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# Literature

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# To be
Free Shakespeare in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens this August
Grab a blanket and head down to the Iveagh Gardens this August to see free outdoor production of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you read Ulysses?
Today Ireland is celebrating James Joyce’s doorstop novel. But have you actually read it?
# Bloomsday
James Joyce in Paris: 4 things you may not have known
Ahead of Bloomsday, travel writer and broadcaster Manchán Magan went to Paris on the trail of author James Joyce – and was surprised by the things he learned about his time there…
# Mario Vargas Llosa
Nobel Prize winning writer to speak at free event in Dublin
Mario Vargas Llosa has been an important figure in world literature since the 1960s – and will speak to students and some lucky members of the public at Spanish institute in Dublin.
# Books
Over half of Irish people use public libraries - survey
A study in the UK has found that more than three-quarters of people in Ireland believe libraries are either ‘very important’ or ‘essential’.
# Oscar Wilde
Signed copy of The Importance of Being Earnest fetches $362,500 at Sotheby's
A signed first edition of Oscar Wilde’s play was bought for several times the estimate at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.
# Irish book awards
Seamus Heaney honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
The Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards have announced this year’s winners…
# Book Awards
Seamus Heaney to get lifetime award as Irish Book Awards shortlist released
The Nobel laureate will be honoured at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards 2011.
# Ig Nobel Prize
Wasabi, yawning, and needing to pee: the winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel prizes
The alternative annual prizes – honouring science that makes us laugh and think – are as off-the-wall as ever.
# Culture Night
Culture Night 2011 set to be the 'biggest ever'
Culture Night kicks off this evening, with free art, music, theatre and dancing events taking place across the country – as well as galleries, churches and museums staying open late for the public. Check out some of tonight’s highlights…
# Summer Reads
Irish are among Europe's most bookish
Irish people on holidays read an average of 2.4 books during a two week break – making them the most prolific readers in Europe, save the British.
# Man Booker
Sebastian Barry makes Man Booker longlist
Irish author makes list of 13 authors vying for prestigious literary prize for his novel On Canaan’s Side.
# browned off
It's a conspiracy: Dan Brown tops list of most unwanted books
The Da Vinci Code writer is the author most often handed in to charity shops. Here we look at some of the other works nobody seems to want…
Column: 'Writing is a way to fight those who want people silenced'
Libyan author Hisham Matar, whose father was ‘disappeared’ by Gaddafi 21 years ago, says writing is a political act – and that the Irish know that better than anyone.
# dalkey book festival
John Simpson and Jim Sheridan among speakers at Dalkey Book Festival
The weekend’s literature-packed event is aimed at boosting community spirit in the recession, organiser and economist David McWilliams told
# Literature
Youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction
Twenty-five-year-old Serbian-American Téa Obreht beat off competition from the favourite, Irish writer Emma Donoghue.
# Women Writers
No woman writer will ever be my equal, says author VS Naipaul
“I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me,” said the Booker Prize winner.
Three Irish authors in running for prestigious IMPAC prize
This year has seen the most ever Irish writers make the shortlist for the €100,000 prize, which sees authors nominated by public libraries world-wide.
# Kate Bush
Kate Bush gets permission for song based on Joyce's Ulysses
The singer first applied to use references to Joyce’s seminal work 22 year ago but has been refused permission to do so – until now.
# aosdana
Joseph O'Connor made member of Aosdána group
Five new additions may be eligible for annual ‘cnuas’ – or grant – for five years from the Arts Council to help them “concentrate fulltime on their art”.
# miss marple
Messing with Miss Marple? Jennifer Garner touted for role
Hot Hollywood star tipped to “reinvent” the Agatha Christie character of elderly lady detective.
# Your Say
Poll: How many books do you read a month?
Our daily poll is dedicated to World Book Day – we want to know how often you read a book.
# bookworms
Attention bookworms: fancy a million free books?
Free tomes are being handed out across Ireland on Friday to celebrate World Book Night.
# Award
Colm Tóibín to be awarded Irish Pen award
Tóibín has been awarded the prize for his “outstanding contribution to Irish literature”.
# Literature
Top designers name most influential books
Some of the world’s leading creatives disclose the works of literature that have influenced them throughout their careers.
# Culture
Colm Tóibín takes over from Martin Amis as professor of creative writing
Multi-award winning novelist Colm Tóibín will leave his post in Princeton to begin teaching to students in the University of Manchester.
# Nobels
Vargas Llosa beats all others to the Nobel punch
Esteemed author Mario who once had fisticuffs with fellow South American writing star, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, wins Nobel Prize for Literature.
# Man Booker Prize
Irish novelist among six Man Booker Prize nominees
Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’ is one of the six shortlisted entries for one of the world’s leading literary prizes.
# City of Literature
Dublin named a UNESCO City of Literature
The land of saints and scholars is recognised on the world stage – and is just the fourth city given the honour.