DBF 2015 – Friday 13th November


The Business Clinic


Hugh Henry, Frank McCarthy and Pamela Newenham In association with Local Enterprise Office – Dublin City

We invite you to an interactive session with our panel of business experts. Join Pamela Newenham, award-winning business journalist with The Irish Times and editor of Silicon Docks: The Rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub (Liberties Press); Hugh Henry, Director of Innovation and R&D at Bord na Móna and author of Everyday Innovation (Oak Tree Press) and Frank McCarthy, entrepreneur and author of It’s Never About the Money (Oak Tree Press). Our panel will offer expert advice for SMEs and entrepreneurs, drawing on their diverse knowledge and experience. There will be a Q and A session where the audience will be invited to get specific advice from the experts. Stay around afterwards for coffee and networking in the beautifully modern Digital Depot, part of the Digital Hub, the heartbeat of innovation and entrepreneurship in Dublin.

[cta headline=”9am-10.15am at The Digital Hub” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873541120/events”] Free Admission. Booking Essential[/cta]

Irish Publishing Trade Day



The Irish book publishers association, Publishing Ireland, will hold its popular annual trade event in which delegates from across the Irish publishing world come together to consider the challenges and opportunities in the industry. Open to both members and non-members of Publishing Ireland, however, booking is essential.


[cta headline=”10am-4pm in the Main Space”] Booking essential. Email info@publishingireland.com to book your place[/cta]

Lunchtime Readings – Ireland’s Fresh Noir Voices 


Kelly Creighton, Gerard Lee, Jane Talbot and Alan Walsh

Grab a sandwich and spend an enjoyable lunchtime listening to some of Ireland’s freshest voices. Come hear Kelly Creighton as she reads from her acclaimed debut novel, The Bones of It (Liberties Press). Gerard Lee will read from his first novel, Forsaken (New Island Books), a dark, chilling yet witty tale of the life of a young boy. Jane Talbot will read from her first book, The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories (Blackstaff Press) which follows in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm and draws on ancient Celtic folklore. Finally Alan Walsh will read from his book Sour (Pillar International Publishing), a modern version of Deirdre of the Sorrows.

[cta headline=”12.10pm-12.55pm in The Boys’ School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540889/events”]Free Admission. Booking Required[/cta]

Writers’  Event: Meet the Editors

DBF-Events-100x150-6Dan Bolger, Helen Carr, Gráinne Clear and Patsy Horton in conversation with Declan Meade

If you’re a writer with a manuscript ready to submit or are generally interested in finding out how to impress publishers and editors, join our panel for an afternoon of expert advice about best practice when submitting your work. Declan Meade, publishing manager and founder of The Stinging Fly will be in conversation with Gráinne Clear, Publishing Manager at Little Island Books; Dan Bolger, Commissioning Editor at New Island Books; Helen Carr, Senior Editor with The O’Brien Press and Patsy Horton, Managing Editor of Blackstaff Press.


[cta headline=”1.05pm – 2.10pm in The Boys’ School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540890/events”]Tickets €5/€3 concession[/cta]

Book Launch: Waterford Whispers News Takes Over the World

DBF-Events-100x150-7by Colm Williamson (Blackstaff Press)

Waterford Whispers News is Ireland’s leading online satirical site and a recognised brand worldwide. Following the success of the bestselling Waterford Whispers News: The State of the Nation, this new book brings together the best of the brilliant and original stories that have run on the site in the last year, including ‘Starbucks announce groundbreaking new combination of coffee and milk’ and ‘Uncle Ben shot dead by US police’. Come meet the team behind Waterford Whispers News, and witness live performances inspired by the stories behind the news.


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RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena Live Show

DBF-Events-100x150-9Kate Dempsey, Reggie Chamberlain-King, Frankie Gaffney and Danielle McLaughlin
In conversation with Seán Rocks

Join Seán Rocks for a live broadcast of RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena an evening of music, readings and conversation with some of today’s most engaging new authors, poets and musicians. Reggie Chamberlain-King, writer and musician, will discuss his second book Weird Dublin (Blackstaff Press), a miscellany that revels in the strange, miraculous, superstitious and uncanny side of Dublin; Kate Dempsey of the Poetry Divas Collective will read from her debut poetry collection The Space Between (Doire Press); Frankie Gaffney will talk about his debut, Dublin Seven (Liberties Press), and Danielle McLaughlin will take us through her short story collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets (The Stinging Fly). Music will be performed by The Healing and The Matthews.

This is a live broadcast; doors will close at 6.50pm sharp.

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Smock Alley Theatre is delighted to host these events as part of the Dublin Book Festival 2015. To view the full festival programme visit www.dublinbookfestival.com