright W. B. Yeats in 1897, where plays from the Irish repertoire are staged alongside performances of international classics. Currently showing on the Abbey stage is The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey. Upcoming performances include The Diary of Anne Frank, slated for a two-day run on September 10th and 11th.
Experience Joycean Dublin during one of the walking tours offered this summer by the James Joyce Centre. Or take in the extravaganza “The Songs of Joyce” at Bewley’s Café Theatre as the Shannon Colleens perform musical numbers inspired by the writer’s life and works (through August 21st).
Stop by the Dublin Writers Museum, which celebrates the city’s literary roots from Irish poetry and storytelling in the Celtic tradition to 20th century powerhouse scribes such as Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett. If you’re planning a visit before the end of the month, bring a fellow bibliophile along. The museum is offering 2-for-1 admission with the voucher on its website.
Mark your calendar for the fourth annual Dublin Book Festival, taking place Friday, March 4th through Sunday, March 6th. The city is famous for its connections to classic scribes, but this is a chance to celebrate contemporary Irish authors.