In the midst of these further strange and uncertain times, Dublin Book Festival is here to offer some solace. The Festival will run online this year from 27th November to 6th December, however, given the move to Level 5 restrictions, our team really wanted to play a small part in offering people entertainment, comfort, and a little inspiration at this time.
Our response is The DBF Snug, a specially curated package of events, which will run from Tuesday 10th November to Friday 13th November.
On Tuesday 10th November, join Dublin Book Festival and the Irish Film Institute for an evening with internationally renowned film director, John Boorman. We will transport you to the tranquil surrounds of John Boorman’s estate in Wicklow to hear about John’s newly released nature diary and poetry collection John Boorman’s Nature Diary: One Eye, One Finger (Lilliput Press). The evening’s entertainment will continue with a screening of his work.
Later that night, Dr Malie Coyne and Dr Brendan Kelly will join us with advice on how to safeguard both our own mental health and offer advice for parents, teachers, and carers dealing with children’s anxieties during the pandemic. They will be in conversation with Trish Murphy.
On Wednesday 11th November, celebrate the healing and transformative power of nature, which has never before been so important; our ‘Escape to Nature’ day will kick off at 7pm with Darragh McCullough in conversation with Richard Nairn about his new book Wildwoods (Gill Books).
On Thursday 12th November at 7pm, we will honour the efforts of the creators and artists who have continued to produce stellar work despite these challenging times by celebrating the launch of the latest edition of Winter Papers; its editor Kevin Barry will be in conversation with three of its wonderful contributors, Tim MacGabhann, Roisin Kiberd, and Kerri Ní Dochartaigh.
On Friday 13th November at 7pm, we will have the pleasure of hosting an inspirational evening with Mary McAleese, where she will talk about her new memoir Here’s the Story (Penguin Ireland) and offer invaluable and inspirational insights from her many years of public service.
In this time of turmoil, we all need nourishment for the soul, and what better way to nurture yourself than through books?
So sit back, snuggle up, and let Dublin Book Festival do the rest.