Dublin is rightly famous for being one of the world’s most literary cities. Just a few of the world famous authors associated with Dublin are James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Sean O’Casey and Jonathan Swift. And it’s not just the books that bring this city to life; there are numerous literary attractions throughout the city for avid readers to enjoy, including museums, festivals, landmarks and pubs.
Dublin Writers Festival
The denizens of Dublin love words. They love them so much they hold a yearly festival in their honour. This nine day festival runs from the 17th to the 25th of May and features plenty to keep writers and readers interested. You could be in with the chance of a date with an agent by submitting the first 10,000 words of your magnum opus or how about seeing Ray Davis (former Kinks frontman) in conversation with Joseph O’Connor and reading from his new book? Whatever you fancy seeing at the Dublin Writers Festival there will be authors to meet, workshops to attend, and a whole city to explore afterwards.
Dublin’s Literary Pubs
It’s no secret that many of Dublin’s writers liked to frequent the colourful pubs of the city for inspiration and a little lubrication. There are plenty of pubs you can visit to follow in the footsteps of some of your favourite Irish writers. The Bailey on Duke Street was once a political and literary hub attracting notable regulars including James Joyce. The bar has been frequented by quite a number of celebrities also looking to drink in some of the atmosphere of this famous tavern including Evelyn Waugh, John Betjeman and even Charlie Chaplin. The Bailey was once home to the door of 7 Eccles Street (the fictional home of Joyce’s Leopold Bloom from Ulysses). You can now see this famous door at the James Joyce Centre at 35 North Great George’s Street.
Why not go on a Dublin Literary Pub Crawl and be entertained as you learn about the history of some of Dublin’s most illustrious public houses?
Dublin Literary Walking Tours
If you’d rather see the city by day then try a Dublin Literary Walking Tour. The tour takes two hours and starts at the Dublin Writers Museum housed in a beautiful Georgian building, ending at Trinity College where you can see that ancient Irish literary masterpiece, the Book of Kells.
Who is your favourite Irish author?