Dublin Book Festival: a novel idea

Dublin Book Festival took over the city last night, with the launch of Winter Pages, Ireland’s new annual arts anthology. 

The festival is in its eighth year and aims to “showcase, support and develop Irish Publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment”.

There will be over fifty events taking place and over one hundred authors present at the festival until Sunday. Best of all, most of the events are completely free.

Highlights of the festival include walking tours with Pat Liddy, which will explore spots around the city which inspired some of our greatest authors and works of literature. The 25th anniversary of ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ by Marita Colon-McKenna will be celebrated in a live discussion with the author.

RTÉ Radio 1’s popular Arena show will be broadcast live from the Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, while host Sean Rocks will hold a discussion with Reggie Chamberlain-King, on his new book ‘Weird Dublin’. Kate Dempsey of the Poetry Divas Collective will read from her debut poetry collection ‘The Space Between’, while ‘The Healing’ and ‘The Matthews’ will also perform.

The festival will see the launch of a number of new Irish titles such as ‘Waterford Whispers: News Takes Over the World’ by Colm Williamson (Blackstaff Press) and ‘The Uninvited’ by Dorothy Macardle (Tramp Press)

Writing workshops will take place across the weekend including writing for children and young people featuring Eoin Colfer, author of the world famous ‘Artemis Fowl’ series.

Events across the weekend will offer an insight into the world of Irish publishing and provide opportunities for small, independent Irish publishers to network and connect with authors, editors and readers.

The festival also has a separate programme of events for schools, which proves hugely popular with many of the events already sold out.

For more information and tickets visit dublinbookfestival.com.

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