Programme 2020


Since 2006, the Dublin Book Festival has been a permanent fixture in the city’s culture calendar, helping celebrate some of Ireland’s finest writers, illustrators, and publishers, along with promoting new and exciting talent from all over the island. While this year has proved to be a difficult time for public gatherings, DBF is committed to delivering a world-class festival in 2020, whatever form it may take. We are proud to announce the first details for this year’s programme of events:


Taking place from 27th November – 6th December, the festival takes a new, online direction, containing a mix of both pre-recorded and live online events all accessible through our website. Everything that makes DBF such a special time of year is back, featuring panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops and interactive events with some of Ireland’s greatest and fastest-rising writers. Our critically acclaimed Children’s and Schools’ Programmes will provide entertaining and interactive online author and illustrator events for all ages to enjoy.


Alongside our announcement that a juggernaut of the broadcasting scene, Graham Norton, will be joining us this year, DBF2020 features a host of exceptionally talented individuals in attendance for the celebrations. Christine Dwyer-Hickey, author of the Women’s Prize for Fiction-nominated Tatty, Irish Book Award winners Marian Keyes, illustrator Peter Donnelly, and comedian Maeve Higgins are just some of the featured guests joining us in November, with many more to be announced.


We know you are probably missing all the book launches, festivals and events that would usually be taking place in Autumn, so we decided to bring them to you! From September 24th we will be releasing a DBF event on our site every week until the festival. That’s nine events featuring the country’s most exciting writers to keep you occupied until November.

We’ll be announcing more guests, events, and ways to get involved in the upcoming weeks, so keep an eye on our social media and website. You can find everything you need to know about this year’s festivities, as well as author interviews, book reviews, special features and more here on our website. To stay in the loop, we encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter and follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages for the most up-to-date info, as well as extra behind-the-scenes content from our team.

All of this could not be possible without the aid of our funders, our partners, and our colleagues within the Irish publishing industry. They have helped our team immeasurably in curating and creating this year’s unique programme for your entertainment, and we are very grateful for all their support.

It’s been our love of literature that has united us during these strange times, and it’s our love of literature that has driven us to continue working hard as we head into our fourteenth year of producing one of the biggest book events in Dublin. We hope you enjoy what we have planned for this season, and we look forward to seeing you (at a distance!) come November.

Feicfimid arís go luath thú,

The Dublin Book Festival Team