Today is World Book Day as celebrated in Ireland and the UK. Events are taking place in bookshops, libraries and schools throughout Ireland, encouraging people to read. There are also €1.50 book tokens for all schoolchildren.
On this day 30 years ago, the RTÉ arts programme 'Folio' looked at two recently-published literary guides to Dublin, 'This Arrogant City' by Henry Boylan and 'Dublin', an anthology compiled by Benedict Kiely. Both authors discuss their work in this interview with Patrick Gallagher.
'This Arrogant City' is a guide to 50 books about Dublin. Boylan believes that Dublin is very well-served by writers. He set out to cover all the different aspects of Dublin, from Malton's engravings of Dublin to Jonah Barrington's memoirs. There are also books about student life, like 'The Ginger Man' by J.P. Donleavy. He says that people have written about Dublin "with a mixture of affection and anger and annoyance, which makes it very interesting to read about."
This edition of 'Folio' was broadcast on 6 March 1984.