We are proud to bring you a special, three-part summer series of conversation and music, presented by Manchán Magan and filmed amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. Discover a new volume online each Tuesday from July 6th.

Featuring: Mike McCormack, Billy O’Callaghan, Michael Fewer, Alice Taylor, Jane Clarke, Alice Kinsella, and music by Cormac Mac Diarmada and Ruth Clinton, Anna Mieke, Jack O’Rourke and Aisling Fitzpatrick.

With our special focus on Irish-published authors, the 2021 Festival continues that tradition of promoting and supporting Irish literary voices, both established and emerging. This year we are creating a specially curated once-off digital summer series. Departures will be a vibrant series of conversation and music set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery around Ireland. 

The ever-changing landscape of Ireland is a constant that has long been as source of inspiration and interwoven in artists’ work, whether it be through stories and literature or poems and songwriting. These recent times, trying though they have been, have seen us reconnect with each other and with the land in ways many have forgotten, this series reflects on the deep connection between landscape and place in all artforms.

Join Manchán Magan as he takes viewers on a journey through Ireland discovering the places and spaces that have stirred the artistic spirit of some of Ireland’s most loved authors, poets & musicians. Filmed in three locations around Ireland the series will celebrate the importance of our surroundings and their endless inspiration with some of our most talented contemporary artists, including Mike McCormack, Billy O’Callaghan, Michael Fewer, Alice Taylor, Jane Clarke, Alice Kinsella and music from Cormac Mac Diarmada (of Lankum) and Ruth Clinton (Landless), Anna Mieke, Jack O’Rourke and cellist Aisling Fitzpatrick.

The journey begins in Macreddin, Co. Wicklow, moving across to Westport Co. Mayo and finishes in Cobh, Co. Cork.

The Dublin Book Festival is supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency, Dublin City Council, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. 

Departures is made possible by funding from The Arts Council of Ireland.