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Dublin One City One Book: Christine Dwyer Hickey

  In Conversation with Niall MacMonagle, with Musical Interludes In partnership with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Join us for a special evening with Christine Dwyer Hickey, author of this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice Tatty (New Island). Christine will be in conversation with literary critic Niall MacMonagle in the beautiful setting of […]

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Five Years of Banshee Press

Eimear Ryan With Ellen Brickley, Tom Vowler, Marie Gethins, Kevin Power and Bebe Ashley In partnership with Banshee Press Banshee Press was founded by three writers and millennials -- Laura Cassidy, Claire Hennessy and Eimear Ryan -- in 2014 to publish exciting, accessible and contemporary writing in all forms. The first issue of the literary […]

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Trumpet: Fear and Release

Trumpet: Fear & Release With Abby Oliveira, Tapasya Narang, and Evgeny Shtorn In Conversation with Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan In partnership with Poetry Ireland Trumpet is Poetry Ireland’s bite-sized literary pamphlet packed with reviews, essays, and strong opinions on poetry and the arts. Its ninth issue themed ‘Fear and Release’ is due for publication in autumn 2020. […]

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Writing History with Marita Conlon-McKenna and Marianne Lee

Marita Conlon-McKenna and Marianne Lee In Conversation with Breda Brown In Partnership with National Library of Ireland Tune in to this podcast, hosted by PR Director and co-founder at Unique Media, Breda Brown, for a discussion between best-selling historical fiction writer Marita Conlon-McKenna and debut historical fiction writer Marianne Lee. Marita Conlon-McKenna became a household […]

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Nature Inspiring Art

An Evening with John Boorman In Partnership with the Irish Film Institute Join Dublin Book Festival and the Irish Film Institute for an evening with internationally renowned film director, John Boorman on Tuesday 10th November at 7pm. We will transport you to the tranquil surrounds of John Boorman’s estate in Wicklow where Darragh McCullough interviews John about his newly released nature diary […]

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Dr Malie Coyne and Dr Brendan Kelly on Coronavirus Anxiety

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 […]

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Nature Writing

Richard Nairn In Conversation with Darragh McCullough In association with The National Botanic Gardens Join RTÉ journalist and broadcaster, Darragh McCullough, in conversation with ecologist and writer, Richard Nairn. They will discuss Richard’s new book, Wildwoods (Gill Books), which is a documentation of Richard’s efforts to understand the trees that cover his woodland property and […]

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Winter Papers Launch with Kevin Barry

Winter Papers Launch with Kevin Barry, Roisin Kiberd, Tim MacGabhann, and Kerri ní Dochartaigh. Join editor Kevin Barry and contributors to celebrate the publication of the sixth volume of Winter Papers. Winter Papers is an annual anthology for the arts in Ireland and beyond. Featuring fiction, essays, photography, and visual art, along with artists in-conversation […]

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Here’s the Story with Mary McAleese

In Conversation With Aoife Barry Join Dublin Book Festival in welcoming Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese to this exclusive online event to celebrate the publication of her memoirs, Here’s the Story (Sandycove).  In Here’s the Story, the groundbreaking two-term President of Ireland tells the stories of her life, and at this inspirational evening of […]

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IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge @ DBF – Comhrá le Cathal: Poetry Reading and Chat

IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge Presents Theo Dorgan, Celia de Fréine and Caitríona Ní Chléirchín In Conversation with Cathal Póirtéir Triúr filí, Celia de Fréine, Theo Dorgan agus Caitríona Ní Chléirchín ag léamh asan saothar is déanaí uathu agus ealaín an aistriúcháin idir chamáin acu le Cathal Póirtéir, scríbhneoir agus craoltóir. Arna léiriú ag IMRAM Féile […]

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Denise Mina In Conversation with Jane Casey

The Murder One Festival @ DBF: Crime in Fiction Denise Mina In Conversation with Jane Casey Join The Murder One Festival on Facebook Live where crime-writer Jane Casey will be in conversation with award-winning author, Denise Mina, discussing her latest novel, The Less Dead (Harvill Secker). The Less Dead is a crime novel told through […]

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Here’s the Science with Professor Luke O’Neill

