DBF 2015 – Sunday 15th November



Dr Shane Kenna Walking Tour1916 Walking Tour

With Shane Kenna

Join Dr Shane Kenna, author of 16 Lives: Thomas MacDonagh (The O’Brien Press), a biography of the revolutionary leader, on a guided walking tour telling the stories of the Easter Rising. This memorable two-hour tour will visit sites associated with the rebellion, including Trinity College Dublin, The General Post Office, Moore Street and the Garden of Remembrance, to name a few.
[cta headline=”Leaving from Smock Alley Front Steps at 11.15am” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540950/events” ] Tickets €5[/cta]

Pat LiddyLiterary Walking Tour

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 time.

[cta headline=”Leaving from Smock Alley Front Steps at 11:30am” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://www.walkingtours.ie/”] Tickets €8/€6. Book online at www.walkingtours.ie. [/cta]

Writing for Young Adults + ChildrenWriting for Young Adults and Children

With Eoin Colfer, John Connolly and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick in conversation with Aoife Murray.

We invite you to join Aoife Murray, Programme and Events Manager at Children’s Books Ireland, as she discusses the secrets and joys that come with writing for young adults and children with three of Ireland’s best-known practitioners: Eoin Colfer, Laureate na nÓg and author of the world-famous Artemis Fowl series; John Connolly, known to younger readers for his Samuel Johnson supernatural novels; and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, author of many picture books and novels including Hagwitch, winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award 2014.

[cta headline=”1pm in The Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540952/events”] Tickets €5/€3[/cta]

DBF-Events-100x150-28Crime in The City

With Alex Barclay, Jarlath Gregory, Jason Johnson and Louise Phillips in conversation with Vanessa Fox-O’Loughlin.

Join us for an afternoon discussion on one of literature’s most popular genres with some of Ireland’s best crime writers. Vanessa Fox-O’Loughlin, literary talent scout and publishing consultant from The Inkwell Group and Writing.ie, will delve into how the authors create their characters and develop their stories. She will be joined by Alex Barclay, award-winning author of eight crime novels; Jarlath Gregory, author of three books including The Organised Criminal (Liberties Press); Jason Johnson, author of four novels including Aloysius Tempo (Liberties Press); and Louise Phillips, award-winning crime writer who will discuss her fourth novel, The Game Changer (Hachette Ireland).
[cta headline=”1pm in The Irish Georgian Society” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540995/events” ]Free admission, booking essential. [/cta]

Idir TeangachaIdir Teangacha

Alan Titley, Micheál Ó Conghaile agus Lochlainn Ó Tuairisg ag caint le Cormac Ó hEadhra.

Cén chaoi a n-athraíonn saothar idir Gaeilge agus Béarla? Cad iad na dúshláin roimh aistritheoirí? Pléifear aistriúcháin shaothar Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, Cré na Cille / The Dirty Dust agus An Eochair / The Key, leabhar nua le Micheál Ó Conghaile, Diabhlaíocht Dé, agus tuilleadh. Bí linn.

A groundbreaking prose work in modern Irish, Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille was published in English for the first time this year (as The Dirty Dust), one of a number of significant translations in 2015. We also saw the first new collection in over a decade from Micheál Ó Conghaile, Diabhlaíocht Dé.

[cta headline=”2pm in The Boys School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540957/events”]Free Admission[/cta]

Mastering the Deal Life After the Creative Writing MAMastering the Deal: Life After the Creative Writing MA

With Paula McGrath, Henrietta McKervey and Susan Stairs in conversation with James Ryan

How does one make the transition from Creative Writing graduate to published author? Join Paula McGrath, whose debut novel Generation (John Murray Originals) was published this year; Henrietta McKervey, author of What Becomes Of Us (Hachette Ireland); and Susan Stairs, whose second novel, The Boy Between (Hachette Ireland), was published in 2015. The conversation will be led by James Ryan, Lecturer in School of English, Drama & Film and Director of Creative Writing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at UCD.

