Ghost Light Will Be Dublin's One City One Book In 2011

Ghost Light, Joseph O'ConnorJoseph O’Connor‘s Ghost Light will be Dublin’s One City One Book in April 2011.

The book which is a fictional account of playwright John Millington Synge‘s affair with actress Molly Allgood in early 20th century Dublin has already been a number one bestseller in Ireland.

As part of the celebration the City Council and Library services will coordinate numerous activities from readings by the author to performances of Synge’s plays in the Abbey.

This year will see a novel experiment entitled ‘Synge For Your Supper’ through which a ‘Dublin resident can invite Joseph O’Connor to come and give a reading in her/his home, workplace, back yard, school, college – any venue imaginable. Eight lucky readers will be selected by lot.’

The news was announced on the One City One Book Website and featured a comment from O’Connor:

Commenting on the news, Joseph O’Connor said: ‘I am delighted and deeply touched for Ghost Light to be chosen to receive this accolade. Any Dublin writer would be thrilled to have a novel honoured in this way. I look forward to getting involved in making next year’s One City One Book Festival the best and most inclusive yet.’