About the Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and dynamic book festivals, running since June 2006 in the heart of Ireland’s capital with its rich literary history. The annual public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors – all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that reflects the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors. Both established and emerging writers from a variety of genres come together to explore their books, share their insights, engage in stimulating conversation with each other and their audiences, and celebrate the art of writing.

The Dublin Book Festival was established in 2006 by Publishing Ireland, the all-island trade association for book publishers, established in 1970, to celebrate all that is best in Irish writing and publishing. It has grown to become one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant annual book events, with the assistance of a range of partners and the support of the Arts Council and other funders.

Participating authors in recent years include President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, John Banville, Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle, Paul Lynch, Graham Norton, Claire Kilroy, Donal Ryan, Seán Hewitt, Cecelia Ahern, Wendy Erskine, Lucy Caldwell, Bill Whelan and Paul Brady.

Taking place in November, the festival programmes over 80 events across 5 days in venues throughout the city of Dublin, the 4th UNESCO City of Literature, including Dublin City Libraries, National Library of Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, The Gutter Bookshop, The National Botanic Gardens, Royal Irish Academy, Royal Dublin Society, Fighting Words and many more locations, with the main weekend festival hub at the historic Dublin Castle in the heart of the city.

Authors in conversation at Dublin Book Festival. Author event at book festival Ireland. Anne Enright and Claire Kilroy.

 

Child at book festival in Ireland, enjoying event at Dublin Book Festival children's programme

The diverse programme covers everything from literary fiction, history, poetry and science to non-fiction, nature, spoken word, art, children’s literature, and a full free programme of family and schools’ events. A festival hub is set up in our primary venue, which in 2024 will once again be The Printworks at Dublin Castle, where authors, publishers and audiences mingle over the weekend. The Winter Garden is a space where audiences gather to lounge on beanbags and read, browse the bookshop, enjoy the café and meet authors at book signings. Visitors can immerse themselves in a world of readings, exciting and stimulating panel discussions, storytelling, and creative events for all the family to enjoy. We were delighted to be included in TravelMag’s Top 15 Unique Things to Do with Kids in Dublin for our full weekend of free, family-friendly events. At the heart of Dublin Book Festival is the belief that literature is for all, and we aim to foster a sense of community among literature enthusiasts from all walks of life, providing a welcoming space and offering an inspiring and engaging literary experience, in the heart of Dublin, for all book lovers.

The intimate festival is a showcase of Ireland’s exceptional literary talent and hardworking publishers from throughout the island.

In 2024, we are delighted to welcome you back to The Printworks with a variety of author talks, poetry events, walking tours, creative events and more, celebrating the writers, publishers and illustrators from this island. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Festival Team


Julianne Siron

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Róisín Russell

MARKETING MANAGER

Mathilde Murray

PRODUCTION AND ADMIN ASSISTANT


The Dublin Book Festival Board

Ronan Colgan (Chair)

Siobhan Tierney

Caoimhe Fox

Valerie Bistany

Johnny Harte