DBF 2015 – Saturday 14th November


Dublin City Public Libraries Readers’ Day

DBF-Events-100x150-10Claire Harmon, Róisín Ingle, Naomi Linehan, Kari Rosvall and Marty Whelan
In conversation with Dave Kenny

This lively morning of book talk is not to be missed. Journalist and author Dave Kenny will be in conversation with a host of authors: RTÉ radio and television personality and author of That’s Life (Gill & Macmillan) Marty Whelan; Claire Harmon, who draws an intimate portrait of one of English literature’s greatest real-life heroines on the 200th anniversary of her birth in Charlotte Brontë: A Life (Penguin); Kari Roswall, a Lebensborn child in the Nazi regime will be accompanied by journalist and documentary maker Naomi Linehan who co-wrote Kari’s extraordinary memoir Nowhere’s Child (Hachette Ireland); and Róisín Ingle, journalist and author of Public Displays of Emotion (Irish Times Books), containing the best of her columns over the past ten years. Refreshments will be served during a 30-minute interval.

[cta headline=”10am-1pm in The Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540894/events”]Tickets €10[/cta]

1916 Walking Tour – The Battles of the Easter Rising

Walking Tour - Darren + Derek Easter RisingWith Darren Kelly and Derek Molyneux

There are many Dublin sites where battles took place during the 1916 Easter Rising. Join Darren Kelly and Derek Molyneux, authors of When The Clock Struck in 1916 – Close-Quarter Combat in the Easter Rising (The Collins Press) as they guide you on a tour of the places that form the backdrop to the breathtaking chapters in their book: Sackville Street, the General Post Office on O’Connell Street and Moore Street. Listen as they tell the stories that leap from the walls of the buildings between O’Connell Bridge and Parnell Street in a shattering and vivid way, focusing on the combat, burning buildings, smells, tragedy and the terror felt by all sides.

[cta headline=”Leaving at 11am from the Smock Alley Front Steps” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540896/events”]Tickets €5. Booking Required. SOLD OUT[/cta]

Literary Walking Tour with Pat Liddy

Pat Liddy


Pat Liddy, a renowned historian and author of many books about Dublin, conducts this special walk dedicated to some of the writers and books that were inspired by Dublin. Join him on a fascinating walk in the ancient area around the Smock Alley Theatre – an historic centre that, from medieval times, was associated with books, publishing houses and famous writers.
Please arrive 10 minutes before tour start times.


[cta headline=”Leaving at 11.30am from the Smock Alley Front Steps” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://www.walkingtours.ie/”]Tickets €8/€6 concession. Booking via walkingtours.ie[/cta]

The People of the 1916 Rising

DBF-Events-100x150-14With Turtle Bunbury, Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Lucy McDiarmid and Fearghal McGarry
In conversation with Tommy Graham

In conversation with History Ireland’s Tommy Graham, the panel will explore the people of 1916, from the famous personalities to the innocent children. Turtle Bunbury discusses his new book Easter Dawn: The 1916 Rising (Mercier Press) in which he examines the remarkable personalities behind the rising. Fearghal McGarry will join him with his fascinating The Abbey Rebels of Easter 1916. A Lost Revolution (Gill & Macmillan) which explores how seven rebels from the Abbey Theatre experienced the Irish revolution and its aftermath. Lucy McDiarmid’s At Home in the Revolution: What Women said and did in 1916 (Royal Irish Academy) addresses the lives of women during the Rising. Drawing on her new memoir A Woven Silence: Memory, History & Remembrance (The Collins Press) Felicity Hayes-McCoy explores how personal and public history since 1916 have been affected by censorship and mixed messages.

[cta headline=”1.30pm – 2.45pm in The Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540898/events”]Tickets €5. Booking Required.[/cta]

The Stones of Dublin Walking Tour

DBF-Events-100x150-16Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College Dublin with Lisa Marie Griffith

Did you know that in the early modern period Christ Church Cathedral was a busy shopping and commercial district? That religious martyrs died in the dungeons of Dublin Castle? That the troops of James II used Trinity College Library as a prison during wartime? This tour will tell the unusual stories of well-known Dublin landmarks that feature in Lisa’s book Stones of Dublin: A History of Dublin in Ten Buildings (The Collins Press).


[cta headline=”Leaving at 2pm from the Smock Alley Front Steps” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540900/events”]Tickets €5. Booking Required. SOLD OUT [/cta]

The Poet’s Chair

DBF-Events-100x150-17Harry Clifton, Michael Longley and Paula Meehan
In conversation with Arminta Wallace

A rare opportunity to see the current, and the two most recent, Ireland Chairs of Poetry reading from their work and in lively discussion. Join Harry Clifton, whose awards include the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award; Michael Longley, whose collections have been shortlisted for and won many prestigious prizes, including the 2015 Griffin Award for Poetry; and Paula Meehan, current Ireland Chair of Poetry. Chaired by feature writer for The Irish Times Arminta Wallace and followed by a reception to launch Harry Clifton’s new book in The Poet’s Chair series, Ireland and its Elsewheres (UCD Press).

