Events

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Into the Island
01 August - 31 December 2022

Into the Island

“I like this lonely spot better than anywhere in Ireland. The golden mountains of Ireland stretch before me. The sea is dashing itself against the rocks and rushing into the black coves and ravines where the seals live.”

— Peig Sayers, An Old Woman’s Reflections

Ireland is a great literary nation. But written stories, poems and plays are not our only kind of literature – they are the tip of the iceberg. For centuries before literacy was the norm, people created and produced many genres of fiction, poetry and drama. They didn’t write their creations down – they told them.

Peig Sayers (1873-1958) was a contemporary of James Joyce (1882-1941). Like him, she had an exceptional mastery of language, a vivid imagination and an irrepressible creative urge. Sayers could write, but her greatest achievement was as an oral storyteller, in her native Irish language.
She is best known for her autobiography, Peig, a Scéal Féin, first published in 1936 and on the Irish school curriculum from 1962-1995. Peig the book does not give a full picture of Sayers – the greatest storyteller in a community of great storytellers, the Blasket Islands and Dún Chaoin. This exhibition tells that captivating story.

Ulysses 2.2
2 February - 31 December 2022

Ulysses 2.2

To mark a century of Ulysses, three of Ireland’s most innovative arts organisations and practitioners – ANU, Landmark Productions and MoLI – have joined together to present Ulysses 2.2, a year-long, nationwide odyssey of creative responses to the 18 episodes that chronicle an ordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom.

Past Events

Myth/Story/Song – Inspiring Places and People
22 September 2022 20.00

Myth/Story/Song – Inspiring Places and People

This event is now sold out.

To coincide with our exhibition Literary Cities: Edinburgh, MoLI is hosting a series of four events at the museum in April, May, September and October, featuring some of the most important established and up-and-coming names in Irish and Scottish writing and music.

Our third event in the Myth/Story/Song series takes place on 22 September at 8pm in MoLI. Inspiring Places and People will focus on the importance of place and landscape in writing and song, and will present writers and musicians who are deeply inspired by their native soil. The event will feature writers Kathleen Jamie, Leyla Josephine and Roddy Doyle in conversation, alongside Scottish piper Brìghde Chaimbeul, who will collaborate with Irish folk singer Radie Peat (Lankum) on new works, as well as performing music from their catalogues.

Kindly supported by the Scottish Government in Ireland, the British Embassy, and Ebow, the digital agency.

Culture Night at MoLI
Friday 23 September 17.00

Culture Night at MoLI

We will be proudly attending this year's Culture Night at MoLI.

Come along and say on Friday, 23 September, from 5pm to 11pm (last admission 10.30pm). The museum will be open late with free admission and a range of programmed events including readings, performances and much more.

MoLI’s programme for the night includes readings from Danny Denton, Eileen Flynn, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Kit Fryatt, Melatu Uche Okorie and Nicole Flattery, performances by Samuel Yakura and Kayssie K, and music from Ultan O’Brien & Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Maija Sofia.

Their family-friendly space, the LitLab, will be open and will have three storytelling and art and craft workshops for parents/guardians and children with illustrators Olivia Hope and Paddy Donnelly and artists Klo Wi and Zippy.

September First Fridays
Friday September 2nd

September First Fridays

Join MoLI on Friday, 2 September, from 6pm for First Fridays! They have a busy programme in store, including the launch of a new Brian Friel-inspired online exhibition., Don't anticipate the ending, which includes a conversation with the creative team behind the exhibition and a screening of the films from the exhibition. There will also be a reading by writer Aingeala Flannery and a performance by poet Hazel Hogan, as well as complimentary cocktails from 6pm, kindly provided by Teeling Distillery.

This event is supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media as part of the Night-Time Economy Support Scheme.

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August First Fridays
05 August 2022 @ 18:00

August First Fridays

Join MoLI on Friday, 5 August, from 6pm for First Fridays! This month they have some very exciting pop-up events, including an interview with Conner Habib, who will be in conversation with Sarah Maria Griffin about his debut novel Hawk Mountain and a reading by writer Suad Aldarra who will be reading from her remarkable new memoir, I Don't Want to Talk About Home. It is also a great chance to catch new exhibitions, Into the Island, which focuses on Peig Sayers and the Blasket storytelling tradition, and Lost in a Ceo, the accompanying video installation by Gary Coyle. The Commons Café will also be open late.

Please note all events are limited capacity and first come, first served. Your ticket does not guarantee entry to the events, just to the exhibitions.

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Launch of Waking Light
21 June 2022 @ 18:30

Launch of Waking Light

21 June 2022 | 18.30 | Aula Maxima, MoLI

This event is now sold out.

Presented by MoLI in partnership with Skein Press.

Through poetry, imagery and lyric prose, writers Kerri ní Dochartaigh and Mícheál McCann in collaboration with photographer Michelle Moloney and artist and bookmaker Éilis Murphy from Folded Leaf explore the seeds of beginnings and endings, and the search for places where we find ourselves and each other. Filled with hope and elegy, these evocative reflections offer a measure of grace, solace and renewal. This event to launch Waking Light will feature discussion and readings from the collection.

