In the most recent season premiere of HBO’s omnivorous Girls, there is a moment where Hannah balls up on a forest floor, plugs in earbuds to iPhone and the distinctive, nasal voice of This American Life host Ira Glass talks to her. As with so many of the cultural signifiers peppered throughout Lena Dunham’s series, this moment is made to say: “Hey, I’m in on the secret too”.
This American Life may have been blossoming for well over a decade now, but its international popularity and ...read more
Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music is a bilingual, historical whodunnit that is impressively researched and convincingly written. Set in tinderbox San Francisco over a summer of drought, smallpox, and race riots, French former-acrobat Blanche Beunon lives in a ménage with her mac (or pimp) Arthur and his protégé Ernest. She performs burlesque and occasionally prostitutes, and has outsourced rearing of baby P’tit to the more germane surroundings of a...read more
Originally arranged to take place in Devitts of Camden Street on the afternoon of Saturday the 31st of May, this interview was cancelled by the interviewer early that morning when he awoke with a fever. Rearranged for Monday the 2nd of June, the interview was again cancelled when the interviewer awoke to find his fever had not yet passed. When, on Tuesday the 10th of June, the interviewer was finally fit to meet the author outside Gerry’s on Montague Street, the café was discovered to be to...read more
The concept is simple, and the attitude is freewheeling. On the 100th anniversary of Joyce’s Dubliners, 15 Irish authors were each asked to “cover” a story from the collection, interpreting the brief and the stories however they chose. In Dubliners 100, established authors and new voices have crafted pieces that gleefully riff on Joyce’s originals, reworking his distinctive language, evocative settings and resonant concerns against a contemporary backdrop. The collection invites rather t...read more
The concept of the city centre park has always been something of a paradox. An attempt to capture the freedom of the wild and place it in the beating heart of urbanity, it strikes an interesting compromise between the architectural and the natural, exterior and interior; bridging the twin worlds of private and public space.
From May 16th, one of Dublin's most culturally important green spaces, Merrion Square, plays host to an exhibition of contemporary art bouncing off this theme. Titled ...read more
Christmas comes but once a year, but how the high street wish it could be everyday. Before you panic-buy a Topshop faux-pearl necklace or a pair of Penney's socks 2 minutes before closing time on the ...read more
The latest string to Block T’s already impressive bow – given the recent additions of the café, common area and Good Fridays BYO concerts each week – is the exhibition space, which will host a series of events over the forthcoming year.
‘As a reader growing up in Ireland, I felt a personal alienation from the kind of books I saw coming out – with some exceptions, you know. A lot of these books were just so sedate, so polite. They didn’t seem to speak to and of the harsh, intense, technological reality I was confronted with.’
Making Space is delighted to present a walking tour with a difference through the lesser-known gems of Dublin City. Totally Dublin spoke with organiser Orlaith Ross to get her scoop on creative Dublin for City Spectacular.
Striding proudly into its 31st year, Dublin LGBT Pride has grown from a one-day parade into a musical, theatrical, colourful extravaganza celebrating the culture and achievements of the LGBT community spanning several weeks.
BeLonG To is the Irish national organisation for LGBT people aged 14-23, founded in 2003. In conjunction with this year’s LGTB Pride and the National Library, the organisation are curating an exhibition, Belonging: Irish Queer Youth, documenting Pride events, advocacy, campaigns to combat homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and portraits of LGBT youth. Totally Dublin talked to exhibition curator and artist Kevin Gaffney about the project.