Thursday 24 May 2018 -
18:30 to 21:15

Crossing political and literary borders, Words on the Street will take you on a journey across the cultural landscape, in an evening of readings by contemporary European authors.

Hear voices from ten European countries, across a range of beautiful cultural venues. This year the trail visits The National Library of Ireland, Royal College of Physicians, Alliance Francaise, National Gallery of Ireland, Instituto Cervantes and Literature Ireland’s imposing Georgian home on Fenian Street. Alongside readers Anne Doyle, Mary Kennedy, Lisa Lambe, Geraldine Plunkett and Johnny Ward, the British Council is delighted to welcome author Elizabeth Day representing the UK. Elizabeth will read from her own work at the National Gallery, including her gripping latest novel, The Party.

The first reading at each venue will start at 6:30pm and the last one at 9pm. 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!


Elizabeth Day is the author of Scissors, Paper, Stone (2011), which won a Betty Trask Award, Home Fires (2013) and Paradise City (2015). Elizabeth is also an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Evening Standard, the Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday, and is now a feature writer for the Observer. She grew up in Northern Ireland, completed her education at Cambridge University and currently lives in London. Her most recent novel The Party, published by 4th Estate, is a compelling literary thriller dealing with lifelong obsessions, jealousies and neuroses.


About The Party

Martin Gilmour is an outsider. When he wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn’t wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent. But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world. Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family’s estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had.

But Martin has a secret. He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell. It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years…