Wednesday 22 November 2017

Anne and Aoibhinn lend their voices to bookathon festival

Ann Doyle. Photo: David Conachy
Ann Doyle. Photo: David Conachy
Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

Anne Doyle will be back reading in Dublin this month, but it won't be for the main evening news.

She will be one of 11 famous faces holding forth in 11 exclusive venues across the capital for Words on the Street.

Joining her will be Love/Hate star Aoibhinn McGinnity, TV presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and RTE Radio One's Aine Lawlor as they all read from 11 novels in venues not usually open to the public.

"It's going to be a very exciting night," said Jane Alger, the director of Dublin City Libraries.

"Venues that the public would never usually gain access to will be open, places like Freemasons' Hall and No 5 South Leinster Street."

The famous faces, which also include newsreader Aengus MacGrianna and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy, will have their work cut out, with their 15-minute pieces being repeated every 30 minutes from 6.30pm to 9pm so that people can wander from venue to venue.

The free event is part of European Literature Night and will be held on Thursday, May 15, with each of the celebrities reading from contemporary novels that represent 11 countries in Europe.

RTE's Joe Duffy will also take part, with the radio presenter reading from Nothing Ever Matters, a novel by Spanish writer, Jose Ovejero.

Ms Alger said the night first started in Prague but "had gained major popularity in Ireland".

After the successful One City One Book festival last month, next week's event will be "a fun night for people to get out and experience literature again".

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