Library Events & Exhibitions

Creative Writing Competition 

DCU Library holds an annual Creative Writing Competition to participants of adult reading and writing schemes in North Dublin. It aims to reward those who have returned to education to improve their reading and writing skills. Each year we receive over 100 entries from more than 12 literacy groups in North Dublin.


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This competition started in 1999 and an Awards Night is held in the library announcing the winner and ten commendations.  Library staff volunteer to participate in the judging and organisation of the competition. The library invites a Guest writer for the Awards Night who gives advice and reads some of their work.

The winner of the Creative Writing Competition 2023 was announced at the awards night on May 31st. Find out more on the dedciated webpage:

DCU Library CWC 2023

DCU Library celebrated 21 years of the Creative Writing Competition in 2020 with a special anniversary booklet, videos and messages from past participants, guest authors and library staff. You can see more about it on our dedicated webpage:

DCU Library CWC 21st Anniversary 

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Culture Night at DCU

"Culture Night / Oíche Chultúir is brought to you by the Arts Council; it is a national moment, celebrating culture, creativity and the arts and seeks to actively promote the belief that this rich and varied culture is alive, treasured and nurtured in people’s lives, today and every day."

    - Arts Council 

Each year, in collaboration with DCU Arts & Culture, DCU Library partakes in Culture Night, opening Cregan Library to the public, hosting tours, events for children, and live music on the balcony! You can check out a gallery of images from across Glasnevin and St. Patrick's campus for Culture Night 22 here: DCU Culture Night 22 Gallery

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