The Perfect Pitch
With Sarah Davis-Goff, Nicki Howard, Michael McLoughlin, Faith O’Grady, Dominic Perrem and Sallyanne Sweeney.
Learn how to craft that all-important pitch to hook in an audience, with words of advice from two panels made up of some of Britain and Ireland’s chief publishing industry experts. First up are the keen-eyed literary agents: Faith O’Grady (Lisa Richards Agency) and Sallyanne Sweeney (Mulcahy Associates), followed by four principal publishers: Sarah Davis-Goff (Tramp Press), Nicki Howard (Gill Books), Dominic Perrem (The Rights Bureau) and Michael McLoughlin, the Managing Director at Penguin Random House Ireland and Publisher at Penguin Ireland. This talk will be guided by Ireland’s leading literary scout Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin (The Inkwell Group), with Q&A at the end of both sessions.
[cta headline=”11am | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563649″] Tickets €15 [/cta]
Literary Walking Tour with Paddy 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.
11:30am | Tickets: €8 / €6 Concession
BOOKINGS: 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.
Mandala Workshop with Patricia Fitzgerald
Join Dublin artist Patricia Fitzgerald as she takes you on a journey of self-compassion and awareness through the ancient art form of mandala. During this two-hour workshop you will learn a little of the philosophy behind mandala, you will be led on a guided meditation journey through the seven chakras, and this will end with you colouring and engaging with your own mandala with a new-found awareness of this powerful healing process. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.
Patrons please note this event is currently SOLD OUT
[cta headline=”12pm | Irish Georgian Society” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563812″] Tickets €7/€5[/cta]
The History of Temple Bar Walking Tour
The History of Temple Bar Walking Tour With Maurice Curtis
Maurice Curtis will conduct a historical tour of Temple Bar, undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most exciting and vibrant cultural quarters – one that is packed with a rich history and a fascinating architectural heritage. This is an iconic district of Dublin, full of mystery and magic. It was in Temple Bar that some of the most pivotal events in Irish history took place, from the Vikings to the Victorians and into modern times. Furthermore, Temple Bar was once the very epicentre of Dublin’s commercial, political and social life – with all the intrigue that went with it. This district did not exist forty years ago. The area was a derelict ruin and has since, like the proverbial Phoenix, risen from the ashes to give us the impressive, fascinating and exciting district we have today. Temple Bar is a national treasure, and the tour will illustrate some of the wonders and excitement of this historic area.
Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time.
[cta headline=”12pm | Meet at Smock Alley Theatre front steps” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563648″] Tickets €7/€5[/cta]
Magazines and their Makers in association with Words Ireland
Join Brendan Barrington (The Dublin Review), Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Cyphers), Tony O’Dwyer (Crannóg), Olivia Smith (Winter Papers) and Susan Tomaselli (gorse) in conversation with Paula Shields.
This is something of a golden age for literary magazines in Ireland, with a steady flow of new arrivals taking up their places alongside a few more established journals. But who are the people behind these publications? How did they get started and how do they keep going? Are they champions of the new and the brave? Or protectors of the old and the tired? Join us for what promises to be an illuminating session with editors and publishers from five of the leading magazines.
This event will be followed by a literary magazines social with readings in the Workman’s Club.
[cta headline=” 13:30pm | Main Space ” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563661″] Tickets: €7/ €5 Concession [/cta]
Dublin’s Pubs Walking Tour with Kevin Martin
For better or worse, pubs have long been a social locus in Irish society. Many are remarkable repositories of cultural heritage. Rebellion was fomented and literary masterpieces were forged in the unique environments of Irish hostelries. This tour visits some of Dublin’s most interesting pubs, exploring the role they have played in the social and cultural history of the nation.
Please arrive 10 minutes before departure
[cta headline=” 2pm | Meet on Smock Alley Theatre front steps ” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563662″] Tickets: €7/€5. Booking essential. [/cta]
Your Body and Mind
Join Dr Harry Barry, Aoife Hearne and David Gillick in conversation with Rosemary Mac Cabe
Feeling out of sorts? Do yourself a favour and spend a reflective Sunday afternoon with mental health expert Dr Harry Barry, who breaks down stigma and shares universal techniques on how to conquer your worries in Flagging Anxiety and Panic (Liberties Press). TV nutrition guru, dietitian and all-round foodie Aoife Hearne dispenses invaluable healthy eating advice from The Plan (Gill Books). David Gillick, the former Irish Olympian track and field athlete and Celebrity Masterchef winner, talks David Gillick’s Kitchen (Mercier Press), his new book linking sporting success to the power of wholesome nutrition. They will be joined by Rosemary Mac Cabe, a can-do thinker, journalist, stylist and social influencer.
