DWF Venue #1: The Gutter Bookshop (Bob Johnston)

This is the first in an irregular series of interviews relating to Dublin Writers’ Festival Venues in 2014 

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What (and where) is The Gutter Bookshop?  What happens there? 

The Gutter Bookshop is an independent bookshop in Temple Bar, Dublin – close to Christchurch Cathedral and the Smock Alley Theatre where a large number of the Dublin Writers Festival events take place. We teamed up with festival in 2012 as official booksellers which involves running around Dublin with big piles of books for the duration of the festival – it’s one of my favourite weeks of the year – tiring but lots of fun! Events are key to making the Gutter Bookshop a vibrant and lively bookshop. Oh, and we’ve just Continue reading

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Artist Date

G_W_Russell_BathersI first came upon George William Russell on a sunny June day last year. I was reading The Artist’s Way, which recommends that participants take themselves out on an “artist date” each week, something that will help them to further their own work. Something beautiful, something alone.

On that day, I was struggling, finding it hard to drag my creative energies and desires into the material world. I had recently left an all-consuming and high-responsibility job within the tech industry in order to spend a few months on pursuing “my dreams”. Such as they were, these dreams involved putting pen to page with laser focus and finishing the novel I’d started the year before.

I thought I knew what I was doing, but I didn’t really. I just launched in on day one and Continue reading

The World of Self-Publishing: First-Hand Insights

books upstairs windowWhy self-publish?

A number of years ago I wrote a book of fifty essays about various different aspects of life in Dublin. I sent it to a relatively small number of publishers and was somewhat surprised by the feedback…

While a lot of positive insightful comments came back, nobody wanted to run with the book. A writer I knew suggested self-publishing as an alternative.

In those days I believed, as I still do, that the publishing industry works quite well (if you can get into it). You submit a manuscript, it is accepted and then goes on its own mysterious way out into the world. I like this idea because, unlike self-publishing, it doesn’t Continue reading

How to Write the Great Dublin Novel

To hear a Londoner tell it, there’s no greater challenge facing an author than trying to capture the spirit of their great city. You’ll never match Dickens they’ll tell you.

Parisians will make a similar claim for their metropolis. Ooh, Zola. Ooh, Hugo.

Codswallop.

You want a real challenge, consider the poor sod from Dublin who has to toil under the shadow of the mighty Joyce. Or Doyle.

But stop shivering, don’t despair. You, too, can write the great Dublin novel if you just follow these tips.

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Seek him here, they seek him there, In regent street and leicester square.

If it’s Ray Davies that you seek then it won’t be Regent Street or Leicester Square that you’ll find him this May 19th. Rather you can come see him at the National Concert Hall, where the rock legend and former front-man of iconic sixties band The Kinks will sit in conversation with Joseph O’Connor and read an extract from his new book, Americana: the Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff. It’s sure to be an event that is not to be missed so get your tickets now.

To tide you over until the day itself here’s a classic from The Kinks. The song is “Dedicated Follower of fashion” and this particular video makes use of some excellent, vintage video footage. Enjoy!

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Sunny Afternoon

Four weeks will see rock legend Ray Davies taking to the stage at the National Concert Hall, where he will sit down in conversation with Joseph O’Connor and discuss his new book, Americana: the Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff. Hop over here if you want to buy tickets or get more information. As we count down to the event every week we are bringing you a classic hit from The Kinks. Today’s offering is “Sunny Afternoon.” Enjoy!!!

Frank Delaney fans, rejoice!

 

Photograph by Jerry Bauer

Photograph by Jerry Bauer

Described by NPR as “the most eloquent man in the world,” writer and broadcaster Frank Delaney has interviewed more than 3500 of the world’s most important writers over three decades, but it’s now his turn to be interviewed by Lynne Nolan for the Dublin Writers Festival.

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