One City One Book
Dublin City Council
Celebrating one city
through one book
“I’m going to blow up this town.”
Dublin: One City, One Book is an award-winning Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April each year. In 2019, the book chosen was The Country Girls Trilogy.
Burned, Banned, Brilliant
When The Country Girls, Edna O’Brien’s first novel, appeared in 1960, it predated and anticipated the feminist revolution. It stood out and stood alone, articulating the story of thorny desires and innocence lost in 1950s Ireland. The novel was followed by Girl with Green Eyes and Girls in Their Married Bliss, which together completed the trilogy.
A Prose by Any Other Name
To promote the book, we used several excerpts from The Country Girls Trilogy and asked up-and-coming spoken word poet Felispeaks to put her own spin on it. Filmed in several key locations around Dublin, we took this seminal piece of Irish literature and contemporised it, bringing Edna O’Brien’s words to an entirely new audience.
The 2019 initiative was an unbridled success. Thousands of books were downloaded from the book’s digital depository, the Abbey Theatre dramatisation sold out, and the video content we made was engaged with and shared far and wide.