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The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006.  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.

The Dublin Book Festival 2020 will take place online from 27 November – 6 December.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin Book Festival 2020!

General Enquiries:
 
Press Enquiries:
O’Doherty Communications
 

A History of Dublin Book Festival

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. It showcases, supports and develops the Irish book world by programming, publicising and selling Irish-published books, their authors, editors and contributors — all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment that presents the creativity and personality of the Irish publishing sector and its authors.

Taking place in November, the festival programmes over 60 events in venues throughout the city of Dublin, including Dublin City Libraries, National Library of Ireland, Irish Writers Centre, The Gutter Bookshop, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Port, EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum, Fighting Words and many more locations.

The diverse programme covers everything from poetry to science, history to poetry, comedy, literary fiction and a full family and schools’ programme.  A festival hub is set-up in Smock Alley Theatre where authors, publishers and audiences mingle over the four days. 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.

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

In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges and opportunities: the festival will be online, and the use of many of our long-standing partner venues will help to maintain the atmosphere of this celebration of Irish books

The Festival Team

The Dublin Book Festival is administered by Publishing Ireland. The festival is a showcase for Irish publishing and its authors.

Programme Director: Julianne Siron, julianne@dublinbookfestival.com

Marketing & Administration Interns: Joanna Geoghegan, Fiachra Johnson, Caoimhe White, Grace Kelly.

The Dublin Book Festival Board

Ivan O’Brien (The O’Brien Press)

Alison Lyons (Dublin City Public Libraries)

Mariel Deegan (New Island Books)

Siobhan Tierney (Hachette Books)

Programming Voluntary Committee 

Bob Johnston (The Gutter Bookshop) Alison Lyons (Dublin UNESCO City of Literature) Aoife Murray (Children’s Books Ireland), Sarah Liddy (Gill Books),  Caoimhe Fox (Books Ireland)  Declan Meade (The Stinging Fly) Grainne Ní Mhuilneoir (An Siopa Leabhair)

Child Protection Policy Final DBF Child Protection Policy Statement