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One City, One Book

Danielle McLaughlin photo by Clare Keogh

Watch from home from Wednesday 8 September

Watch writers Danielle McLaughlin and Alannah Hopkin in conversation, as part of the citywide book club One City One Book.

This year’s book The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin revolves around a fictional sculptor, while art works inspired by animals thread through her narrative. In this filmed conversation, Danielle will discuss her book, the artwork in the exhibition Menagerie, and consider how animals remain an intuitive and curious touchstone in her writing. The Crawford Art Gallery are thrilled to partner with Cork City Libraries to have the opportunity to host this conversation within our exhibition Menagerie: Animals by Artists

On Culture Night, Friday 17 September, visitors can pick up our postcard writing prompts to jump-start their own flash fiction in the gallery. Share your story with us in the gallery or Cork City Library for the chance to win your own copy of the book The Art of Falling.

About One City, One Book
Cork City Libraries’ One City One Book is an initiative that invites book loving Corkonians to read, enjoy and discuss the same book. Individuals, groups, book clubs, workplaces and organisations are encouraged to take part in building a community throughout the city. It takes the idea of a localised book discussion club and expands it to cover the whole city. This year’s book is The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin. It was published in January 2021 by John Murray Publishers and has received critical acclaim. 

About the Author
Danielle McLaughlin is the author of the short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets. In 2019, she was a Windham-Campbell Prize recipient, and won the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. She lives in County Cork, Ireland, with her husband and three children. The Art of Falling is her first novel.

About the Artwork
Menagerie is a word that describes a collection of wild animals kept in captivity for people to see in an exhibition. Here in the gallery, you can find animals in art — by both historic and contemporary artists — from circus animals to much-loved pets and imaginary beasts. See

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