Dublin Writers Festival – Preview


Dublin Writers Festival runs from May 20-27th at various locations around Dublin. There’s the usual blend of Irish and International writers! The headline event is probably Dan Brown in the NCH on the Monday May 20th. Who knows what secrets will be revealed in the NCH that night. If you’re looking for the meaning of life or the secrets of the universe, the NCH on Monday week is the place to be! Remember, don’t make fun of renowned Dan Brown.

If you already know the meaning of life and the secrets of the Universe, and are pretty bored with them, here’s our top picks of the festival:

Tracy Thorn

– One half of ‘Everything but the Girl’ Tracy has led an interesting and varied life! She will be talking to Tony Clayton-Lea on her life, career and music today!

– Friday 24th May – Tickets €12/10 – Smock Alley

Jon Ronson

– In another world he could be Dan Brown, but only if he had certain parts of his brain removed, or at least altered! The guy behind books such as ‘Men who stare at Goats’ and ‘Them’ is back in Ireland, and will be talking about Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, a book in which he explores his fascination with madness, strange behaviour and the human mind!

Tuesday May 21st @ 8 pm – Liberty Hall – €14/ 12

The Ballymun Booker

– Three Booker winnners in the Ballymun Axis, with John Banville, Roddy Doyle & Anne Enright. Dermot Bolger will Chair the event.

Tuesday May 21st –  Axis Ballymun – 7 pm – €10 / €8

Colum McCann

Column will be talking with Mick Heaney on his career and his latest work ‘Transatlantic’.

Tuesday May 21st @ 6PM – Liberty Hall – €12 / €10

Faber Social

– Now this sounds interesting “A groundbreaking mix of book launch, nightclub and gig”! Featuring Kevin Barry  Patrick McCabe, Paul Murray, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Eimear Ryan and Michael Harding.

Saturday 25th May @ 6 pm- Smock Alley Banquet Hall – €10 / €8

Peter Murphy & Paul Lynch

– two emerging Irish novelists whose distinctive prose style and strong sense of place has marked them out as writers to watch.

Thursday May 23rd – Smock Alley Theatre / Main Space – 6 pm – €10 / €8

Mr. Banville is all over the place for the festival also, there’s three of his events here, so you’ve really no excuse!

There is a huge amount of events on in the festival, including some free musical events with the likes of Lisa O’Neill and The Winters (as part  of a night with Stinging Fly). Yes, there’s something for everyone and it starts in just over a week, so get booking! Check out the programme here.

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