Monday, 22 October 2012

Dublin Book Festival 2012

The Dublin Book Festival 2012 is in different venues this year. The programme looks innovative. 
It's the week of 13th to 18th November.  
Here are my own personal selection but there's loads more.
Children’s Treasure Hunt
All Ages
Beginning in the Children’s Area, 
Smock Alley Theatre
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th, 12.00pm – 4.00 pm  •  Free entry
Follow our intriguing clues around Temple Bar to explore many fun and cultural sights, and perhaps even discover a prize at the end!
No booking required, simply turn up on the day at anytime and go to the Children’s Area.

Literary Walking Tour
 Meeting at front steps, Smock Alley Theatre
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th, 11:00am and 2:30pm
8 /6 concessions, children under 14 free
Join Pat Liddy on a fascinating walk in the ancient area around the Smock Alley Theatre – a historic centre for publishing houses, newspapers, monasteries, cathedrals and a stomping ground for famous writers drawn here by the taverns and civic occasions.
A History of Ireland in 100 Objects – Fintan O’Toole
 Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Sunday 18th, 12.00pm – 12.50pm  •  Free entry
What’s the object for your times? Join Fintan O’Toole, author and literary editor of The Irish Times, and guests to discuss the 10 objects on exhibition at the National Museum at Collins Barracks and vote for your preferred object. This last object chosen will be added to the other 99, which have appeared weekly in The Irish Times, and will feature in a book on the subject, to be published by the Royal Irish Academy in March 2013.
Readings from Large Mammals, Stick Insects and Other Social Misfits with Felicity McCall YA (Young Adult)
 Children’s Area, Smock Alley Theatre
Sunday 18th, 12.00pm – 12:50pm  •  Free entry
Derry author and journalist Felicity McCall reads from her novel Large Mammals, Stick Insects and Other Social Misfits. Take a glimpse inside the lives of fifteen-year-old Aimée and her co-best friends Bree and Beks as they prepare for Aimée’s school exchange partner to arrive with her totally fanciable brother. Brilliantly funny stuff.
No booking required, but seats are limited so we advise you to arrive 15 minutes before the start time.
Inspiration for Writers: Writing for Young Adults – Alan Early, Siobhán Parkinson and Sheena Wilkinson. Chaired by Robert Dunbar
 Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
 Sunday 18th, 3.00pm – 3.50pm  •  Free entry

Robert Dunbar, commentator on children’s books and reading, leads Sheena Wilkinson, winner of two Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Awards and winner of a White Raven Award, Alan Early, author of the acclaimed Arthur Quinn series and Siobhán Parkinson, well-known author and Ireland’s first Laureate for Children’s Literature, in a discussion about writing for young adults.
Inspiring Short Stories: Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Mary Costello and Nuala Ní Chonchúir. Chaired by Eithne Shortall
 Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Sunday 18th, 4.00pm – 4.50pm  •  Free entry

 Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is the author of over eleven books. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Stewart Parker Award for Drama and several Oireachtas Awards for Irish-language fiction. Mary Costello’s stories have been anthologised and published in New Irish Writing and in The Stinging Fly. The China Factory, her first book of stories, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Mother America is Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s fourth short story collection. Ní Chonchúir has won rté radio’s Francis MacManus Award, the Dublin Review of Books Flash Fiction Prize, the Cúirt New Writing Prize, the inaugural Jonathan Swift Award and the Cecil Day Lewis Award. Eithne Shortall is the chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. She specialises in literature, theatre, film and writes a fortnightly column on arts and heritage. She is also an occasional book reviewer for rté Radio 1’s Arena.
In Their Own Write: John Boyne, Siobhán Parkinson, Dermot Bolger, Donal Ryan, Colm Keegan and Deirdre Sullivan
 Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Sunday 18th, 5.00pm – 6.45pm  •  Free entry
What does it mean to have an established writer endorse your work? Dublin Writers Festival invites John Boyne, Siobhán Parkinson and Dermot Bolger to nominate emerging writers to share the stage and showcase their work. Donal Ryan’s recent debut novel The Spinning Heart was chosen as the flagship release for Doubleday Ireland, in a co-publishing venture with Lilliput Press. ‘I can’t imagine a more original, more perceptive or more passionate work than this.’ (John Boyne). Colm Keegan’s debut collection Don’t Go There was published last year by Salmon Poetry. ‘The poetry … brims with frenetic energy and a hard-earned street-wise lyricism, bereft of false notes or unearned experience.’ (Dermot Bolger). Deirdre Sullivan’s debut novel Prim Improper, published by Little Island, was shortlisted for the Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award (2011). ‘A writer with a sparkling talent … her first novel for young teens is even more hilarious and touching than I could possibly have imagined’ (Siobhán Parkinson).
Kevin Barry and Mike McCormack In conversation with Sean Rocks
 Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Sunday 18th, 8.00pm – 9.30pm  •  10/8 concession
Bringing the Dublin Book Festival to a close, we have two of Ireland’s finest short story authors, Kevin Barry and Mike McCormack in conversation with Sean Rocks, presenter of rté Radio 1’s Arena.Kevin Barry is the author of the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms and the novel City Of Bohane. He has won the European Union Prize for Literature, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the Sunday Times efg Private Bank Short Story Award. Mike McCormack, has published two novels and won several awards, among them The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His story ‘The Terms’ from his collection of short stories Getting It In The Head was adapted into an award-winning short film. Mike’s new collection of short stories, Forensic Songs, was published earlier this year.
In Memory of Maeve Binchy – Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O’Flanagan and Sinéad Moriarty
 Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Saturday 17th, 1.00pm-1.50pm  •  Free entry
Three of Ireland’s top female writers come together to reveal how the legendary author Maeve Binchy inspired their writing and helped to pave the way, not only for them, but for a host of Irish female writers over the years.
Silver Threads of Hope: Roddy Doyle, Siobhán Mannion and Declan Hughes In conversation with Sinéad Gleeson
by admin on September 17, 2012
Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Saturday 17th, 2.00pm – 2.50pm  •  Free entry


