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DublinSwell: What an amazing line-up

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On Friday, 18th March at 7.30pm, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature will be continuing the St Patrick’s Day cheer with a celebration of Ireland’s literary talent in the Convention Centre Dublin.


Including some of Ireland’s most admired names from literature, music, film and theatre come together for one of the most spectacular literary events in Ireland, DublinSwell will see Seamus Heaney, Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Paul Durcan, Glen Hansard, Declan Hughes, Paula Meehan and Joseph O’Connor (to name but a few) take to the stage.

I remember Seamus Heaney’s reading at the Dublin Writers’ Festival just after his seventieth birthday; he was so humble and, of course, inspiring. That reading really stuck with me – so much so that I always imagine his face on a bright yellow background now!

I was lucky enough to meet Paula Meehan at a multicultural poetry anthology launch – ‘No Soy tu Musa’ a couple of years back – and she was both a wonderful poet and a very friendly, likeable lady (which is always good to know for when you see writers milling around after the event has finished).

Sebastian Barry’s “The Secret Scripture” is one of my reread favourites, and I’ve not yet had the pleasure of listening to him read. I’ve just finished rereading Roddy Doyle’s ‘the snapper’ – so I’d love to hear his wit in person.

Unfortunately, I’m volunteering for a parade here in West Cork so I won’t be able to attend, which is a real shame, considering the line-up! So please, make sure you let me know how it went if you manage to go along. It sounds like it’s going to be fabulous.

Tickets range from €18 to €25 including booking fee. You can book your ticket by clicking here.

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