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Exhibition: Ballyfermot Art, Design and Three-Dimensional
Saturday 12th November @ 1:00 pm
  • Exhibition
  • Festival Hub / Winter Garden
  • Main Programme
See your favourite stories come alive with book art sculptures on display throughout Dublin Book Festival. We are delighted to announce our collaboration with the talented Art, Design and Three-Dimensional (aDt) students of Ballyfermot College of Further Education, who will present Dublin Book Festivalgoers with a new series of unique book-inspired artworks to adorn the […]

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Exhibition: Abandoned Ireland
Saturday 12th November @ 1:00 pm
  • Exhibition
  • Festival Hub / Winter Garden
  • Main Programme
Featuring images from the stunning and haunting book – Abandoned Ireland (Irish Academic Press) by Rebecca Brownlie, this collection presents a series of surprisingly beautiful photos of houses, hospitals, schools, dancehalls and more that have been left to the ravages of time. Rebecca Brownlie traveled the length and breadth of the island of Ireland documenting […]

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Exhibition: The Irish Civil War in Colour
Saturday 12th November @ 1:00 pm
  • Exhibition
  • Festival Hub / Winter Garden
  • Main Programme
The Irish Civil War was a defining moment in Irish history, which has been brought to life for the first time in hand-coloured photographs. In The Irish Civil War in Colour (Gill Books), the events of 1922–1923 are revealed and brought to life again using photographs painstakingly hand-coloured by John O’Byrne and informative captions by […]

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The Road to Riverdance BOOKED OUT Bill Whelan in conversation with Fiachna Ó Braonáin
Saturday 12th November @ 7:00 pm
Townhall, 1WML, Windmill Quarter
  • Main Programme
The Road to Riverdance (The Lilliput Press ) by Bill Whelan is not only a chronicle of a hugely successful musical career, from childhood through to that performance that changed everything, but also a deeply human reflection on the personal journey experienced by the composer of Riverdance, and the relationships forged along the way. Join […]

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The Nature of Impermanence LIMITED TICKETS ADDED! Henrietta McKervy and Kerri Ní Dochartaigh in conversation with Neil Hegarty and Nora Hickey M'Sichili
Saturday 12th November @ 12:00 pm
Chester Beatty
  • Main Programme
Impermanence (No Alibis Press) is a collection of twelve essays by writers from, or living in, Northern Ireland. The book is edited by author Neil Hegarty, and Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais (CCI), Paris. Join the editors for this special lunchtime event where they will be in conversation with two of […]

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The Naturalist’s Bookshelf Tina Claffey, Jane Clarke and Richard Nairn in conversation with Paddy Woodworth
Sunday 13th November @ 3:00 pm
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
  • Main Programme
  • Nature
Join us for a wondrous panel discussion in the National Botanic Gardens based around a series of short pieces presented by author, journalist, lecturer and tour guide Paddy Woodworth called ‘The Naturalist’s Bookshelf’, in the Culture File slot on RTE Lyric FM. Here, Paddy speaks to contemporary Irish naturalists such as nature photographer Tina Claffey, […]

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The Literary Journal Movement with Sean Hayes, Laura Cassidy and Tara McEvoy
Saturday 12th November @ 3:30 pm
The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • Festival Hub / Winter Garden
  • Main Programme
  • Professional Development
Join us for a fascinating panel discussion between Seán Hayes, co-editor of Tolka, Tara McEvoy of The Tangerine, and Laura Cassidy, co-editor of Banshee. The editors will discuss founding their journals, how to submit and publish your work, demystifying the publishing process and the Irish literary community at work today. The panel will take questions […]

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The Irish Civil War in Colour Michael B Barry and John O'Byrne in conversation with David McCullagh
Sunday 13th November @ 4:00 pm
RDS Library, RDS
  • History
  • Main Programme
The Irish Civil War was a defining moment in Irish history, which has been brought to life for the first time in hand-coloured photographs. In The Irish Civil War in Colour (Gill Books), the events of 1922–1923 are revealed and brought to life again using photographs painstakingly hand-coloured by John O’Byrne and informative captions by […]

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The Granite Coast Walking Tour – BOOKED OUT with Peter Pearson
Saturday 12th November @ 2:00 pm
dlr LexIcon Library
  • Main Programme
  • Nature
  • Walking Tour
The Granite Coast: Dún Laoghaire, Sandycove, Dalkey (O’Brien Press) by Peter Pearson is a beautifully illustrated new book exploring the history and heritage of Dún Laoghaire and its coastal surroundings.  Join Peter – not only a painter, writer and historian but also a local Dún Laoghaire man himself – for a fascinating walking tour along […]

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A Mindful Walk with Padraig O’Morain BOOKED OUT
Thursday 10th November @ 1:00 pm
Iveagh Gardens
  • Fáilte Ireland
  • Main Programme
  • Walking Tour
Join us for a mindful walk with Padraig O’Morain in the peaceful surrounds of the Iveagh Gardens. Padraig O’Morain teaches and writes about mindfulness based on three decades’ experience. His books which include Mindfulness on the Go and Kindfulness have been published in many countries and languages. His next book, Acceptance – Create Change and […]

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Spoken Word at Sea: With Dagogo Hart, Samuel Yakura and Emmet O’Brien With Dagogo Hart
Saturday 12th November @ 12:00 pm
Dublin Port
  • Boat Tour
  • Dublin Bay Cruises
  • Fáilte Ireland
  • Main Programme
Step aboard the St Bridget and cruise down the Liffey and out into the stunning Dublin Bay in the company of poets Dagogo Hart, Samuel Yakura and Emmet O’Brien. Be prepared to be swept away with their words inspired by Dublin’s river and bay in this unique spoken word event! The meeting point for this […]

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Sisters Lecture BOOKED OUT with Claire Connolly
Thursday 10th November @ 5:00 pm
Royal Irish Academy
  • History
  • Main Programme
Sisters (Royal Irish Academy, 2022), edited by Siobhán Fitzpatrick and Mary O’Dowd, is a fascinating and inspiring new collection of essays by nine writers about nine different sets of Irish sisters, from the 1600s through to the struggle for independence in the early 1900s. Ranging from artists, publishers, writers and educationalists, to philanthropists, revolutionaries and […]

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