DBF 2016 – Saturday 12th November


Dublin City Public Libraries Readers’ Day

An engaging morning of book chat hosted by author and journalist Dave Kenny, in conversation with a host of authors: Mia Gallagher’s first novel in almost a decade, Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island Books), begins with a bang in the London Underground; Deirdre Purcell’s The Husband (Hachette) is a gripping story of love in its many guises; garden designer and television personality Diarmuid Gavin’sThe Extra Room (Gill Books) shares the golden rules for DIY gardening; award-winning novelist Mike McCormack’s latest book, Solar Bones (Tramp Press), is an intimate portrayal of one family under threat; and Donal Ryan’s new novel, All We Shall Know (Transworld Ireland), centres on a pregnant woman troubled by secrets.

Please note this event is currently SOLD OUT


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Literary Walking Tour with Pat Liddy

Renowned historian and author Pat Liddy conducts this special walk dedicated to some of the stories and writers inspired by Dublin. Join him on a fascinating stroll in the ancient area surrounding the historic Smock Alley Theatre – a centre dating back to medieval times, associated with books, publishing houses and famous writers.
Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time.

11:30am + 2:30pm | Tickets €8 / €6 Concession
Tickets may be booked online at https://www.walkingtours.ie/en_GB/
(You may turn up on the day, but numbers will be limited to 20 per tour) Meet on Smock Alley Theatre’s front steps.

Joyce Walking Tour with Mark Traynor


Join Mark Traynor, co-author of Written in my Heart: Walks Through James Joyce’s Dublin (The O’Brien Press), for a very special walking tour that visits key locations from James Joyce’s literary works and personal life. The tour will depart from Smock Alley, visiting some of the buildings, streets and monuments that shaped the man and his work. This tour lasts roughly 90 minutes and will end at the James Joyce Centre on North Great George’s Street, where hot drinks will be served.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts

Patrons please note this tour is currently SOLD OUT

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The Glass Shore

With Lucy Caldwell, Martina Devlin, Sinéad Gleeson and Evelyn Conlon in conversation with Madeleine Keane
The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland (New Island Books), compiled by award-winning broadcaster and critic Sinéad Gleeson, is an intimate and illuminating insight into a previously underappreciated literary canon. The event will be chaired by Sunday Independent Literary Editor Madeleine Keane, who will be joined by Sinéad Gleeson, alongside Lucy Caldwell, Martina Devlin and Evelyn Conlon to talk short stories and women’s voices.



[cta headline=”1:45pm | Boys School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563612″] Tickets €7 / €5 Concession[/cta]

Poems of Repossession

With Theo Dorgan, Colm Breathnach, Deirdre Brennan and Áine Ní Ghlinn.

A uniquely fascinating event based on the newly definitive bilingual collection of contemporary Irish poetry, Leabhar na hAthghabhála / Poems of Repossession (Bloodaxe Books and Cló Iar-Chonnacht), as edited by Louis de Paor. Theo Dorgan, Colm Breathnach, Deirdre Brennan and Áine Ní Ghlinn, whose work appears in the collection, will present a selection of readings of their work, and that of other poets (including Seán Ó Ríordáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Patrick Pearse and many more) in the original Irish and in English translation. The show takes the audience on a trip through literary history and brings new life to the words and concerns of poets writing in Irish during the 20th century.

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Dublin Strolls: Dublin’s Architectural Treasures with Audrey and Gregory Bracken

Dublin’s long history has had a visible impact on its architecture: waves of invaders – and the attempts by Dubliners to shake them off – have left their mark. The 1916 Easter Rising, for example, left whole parts of the city in ruins. It was not all strife, however: the Georgian era saw gracious streets and squares laid out in the centre of Dublin city. Join Audrey and Gregory Bracken on a stroll through Dublin’s architectural treasures to get a fresh view of buildings you’ve walked past hundreds of times.
Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time.

Please note this event is currently SOLD OUT

[cta headline=”2:30pm | Meet on Smock Alley Theatre’s front steps” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563615″] Tickets €7 / €5 Concession [/cta]


With Jane Clarke, Christodoulos Makris, Julie Morrissy and Ciaran O’Rourke & music from Sive. In association with Poetry Ireland.

Since its release in April 2016, writers featured in the critically acclaimed ‘The Rising Generation’ issue of Poetry Ireland Review have been invited to read at international festivals and book fairs in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. Hear four of the 36 new-generation poets featured in the Review – Jane Clarke, Christodoulos Makris, Julie Morrissy and Ciaran O’Rourke – read their work at Dublin Book Festival at a relaxed Saturday event.

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Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: The Story of Ireland’s Creativity

With Aideen Barry, Catherine Marshall, Fintan O’Toole and Eibhear Walshe.

Has Ireland’s creative output created a space for culture and the life of the mind? Join our panel as they interrogate a century of creativity. Broadcaster Mike Murphy will chair a debate with editors Fintan O’Toole, Catherine Marshall and Eibhear Walshe and artist Aideen Barry, whose 2015 artwork, Silent Moves, was chosen by the public to complete the list of 100 Irish artworks. The panelists will assess the artworks that made it past the chopping block and question whether this list is representative of our cultural identity.

Following this debate, join us upstairs at Smock Alley where Aideen Barry will officially launch the book that has provoked a dialogue about the evolution of modern Ireland.

Selling fast! Very few tickets left on sale.
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Salmon Poetry Anniversary Event: Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry

Join us for a celebration of Salmon Poetry’s 35 years of contemporary poetry publishing, with many of Salmon’s outstanding poets taking part, including Seamus Cashman, Mary Dorcey, Jean O’Brien, Mark Granier, Colm Keegan, Mary O’Donnell, Maurice Harmon, Alvy Carragher, Anne Hartigan, Phil Lynch, Alan Jude Moore, Patrick Chapman and more!



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Looking At The Stars

With Colin Barrett, Tara Flynn, Joseph O’Connor and Mary O’Donnell in conversation with Rick O’Shea.

A reading and discussion with contributors of Looking At The Stars, a limited edition anthology of Irish writing edited by Kerrie O’ Brien which aims to raise €15,000 for the Rough Sleepers Team of the Dublin Simon Community. The anthology has been funded by The Munster Literature Centre, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Poetry Ireland and The Irish Writers Centre.


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Buried Treasure: Overlooked, Forgotten and Uncrowned Albums

With Cormac Battle, Dan Hegarty, Bronagh Gallagher and Ian Wilson In conversation with Tony Clayton-Lea.

Immerse yourself in an evening of musical musings between journalist and author Tony Clayton-Lea, and tastemaker 2fm DJ Dan Hegarty, who is the author of Buried Treasure Vol 2: Overlooked, Forgotten and Uncrowned Albums (Liberties Press). In this sequel, he collaborates with dozens of pop culture icons to create a book that explores hidden gems in the music industry. They will be joined by Cormac Battle (vocalist with Kerbdog and DJ on 2fm) and RTE Radio Producer Ian Wilson.

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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