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ILF Dublin 2017

ILF Dublin 2017


The How to Get Published Day

Sat 20 May | 9:30am – 5:30pm | Main Space | Conference Ticket – €50

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In conjunction with Date With An Agent this intensive one day conference is facilitated by literary scout, agent, publishing consultant and best-selling author (writing as Sam Blake) Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of Writing.ie.

Get the inside track on how publishing works and what you need to do to make your submission a success with five of London’s top literary agents: Simon Trewin of WME; Polly Nolan of The  Greenhouse Literary Agency; Sallyanne Sweeney from Mulcahy Associates; James Wills from Watson Little Ltd, and Millie Hoskins of United Agents.

Programme of events  
10am – 11.30amBeating the Slush Pile  
11.30am – 12pm Break
12pm – 1.30pmInside Publishing: All About Contracts.
1.30pm – 2.30pm Break for lunch.
2.30pm – 3.30pm Inside the Agency: Agents Panel
3.30pm – 4.30pmInside Publishing: All About Editing.
4.30pm – 5.30pm Creating Your Own Opportunities with bestsellers  Hazel Gaynor and Catherine Ryan Howard in conversation with Sam Blake.

Please note: all candidates shortlisted for Date With An Agent will be contacted directly about their scheduled Agent Workshops and one-on-one Date With An Agent.
Presented in association with The Inkwell Group and Writing.ie


Why Write?: Susie Orbach

Sat 20 May | 7pm | Main Space | €10/8

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We’re delighted to welcome renowned writer, psychotherapist and feminist thinker Susie Orbach to explore the all-important question — why write? — and to offer a different spin on the standard literary format.

Susie will be in discussion with authors including novelist and playwright, Gillian Slovo, about the issues and challenges they face with their writing, through the form of a psychoanalytic conversation.

Join us to explore the mind of the writer, and how it shapes their craft.


Neil + 1

Sat 20 May | 9pm | Main Space | €8/5

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Your chance to be the star of the show! This unique and completely improvised show stars Improv Fest Ireland founder Neil Curran and a random audience member. No tricks, no gimmicks – it’s all made up then and there. Often very funny and always moving, Neil+1 takes improv to a whole new level!


What Happens Next: The Future of ILFDublin

Sun 21 May | 12pm | Main Space | FREE admission, booking required

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From the early years of the Dublin Writers’ Festival to the international, wide-ranging programme of ILFDublin, we’re proud to have got the city talking, listening and debating over the last two decades! In shaping a festival for Dublin, for its citizens and visitors alike, what should the next 20 years hold? What would you like to experience, and how would you like to be involved? Martin Colthorpe, Programme Director of ILFDublin is joined by writers and fellow programmers for this open discussion — come and join us to make your contribution to our next chapter!


Dušan Šarotar

Sun 21 May | 2pm | Main Space | €10/8

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Is it a novel, meditation or travelogue? And should literature defy descriptions? Slovenian writer, critic, editor, screenwriter and photographer Dušan Šarotar’s intriguing new book Panorama opens in Galway. The narrator (could it be Dušan Šarotar?) has a local guide Gjini, an Albanian emigrant who rails against Ireland: ‘for foreigners, this is a cursed country’. From Galway to Bosnia via Brussels and Ghent… Guardian critic Nicholas Lezard believes that in Panorama ‘the condition of exile is the only place to achieve peace or perspective’. The event is chaired by critic Eileen Battersby, author of the novel Teethmarks on My Tongue.


New Writing In German: Dorothee Elmiger, Nadja Spiegel, Peter Wawerzinek

Mon 22 May | 6pm | Main Space | €10/8

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New Writing in German features three voices making a serious impact on the literary scene. Swiss writer Dorothee Elmiger’s debut Invitation to the Bold of Heart, a startling dystopian tale of hope and exploration, won the Kelag Prize in 2010. In her bittersweet debut collection, Sometimes I Lie and Sometimes I Don’t, Austrian Nadja Spiegel displays what one reviewer described as ‘an artist’s eye for the diamond moments’. Cult poet, artist and writer Peter Wawerzinek’s novel Motherless Child, his exploration of his mother’s abandonment of him as a child, won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 2010.


Reporting From The Middle East: Patrick Cockburn & Mary Fitzgerald

Mon 22 May | 8pm | Main Space | €12/10

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The man described by Seymour Hersh as ‘the best Western journalist at work in Iraq today,’ Patrick Cockburn discusses the current situation of Middle East geopolitics with Mary Fitzgerland, award-winning foreign affairs correspondent with the Irish Times. In 2011 she arrived in Benghazi days after anti-Gaddafi protests erupted, and spent months reporting on the uprising that followed. In 2014 Patrick Cockburn forecast the rise of Isis, and with a new USA administration ‘loaded with crackpots, fanatics and amateurs,’ he asks what are the chances of President Trump becoming the next victim of the permanent state of crisis in the wider Middle East?


Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards

Tue 23 May | 12pm | Main Space – By invitation only

Hurray! We’re delighted to host this year’s CBI Book of the Year Awards ceremony. Now in their 26th year, the CBI Book of the Year Awards celebrate writing and illustration excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and illustrators. Broadcaster and book lover Rick O’Shea will announce the winners.  

Though a special shadowing scheme, every year young readers decide the Children’s Choice Award winner. A number of participating shadowing groups will meet shortlisted authors and illustrators during ILFDublin. For more information, visit www.cbi.ie.


China Focus: Madeleine Thien & Xiaolu Guo

Tue 23 May | 6pm | Main Space | €12/10

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How can you be an artist when censorship kills creativity? Or live in a regime that fears the inner world of the creative mind? From Communist one-party rule to the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution and 1989’s Tiananmen Square protests, Madeleine Thien’s thrilling Man Booker-shortlisted Do Not Say We Have Nothing brings the gruelling tyranny of Mao Zedong’s brutal regime to life; while Chinese-British novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo’s startling new memoir Once Upon A Time In The East has been described as picking up where Jung Chang’s 1991 bestseller Wild Swans left off.  


Raja Shehadeh

Tue 23 May | 8pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Palestine’s leading writer, Raja Shehadeh was described by Colm Toíbín as ‘a great inquiring spirit with a tone that is vivid, ironic, melancholy and wise’. Also a lawyer and founder of human rights organisation Al-Haq, Shehadeh joins ILFDublin to discuss his book Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine. John Berger said of Shehadeh’s Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape – winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize for Political Writing – ‘Towards any proper understanding of history there are many small paths. I strongly suggest you walk with him.’ Don’t miss your chance to do so!


Will Self

Wed 24 May | 6pm | Main Space| €12/10

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Described by the Guardian as, ‘the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation,’ Will Self comes to ILFDublin. A novelist, journalist, political commentator and television personality, Will Self doesn’t ‘write fiction for people to identify with… I write to astonish people.’ Often fierce, memorably grotesque and outlandish, his novels include The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2008, and Umbrella, short-listed for the Man Booker prize 2012. His latest novel Phone is wildly entertaining, a brilliant skewering of the contemporary world. He is in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson for RTÉ Radio 1’s Book Show.


HeadStuff Lectures

Wed 24 May | 8pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Billed as ‘talks about stuff you didn’t think you’d care about’, in its HeadStuff Lectures series award-winning arts and culture website HeadStuff.org invites guest speakers to make a ten-minute presentation on any subject of their choosing. Join Will Self, Pat McCabe, Eithne Shorthall, Claire Hennessy and their host Gearoid Farrelly for some literary HeadStuff!

Presented in partnership with HeadStuff.org


Singing About The Dark Times: The Brecht Project | Amhráin Ón Ré Dhorcha: Tionscadal Brecht

Wed 24 May | 8pm | Boys’ School| €10/8

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A celebration of the best of Bertolt Brecht’s poetry and songs, translated into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock and Andrias Ó Cathasaigh. With musical director and performer Caitríona O’Leary, visuals by Margaret Lonergan, and direction by Eric Fraad. Produced by Liam Carson, IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival. 

Déanfaidh Amhráin ón Ré Dhorcha ceiliúradh ar an gcuid is fearr dá dhánta agus dá chuid amhrán, agus aistriúcháin ón mbun-Ghearmáinis le Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh agus Gabriel Rosenstock. Is í Caitríona O’Leary a bheidh mar stiúrthóir ceoil ar an tionscadal agus, ar ndóigh, mar dhuine de na príomhoirfidigh ann. Cruthóidh Margaret Lonergan íomhánna scaileáin don seó. Stiúrtha ag Eric Fraad. 

Produced by Liam Carson.
Presented in association with IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival.


Herstory Salon: Ireland’s Lost Muses

Thu 25 May | 6pm | Main Space| €10/8

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Herstory, which tells the lost life-stories of historical, contemporary and mythological women, celebrates its first birthday with a unique event! What makes a ‘muse’? Join speakers, including historian Dr Mary McAuliffe and author of Wilde’s Women Eleanor Fitzsimons, to explore the multi-faceted lives of the women who inspired Yeats, Wilde and Joyce. From Maud Gonne to Nora Barnacle, meet the women you think you know but don’t – and discover the fascinating characters once lost by history, now found by Herstory.

Followed by a reception at The Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay.

Presented In association with Herstory. 


Colm Tóibín

Thu 25 May | 8pm | Main Space| €12/€10

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Where to begin with such a giant of Irish literature, loved by critics and readers alike! Author of eight novels, several essay and short story collections, poetry, non-fiction and a play, Colm Tóibín’s mantelpiece must be groaning with awards…. His hugely successful 2009 novel Brooklyn also went on to become an Oscar-nominated film. Described as ‘austere in writing, wicked in person,’ we’re delighted to welcome Colm Tóibín to ILFDublin!


