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ILFD 2018 : Thu 24 – Sat 27 May


SCHOOLS : Bold & Brave with Siobhan Parkinson, Anna Carey, Dr Norah Patten, Marita Conlon McKenna

THU 24 MAY | 10:30AM | Main Space | €5

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Ireland’s history is full of incredible women, and this very special event celebrates brave and bold girls – past, present and the future! In conversation with Gráinne Clear of Little Island Books, and featuring Marita Conlon-McKenna, one of Ireland’s best loved authors whose award-winning work includes Under the Hawthorn Tree; Anna Carey whose new book, Mollie on the March features a fledgling suffragette and her best friend; Ireland’s first Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson, author of Rocking the System: Fearless and Amazing Women who Made History; and Dr Norah Patten, an aeronautical engineer who became Ireland’s first Scientist-Astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM.

#BoldGirls is the CBI campaign to promote strong, bold and brave girls and women in children’s literature.

In partnership with Children’s Books Ireland.

Bookshop on site! Meet the writers and get a book signed.


Motherfoclóir Podcast Event : Darach Ó Séaghdha with Aidan Couglan, Terry O’Hagan & Éimear Duffy

THU 24 MAY | 8PM | Main Space | €10/8

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Don’t know your iarmhaireacht from your aduantas an tsléibhe? We’ve got just the event for you! Darach Ó Séaghdha from Twitter hit @theirishfor hosts a live podcast based on his book Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from A Not So Dead Language. He’s joined by Aidan Coughlan, editor of Seachtain; Terry O’Hagan, whose blog covers archaeology, folklore, landscapes of Early Irish Christianity and Early Medieval Ireland, and more; and Éimear Duffy, who knows more than a thing or two about Ireland in the rare aul’ times (specifically the 7th to 9th century!). Enjoy Motherfoclóir’s ‘all slammer, no grammar’ pun-friendly and irreverent approach to the Irish language.


Laurie Penny: Agency and Consent

FRI 25 MAY | 8PM | Main Space | €12/10

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Laurie Penny says she ‘makes words for money, trouble and social change’. An award-winning journalist, essayist, public speaker, writer and activist, her books include Unspeakable Things and Bitch Doctrine. Currently Contributing Editor at the New Statesman, she writes about politics, social justice, pop culture, feminism, technology and mental health. She has reported on radical politics, protest, digital culture and feminism from around the world, working with activists from the Occupy movement and the European youth uprisings. She joins ILFDublin to talk about agency, consent and the backdrop of #metoo.


The Insiders’ Guide to Getting Published – Full Day Seminar

SAT 26 MAY | 9:30AM | Main Space | €60 full day ticket

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Our one-day conference brings you the inside track on how publishing works and what you need to do to make your submission a success. Hear from our expert panels of five top agents, three of London’s literary editors, and two best-selling authors!


Workshop: Fantastically Great Women Who Made History with Kate Pankhurst

SAT 26 MAY | 10:30AM | Boys’ School | €10

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Join Kate for drawing, dressing up and plenty of inspiration on how to make history! Stand tall with daring suffragette leader Flora Drummond to get Votes for Women; send secret messages with the astoundingly brave WWII undercover wireless radio operator, Noor Khan; and search for treasure with pirate queen, Sayidda Al-Hurra. Come and meet a whole host of women who made history!


Story Secrets: For Readers and Writers with Judi Curtin, Shane Hegarty, ER Murray & Pádraig Kenny

SAT 26 MAY | 12PM | Boys’ School | €10/8/6 child

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Ever wondered how your favourite authors come up with their clever plots? Are any of their characters based on real people? Our four authors share their secrets and explain what it takes to be a bestselling author. With plenty of writing tips, this event is also suitable for adults who would like to write for children. In conversation with Gráinne Clear of Little Island Books, and featuring Judi Curtin, author of twenty-five books for adults and children; Shane Hegarty, author of the popular Darkmouth series; E.R. Murray, whose books include the Nine Lives Trilogy and Caramel Hearts; and Pádraig Kenny, whose debut Tin was Children’s Book of the Month for February in Dubray Books and Waterstones.


Bae Suah

SUN 27 MAY | 2PM | Main Space | Free Admission

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One of Korea’s most radical and experimental writers, Bae Suah has published more than ten short story collections and five novels, and translated works by W.G. Sebald, Franz Kafka and Jenny Erpenbeck from German. In her most recent book, Recitation, a group of emigrants meet a mysterious, wandering actress in an empty train station. A fragmentary yet lyrical meditation on language, travel and memory, Recitation challenges traditional notions of storytelling and identity.

The translation is by Deborah Smith, who also translated Han Kang’s The Vegetarian and Human Acts.


Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Eimear McBride & Yehuda Shaul

SUN 27 MAY | 2PM | Main Space | €12/10

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Renowned writers Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman joined forces with Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, the organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories, to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories. Kingdom Of Olives And Ash is a powerful and moving collection of writing determined to enable readers to understand the human narratives behind the litany of destruction broadcasted on the news.

Join Eimear McBride, author of acclaimed novels The Lesser Bohemians and A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing and Yehuda Shaul, founding member Breaking the Silence; as they discuss this vital and unsettling anthology.

Presented by Trócaire and Breaking the Silence in association with ILFDublin.


Rachel Kushner

SUN 27 MAY | 4PM | Main Space | €10/8

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‘I’m definitely interested in what seems to be a tradition of writers caring about people whom society has disappeared into enclosures,’ said Rachel Kushner of her new novel The Mars Room, which explores a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. Join bestselling author of The Flamethrowers – a finalist for the National Book Award, and a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2013 – at ILFDublin to hear more about her compelling and fearless new novel about love, friendship… and prison.

‘Kushner’s insights into place, society and the complicated rules of belonging, and unbelonging, can be mordantly brilliant.’ – The New York Times


Arnold Thomas Fanning

SUN 27 MAY | 6PM | Main Space | €12/10

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Playwright and author, Arnold Thomas Fanning’s short stories and essays have been published in Banshee, the Irish Times and Gorse among others. His acclaimed play McKenna’s Fort paints a fascinating picture of Roger Casement, one of Irish history’s most controversial figures. Rough Sleeper, his acclaimed story about his experiences of being homeless and suffering with bipolar disorder in London, was published in the Dublin Review. His new memoir Mind on Fire is a beautifully written, devastatingly intense account of madness and recovery, written with startling precision, honesty and intimacy.


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