Dublin Book Festival 2018 | Events on Saturday 17 Nov

Dublin Book Festival 2018

Dublin City Public Libraries Readers’ Day
With John Boyne, Carmel Harrington, Mary Kennedy, David Park, Sinéad Moriarty and Lesley Pearse In Conversation with Dave Kenny

Join us for a morning of book chat with gifted writers, hosted by bestselling author and journalist Dave Kenny

John Boyne critiques the backbiting literary world in his latest book A Ladder to the Sky (Penguin).
Carmel Harrington’s touching new novel A Thousand Roads Home (HarperCollins) depicts a family home under threat.
Mary Kennedy treats readers to insights from her own domestic life in Home Thoughts from the Heart (Hachette Ireland). In Travelling In A Strange Land (Bloomsbury),
David Park offers a moving account of a father’s journey to bring his son home.
Lesley Pearse explores suburban secrets in her new novel, The House Across the Street (Penguin).
Bestselling author, Sinéad Moriarty treats us to her thirteenth novel, Our Secrets and lies (Penguin).

Refreshments will be served during a 30-minute interval.




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Revolutionary Dublin, 1912–1923: A Walking Tour With Donal Fallon & John Gibney

Dublin was one of the cockpits of the Irish Revolution. It was a key venue for many of the political and military upheavals of the War of Independence and Civil War, which went hand in hand with the realities of life for ordinary Dubliners who lived through these years.

From Dublin Castle and the Four Courts to College Green and the Custom House, this tour, based on John Gibney and Donal Fallon’s Revolutionary Dublin, 1912–1923: A Walking Guide (The Collins Press), will explore the architectural, political, military and social history of Dublin from the Easter Rising to the end of the Civil War.





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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.

BOOKINGS: Tickets may be booked online at www.walkingtours.ie (You may turn up on the day, but numbers will be limited to 30 per tour.)


Sat 17th Nov | 11:40am and 2:30pm | Front Steps | €8/6 concession


Book Launch: Ezekiel (La Muse Books) By John Fanning

La Muse Books invites you to celebrate the launch of Ezekiel, the debut novel by Irish author John Fanning.

Frank McGuinness calls it “A novel of exquisite shocks and steady control, a beautiful paradox of a book, unsettling and strange and wonderfully readable.”

Ezekiel draws an affecting and inspiring picture of life in Provençal France before and after World War II. John will read from his novel and have a discussion afterwards.

Refreshments will be served.


Sat 17th Nov | 12:30pm | Banquet Hall | Free Event


The Liffey River Walking Tour By Christopher Moriarty

Christopher Moriarty was literally immersed in the Liffey when he fell into its waters at the age of three. Since then, his fascination with the river has never abated, and he has spent his academic and professional career studying it.

He will be using this knowledge, also imparted in his new forthcoming book The River Liffey – History and Heritage (The Collins Press), to guide a walk around this vital part of Dublin city.






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Emerging Authors Series I:
With Arnold Thomas Fanning and Emilie Pine In Conversation with Sinéad Gleeson IN ASSOCIATION WITH WORDS IRELAND

For a new author, writing on denounced topics can be a risk worth taking. Mental health, substance abuse, sexuality and bereavement are just some of the topics discussed by emerging authors Emilie Pine Notes to Self (Tramp Press) – and Arnold Thomas Fanning Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery (Penguin Ireland).

Led in conversation by Sinéad Gleeson, journalist and author of Constellations (Picador), her debut book of essays to be published in spring 2019, they will discuss their experiences leading to the publication of their memoirs.






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Managing Stress and Anxiety With Dr Harry Barry and Allison Keating In Conversation with Jennifer O’Connell

Books can help us break down barriers on topics we otherwise forsake. Proper mental health care in both childhood and adulthood is as important as any form of wellbeing. Ireland faces a revolution in mental health awareness, ready to educate all on the benefits of practicing it.

Emotional Resilience (Hachette) author Dr Harry Barry of the Irish Independent and The Secret Life of Adults (Gill Books) author Allison Keating – psychologist and owner of Dublin’s BWell clinic, featured in media projects including TV3’s ‘How Healthy Are You?’ – work together to discuss the importance of good mental health, how to manage stress and anxiety, and how to safeguard your mental wellbeing in everyday life.

This conversation will be chaired by Irish Times journalist Jennifer O’Connell.




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Emerging Authors Series II:
With Caitriona Lally, Darragh Martin, Aoibheann McCann and Sue Rainsford In Conversation with Sue Leonard

In the second of our Emerging Authors events, expect a wealth of insights from four of Ireland’s most daring new voices.

Caitriona Lally’s debut novel, Eggshells (HarperCollins), draws readers into the perspective of an eccentric, lonely woman as she wanders the streets of Dublin.
Aoibheann McCann, with short story, non-fiction and poetry publications already to her name, has recently treated readers to her first novel – Marina (Wordsonthestreet), a moving account of its eponymous central character’s solitary existence.
Playwright and children’s author Darragh Martin has explored new territory this year with his first novel for adults, Future Popes of Ireland (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate imprint), a searing account of a family’s escape from the control of the Catholic Church.
Sue Rainsford’s debut, Follow Me To Ground (New Island), is a sinister tale that questions our preconceptions of predator and prey. The disparate voices of these four authors are drawn together by a shared focus on the isolated lives of characters who struggle to belong, and who are ultimately forced to carve their own paths.

This conversation will be guided by eminent journalist Sue Leonard.

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Autumn Afternoon Reading & Conversation – New poetry titles from THE IRISH PAGES PRESS with Chris Agee and Ciarán O’Rourke

Dublin Book Festival is delighted to host a major reading and conversation marking the launch of the first poetry titles from The Irish Pages Press: a first outstanding volume of poetry by Ciarán O’RourkeThe Buried Breath; and a long-awaited fourth collection of poems by Chris AgeeBlue Sandbar Moon, following his celebrated previous volume, Next to Nothing (2009). Brief readings and informal conversation between the poets and the audience will be followed by a free convivial wine reception upstairs in the Banquet Hall.

Born in 1991 and based in Dublin, Ciarán O’Rourke has garnered a reputation in recent years as one of the most vital new voices in Irish poetry. A decade after Next to Nothing, Chris Agee’s critically acclaimed collection of poems in memory of his daughter Miriam, Blue Sandbar Moon, explores with delicate precision the emotional and spiritual landscape of a life sustained in “the aftermath of aftermath.”

All four new poetry titles will be on sale, as well as the new issue of Irish Pages, “The Belfast Agreement: Twentieth Anniversary Issue.” The other titles are Crann na Teanga by Cathal Ó Searcaigh and The Divil Knows What by Tom Mac Intyre.

A post-show drinks reception for patrons will follow this event

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Smock Alley Theatre is delighted to host these events as part of the Dublin Book Festival 2018. To view the full festival programme visit www.dublinbookfestival.com