With Professor Luke O’Neill In partnership with Science Gallery Dublin Join one of Ireland’s favourite scientists, Professor Luke O’Neill, for a fascinating evening exploring his new book, Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science (Gill Books) in the fitting surrounds of the Science Gallery Dublin. In Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science, Luke uses his […]

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The Young Writers Delegate Programme

Dublin Book Festival are delighted to once again work with the Irish Writers Centre on their Young Writers Delegate Programme. Four writers between the ages of 18 and 26 have been welcomed to the programme by the Irish Writers Centre. The writers will attend a variety of events at Dublin Book Festival and will be […]

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Christine Dwyer Hickey, Roddy Doyle and Kevin Barry in Conversation with Seán Rocks

With Christine Dwyer Hickey, Roddy Doyle and Kevin Barry In conversation with Seán Rocks, with music from Uly In partnership with RTÉ Radio 1 Arena Live Show Tune in for an evening of conversation and music with RTÉ Radio 1’s cultural guru, Seán Rocks. Seán will be joined by prolific author Roddy Doyle, winner of […]

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An Post Irish Book Awards Winners Event

With Madeleine Keane In partnership with An Post Irish Book Awards 2020 Meet some of the winners from the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020 at this year’s Dublin Book Festival. Madeleine Keane, Literary Editor with the Sunday Independent, will chat to a panel of 2020 winning authors to get an insight into their varied […]

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The Dead Zoo with Peter Donnelly

Storytime and draw-along with Peter Donnelly In partnership with The Natural History Museum Suitable for all the family! What happens in the Natural History Museum at night? Are any of the animals actually alive? Who owns the museum? Join author and illustrator Peter Donnelly and all of the four-legged, feathered and finned inhabitants of the […]

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Listen Now Again: Notebook Making Workshop

In partnership with the National Library of Ireland Age 7-12 Seamus Heaney wrote many of his famous poems in notebooks, which can be seen in the 'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again' exhibition. Join Jenny from the Education Team at the National Library of Ireland for this special children's workshop in which you will learn to […]

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Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Day with Marian Keyes

In Conversation with Róisín Ingle In partnership with Dublin City Libraries Join us for the Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Day at Dublin Book Festival. International bestselling author and national treasure, Marian Keyes, will be in conversation with Irish Times writer and podcaster, Róisín Ingle. Keyes’ 2020 release, Grown Ups (Michael Joseph) is the writer’s fourteenth […]

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Are You With Me? by Mike Chinoy

Mike Chinoy In Conversation With Donncha O'Connell In Partnership with Lilliput Press Join Donncha O'Connell, Established Professor of Law at NUI Galway, and Mike Chinoy, former CNN correspondent and author of Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement, as they discuss the life and work of human rights […]

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Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Day: Ireland’s Emerging Writers

Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Elaine Feeney, Patrick Freyne and Alice Lyons In Conversation with Niall MacMonagle In partnership with Dublin City Libraries Writer and critic Niall MacMonagle will host a panel discussion featuring some of Ireland’s most exciting debut writers. Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose hotly anticipated prose debut A Ghost in the […]

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Why the moon travels with Oein DeBhairduin and Michael Collins

With Oein DeBhairduin and Michael Collins In partnership with the National Botanic Gardens Oein DeBhairduin is a writer from the Traveller community with a passion for preserving Traveller tales and sayings. Why the moon travels (Skein Press) is the community activist’s debut publication. The book is a collection of folktales and retellings of stories from […]

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The Great Irish Farm Book

With Darragh McCullough and Sally Caulwell In partnership with Farmleigh Estate Suitable for all the family! How many pigs are there in Ireland? How long does pregnancy last in horses? What is the most widely grown crop in Ireland? Darragh McCullough answers all of these questions and more in his new picture book, The Great […]

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Crowdfunding the Revolution: The Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence

Patrick O’Sullivan Greene In Conversation with Ronan McGreevy Join Irish Times journalist, author of numerous historical works, and videographer, Ronan McGreevy, in conversation with award-winning equity analyst, Chartered Accountant, and author, Patrick O’Sullivan Greene. In the apt surrounds of the National Library of Ireland, they will discuss Patrick’s new book, Crowdfunding the Revolution: The Dáil […]

