Dublin: The Story of a City The publication of any book of drawings by Stephen Conlin is something of an event for any student of our capital city. This book is particularly welcome, bringing together as it does most of the artist’s most important Dublin drawings, made in a long career stretching well over 30… Read More Dublin: The Story of a City by Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison, reviewed
a busy April, with four, very different events.. In terms of public scheduled tours for our members and guests, this April is shaping up to be the busiest in our history, with our improved Dublin Decoded website just relaunched. And four, very different walking tours next month… 1- 11.30 morning of 08 April, Kildare to… Read More a busy April, with 4 very different events
Four best books on Dublin, for your Christmas list. Often after giving a talk or a tour, guests ask me to recommend a good reference book or two on Dublin. People, with their curiosity piqued or revived, naturally want to learn more. I’m flattered to be asked, and usually recommend the same books I use… Read More Great books on Dublin, for your reading pleasure.
Wednesday 18th of November, 2.10pm, sees our last public walking tour of the 2015 Dublin Decoded season. It’s a really good one, featuring an one-hour sociable walk of the historic Liberties full of detail and social history, followed by a rare chance to visit the stunning Worth Library- perhaps the most interesting collection of… Read More last Liberties & Library walk: Wed 18th of November, 2.10pm.
I’m delighted to see my neigbour and friend Hugh Oram has put himself online with a excellent, very attractive new website. I find myself quite jealous of the nice clear presentation and lovely pictures there! For those of you that haven’t discovered him yet, Hugh sometimes stands in and writes the well-known daily Irish… Read More Hugh Oram’s website, a national treasure, online at last!
The castle at Bentheim: an essay of random thoughts on landscape, history and money, modernity and nostalgia in the Dutch Golden Age. Look at this. Don’t by the way try reading this piece on a phone. Wait until you have access to a proper screen. Then look at this. It’s a detail of a work… Read More Landscape, modernity and nostalgia in the Dutch Golden Age.
Back in 2013, I invited readers of my blog to identify this mysterious looking map, below. As many people either knew or guessed, it’s a sketch concerning Ulysses, the legendary novel routinely claimed as the best or most influential tome of 20th century literature, and written of course by James Joyce (below). I had come across the… Read More Nabokov, Perec, Joyce & Bloom; Ulysses, Maps & Games.