The Dublin Book Festival has announced the programme for the 2013 Festival, and will run from the 14th – 17th November in Smock Alley Theatre, as well as other venues around the city including, The Gutter Bookshop, The Irish Writers’ Centre, Fighting Words, Medley, National Library of Ireland and Dublin City Public Libraries.
It has a nice blend of Irish and a few international names, and I always enjoy hearing Pat McCabe talking any time he’s in town, so more than a few dates for the diary. Gerry Hunt and Stephen Mooney are talking about the rise of the Graphic Novel also, You can find all the information at the Dublin Book Festival Website here.
The Festival offers a unique opportunity for readers to attend ‘In Conversations’ with some well known writers. The Festival will open with:
Frank McGuinness in conversation with Seán Rocks (Thurs 14 Nov, 8pm)
The conversations continue with:
Tony Clayton-Lea in conversation with Patrick McCabe (Sun 16 Nov, 4pm)
Adventure Travel Writers: Ben Cunningham, Geoff Hill, Dermot Somers in conversation with Lorna Siggins (Sat 16 Nov, 3pm)
Irish Language Event: Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock with music by Colm Mac an Iomaire (The Frames). (Sat 16 Nov, 1pm)
The new voices:
There are a number of events designed to introduce readers to debut authors.
Lunchtime Readings; Making Their Debut: Siobhan Bunni, Elske Rahill, Diarmuid O’Conghaile, Kimberly Campanelo (Fri 15 Nov, 12.55pm)
Debut Authors Making a Stir: Niamh Boyce, Gavin Corbett, Janet Cameron (Sat 16 Nov, 4pm)
Events for budding authors include;
The National Emerging Writers Programme Workshop, Ciaran Carty will discuss with established authors Carlo Gébler, Sinead Moriarty and Declan Hughes some of their writing techniques and essential tips on how to create your own story. (Sat, 16 Nov 2pm at The Irish Writers’ Centre)
For those writers yet to be published the ‘Meet the Publishers & Agents’ event offers a chance to get top tips from agents and leading publishers on getting published. The session will also have a Q&A session offering you a chance to ask questions you always wanted to know about how to about getting on the first rung of the publishing ladder. Participants: Michael O’Brien (O’Brien Press), Faith O’Grady (Agent) Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin (Publishing consultant and literary scout) and Eoin Purcell (New Island) (Sat, 16 Nov 10am)
This year the Dublin Book Festival has lots going on for book clubs, so bring along your book club or join the newly established DBF Book Club.
The Dublin Book Festival is delighted to now be under the administration of Dublin City Public Libraries/Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. This year for the first time Dublin City Public Libraries Readers’ Day will be held at the festival and hosted by Dave Kenny. The morning will include readings and discussions with authors; Jennifer Johnston, Mary Morrissy and Alison Jameson. (Sat, 16 Nov 10am)
Dublin Book Festival Book Club
This year the Dublin Book Festival has set up a book club, with recommended book club reads; join us as
Ciarán Collins (The Gamal), Caroline Grace-Cassidy (The Other Side of Wonderful) and Mark O’Sullivan (Crocodile Tears). The festival will have their first book club meeting at the festival where Ireland AM’s Sinéad Desmond will host the session. Enhance the book club experience by hearing about these three selections from the writers themselves. (Sat 16 Nov 1.30pm)
Bord Gáis Energy Book Club: Róisín Ingle in conversation with Emily Hourican and Emma Hannigan (Sun 17 Nov, 12 noon)
A literary stroll:
Two different walking tours will explore the hidden stories of Dublin. Starting in Smock Alley, the traditional home of Irish publishing, the ‘Come Here to me Lads! Dublin Walking Tour’ will move out into the streets of Dublin to recall these stories of the city. (Sat 16 & Sun 17 Nov, 11.30am)
Or join renowned historian Pat Liddy on a special walk dedicated to some of the writers and books written in or inspired by Dublin (Sat 16 & Sun 17 Nov, 11am & 2.30pm)
Ireland Through The Lens:
Capturing a country through images takes time, patience and the perfect moment. This year at the Dublin Book Festival we bring you an exhibition of some of those perfect moments. Celebrating the visual in the literary, original prints from the award-winning Vanishing Ireland series by Turtle Bunbury and James Fennell, and from Ireland – Timeless Images by leading photographer Giles Norman, as well as from photographer and musician Raymond Beggan – Winged Encounters will be on display throughout the festival.
The exhibition will also include a guided tour by Turtle Bunbury and Giles Norman of their photographs, delving into the inspiration and stories behind the images. (Sat 16 Nov, 1.15pm – Turtle Bunbury and 3.30pm – Giles Norman.)
Making Us Laugh:
Explore the world of comedy writing with Paul Howard and Pauline McLynn, with Damian Corless (Sun 17 Nov, 2pm)
The Rise of the Graphic Novel:
Facilitated by Gerry Hunt and Stephen Mooney the Graphic Novel Workshop is for those interested in creating their own graphic novels. The workshop will look at both the writing process and the creation of new and interesting characters, working on your own illustrations or tips on how to work alongside an illustrator. (Sun 17 Nov, 12pm)
From the Library to the Kitchen:
Learn to cook a Michelin-Star meal with Ross Lewis, hosted by Andrew Rudd. One of Dublin’s top chefs and co-owner of Chapter One, Ross Lewis will be doing a cooking demonstration, taking two recipes from his new book – A Story of Irish Food at Andrew Rudd’s new venue – Medley. (Sun 17 Nov, Medley, Drury Street, 6pm)
Dave Kenny will delve into how authors, Brian Cregan, Colin Murphy and Máire Kennedy have tackled the challenges of bringing history to life, creating characters and carrying out research for their work.
(Sun 17 Nov, 3pm)
With lots more from the Anti Room @DBF with with Sinéad Gleeson, Anna Carey, Christine Dwyer
Hickey, Jennifer Ridyard, Nuala Ní Chonchúir to Nighthawks at Smock Alley there is something for readers and budding writers of all tastes.
The Festival also offers a jam packed children’s programme as well as a series of schools events. The public children’s programme is entirely free of charge, with events running on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November. It will include a treasure hunt around Temple Bar, a creative writing workshop at Fighting Words, a children’s book binding workshop, Write your own comic book and a number of readings for all ages with authors including Siobhain Grogan ages 4+ and stories from the Panda Series with Gillian Purdue. The Festival is also delighted to hold the launch of the new addition to the fantastic and hugely popular Nightmare Club Series – The Hatching, for ages 8+ where children will be invited to come along and get involved in some egg painting.