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Night and Day: Twenty Four Hours in the Life of Dublin City

Night and Day: Twenty Four Hours in the Life of Dublin City


Night and Day is a kaleidoscopic glimpse into a day in the life of contemporary Dublin, a patchwork quilt of illustrated poems that become snapshots taken on the run amid the flow of busy lives across the new suburbs that necklace Ireland's capital.

For two years, one of Ireland’s best-known writers, Dermot Bolger, was a resident artist with South Dublin County Council’s innovative INCONTEXT3 Percent for Art Programme. During this time he created a series of poems about everyday life that were displayed in unusual locations – as murals on Luas stops and walls of community centres or as posters in libraries or tax offices.

Bolger saw his work as deliberately forming only one half of a story. Each poem contained an invitation for writers, who live or work in the South County Dublin Council area, to contribute to this work in progress, so that Bolger’s poems would merge into a symphony of other voices, creating a tapestry of lives as lived in Ireland today.

Accompanying the poems is an extraordinary series of photographs of South Dublin County taken by INCONTEXT3 Artists, Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly, that provide a visual context to the ever-shifting city that inspired this collaborative book. Night and Day bustles with the sense of modern life, a day filled with busy commuters in cars and on buses, and of intimate moments in parks and behind closed doors. It is a unique account of Irish life to be treasured.

Bolger’s original sequence also forms part of a separate solo volume of his recent poetry, External Affairs,  published by New Island in December 2008.


Dermot Bolger


A-format, paperback





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Weight 0.400 g
Dimensions .175 × .150 × .10 mm


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