This week, we have the Dublin Writers Festival; a few paid events each day. I’m hoping to catch the “Ireland of the Welcomes” session on Friday night, as well as the Hitchens-Waters deathmatch on Sunday evening at the Gate.

Opening this week – but running until August – the Chester Beatty Library has a special presentation of the Codex Leicester (full details and booking info). The manuscript – the most expensive ‘book’ in the world, at over $30m (bought in the 90s by one William Gates) – is displayed in one city per year, and thus it is a genuine once-off for Irish audiences.

The Codex Leicester, an autograph manuscript by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) containing his observations on the nature and properties of water as well as other aspects of science and technology, is one of the most famous and important of Leonardo’s scientific notebooks. Composed circa 1508-1510 and consisting of eighteen loose double sheets in which Leonardo illustrated and wrote down ideas and observations in his distinctive mirror script, the manuscript is a lively record of the thoughts of the great Italian Renaissance artist and scientist.

Tickets are free but should be booked in advance – and a lot of the weekend tickets are gone already. I’m going next Monday.

Finally, The Dubliner (magazine) has organised a series of debates/talks/etc at the Dundrum Town Centre for the end of June. Again, tickets are free but must be reserved (it’s all here); I’ve picked out my three and will blog them when the time comes. They promise a free cocktail reception too – shurley shome mishtake?

With thanks to Colm for some of the links.