Romping through Irish Literature with At it Again!

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At it Again! The Gang – Niall Laverty, Maite López-Schröder, Jessica Peel-Yates and James Moore with their book, Romping through Dorian Gray.

We were on a romp in the Dublin mountains when a great little idea came bounding along. With Bloomsday around the corner, we wanted to inspire people to love Dublin and stop fearing Ulysses. Our challenge was to take a big intimidating book and make it fun and accessible. We ran all the way down the mountain and straight into the pub. By the time we left, our minds were spinning with possibilities. Three mad months later Romping through Ulysses was unleashed. People loved the book so much that we thought, why not tackle other Irish classics? We were At it Again! Hungry to discover the Irish roots of iconic books and their creators, our next victim was Dracula. The Romping through Irish Literature series had begun.

AT IT 4   At it Again!’s new title, Romping through Dubliners

Hello, we are At it Again! Four creative heads who are inspired by pop culture, a love of Dublin and, of course, books. We write, illustrate and publish fun pocket guides to Irish literature. We like to immerse ourselves in the literary fabric of Dublin by volunteering at Sweny’s Chemist, made famous in James Joyce’s Ulysses, and enjoying adventures around Bloomsday and the Bram Stoker Festival. For every book we take on, we go out into the city exploring the writer, their story and the places that inspired them, looking for fun and interesting things to do and see and juicy titbits to share with our readers.

We have romped through James Joyce’s Ulysses, unearthed the Irish roots of Bram Stoker’s world-famous vampire, discovered our Wilde side with Dorian Gray and soaked up Dubliners, James Joyce’s series of unfortunate events. Our pocket guides are perfect for dipping into if you are reading the original for the first time or even if you are at it again!

AT IT 2Romping through Dracula

On our adventures we have also discovered connections between our three authors. Bram Stoker won the heart of Florence Balcombe, who Oscar Wilde had been courting. James Joyce was stood up by Nora on the steps of the Wilde family home. Not only Leopold Bloom, the wandering Jew from Ulysses, frequented Sweny’s Chemist (still there today), but it was also the nearest pharmacy to the Wildes’ house, where Oscar’s dad had a medical practice. And until we mentioned it, the academics hadn’t swooped on the vampires and bats in Ulysses.

AT IT 3The Romping through Ulysses collection

We hope to promote the rich literary heritage of Dublin and Ireland. Distilling the essence of each classic to make it accessible and fun, we want to inspire you, dear reader and fellow literary adventurer, to bring Irish literature to life wherever you are.

At it Again! are made up of Niall Laverty, Maite López-Schröder, James Moore and Jessica Peel-Yates. They have written, illustrated and published Romping through Ulysses, Romping through Dracula and Romping through Dorian Gray. Their new title, Romping through Dubliners, was launched at The James Joyce Centre on the 1st of February, the eve of Joyce’s birthday. Apart from their pocket guides, they also have other goodies including prints and notebooks featuring the illustrations from their books and quotes from the original Irish classics.

All their goodies are created and printed in Dublin on sustainable materials and can be found on www.atitagain.ie

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