Holiday with The Flying Book Club
June 16, 2011 § 1 Comment
By Eibhlin Evans
The Flying Book Club is an exciting new opportunity – a book-lovers holiday! As its name suggests you can fly into Dublin and join the club for a cultural connection with the city’s writers. There are one-day and three-day programmes on offer – and a wide range of different writing available for you to explore with a lively team of tutors in an intimate and informal gathering. It all happens in a beautiful georgian house in the city centre. This is a great opportunity for the single traveller and for book-clubs and groups. If you’re organising a trip for a group of friends or for your book-club (for one or for three-day programmes) you can even nominate a writer of your choice and The Flying Book Club will design and deliver a programmes just for you. You can select one of Ireland’s great writers or, if you’re mad about Terry Pratchett, or Proust – it doesn’ matter. The Flying Book Club will facilitate a series of talks, discussions and other events to really explore your chosen writer’s work.
Your flights and accommodation are for you to organise but hotels are very central and easy to locate. Its a great way to meet new friends who share your passion for books.
Because Irish wiritng, both past and present is so popular, and Ireland’s cultural life is so sought after, the Flying Book Club focusses in its main programmes on all of the greats – the dead writers like Yeats and Joyce and the current biggies like Colm Toibin, Anne Enright and many more.
I’m a great advocate of many international writers and currently planning a series of Flying Visits to other cities where again the FBC will organize a three-day programme on a writer and his or her relationship with that city. Pamuk and Istanbul anyone?
The Flying Book Club is nothing if not ambitious and already shows signs of attracting a large following. Modeled on the book club format, but with several key distinctions, The Flying Book Club puts a lot of emphasis on the readers’ reactions, on the desire readers have to share their reading experiences with others. All those who attend become members of The Flying Book Club and through their Flying Forum they keep in touch – keep the conversation going – remain connected and hopefully revisit or reconnect at a later date in Dublin or elsewhere.
As founder and Director, this venture is the logical conclusion of my interests and passions, my qualifications and experience. After many years teaching literature in universities in the UK and most recently in UCD, travelling to many international destinations as a literary scholar, and having spent many years working with Dublin City on literary initiatives, (most recently writing the succesful application to UNESCO for the City of Literature designation) I think the Flying Book Club brings all of these strands together in a new and exciting connection.
So I’ve brought together an energetic and enthusiastic team ready to guide the sessions and numerous connections with Dublin’s literary community mean that many contemporary writers will be putting in Guest Appearances – another treat for visitors.
The upbeat nature of the venture is visible in the name and the nature of our recent series of events. The Feel The Fear and Read It Anyway series started off the Joyce’s Ulysses. Designed to give the intimidated reader a helping hand – a guided introduction and some enlightening encouragement, these short events have been very well received by Dublin’s readers. The title echoes the no-nonsense approach. ‘Our visitors don’t need to bring anything but their enthusiasm – this is for ALL readers’.’ Whatever you’re experience, we’ll explore the writing together and you’ll have a truly memorable time.’