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Dr Malie Coyne and Dr Brendan Kelly on Coronavirus Anxiety

10 November , 8:00 pm 9:00 pm GMT


Dr Malie Coyne and Dr Brendan Kelly

In Conversation with Trish Murphy

Dr Malie Coyne is an expert in children’s mental health. Her debut book, Love In, Love Out: A Compassionate Approach To Parenting Your Anxious Child (HarperCollins Ireland), published in July 2020, comes at a time when children’s mental health is facing a significant challenge due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Brendan Kelly‘s recent book Coping with Coronavirus: How To Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health (Merrion Press) examines the unique source of anxiety that is the Coronavirus and offers a toolkit to keep your mental health intact throughout its duration.

Please join us for this event, where both authors will discuss their books in this conversation with psychotherapist Trish Murphy. Dr Coyne will offer advice and reassurance to parents who are trying to help their children cope with anxiety in a time of fear and isolation and will discuss how the tips in her book can be used to help children manage their anxiety in the context of a society that has been shackled by COVID-19 restrictions. Dr Kelly will give you and your family all the necessary tools to cope with the unique challenges and anxieties of living through a global pandemic

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Dr Malie Coyne

Dr Malie Coyne is a Clinical Psychologist, Author, N.U.I.G. Lecturer and an active member of the Mental Health Advisory Panel for the A Lust for Life charity. She is very passionate about promoting wellbeing and increasing awareness of mental health issues, which she achieves through her advocacy work, public speaking and print, radio and TV contributions. For example, she is a regular guest on the RTÉ Today show, where she gives advice on child development, parenting and mental wellbeing.

Dr Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital. His recent books include Coping with Coronavirus: How To Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health and, with Dr Muiris Houston, Psychiatrist in the Chair: The Official Biography of Anthony Clare, both published by Merrion Press (2020)

Trish Murphy

Trish Murphy is a fully qualified and accredited psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer, mediator and consultant. Currently, she is the Acting director of the Student Counselling Service in Trinity College Dublin ( as well as teaching and training in psychosexual therapy (  Trish has a weekly column in the Irish Times answering problems sent in by readers (email: She is a regular contributor as a psychotherapist on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk ( and has published two books: The Challenge of Retirement, 2014, Orpen Press; and # Love, 21st Century Relationships, 2016, Mercier Press.

This is a LIVE online event.

In the midst of these further strange and uncertain times, Dublin Book Festival is here to offer solace. While the Main Festival will still run this year from 27th November to 6th December with a myriad of events to explore from home, given the move to level 5 restrictions, the DBF team really wanted to play a small part in offering people some entertainment, comfort, and inspiration at this time. Welcome to The DBF Snug, a specially curated package of events, which will run from Tuesday 10th November to Friday 13th November.

Join us in John Boorman‘s estate, seek parenting advice from Dr Malie Coyne, escape to nature with Richard Nairn, and celebrate the launch of the next issue of Winter Papers with Kevin Barry and contributors. On Friday, we welcome Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese to celebrate the publication of her memoirs. So sit back, snuggle up, and let Dublin Book Festival do the rest.