Are you ready to awaken your inner giant!? It’s time to celebrate the literature of the former Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Jonathan Swift. Best known for the literary masterpiece, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, Swift’s legacy will be remembered over the course of four fun-filled days and nights in Dublin. From Thursday, 29th November to Sunday, 2nd December there is a diverse range of events planned for the Jonathan Swift Festival. Moreover, many are free of charge. Here are some of our highlights…
Satire, Songs and Science
Jonathan Swift was renowned for his satirical wit. So it’s fitting that the work of Martyn Turner, featuring some of the sharpest satire for nearly fifty years, will be on display during the course of the festival. This free exhibition takes place in the EPIC museum from Wednesday through till Sunday. For more details, see here.
Swift’s Evensong At Trinity Chapel will feature an hour of glorious music in this majestic and historical setting. Find out more here
Ahead of a debate in Trinity College exploring whether science has gone too far, Swift expert and Trinity College academic Brendan Twomey examines Swift’s own 18th century views on the Cult of Science. Find out more here.
The Dublin International Symposium on Jonathan Swift is an annual academic forum that is open to the public. With speakers from Ireland, Canada, France and the US, this will be an unmissable evening for fans of Swift. Find out more here
Have a Swift One
By now you are sure to have worked up a bit of a thirst! Have a ‘swift’ drink, some nibbles and a few laughs at the Sweetman’s Craft Brewery. For details, see here.
Finally, Gulliver’s Fair And Market will bring the Jonathan Swift Festival to a close. With international food and craft stalls, circus workshops, live music and unique attractions, this free family-friendly day out will be the perfect way to while away a Sunday in Dublin. Find out more here.