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MoLI hosts a programme of events across the museum, including performances, readings, talks and workshops. Join our newsletter below to hear about upcoming events, or become a member to benefit from advance booking.

Upcoming events at MoLI

March First Fridays

1 March 2024 | 18.00 | MoLI

Join us on 1 March from 6pm for First Fridays! The museum will be open late with free admission from 6-9pm, with a series of events echoing our new exhibition Is this a poem?, including performances by Amanda Coogan, Emma Bennett, Vicky Langan and Tobi Balogun and a discussion on the theme of digital literatures with Ian Maleney, James O’Sullivan and Joanna Walsh. The Commons Café is also open late!

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Pride and the Pen

2 March 2024 | 15.00 | MoLI

Join MoLI on a tour through Ireland’s storied queer heritage, from censorship to celebration. Explore Ireland’s queer literary heritage, from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the novels of Emma Donoghue to the plays of Frank McGuinness, and many more.

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UCD Writers in Conversation: Jan Carson

5 March 2024 | 18.00 | MoLI

Join MoLI and UCD on Tuesday, 5 March, at 6pm for the third in a series called 'UCD Writers in Conversation'. For this edition, Sarah Moss, who directs the MA and MFA at UCD, will be in conversation with Jan Carson, acclaimed writer of novels and short stories and community arts facilitator in East Belfast. Jan's awards include the EU Prize for Literature in Ireland in 2019 for The Fire Starters, and she has been shortlisted for prizes including the BBC National Short Story Prize and the Sean O Faolain Short Story Prize. 

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The Great MoLI Book Swap

13 April 2024 - 14 April 2024 | 10.30 | MoLI

Join us for the Great MoLI Book Swap! Taking place across two days, 13 and 14 April, the Book Swap is your opportunity to rehome your well-loved books, and pick up some new reads in the process. Entry is included with general admission (half price with code bookswap). Spend a day exploring our exhibitions and exchanging books with fellow bookworms!

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‘An Afternoon with Oscar Wilde’

4 August 2024 - 25 August 2024 | 12.00 | MoLI

Join us for a special, limited run of ‘An Afternoon with Oscar Wilde’, an adaptation of Neil Titely’s 'Work is the Curse of the Drinking Classes'. Wonderfully witty and sincere in equal measure, this performance by actor Will Govan will teleport audience goers to 1898 Paris, one year after Wilde’s release from prison. 

UK born actor Will Govan attended the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London, before pursuing a career in publishing & journalism as the co-founder of The Moth magazine. Having performed Shakespeare in his youth, Will has recently returned to his first artistic love and revived the award-winning Moth Productions theatre to take on the role of Oscar Wilde in 'Work is the Curse of the Drinking Classes'. 

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Previous events at MoLI

UCD Writers in Conversation: Jan Carson

5 March 2024 | 18.00 | MoLI

Join MoLI and UCD on Tuesday, 5 March, at 6pm for the third in a series called 'UCD Writers in Conversation'. For this edition, Sarah Moss, who directs the MA and MFA at UCD, will be in conversation with Jan Carson, acclaimed writer of novels and short stories and community arts facilitator in East Belfast. Jan's awards include the EU Prize for Literature in Ireland in 2019 for The Fire Starters, and she has been shortlisted for prizes including the BBC National Short Story Prize and the Sean O Faolain Short Story Prize. 

Pride and the Pen

2 March 2024 | 15.00 | MoLI

Join MoLI on a tour through Ireland’s storied queer heritage, from censorship to celebration. Explore Ireland’s queer literary heritage, from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the novels of Emma Donoghue to the plays of Frank McGuinness, and many more.

March First Fridays

1 March 2024 | 18.00 | MoLI

Join us on 1 March from 6pm for First Fridays! The museum will be open late with free admission from 6-9pm, with a series of events echoing our new exhibition Is this a poem?, including performances by Amanda Coogan, Emma Bennett, Vicky Langan and Tobi Balogun and a discussion on the theme of digital literatures with Ian Maleney, James O’Sullivan and Joanna Walsh. The Commons Café is also open late!

UCD Writers in Conversation: Mark O’Connell

26 February 2024 | 18.00 | MoLI

Join MoLI and UCD for the second in a series called 'UCD Writers in Conversation'. Mark O' Connell, prize-winning author of To Be a MachineNotes from an Apocalypse and most recently, A Thread of Violence, will be in conversation with Sarah Moss, who directs the MA and MFA programmes in Creative Writing at UCD. Penny Dahl, a current MFA student working on memoir, will give a brief reading to begin the event. 

Launch of ‘Seal Stories’

12 February 2024 | 19.30 | MoLI

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Join the Folklore of Ireland Society at 7.30 pm on Monday, 12 February 2024, for the launch of ‘Seal Stories’, a website created in partnership with the Irish Seal Sanctuary, showcasing material from the National Folklore
Collection. The event will be bilingual and will be followed by a reception.

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