The Dublin: One City One Book title for 2014 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' is something completely different yet very Dublin.
If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. The book will enable the reader to continually make new connections and discoveries on a virtual tour of the City of Words. Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and published by Dedalus Press, If Ever You Go : a map of Dublin in poetry and song is a unique volume of writing about Dublin, from early to modern times and will be available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops from February 2014.
It includes writing by both historical and contemporary figures, among them Swift, Synge, Yeats, Joyce, Kavanagh and Ó Direáin as well as Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Derek Mahon. There are songs and ballads from the city's colonial past, verses by leaders of the 1916 Rising, and portraits of the modern city with its Spire and Luas tram, its Celtic Tiger 'prosperity' and its post-Celtic Tiger challenges.