Education, Imagination and the World

While MoLI will present and interpret the history of Ireland’s literary culture, it will also look to the present and future of Irish writing. This dual vision will be achieved through an education and outreach programme that will include schools programmes, lectures, seminars and symposia, writer and publisher interviews and readings, digital broadcasting, artistic commissions, as well as book clubs, social events and research facilities.

"Our vision is to create the world’s most significant literary museum, bringing visitors on an inspiring journey through Irish writing, and encouraging them to explore their own creative potential"l

PROFESSOR ANDREW J. DEEKS President, University College Dublin


An innovative education programme will engage primary and secondary school students with classes on imaginative learning and creative writing, embedded with strong curriculum links. Active connections to UCD’s School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing and to other schools in its College of Arts and Humanities  will be forged through undergraduate and postgraduate mentorship programmes, including the establishment of a significant Young Fiction prize.

University students will be invited to participate in curatorial and educational activity at the museum, utilising the space as an experimental public canvas for 21st century writing.

A digital broadcasting studio within MoLI will enable the museum to speak to an international audience from the first day we open our doors. From podcasting lectures and interviews, commissioning new forms of online writing and digital-only exhibitions, the MoLI’s digital platform will engage a vast literary audience worldwide and will position the museum and its partners as key components of the international literary landscape.

An art commissioning programme will see the museum build a community of writers, visual artists, theatre practitioners, musicians, academics, students, graduates and alumni to create a 21st century museum of literature that animates our literary heritage and acts as a laboratory for future writing practice.