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The Murder One Festival @ DBF: Louise O’Neill

Louise O'Neill In Conversation with Dil Wickremasinghe Join author Louise O’Neill in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe in the beautiful setting of the National Library of Ireland. Dil will be talking to Louise about her thrilling new novel, After the Silence (Hachette Ireland), a heart-pounding whodunnit set in an isolated coastal community. Louise […]

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Doire Press 10th Anniversary Cross-border / Cross-genre Reading & Panel Discussion

With Linda McKenna, Aoife Reilly, Dimitra Xidous, Rosemary Jenkinson and John O’Donnell In partnership with Doire Press We are delighted to invite you to join Doire Press in celebrating its tenth anniversary with a cross-border / cross-genre panel discussion and reading, featuring poets Linda McKenna, Aoife Reilly, and Dimitra Xidous, alongside short-story writers Rosemary Jenkinson […]

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DBF Bedtime Christmas Stories Ep.1: Hazel Chu

In partnership with Farmleigh House Santa’s elves have been working with the team here at DBF to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to five nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate to listen […]

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The Skin Nerd

Jennifer Rock In Conversation with Nadine Reid Please join us for this insightful live online event featuring Jennifer Rock in conversation with journalist and presenter Nadine Reid. Nadine will interview Jennifer about her new book, The Skin Nerd (Hachette Ireland) which discusses how to better understand and look after the biggest organ of the human […]

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Belfast Book Festival @ DBF: Patron’s Picks

With Yan Ge and Lucy Sweeney Byrne In Conversation with Lucy Caldwell In partnership with Belfast Book Festival Join Belfast Book Festival Patron, Lucy Caldwell in conversation with two stellar short story writers, Lucy Sweeney Byrne and Yan Ge. Having recently been shortlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize Lucy’s debut short story collection Paris Syndrome (2019), explores travelling the world alone […]

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Lifting the Invisibility Cloak

With Áine Ni Ghlinn Áine is interested in the concept of invisibility in literature from the cap of Perseus to Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. In this, her inaugural Laureate lecture, she explores the creative freedom and limitations anonymity brings. Her stated ambition as Laureate na nÓg is to lift the cloak of invisibility from Irish […]

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DBF Bedtime Christmas Stories Ep.2: Gordon D’Arcy

In partnership with Farmleigh House Santa’s elves have been working with the team here at DBF to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to five nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate to listen […]

Graham Norton’s Home Stretch, an Online Book Event

Graham Norton In Conversation with Rick O'Shea In celebration of Graham Norton's recent win of the Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards for Home Stretch, RTÉ will be airing a replay of our event with Graham in conversation with Rick O'Shea in association with Eason, this Tuesday, […]

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DBF Bedtime Christmas Stories Ep.3: Laureate na nÓg, Áine Ní Ghlinn

In partnership with Laureate na nÓg and Farmleigh House Santa’s elves have been working with the team here at DBF to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to five nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of […]

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The Truth About Loss

Niamh Fitzpatrick In Conversation with Neil Delamere Join award-winning comedian, Neil Delamere, well known to audiences for his frequent appearances on RTÉ and BBC, in conversation with author and experienced psychologist, Niamh Fitzpatrick, as they tackle the question of how to confront immeasurable loss, while finding hope along the way. Niamh set out to answer this […]

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Catching the Worm with Dr William C. Campbell

In conversation with Maria Delaney In partnership with Royal Irish Academy and RDS Library Please join Dublin Book Festival for a captivating conversation with biologist and Nobel laureate, Dr William C. Campbell, about his new memoir Catching the Worm (Royal Irish Academy), wherein he recounts his early life in Donegal, his time studying zoology in […]

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DBF Bedtime Christmas Stories Ep.4: Marian Keyes

In partnership with Farmleigh House Santa’s elves have been working with the team here at DBF to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to five nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate to listen […]

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The Queer Body: A poetry reading and discussion

Seán Hewitt, Liz Quirke, and Mark Ward In Conversation with Sasha de Buyl In partnership with Cúirt International Festival of Literature Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Sasha de Buyl, will lead a discussion between poets Seán Hewitt, Liz Quirke, and Mark Ward on the ins and outs of the queer body in […]