[cta headline=”2:30pm in The Irish Georgian Society” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873541003/events” ] Free Admission, booking essential[/cta]

Viking Dublin - Walking TourViking Dublin Walking Tour

With Dr Pat Wallace

Dr Pat Wallace will lead a special walking tour based on his new book, Viking Dublin: The Wood Quay Excavations (Irish Academic Press). Join Pat as he explores areas central to the Wood Quay archaeological excavations (which he directed between 1974 and 1981) and highlights the historical significance of many key sites of the excavations, such as Christ Church Cathedral.

[cta headline=”Leaving from Smock Alley Front Steps at 2.30pm” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540954/events”]Tickets €5 SOLD OUT[/cta]

The Untold Story - Crisis GovernmentInside the Room: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Crisis Government

Eamon Gilmore in conversation with Chris Donoghue

When Eamon Gilmore led the Labour party into coalition with Fine Gael, it was one of the most tumultuous periods in Ireland’s political history. In what promises to be an eye-opening event, Eamon will discuss his new memoir Inside the Room: My Personal Story of Ireland’s Crisis Government (Merrion Press) with journalist and broadcaster Chris Donoghue, best known for the Breakfast Show on Newstalk. It will be a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the mind of a politician who has seen it all and has had to take part in making tough decisions with the weight of the nation on his shoulders. This is an event not be missed by anyone who has an interest in Irish political affairs.

[cta headline=”3pm in The Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540958/events” ] Free Admission[/cta]

Leabhair COMHARBook Launch: LeabhairCOMHAR Foghlaimeoir Fásta

Seoladh leabhar agus ócáid caidrimh d’fhoghlaimeoirí fásta:
Seolfaidh Doireann Ní Bhriain úrscéal nua ag LeabhairCOMHAR d’fhoghlaimeoirí fásta, Cathair an Tíogair. Labhróidh an t-údar, Feargal Ó Dubhghaill, faoin úrscéal agus léifidh sé sleachta as. Cuirfear sóláistí agus deis caidrimh ar fáil. Fáilte roimh fhoghlaimeoirí agus léitheoirí ar chuile chaighdeán.

Book launch and social event for adult learners of Irish:
Doireann Ní Bhriain will launch Cathair an Tíogair, the latest novel in LeabhairCOMHAR’s Foghlaimeoir Fásta (adult learner) series. Come and hear author Feargal Ó Dubhghaill discuss the novel and read excerpts. Refreshments provided – all levels of fluency welcome.

[cta headline=”3:30pm in The Boys School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540959/events”] Free Admission[/cta]

The Art of The Book ReviewThe Art of the Book Review

With Martin Doyle, Ian Sansom, Juliette Saumande and Eithne Shorthall in conversation with Paula Shields
In association with Words Ireland.

In the age of blogs and social media, are book reviews still important? Are we all critics now? Is there still an appetite for serious literary criticism? And how critical or generous do we expect book reviewers to be? These are some of the questions that will be teased out during this session with our distinguished panel of writers, reviewers and editors, including: Martin Doyle, assistant literary editor of The Irish Times; Ian Sansom, writer for various publications, including The Guardian and The London Review of Books, and author of 12 books including Death in Devon (HarperCollins, 2015); Juliette Saumande, translator of children’s books and Reviews Editor for Inis magazine; and Eithne Shorthall, chief arts writer with the Sunday Times Ireland and regular contributor to RTE Radio 1’s Arena. Join us for what promises to be a full and frank discussion on the art of book reviewing.

[cta headline=”4:30pm in The Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540953/events” ] Free Admission[/cta]

Day of the Imprisoned Writer LGBTThe Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Presented by Irish Pen and Front Line Defenders

On Sunday 15 November, Front Line Defenders and Irish Pen will mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer with readings from the work of international LGBTI journalists, novelists, poets, bloggers and screenwriters who refuse to self-censor in an environment of pervasive violence and intimidation. The event will celebrate the courage of LGBTI writers who use the power of the pen to confront the oppressors who try to silence their dissenting and critical voices. While the resounding ‘Yes’ for Marriage Equality in Ireland has been celebrated internationally this year, it is still a fact that homosexuality is illegal in over eighty countries around the world and remains punishable by death in ten. Join Front Line Defenders and Irish Pen to celebrate the work of writers on the front lines of the battle for full gender equality.

[cta headline=”5pm in The Boys School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873540961/events” ] Free Admission – advance booking essential[/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