Let’s get Dublin reading

One Dublin One Book 2024 this year is Louise Nealon’s debut novel Snowflake.

The author of this year’s One Dublin One Book, Kildare’s Louise Nealon in conversation with Eimear Ryan. Come along to this talk at Lucan Library to hear two award winning young authors discuss their rural background, sport and mental health and how these subjects have influenced their work.

Eimear Ryan won Sports book of the year at the An Post Book Awards in 2023 with her memoir The Grass Ceiling, an exploration of women and sport in Ireland.

Louise Nealon is a writer from County Kildare. She has a degree in English literature from Trinity College Dublin and a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. In 2017, she won the Cork International Short Story Competition. Her debut novel, Snowflake was released in May 2021, and won Newcomer of the Year at the An Post Book Awards. Snowflake has been translated into several languages including German, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Slovakian and Chinese. Her short story ‘What Feminism Is,’ is currently being adapted into a short film by Pure Divilment Pictures. Louise is currently working on her second novel.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday April 10th at 7pm, FREE

Venue: Lucan Library, Supervalu Shopping Centre, Newcastle Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Book: EventBrite

About One Dublin One Book 2024

This annual project is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Libraries, which encourages reading for pleasure. The initiative is also funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

There are lots of free events scheduled during April, visit the One Dublin One Book website for more information www.onedublinonebook.ie

One Dublin One Book aims to encourage everyone in Dublin to read a designated book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. This annual project is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, which encourages reading for pleasure. Announcing the choice, Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, said:

“A debut novel, Snowflake from Louise Nealon is a tender story of a college student from the country adjusting to her new life in Dublin. Raw, yet affirming, this book will appeal to all readers as it explores life’s milestones, family, mental health and how we ultimately connect with others while facing big challenges. I am excited about reaching new audiences with this book and generating discussion among readers in the city and beyond next April.”

The book’s author Louise Nealon is excited about the One Dublin One Book programme, remarking:

“I am delighted that Snowflake has been chosen as next year’s One Dublin One Book. I could never have imagined, upon entering Dublin as a lost culchie, that my confrontation with the place would fuel the world of a novel. Dublin has a habit of showing people who they are. In the early stages of writing Snowflake, the characters stayed within the confines of their rural village. It was only when I sent them to Dublin that they began to reveal themselves to me. It is an honour to unleash this story into the imagination of a city that helped to bring it to life.”

Suggest a Book

Would you like to suggest a book, check out the criteria here or email cityofliterature@dublincity.ie