Dublin Book Festival 2018 | Events on Thursday 15th + Friday 16th November

Dublin Book Festival 2018

The Stinging Fly 20-Year Celebration with Sally Rooney and Declan Meade

Since the publication of its first issue in March 1998, The Stinging Fly magazine has worked to publish and promote the very best new Irish and international writing.

Earlier this year, it marked its twentieth anniversary with the publication of Stinging Fly Stories, an anthology of 40 short stories originally published in the magazine. Join the founding editor Declan Meade and current editor Sally Rooney for this special event as they introduce a programme of readings and reminiscences by contributors past and present.
See www.dublinbookfestival.com for full line-up





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The Business Clinic | In Association with the Local Enterprise Office Dublin

The Irish book industry has seen a fluctuation in physical sales and volumes over the last five years. In an industry challenged and disrupted by technology, many Irish businesses have been developing novel and innovative ways to catch the public’s imagination and persuade consumers to return to buying books and help increase their sales. At 9am on Friday 16th November in Smock Alley Theatre, some of Ireland’s most exciting entrepreneurs will be discussing how they have applied innovative approaches in order to meet the challenges facing the book industry.

With Darya Yegorina, Niall Laverty and Maite López.

Darya Yegorina is a serial entrepreneur, CEO of CleverBooks and other ventures in multiple industries. Irish illustrator Niall Laverty and German-Spanish writer Maite López are the co-founders of AT iT AGAiN! They use their love of books, design and illustration to inspire readers to go on their own literary adventure and re-discover Irish classics in a fun way. It is important to them that they create and print all of their goodies in Dublin and try to source materials and suppliers from Ireland. More speakers to be announced!

Booking advised


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The Elder Lemons Exhibition

An exhibition of six book publishing portraits, painted in oils by Michael O’Brien, founder of The O’Brien Press.
In the 1980s, a group of publishers formed Irish Book Sales, a partnership between O’Brien (Michael O’Brien), Mercier (John Spillane), Wolfhound (Seamus Cashman) and Blackstaff (Anne Tannahill) presses. The main object was to stimulate international sales, particularly in Britain, USA, Canada, and Scotland. The current and previous directors of Publishing Scotland, Marion Sinclair and Lorraine Fannin, are also Elder Lemons.

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Nov | Open 10am – 4pm daily in the Banquet Hall | Free Entry


The Royal Irish Academy, in partnership with NUI Galway and supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has created a pop-up exhibition based on the book Judging Shaw (Royal Irish Academy) by Fintan O’Toole.

George Bernard Shaw was the first person ever to win a Nobel Prize and an Oscar. With his passionate interest in social justice and poverty, in human rights, in public discourse and in entertainment, he was a man with much to say about our times. He was a master of self-invention, a nobody who captured the zeitgeist and one of the first private individuals to understand fully how to generate – and how to use – global fame.

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Nov | Open 10am – 4pm daily in the Banquet Hall | Free Entry

Book Art Exhibition

See your favourite stories come alive with book art sculptures on display throughout Dublin Book Festival. We are delighted to announce our collaboration with the talented Art, Design and Three-Dimensional (ADT) students of Ballyfermot College of Further Education, who will return again this year with a new series of unique book-inspired artworks to adorn Smock Alley Theatre. These magical sculptures will be exhibited throughout the entire festival – can you find them all?

ADT is a long established one-year art portfolio course, preparing students for entry to a Level 8 course in art and design.

Fri 16th – Sun 18th Nov | Open 10am – 4pm daily in the Banquet Hall | Free Entry



The Business of Books

In a rapidly changing cultural landscape it is essential for publishers to remain relevant and in-touch with their audience. The 6th Publishing Ireland annual trade day will explore the challenges of creating a coherent – and profitable – publishing brand, together with the changes in the Irish Consumer Market over the past 10 years. It will hear from an incredibly successful new independent publisher which has carved out a niche in a crowded market as well as a much-loved imprint which has maintained its identity and focus within a corporate structure. It will also look beyond publishing to examine how the wider Irish media landscape is adapting to the digital age. Hear from Irish and international industry experts for a day-long series of talks and discussions on the business and future of books.

Events subject to confirmation. Trade only event.

Tickets via Eventbrite. For more information, contact: info@publishingireland.com

Fri 16 Nov | 10am – 4pm | Main Space | Trade Event Only

Poetry Ireland Review: Notes from the Margins IN ASSOCIATION WITH POETRY IRELAND

Notes from the Margins takes its cue from Eavan Boland’s editorial for Poetry Ireland Review 125, in which the trailblazing poet argues that ‘the margin re-defines the centre, and not the other way around’.
In this poetry reading and conversation, poets Rosamund Taylor and Toby Buckley and artist and activist Will St Leger discuss the current moment in Irish LGBTQI + poetry; the importance of a plurality of voices in contemporary poetry, and the question of resistance to – and necessity for – poetry from the margins.







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Literary Walking Tour

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

Fri 16 Nov | 2.30pm | Front Steps




BOOK LAUNCH: The History of Irish Book Publishing  (The History Press) By Tony Farmar With Samantha Holman, Conor Kostick and Fergal Tobin

The History of Irish Book Publishing (The History Press) is the first comprehensive record of and examination into one of the most important and vibrant cultural sectors of Irish life. By author and publisher Tony Farmar, with a final chapter by Conor Kostick, this is a meticulously researched and beautifully written examination of the development of our industry.

With the kind support of the Irish Copyright Licensing Authority, this work will be launched by Fergal Tobin, former Publisher of Gill Books, and former President of Publishing Ireland and the Federation of European Publishers. Speakers will include Fergal Tobin, author Conor Kostick and Sam Holman, Executive Director of ICLA. Everyone is very welcome.





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Writer to Writer: The Republic of Elsewhere
With Rob Doyle, Paula Meehan and Joseph O’Connor In Conversation with Ciaran Carty

Should we avoid classifications such as ‘Irish writer’, ‘woman’s writer’, ‘black writer’, ‘gay writer’, ‘Jewish writer’ etc? Books used to be banned in Ireland because society disapproved of the morals of an author. Now in the era of #MeToo and other campaigns, are we in danger of reverting to morality censorship? Are Mailer’s novels to be written off because of his violent behaviour? Are Kipling’s stories to be taken off the shelves because he was an imperialist? Joseph O’Connor, Paula Meehan and Rob Doyle discuss these issues in a panel discussion chaired by Ciaran Carty, author of Writer to Writer: The Republic of Elsewhere published by The Lilliput Press






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The Lilliput Press Book Launch
Writer to Writer: The Republic of Elsewhere by Ciaran Carty

The Lilliput Press invites you to the launch of Ciaran Carty’s new book Writer to Writer: The Republic of Elsewhere.

Providing a rare glimpse inside some of the world’s most creative minds, this genre-crossing collection of articles and essays covers topics such as history, politics, sexuality, and class, while also reflecting the distinguished career of one of Ireland’s leading critics and broadcasters.

Kindly sponsored by Hennessy.


Fri 16 Nov | 7.30pm | Banquet Hall | Booking not required, drop-in event


The Irish Writers Centre’s Takin’ the Mic returns to Dublin Book Festival for a fantastic evening of poetry and prose. Hosted by writer Sarah Maria Griffin, the evening will feature guest performances as well as the usual open mic for writers, spoken-word artists, comedians and musicians. All are welcome to perform. See www.irishwriterscentre.ie for the performers’ sign-up list.







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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