 This anthology of short stories by Ireland’s most prominent authors has been released in aid of Console. Editor Sinéad Gleeson (broadcaster and journalist with the Irish Times) joins contributors Roddy Doyle (Booker prize-winning author of The Commitments), Siobhán Mannion (Hennessy New Writer of the Year 2011) and Declan Hughes (award-winning author of the Ed Loy PI series).
The European Muse: Irish Poets Inspired by Europe
 John F. Deane, Harry Clifton, Moya Cannon, Mary O’Donnell, Michael O’Loughlin and Judith Mok. Chaired by Peter Sirr
Presented by Poetry Ireland in association with Dublin Book Festival
Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Saturday 17th, 3.00pm – 4.20pm  •  Free entry

Irish poets discuss poets and poetry from Europe that has influenced and inspired them over the years. With John F. DeaneHarry CliftonMoya CannonMary O’DonnellMichael O’Loughlin and Judith Mok. Chaired by Peter Sirr.
 Catherine Fulvio, Lilly Higgins, Jane Travers and Sheila Kiely
Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Saturday 17th, 4.30pm – 5.30pm  •  Free entry
Join our food writers for a lively discussion about the evolution of the cookbook – from print to online. Are cookbooks a thing of the past? Catherine Fulvio is proprietor of the Ballyknocken House Cookery School, a prolific cookery writer and one of Ireland’s top television culinary stars. Lilly Higgins is a Ballymaloe-trained chef and an enthusiastic food blogger. Sheila Kiely runs a Food Safety Management Consultancy and her blog is one of the big names in the foodie blogosphere. Jane Travers is the author of Tweet Treats, a book of over 1000 recipes which were composed on Twitter in 140 characters or less.
Irish Publishing Business Day
 Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre
Friday 16th, 10.00am – 4.30pm  •  By Invitation Only
A series of three events aimed at those working in the publishing sector. The events will explore innovations and developments in the industry with a particular focus on digital publishing.
To make an enquiry about this event please email:

Inspired by Science – New Worlds and New Ideas in Association with Dublin City of Science

 With Celine Kiernan and Conor Kostick   YA (Young Adult)
Launch Area, Smock Alley Theatre
Friday 16th, 10.00am – 11.00am
Booking essential, places limited to one class onlyFind out what inspires top sci-fi and fantasy authors Conor Kostick and Celine Kiernan. From the virtual worlds and sophisticated technology of Conor Kostick’s The Avatar Chroniclesto the fantastic world of Moorehawke inCeline Kiernan’s international smash-hit trilogy. Hear Conor and Celine talk about how they were inspired and the incredible worlds they have created. You might even be inspired to create a fantastical world of your own!To enquire about booking, please email:
Ages 7-8 years
Pearse Street Library
Friday 16th, 10.30am  – 11.30am
Booking essential, places limited to one class only
Join us for a fun and imaginative workshop, creating characters and writing a story together with your class. Then write your own ending, draw some pictures and at the end of the workshop take your story home to show all your family and friends!
To enquire about bookings, please email:

1 comment:

Breathing with a Limp said...

Great plug for The Dublin Book Festival.
See you there, perhaps, on Friday 16th lunchtime, at Smock Alley. I'll be reading from, my novel A Sudden Sun.
All the best, Dave Duggan