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A City of Words

Inside the Dublin Writers Museum Collection

Dublin, immortalised in the work of literary giants from James Joyce to Maeve Binchy, is a city of words. Everywhere you look you will find literature embedded in its cityscape. Some of the writers who have called the city home were native Dubliners. Some were known as ‘blow-ins’ who moved here to pursue education, writing, or entirely different careers. Some even migrated from Ireland, but still maintained deep creative and personal ties with the capital. Is there something in the water here?

From 1991 to 2020, the Dublin Writers Museum amassed a collection of rare first editions, specially-commissioned bronze busts, contemporary artwork, personal items and intriguing mementos connected to the city’s writers. Now permanently on display here at MoLI, the collection reveals how Dublin became a literary city beloved by readers all over the world.

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