MoLI Bloomsday
16 June 2022 @ 10:30

MoLI Bloomsday

All day youd never know, 11.00am–4pm

First Annual Dedalus Lecture: Paul Muldoon, 5pm

Bloomsday Garden Party, 7pm–10pm

Click the link below to view the full schedule and

Ulysses 2.2
09 June 2022 @ 08:27

Ulysses 2.2

2 February 2022 - 31 December 2022 | 00.00 | Various venues

To mark a century of Ulysses, three of Ireland’s most innovative arts organisations and practitioners – ANU, Landmark Productions and MoLI – have joined together to present Ulysses 2.2, a year-long, nationwide odyssey of creative responses to the 18 episodes that chronicle an ordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom.

June First Fridays
03 June 2022 @ 18:00

June First Fridays

Join MoLI on Friday, 3 June, from 6pm for First Fridays. We have free admission from 6pm until 9pm (last admission 8pm). This month is a special Pride edition, with a live recording of our popular series Past/Present/Pride with screenwriter and playwright Sonya Kelly, as well as a performance by singer/songwriter Ellie O'Neill. Explore our exhibitions – it is the last chance to catch our Ulysses treasure hunt, which closes at the end of June!

Louise Kennedy in conversation
03 June 2022 @ 17:00

Louise Kennedy in conversation

For the next Director's Book Club – at 5pm on Wednesday, 1 June – we will be reading Louise Kennedy's new book, Trespasses, with the author joining us to discuss the book.
Check the latest MoLI Members' Bulletin for details, or become a member today to join the book club.

MoLI also have a number of copies of the book available in the MoLI shop.

Director’s Book Club
30 May 2022 @ 08:35

Director’s Book Club

For our next Director's Book Club – on Wednesday, 9 February – we will be reading Ambassador Daniel Mulhall's new book, Ulysses: A Reader's Odyssey, with the author joining us to discuss the book. Check the latest MoLI Members' Bulletin for details, or become a member today to join the book club.

Their also have a number of copies of the book available in the MoLI shop.

In Dublin They Really Tell You Things
08 March 2022 @ 19:00

In Dublin They Really Tell You Things

‘In Dublin they really tell you things – Pat Ingoldsby, Selected Poems 1986 – 2021’

In March the Museum of Literature Ireland will host a beautiful new video installation, In Dublin They Really Tell You Things (directed by Seamus Murphy) and, to celebrate this launch, will publish a first ever Selected Poems of Pat Ingoldsby. ‘In Dublin they really tell you things‘ will be a beautiful limited edition hardback spanning Pat’s life as a poet and gathers together for the first time poems from across Pat’s published works (and some unpublished poems including poems written during the Covid-19 pandemic).

March First Fridays
04 March 2022 @ 18:00

March First Fridays

Join us for First Fridays on Friday, 4 March, with free admission from 6pm until 9pm (last admission 8pm). Book now to discover a reading by writer Sheila Armstrong, as well as a performance by Dagogo Hart (all events are limited capacity and on a first come, first served basis). Explore our exhibitions, including our brand new exhibition —Love, says Bloom. The Commons Café is also open late!

Ebow and the Museum of Literature Ireland Launch Sponsorship
24 February 2022 @ 11:00

Ebow and the Museum of Literature Ireland Launch Sponsorship

With the recent launch of The Ulysses100 digital platform, celebrating the Centenary of Ulysses – which launched on February 2nd, the time is right for Simon O’Connor, Director of the Museum of Literature Ireland and David Douglas, Director of Ebow, The Digital Agency to announce a partnership between the two organisations, which is an investment by Ebow in the ongoing development of the digitisation of the museum, an alignment of professionals who understand the value and potential of the digital space and who share a belief in the importance of digital engagement for culture, education, literature and so much more.

MoLI Storytelling Workshop: The Gruffalo
06 February 2022 @ 11:00

MoLI Storytelling Workshop: The Gruffalo

Inspired by a Chinese folktale, How the Fox Stole the Tiger's Power ( 狐假虎威), The Gruffalo is a beloved children's story all over the world. In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, join Chinese teacher, Evan Furlong, and artist, Heather Gray, for a bilingual storytelling of this incredible tiger's tale! Colour in some characters from the story while you listen. No prior knowledge of Chinese or English is necessary. Materials provided.

Suitable for children 0–4 Years.
Free admission. Booking essential.

February First Fridays
04 February 2022 @ 18:00

February First Fridays

MoLI is running it's First Fridays on Friday, 4 February, with free admission from 6pm until 9pm (last admission 8pm). Book now to discover a screening of THIS LAND, a glimpse of our brand new exhibition —Love, says Bloom and a reading by poet Jess McKinney (all events are limited capacity and on a first come, first served basis). The Commons Café is also open late, serving wine and tapas.

Exhibition Launch – Literary Cities: Edinburgh
15 March 2022

Exhibition Launch – Literary Cities: Edinburgh

The 'Literary Cities' exhibition series at MoLI explores Ireland's rich literary heritage abroad, celebrating the unifying ties of the Irish cultural diaspora to chosen cities across the world. Following on from our Paris exhibition, Edinburgh will be opened by special guests including the UK Ambassador to Ireland Paul Johnston and Head of the Scottish Government in Ireland Katy McNeil.

Proudly supported by Ebow The Digital Agency.