Patrons please note this event is currently SOLD OUT
[cta headline=” 2pm | Boys School ” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563663″] Free Admission. Booking essential. [/cta]
Humour in Modern Ireland with Aoife Dooley, Colm O’Regan and Colm Williamson
In conversation with Damian Corless. Followed by Waterford Whispers launch in The Winter Garden.
Share a laugh with journalist, former editor and comedy sketch writer, Damian Corless as he banters with some of Ireland’s brightest talent: Aoife Dooley, whose witty illustrations, popular Instagram account Your One Nikita and new book How to Be Massive (Gill Books) affectionately parody what it means to be Irish; Colm O’Regan, the best-selling comedian behind the spot-on Book of Irish Mammies series (Transworld Ireland); and Waterford Whispers News founder Colm Williamson, the brain behind Ireland’s leading satirical website and best-selling book Waterford Whispers News: The State of the Nation (Blackstaff Press).
This event will be followed by the launch of Colm’s new book, Waterford Whispers News: You Couldn’t Make It Up! (Blackstaff Press)
[cta headline=”3pm | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563665″] Tickets: €7/€5[/cta]
BOOK LAUNCH | Waterford Whispers News: You Couldn’t Make It Up!
Following on from the roaring success (and laughter) behind the bestselling Waterford Whispers News: The State of the Nation and Waterford Whispers Takes Over the World (Blackstaff Press), Colm Williamson’s new book brings together the best of the brilliant and original stories that have run on the satirical site in the last year. No topic is taboo, and highlights include the latest on Gerry Adams, hipsters, Ryanair and Conor McGregor, with special features on Brexit, Donald Trump, the Olympics in Rio and the Rose of Tralee. Patsy Horton from Blackstaff Press will be in conversation with Colm. Refreshments will be following the launch.
[cta headline=” 4:15pm | Winter Garden ” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563666″] Free event. No booking required.[/cta]
The Day of the Imprisoned Writer
With Lia Mills, Gerard Smyth and Aseem Trivedi. Presented by Front Line Defenders and Irish Pen
The Day of the Imprisoned Writer recognises the courage of writers who have challenged injustice, exposed corruption and confronted those oppressive regimes who see every critical word as a threat to their power. Irish author Lia Mills and poet Gerard Smyth will read from the works of human rights defenders from around the world who have been imprisoned for speaking out. They will be joined by Indian cartoonist and anti-corruption activist Aseem Trivedi who has been arrested and jailed for his work defending human rights. Aseem currently faces three years in jail on charges of “insulting the state” through his art. He has recently created a comic magazine dedicated to telling the stories of human rights defenders at risk around the world. Join Front Line Defenders and Irish Pen to celebrate the power of the written word. This event will be followed by a wine reception.
[cta headline=” 4pm | Boys School ” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563667″] Tickets: €7/€5[/cta]
Mr Pussy in conversation with Dave Kenny
Before Panti Bliss and Miss Candy, Alan Amsby a.k.a. Mr Pussy blazed a trail across 1970s Catholic Ireland with his outrageous alter ego, demolishing homophobic barriers from Belfast to Baltimore. He began performing his own show – modelling as a woman in Carnaby Street at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Ringo was a fan, and London was shocked (and pleasantly surprised) when it was revealed that the pretty young Sandy Shaw lookalike on the city’s billboards was a bloke. Lauded as being the first to introduce drag to Ireland, Mr Pussy is still selling out shows across the country. Alan will be joined by author and journalist Dave Kenny to discuss MR PUSSY: Before I Forget to Remember (New Island Books), a collection of hilarious anecdotes and celebrity tales, tracing the remarkable story of a ground-breaking and boundary-pushing entertainer, full of pathos, charm and wit.
[cta headline=” 4:30pm | Main Space ” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873563668″] Free Admission. Booking essential.[/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