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Capturing the Contemporary

A Colloquy of Writers and Scholars on Recent Irish Writing With Anne Enright, Margaret Kelleher, Leontia Flynn, Eric Falci, Rosaleen McDonagh, Michael Pierse, Christian O’Reilly, Emilie Pine In Conversation with Paige Reynolds In partnership with Museum of Literature Ireland and Cambridge University Press To celebrate the launch of The New Irish Studies (Cambridge University Press), […]

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The Murder One Festival @ DBF: Killing for a Living

Jane Casey, Andrea Carter, Liz Nugent and Brian McGilloway In Conversation with Catherine Ryan Howard The Murder One Festival invites you to celebrate the ever-expanding Irish crime scene with this panel discussion. 'Killing for a Living' features some of Ireland's top authors who launched in lockdown, including creator of the Inishowen Mysteries Andrea Carter; Liz […]

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The New Novelists: A Podcast with Róisín Ingle

Róisín Ingle In conversation with Naoise Dolan, Susannah Dickey, and Hilary Fannin Please join columnist, features writer, and co-host of The Irish Times Women's Podcast, Róisín Ingle, in conversation with authors Naoise Dolan, Susannah Dickey, and Hilary Fannin whose debut novels Exciting Times (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), Tennis Lessons (Doubleday) and The Weight of Love (Doubleday […]

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DBF Bedtime Christmas Stories Ep.5: Paul Noonan

In partnership with The National Concert Hall Santa’s elves have been working with the team here at DBF to bring your little ones some Christmas cheer during this year’s festival. We welcome you and your children to five nights of cosiness and warmth as you curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate […]

Listowel Writers’ Week @ DBF

Listowel Writers' Week Presents Monique Roffey in Conversation with Paula Shields Join us for an evening with author, Monique Roffey, in conversation with writer and interviewer, Paula Shields. The conversation will explore Monique’s latest novel The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree Press), a work about an ancient Taino woman cursed to be a mermaid […]

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Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire?

Storytime with Úna Woods Suitable for all the family! Have you ever spotted a vampire lurking in a shop or walking the streets? No? Then join author and illustrator Úna Woods to explore some of Dublin’s famous streets, shops and museums in search of the Dublin Vampire! Úna will visit the Dublin Vampire’s home in […]

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Voices: An Open Door Book of Stories

Carlo Gébler and Helen Ryan (NALA) In Conversation with Rick O’Shea In partnership with The National Library of Ireland The Open Door series of books is aimed at emerging adult readers, and seeks to celebrate the art of straightforward writing. NALA, the National Adult Literacy Agency, celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2020. To mark this […]

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Maeve Higgins – Maeve in America

Maeve Higgins In Conversation with Dil Wickremasinghe Dublin Book Festival invites you to join activist and social entrepreneur, Dil Wickremasinghe, in conversation with bestselling author and beloved Irish comedian, Maeve Higgins. This event promises to be heartwarming, insightful and hilarious, as the pair discuss Maeve’s collection of personal essays, Maeve in America (New Island). Charting […]

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IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge @ DBF – Comhrá le Cathal: Novels Reviewed

IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge Presents: Anna Heussaff, Tristan Rosenstock and Aonghus Ó hAlmhain In conversation with Cathal Póirtéir Iniúchann Cathal Póirtéir agus painéal d'aíonna speisialta trí úrscéal nua. Pléifidh Anna Heussaff, Aonghus Ó hAlmhain agus Tristan Rosenstock Fatwa (Coiscéim) a scríobh Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird, ina dtarraingíonn údar conspóideach, Cormac Mac Ruairí, fraoch na mbunchreidmheach Moslamach […]

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Book Launch: Two Plays by Jack Harte

Join Dublin Book Festival and author and playwright, Jack Harte, to celebrate the launch of Jack’s new book, Two Plays (Scotus Press). This new volume includes two satirical comedies that enjoyed successful runs in Dublin theatres recently. Harte has a consuming interest in the way the behaviour of people is conditioned by stories, interpretations of […]

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