DBF 2016 – Friday 11th November


Building and Growing your Food Business

Rosanna Davison, Garrett Fitzgerald and Domini Kemp In conversation with Catherine Moonan in association with Local Enterprise Office, Dublin.

Join our panel of experts for a morning of advice on how to establish and grow your food business. Where to start from, and how to devise the perfect pitch to attract investment: things to do (and avoid) when setting up your enterprise, and how to continue to grow and move with trends. In today’s techno-centric world, it’s essential to build your brand online – get ready for some top tips on social media and blogging to help market your business. This morning session will include Domini Kemp, co-founder of itsa food company, food writer and author of her latest cookbook The Ketogenic Kitchen (Gill Books); Rosanna Davison, model, nutritional therapist, author of the bestselling Eat Yourself Beautiful (Gill Books) and social media and online guru; Garrett Fitzgerald, the entrepreneurial owner behind Dublin Capel Street’s most beloved café and author of The Brother Hubbard Cookbook (Gill Books). This trio of top foodies will help guide your food business towards success and share tips of the trade on how to stand out in the crowd. The discussion will be led by tv’s Dragon’s Den Catherine Moonan, author of The Pitch Coach: Your Guide to Presenting, Interviewing and Public Speaking (Liberties Press).

[cta headline=”9am | Boys School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563672″] Free Admission. Booking Essential[/cta]

Reaching Readers: Irish Publishing Business Day

Publishing Ireland’s fourth annual trade event will feature digital media experts, national booksellers and speakers from the Irish book publishing industry. This year’s keynote speaker will be Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and creator of Futurebook. This is a trade event and open to publishers, booksellers, editors and industry professionals and is strictly on a ticketed basis.
[cta headline=”10am | Main Space”] For bookings please contact info@publishingireland.com.[/cta]

Lunchtime Readings: Out of this World 


Oisín Fagan, R.B. Kelly and Roisín O’Donnell In conversation with Jan Carson

A trio of debut authors will take you on a journey to other realms found within the pages of their new books. Oisín Fagan’s fresh voice blends wit and fury as he reads from his gripping collection of sci-fi tales in Hostages (New Island Books). R.B. Kelly shares a snippet of her futuristic thriller Edge of Heaven (Liberties Press) which questions the ghost in the machine, while Roisín O’Donnell’s collection of short stories in Wild Quiet (New Irish Books) examines the hurts and triumphs of being human. These bite-sized lunchtime readings are sure to satisfy every appetite, and will be led by Jan Carson, the breakthrough author behind Malcolm Orange Disappears (Liberties Press) and more recently Children’s Children (Liberties Press).

[cta headline=”12.15pm | Boys School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563564″]Free Admission. Booking Required[/cta]

Mary O’Rourke in conversation with Miriam O’Callaghan


On the eve of her 80th birthday, Mary O’Rourke has written a letter to 20 people, past and present, close and distant, living and deceased – to the Athlone Fianna Fáil Women’s Group, Mo Mowlam, a young couple embracing on a bridge and many more. Join broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan as she delves into Mary’s past and present, offering an illuminating insight into one of Ireland’s best-loved figures.
[cta headline=”1pm | The National Library” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563849″]Free Admission. Booking Required[/cta]

Slake Your Thirst the Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland


With Stephen Connolly, Manuela Moser, Padraig Regan and Scott Mckendry

Northern Irish poetry has an unrivalled reputation worldwide. Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon and Sinéad Morrissey are just a few of the stellar talents to have emerged from the North. Blackstaff Press has always been at the forefront of celebrating this rich poetic talent in its landmark anthologies. The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland (Blackstaff Press) continues this tradition, bringing together a new generation of poets who have come to prominence in the last decade. This event brings together co-editor Stephen Connolly and featured poets Manuela Moser, Padraig Regan and Scott Mckendry to read from an anthology which shows why another generation of poets from Northern Ireland looks set to dominate the world stage for years to come.


