Thursday 09 May 2019 -
18:30 to 21:00

Crossing political and literary borders – Words on the Street will take you on a journey across the cultural landscape in an evening of moving and animated readings of translated work by contemporary European authors. Treat your eyes and ears to a new experience – hear voices from ten European countries, across a range of beautiful cultural venues on a trail around Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s most impressive Georgian areas.

Our venues this year are Literature Ireland, The American College Dublin, The Goethe-Institut Irland, The Irish Architectural Archive, and The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

Alongside readers Marian Richardson, Bryan Murray, Ger Ryan, Johnny Ward and Owen Roe, the British Council is delighted that actress, Kate Stanley Brennan, will represent works from the UK. Kate will read excerpts from 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' by Gail Honeyman and 'Reservoir 13' by Jon McGregor at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

The first reading at each venue will start at 6:30pm and the last one at 9:00pm. Each reading takes approximately 15 minutes and is repeated on the hour and half hour.

This event is free and no booking is necessary – just join the trail at any point!


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Gail Honeyman is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine won the Costa First Novel Award and the British Book Awards Book of the Year. It was short-listed for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize, the Desmond Elliot Award, and the Author’s Club Best First Novel, and was long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. This is Honeyman’s debut novel. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.


Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the International Dublin Literary Award (IMPAC), Betty Trask Prize, and Somerset Maugham Award, and has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters. He was born in Bermuda in 1976, grew up in Norfolk, and now lives in Nottingham.