A fabulous weekend of cultural events beckons this November to celebrate the life and work of Ireland’s most popular author. Listen to ballads from 300 years ago, take walking tours around Swift’s Dublin, watch a theatrical performance or sit down to eat a dinner in the beautiful surrounds of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Immerse yourself in Swift’s life and work, and hear from contemporary writers, musicians, historians and performers taking up Swift’s challenge to “Go, traveller, and imitate if you can this earnest and dedicated champion of liberty.”
The famous author and Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral was born 350 years ago this year. Best known for his satirical works, including Gulliver’s Travels, Swift was also a noted champion of liberty and freedom of thought and advanced a number of social causes. His legacy to the city is profound, both in a celebrated body of work and in a number of institutions which he founded and endowed, including St Patrick’s Hospital on Bow Lane.
Check out details of the Festival at www.jonathanswiftfestival.ie.
23rd November: Festival launch at 6:30pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral
23rd November: Jonathan Swift: Place and Space – a special exhibition of rare books, artefacts and pamphlets connected to Swift in Dublin Castle (admission charge)
24th November: Ballads of Swift’s Dublin: singer Padraig O Nuallain performs songs from the streets of Dublin in Swift’s time – starts 7pm at Christ Church Cathedral (admission €10)
25th November: Swift Symposium – an international gathering to mark the 350th anniversary of Swift’s birth – the Deanery, St Patrick’s Close
26th November: Swift’s Food – a sumptuous and unique dining experience in the nave of St Patrick’s Cathedral featuring food of the later 17th century – starts 7:30pm.
30th November: Swift’s Vision – a night of poetry, music and song to celebrate the life of a unique voice in world literature – starts 8pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral (admission €15)