Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Dubliners urged to read Dubliners

Dubliners, a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, was first published in 1914

Dubliners are to be encouraged to read James Joyce's collection of stories named in their honour.

The capital's One City, One Book project has chosen Dubliners, first published in 1914, for its annual reading drive next year.

A number of events and celebrations will be organised around the city next April to inspire citizens to pick up the book.

Previous novels chosen for the initiative include Flann O'Brien's At Swim Two Birds, Sebastian Barry's A Long, Long Way, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray, and Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor.

Next year will be the project's seventh year.

It was set up to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April each year.

A spokesman said: "The project promotes reading in a city which boasts one of the world's greatest literary heritages, including four Nobel laureates, and was a major element of Dublin's success in becoming a Unesco City of Literature."

Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by Joyce, depicting life in and around the city in the early years of the 20th century.

A central theme is the writer's idea of epiphanies - moments where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination.

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