This Weekend at #DBF2020

Whew, what a week it’s been!

It’s our last few days of DBF2020, but by no means is the festival done! We still have a host of events to entertain and delight you over the weekend as you gear up for the festive season. Check out our recommendations below!


On Saturday, Carlo Gébler and Helen Ryan of the National Adult Literacy Agency will be joined by RTÉ broadcaster Rick O’Shea to discuss their collection of plain English written works, Voices: An Open Door Book of Stories. The book, written with new adult readers in mind, features contributors such as Christine Dwyer Hickey, Blindboy Boatclub, Graham Norton, Roddy Doyle and Úna-Minh Kavanagh.They’ll also be featuring readings from the poet Dermot Bolger and author Emily Hourican reading from their submissions to the book. Whether you’re a new reader or not, this will prove an utterly fascinating event. Register for it here

Later on in the evening, Dil Wickremasinghe (who hosted our incredible discussion with Louise O’Neill in partnership with the Murder One Festival) returns with New York Times writer, and co-host of StarTalk, Maeve Higgins to discuss moving to the US as an Irish woman, and her newest collection of essays, Maeve In America, in what can only be described as a raucously good time! Check it out here


Sunday sees our partners at IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge return for one last event as Gaeilge in the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), as Anna Heussaff, Tristan Rosenstock and Aonghus Ó hAlmhain are grilled by Cathal Póirtéir over some of their favourite new Irish language novels. For lovers of island’s mother language, this one’s for you, and can be found here

Finally, to round out the festival, Jack Harte, founder of the Irish Writers Centre and Irish Writers Union, celebrates the launch of his new book, Two Plays, a collection of two satirical comedies that are sure to leave you howling. We’ve loved working with our IWC Young Writers Delegates over this festival, and we’re so excited to have Jack join us to wrap this week up with a spectacular discussion, which you can find here

Children & Family

Meanwhile, in our Children & Family Programme, Saturday will see that those who have booked in will be able to attend an incredible workshop hosted by our good friends at Fighting Words for 8-10 year olds with a passion to write! Meanwhile Úna Woods will be hosting an unforgettable storytime with Have You Seen The Dublin Vampire.If you have little ones, it’s not a reading to miss out on!

Of course, December is busy. Can’t watch any of these events as they premiere? Miss out on something you were dying to see over the week? Don’t fret! You can still watch many of our events on their crowdcast pages. Check out our archive of events from throughout the festival here. Alternatively, you can watch many of our events, plus interviews, reviews and more, over on the DBF YouTube channel. Spoiled for choice!

We can’t thank you enough for making this year’s Dublin Book Festival one of the most entertaining weeks of the year. It could not have been done without all your support. We’ve loved putting together our of our most stacked programmes ever, and we hope you’ve had a wonderful time being a part of it.