Friday, 22 May 2009

Dublin Writers Festival

I've always thought this should be called Dublin Readers Festival as the audience are all Dublin readers, and the writers are from all over. Anyway, I digress.

There are too many writers coming to write them all down here but you can download the programme yourself here. It has all the informaion on hwere to get tickets and thelike. Some events are close to sold out already if not actually sold out. If you're in or near Dublin this weekend, you owe it to yourself to get out there.

My edited highlights:
Tuesday 2nd June
Seamus Heaney - National Concert Hall 8pm. Introduced by Olivia O'Leary

Thursday 4th June
Anne Michaels a Canadian poet I've heard good things about. Project Arts 6pm

Friday 5th June
Zoe Heller and Geoff Dyer. Zoe has a new book The Believers that sounds well worth reading. Project Arts 6pm
Colm Toibin. Don't miss this one. His new book Brooklyn sounds as good as his last Booker shortlisted The Master which I loved. Project Arts 8pm

Saturday 6th June
Claire Kilroy, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Julie O'Faolain. Got to read Claire's new book All The Names Have Been Changed. Project Arts 2pm
Paula Meehan and Leanne O'Sullivan. Two generations of poet(esse)s, Project Arts 6pm

Sunday 7th June
Brendan Kennelly. "An Irish Literary Phenomenon" with broad appeal. Abbey Theatre 3pm
Val McDermid and Kate Summerscale. Love Val's clever crime books. Abbey Theatre 6pm
Sarah Waters. Super novelist. Abbey Theatre 7:30 pm

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