[cta headline=”2.15pm – 3.30pm in The Boys’ School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540901/events”]Tickets €5/€3 concession. Booking Required. SOLD OUT[/cta]

Writing Long & Short

DBF-Events-100x150-18Dermot Bolger, Aidan Mathews, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and Donal Ryan
In conversation with Paula Shields

Paula Shields, senior researcher for RTE’s arts show The Works, discusses form, inspiration and the current work of some of Ireland’s most prestigious writers. Join Dermot Bolger, author of eleven critically acclaimed novels, most recently Tanglewood (New Island Books); Aidan Mathews, poet, playwright, novelist and author of new short story collection Charlie Chaplin’s Wishbone and Other Stories (The Lilliput Press); Nuala Ní Chonchúir, short story writer, poet and author of three novels including The Closet of Savage Mementos (New Island Books); award-winning novelist, short story writer and playwright Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, who received the 2015 Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature; and Donal Ryan, whose first collection of short stories, A Slanting of the Sun: Stories, will be published by The Lilliput Press and whose first two novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December (The Lilliput Press), have won and been listed for numerous awards.

[cta headline=”3.30pm – 4.45pm in The Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540902/events”]Tickets €5/€3 concession. Booking Required.[/cta]

The Inspiration of Life, Love and Loss

DBF-Events-100x150-19With Moyra Donaldson, Mark Granier, John MacKenna and Nessa O’Mahony
In conversation with Maureen Kennelly

It is often life’s experiences that authors draw upon when they sit down to their work. Join award-winning poet and author of Selected Poems and The Goose Tree, Moyra Donaldson (Liberties Press); Mark Granier, whose fourth poetry collection Haunt (Salmon Poetry) came out this year; John MacKenna, author of seventeen books, including By the Light of Four Moons (Doire Press); and Nessa O’Mahony, poet and regular facilitator of creative writing workshops. Enjoy an afternoon of readings and discussion led by Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland.

[cta headline=”4pm – 5pm in The Boys’ School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540903/events”]Free Admission. Booking Required.[/cta]

The Long Gaze Back

DBF-Events-100x150-20Anne Enright, Sinéad Gleeson, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Lisa McInerney
In conversation with Madeleine Keane

Join Madeleine Keane, writer, award-winning travel journalist and Literary Editor of The Sunday Independent, as she discusses the inspiration behind and significance of the new anthology The Long Gaze Back (New Island Books) with its editor, broadcaster and critic Sinéad Gleeson, as well as three of the book’s contributors: Christine Dwyer Hickey, whose latest novel, The Lives of Women (Atlantic Books UK), was published in April 2015; Anne Enright, the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction; and Lisa McInerney, whose debut novel, The Glorious Heresies (John Murray), was published in 2015. Each author will read from and discuss their story from the anthology.

[cta headline=”5.15pm – 6.30pm in The Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540904/events”]Tickets €5/€3 concession. Booking Required.[/cta]


DBF-Events-100x150-22In association with the Homebeat and Irish Writers Centre

Songbook – a series that brings wordsmiths and music lovers together – welcomes Valerie Francis and Conor Deasy to chat about their inspirations, musical journeys and honing their craft. Francis has been nominated for a clutch of awards and is lauded for her musical hopscotch sounds that jump seamlessly from ambient melodies to more pop-fused beats. Deasy, adept at crafting intelligent and melodic pop gems, is an experimentalist known to explore modern textures with traditional undercurrents. Expect soul-baring conversation and mesmerising performances in the intimate and atmospheric surroundings of the Boys’ School.

[cta headline=”7.30pm – 9pm in The Boys’ School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://www.irishwriterscentre.ie”]To book, visit www.irishwriterscentre.ie[/cta]

Under the Hawthorn Tree 25th Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Under The Hawthorn TreeMarita Conlon-McKenna in conversation with Pat Donlon

The O’Brien Press invites you to join them in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna. Pat Donlon, former Director of the National Library, will host a conversation with Marita about the book, its inception, its success and its legacy 25 years on.


[cta headline=”7.45pm – 9pm in The Winter Garden” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”mailto:geraldine@obrien.ie”]Places are limited. To book email geraldine@obrien.ie[/cta]


WindharpIn association with Poetry Ireland

The Easter Rising of 1916 was a foundational moment of the independent Irish state; but while that insurrection continues to divide opinion, there is no disagreement as to the majesty of Yeats’s ‘Easter 1916’. Windharp is an anthology that traces the twists and turns of Irish history, culture and society through the work of its remarkable standing army of poets. Edited by poetry commentator, Niall MacMonagle, Windharp is an accessible and inspiring guide to a century of Irish poetry. During this very special evening, a number of poets will read from the anthology including Ireland Professor of Poetry Paula Meehan. Music will be provided by Grammy award winning Susan McKeown.

[cta headline=”8pm in The Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540949/events”]Tickets €10/€7 concession. Booking Required.[/cta]











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