And Now The Weather: A One Dublin One Book Event

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And Now The Weather: A One Dublin One Book Event

An event focusing on freak weather and climate change, with meteorologist Joanna Donnelly, author Andrew Hughes and poet Jane Robinson

By Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

When and where

Date and time

Fri, 14 Apr 2023 13:00 - 14:00 IST


National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin D09 VY63 Dublin 9 Ireland

About this event

From The Year Without a Summer - the year in which The Coroner’s Daughter is set - to The Night of the Big Wind to Hurricane Ophelia, join us for this fascinating lunchtime talk where meteorologist Joanna Donnelly will talk about freak weather events in Irish history. This will be followed by a discussion with writer Andrew Hughes and poet Jane Robinson, who will explore the themes and symbolism of weather and climate change in their writing.

This event is part of One Dublin One Book 2023, where the chosen book is The Coroner's Daughter by Andrew Hughes, published by Transworld.

One Dublin One Book is a Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries, which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. Supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


Born in Co. Wexford, Andrew Hughes was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. A qualified archivist, he worked for RTÉ before going freelance. It was while researching his social history of Fitzwilliam Square – Lives Less Ordinary: Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922 – that he came across the true story of John Delahunt, a Victorian murderer and Dublin Castle informer. His debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt, was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Irish Crime Book of the Year. The Coroner’s Daughter, a tale of a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic science, was nominated for the CWA Historical Dagger. Andrew lives in Drumcondra, where he continues to work on archival and historical research projects, as well as Dublin-set crime fiction.

Joanna Donnelly is a meteorologist with Met Éireann and presents the weather bulletins on RTÉ One and RTÉ 2. She is a Dubliner, and she studied Applied Maths in DCU.

Jane Robinson is an Irish poet and biologist whose writing has been recognized by awards including the Strokestown International Poetry Prize, and the Shine Strong Award for her debut collection, Journey to the Sleeping Whale (Salmon, 2018). Her second collection, Island and Atoll (Salmon, 2023), includes ‘For the Atoll’ a beautiful and thought-provoking cycle of poetry, music and song concerned with arms testing at Bikini Atoll and elsewhere, compounded now by rising sea levels resulting from climate change. With texts written by Jane set to music by Malachy Robinson, this work engages with the challenge to imagine a more peaceful and harmonious future.

About the organiser

Dublin is the fourth UNESCO City of Literature, one of 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature worldwide.

With four Nobel prize winners (Yeats, Beckett, Shaw and Heaney), a brace of universities of global distinction in Trinity and UCD, over half a dozen books festivals, the internationally prestigious Dublin Literary Award and a world class new city library in the planning, it is without doubt that Ireland’s capital has words in its blood.

The Literature designation is one of seven designations within the Creative Cities Network.

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