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Sunday 4 December 2016

Don't waste chance to showcase our greats

Published 10/05/2011 | 05:00

As a UNESCO City of literature Dublin should stage all of Oscar Wilde's work in literary festival
As a UNESCO City of literature Dublin should stage all of Oscar Wilde's work in literary festival

IT's nearly a year since Dublin was honoured as a UNESCO City of Literature. Judging by the lack of interest and enthusiasm in this unique elevation one would think we've been given a poison chalice rather than being touched by a golden hand.

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There is an effort by Dublin City Council with their Dublin Writers Week later in May and their regular pub crawls etc, but they are missing the whole point of being a UNESCO City of Literature and in doing so are squandering our literary inheritance by inaction.

Being a UNESCO City of Literature is something rare and should be celebrated at the highest level, showing Dublin's literary greats such as Wilde, Joyce, Shaw, O'Casey, Becket, Yeats, Synge, Flann O'Brien and Kavanagh at their best. What is needed is a two-week festival for each of our literary greats. One each year would have a huge impact, not just here but abroad, in terms of exposure but more importantly in these recessional times, tourists and the foreign currency they bring.

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