Romping through Gulliver’s Travels by At it Again! Launch
Join At it Again! to celebrate the launch of their new book, Romping through Gulliver’s Travels, in the wonderful setting of Books Upstairs Cafe on Thursday, 2nd March at 6.30pm.
Spend a fun evening with At it Again! who are the creative heads behind the Romping through Irish Literature series of pocket guides and related goodies which take you on a literary adventure, exploring Irish writers, their works and the places that inspired them.
Their new title celebrates Jonathan Swift’s 350th birthday this year. It is based on his mad trip Gulliver’s Travels. It’s a fun way to discover Dublin and follow Gulliver’s journey. Dip into it if you are embarking on Gulliver’s Travels for the first time or even if you are at it again! It distills the stories and features maps, things to do and see, titbits and great quotes.
Entry is free, but places are limited. Please RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date & Time: Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 6.30pm
Location: Books Upstairs, 17 D’Olier St, Dublin 2
Here at At it Again! we love stories that are closely linked to a city or place. It’s fascinating to be able to walk the same streets as the characters and imagining meeting them. Have you seen our graphic guide Romping through Dubliners, a fun and interactive take on Irish writer James Joyce’s fifteen short stories. The stories in Dubliners are fresh however many times you read them, never losing their power to unnerve you as they unfold.
At the moment, my favourite story from Dubliners is After the Race. It’s the one in the fast lane, where a Frenchman, a Canadian and a Hungarian take an Irishman for a ride. The boy racers are joined by an Englishman for dinner in a fancy hotel. Staggering out into the night, they bump into an American who invites them to his yacht for supper, dancing and cards. The stakes get higher as they drink a toast to the last big game. The Irishman knows he’s losing but he can’t stop… Continue reading
James from At it Again! reads Ulysses by James Joyce
When I was in school, we had a book of English prose examples which included an extract from the Aeolus section in Ulysses. At the time, even without the context of the rest of the book, there was something remarkable about it. The writing was so rich and evocative that it has stayed with me ever since. Here’s a section from the original, where a bunch of newspaper men are talking and one of them paraphrases a speech.
…When Fitzgibbon’s speech had ended John F Taylor rose to reply. Briefly, as well as I can bring them to mind, his words were these. Continue reading
It’s time to celebrate Hallowe’en. Dracula will be your guide as you get sucked into a world of castles, crypts and climaxes.
Bram Stoker’s Gothic tale begins with Jonathan Harker travelling to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania. Take a trip to the coastal suburb of Clontarf on Dublin’s northside. See Bram Stoker’s birthplace at 15 Marino Crescent with its blood red door.
2 Castle Dracula
Jonathan is welcomed to the Count’s castle by a strange elderly man. Enter Dracula’s other castle in Clontarf, with its labyrinthine corridors that take you to the Castle Graveyard magic show. Watch your step.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s famous Gothic novel about the wish for eternal youth and its terrible consequences. As the evenings grow shorter it is a perfect tale to read in the run up to Hallowe’en. The following 10 things will help you bring The Picture of Dorian Gray to life in Oscar Wilde’s hometown of Dublin.