New poetry anthology chosen for Dublin: One City, One Book

Friday 13 September 2013 23.55
If Ever You Go is a virtual literary tour of Dublin arranged street-by-street
If Ever You Go is a virtual literary tour of Dublin arranged street-by-street

Organisers of Dublin: One City, One Book have chosen an as-yet unpublished anthology of poetry and song as the title for 2014.

If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry & Song is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin.

Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature say the choice of book is "completely different, yet very Dublin".

The book is arranged street-by-street so the reader is continually making new connections and discoveries on a virtual tour of the city.

Among those featured are Jonathan Swift, JM Synge, WB Yeats, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh and Máirtín Ó Direáin, as well as Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Derek Mahon.

There are songs and ballads from the city's colonial past, verses by leaders of the 1916 Rising and portraits of the modern city with its Spire and Luas tram.

The book will be published in February by Dedalus Press and has the support of The Arts Council and of Poetry Ireland.

The choice follows the hugely successful Strumpet City programme in April 2013, which saw James Plunkett's novel top the borrowing figures at Dublin's libraries and the bestseller lists in bookshops.

"This is an exciting first for One City One Book. We expect If Ever You Go to build on the initiative's success in showcasing great Dublin writing to a wider audience," said Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes.

A full programme of associated events throughout the month of April will be launched in March 2014.

Since the initiative started in 2006, Dublin: One City, One Book encourages people to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of April.