Bettany Hughes

Fri 26 May | 6pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Join historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes for a dazzling historical journey through one of the world’s greatest cities. Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities is a rich and resonant biography that brings this city of three names (Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul) and its people to life. At last count archaeologists had measured forty-two human habitation layers in Istanbul. Bettany Hughes says to know it ‘is to know what it is to be cosmopolitan – this is a city that reminds us that we are, indeed, citizens of the world’.


Lemuel Gulliver, Adventurer Extraordinaire

Sat 27 May | 11am + 1pm | Boys’ School | €5

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Gulliver’s Travels as you’ve never, ever heard them before! Join Lemuel Gulliver (sailor, adventurer, VERY LOUD MAN), and Jonathan Swift (stressed, beardy, would quite like his office back) on a journey of musical comedy through stormy seas, strange lands and the shortest war in history. A rollicking and action-packed spoken-word adventure, written and performed by award-winning Knights of the Borrowed Dark author Dave Ruddenand music maestro Jerry Fish, of Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club fame!

Suitable for children aged 7+

In association with Dublin Unesco City of Literature and Children’s Art in Libraries programme for Swift 350.


Korea Focus : Han Yujoo

Sat 27 May | 12pm | Main Space | Free admission, booking essential

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Han Yujoo is one of the leading voices in the new wave of South Korean writing. Han Yujoo’s new novel, translated into English as The Impossible Fairy Tale, tells the chilling story of two schoolgirls: spoilt, attention-seeking Mia and the blank, anonymous Child. In a world in which adults have no apparent power, the children in the girls’ school create a devastatingly cruel and crushing society. Also lauded as a translator, her translations into Korean include Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table and Geoff Dyer’s But Beautiful and The Ongoing Moment.

Presented by the Korean Embassy in Ireland and Literature Translation Institute of Korea in association with ILFDublin.


Banter: Media in the Age of Fake News

Sat 27 May | 2pm | Main Space | €12/€10

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Have facts been replaced by fictions, and journalism by imagination? What is newsworthy and what is fake? Kevin Donnellan (Storyful), Lois Kapila (Dublin Inquirer), Jane Suiter (DCU) and Cathal McMahon (Irish Independent) join Banter’s Jim Carroll to discuss misinformation on social platforms, fact-checking practices and the journalistic compromises made in the name of ‘clickbait’.

Presented in association with Banter (thisisbanter.com)


How Far We Have Travelled

Sat 27 May | 4pm | Main Space | €12/€10

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How Far We Have Travelled is a book of reportage by the late Mary Holland, an outstanding figure in Irish journalism. It’s a fascinating topic for our panel of women, all of whom make a significant contribution to Ireland’s identity through their work as broadcasters and journalists: Emily O Reilly, European Ombudsman; journalists Susan McKay, Anne Marie Hourihane and Doireann Ni Bhriain; producer Betty Purcell; and in the Chair, Mary Holland’s daughter, journalist Kitty Holland. Viewed through Bealtaine’s theme of activism and the collective, come and hear how far we really have travelled…

Presented in association with Bealtaine.


Irish Pages, International Borders: Dervla Murphy, Ciarán O’Rourke, Avi Shlaim

Sat 27 May | 8pm | Main Space | €12/€10

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A biannual journal, Irish Pages publishes outstanding contemporary writing in English and in Irish from Ireland and overseas. Walls, border and migration are recurring themes in the new issue, Israel, Islam & the West. Contributions include Hasbara in Action by distinguished travel writer Dervla Murphy; new poetry on the Middle East by Ciarán O’Rourke; and Israel and the Arrogance of Power by Avi Shlaim. We’re delighted to feature these three contributors in conversation.


Loud and Clear: Lisa McInerney & Ottessa Moshfegh

Sun 28 May | 6pm | Main Space | €10/€8

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ILFDublin brings together two remarkable new voices who have taken the literary world by storm! The New York Times called Ottessa Moshfegh’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted debut Eileen, ‘playful, sharp, wise, morbid, witty, searingly sharp’. Her new collection, Homesick for Another World explores themes of rot and decay in vivid, darkly comic prose. Self-described ‘creator of The Glorious Heresies, fitful short stories, and the occasional gourmet crisp sandwich’, multi-award winner Lisa McInerney’s second novel is The Blood Miracles. Phenomenally successful, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland’s twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.


Michael Longley & Leontia Flynn

Sun 28 May | 8pm | Main Space | €12/€10

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Michael Longley is loved for the quiet elegance of his assured, meditative lyrics. Angel Hill, his eleventh collection, is sure to captivate his many fans. From the moody seas and skies of Carrigskeewaun in County Mayo – the landscape central to his work for many years – to the Western Highlands, his respect and ever-keen eye for nature spill into Angel Hill. He is joined by Leontia Flynn, whom the Guardian called ‘one of the most original and accomplished poets of her generation’. Her third collection Profit and Loss was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.