[cta headline=”1.10pm | Boys School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563565″]Free Admission. Booking Required[/cta]

Book Launch: Recovered Voices – Orange Horses by Maeve Kelly (Tramp Press)


These superb 20 stories, first published as a collection in 1990, richly illustrate the plight of women in contemporary Irish society. An islander fights to eke out an existence for herself and her brother; a Traveller mourns the loss of her unborn child and struggles for economic independence; a nurse in London tries to maintain her Irish identity. Maeve Kelly’s Orange Horses is a beautiful, sad and funny collection of stories of the undervalued, the oppressed and the quietly heroic. Please join Tramp Press and the Gutter Bookshop to celebrate the re-publication of this unique and exceptional work.


[cta headline=”6.30pm | The Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar” ]Free Admission. Open event, no booking required.[/cta]

Book Launch & Film Screening: Balkan Essays by Hubert Butler (The Irish Pages Pages) In association with the RDS Library


The RDS Library and Archives (in association with the Dublin Book Festival) is delighted to host the Irish launch of Balkan Essays by Hubert Butler, the sixth collection of his non-fiction, published by The Irish Pages Press with the generous support of The Lilliput Press. This major book launch from the new imprint of Irish Pages will be followed by a screening at 7.30 of the film, Hubert Butler: Witness to the Future (which premièred at the 2016 Dublin International Film Festival), followed by a short post-show discussion on Butler by director Johnny Gogan, writer Christopher Fitz-Simon, and poet Chris Agee, Editor of The Irish Pages Press.
Born and raised in Kilkenny, Hubert Butler (1900-91) – once described as “Ireland’s Orwell” – is now widely considered one of the great essayists in English of the twentieth century. Proud of his Protestant heritage while still deeply committed to the Irish nation, he sought in his life and writing to ensure that Ireland would grow into an open and pluralistic society. His five previous volumes of essays (published by The Lilliput Press) are masterful literature in the tradition of Swift, Yeats and Shaw, elegant and humane readings of Irish and European history, and ultimately hopeful testimony to human progress.

Balkan Essays includes 39 essays, written between 1937 and 1989, amongst them some of Butler’s greatest work. Just over half of the book has appeared in the five previous collections of Butler’s essays, but the remainder has never previously been collected. For the first time, the extraordinary body of Butler’s Balkan work – written over a half century – is brought together in a single volume.

In Gogan’s unique and remarkable film, Butler’s life and work are brought to the big screen for the first time. The film follows his writer’s journey from his Anglo-Irish childhood and study at Oxford; through his time in Stalinist Russia (where he worked as a teacher), Nazi Germany (where he helped expedite the escape of Jews), and inter-war Yugoslavia; to his later life as a market-gardener, writer and public intellectual at Maidenhall, Co Kilkenny, where his family had lived for a century and a half.
[cta headline=”6.30pm | The RDS Library, Merrion Square.” ]Free admission, booking required. Please contact librarydesk@rds.ie or 01 240 7254 to book.[/cta]

John Boorman with Declan Power in conversation with Seán Rocks

Spend an animated evening with RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena cultural guru Seán Rocks and English-born (but Wicklow-dwelling) John Boorman, a filmmaker best known for his feature films Deliverance, Hope and Glory, The General, Queen and Country and more. The Oscar-nominated director’s debut novel Crime of Passion (Liberties Press) is a strangely uplifting black comedy about a fictional director recovering from a failed movie. Boorman was originally approached to write a book about how to make a successful film. He started doing so – but the result struck him as dull and technical. He decided to tell the story another way: in the form of a novel. The cinematic book is the result, proving solid storytelling transcends all mediums. Declan Power discusses the genesis of his book Siege at Jadotville (Maverick House), a captivating military account of Irish troops’ heroism against-all-odds in the Congo, and its recent adaptation to film.


[cta headline=” 7pm | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563606″]Tickets: €10 / €8 Concession[/cta]











Smock Alley Theatre is delighted to host these events as part of the Dublin Book Festival 2016. To view the full festival programme visit www.dublinbookfestival.com