Dublin Book Festival 2019 – Events on Saturday 16th Nov

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Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Day

With Rosita Boland, Jan Carson, Anne Griffin, Hugo Hamilton, Rónán Hession, Christine Dwyer Hickey
In conversation with Niall MacMonagle
In Association with Dublin City Libraries

Join us for an engaging morning of book chat, hosted by writer and critic Niall MacMonagle, in conversation with a host of authors.

Rosita Boland shares a lifetime of travel stories in her latest book Elsewhere (Doubleday Ireland).
Anne Griffin’s debut novel, When All is Said (Hachette Ireland) depicts an old man toasting his most important relationships. Jan Carson sets the streets of Belfast, and their inhabitants, alight in her newest novel The Fire Starters (Doubleday Ireland).
Hugo Hamilton’s most recent novel Dublin Palms (HarperCollins) explores the feelings of dislocation and belonging experienced by returning emigrants.
Rónán Hession’s debut novel Leonard and Hungry Paul (Bluemoose Books) follows two friends who see the world differently as they steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st Century.
Christine Dwyer Hickey maps human connection in her new novel The Narrow Land (Atlantic UK).

Refreshments will be served during a 40-minute interval.

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Ulysses Walking Tour with Robert Nicholson

The best way to read Ulysses is to follow Joyce’s words on the original locations of the book.

This walking tour traces a path from Smock Alley through Temple Bar, among the characters and activities of the ‘Wandering Rocks’ episode, before following the route of Paddy Dignam’s funeral procession up O’Connell Street towards the James Joyce Centre in the north city, picking up references to streets and buildings along the way.

It is led by Robert Nicholson, whose book The Ulysses Guide relates all the action of Joyce’s novel to its original settings.





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The Show Must Go On! With Caitríona Daly, David Horan, Stewart Roche and Ciara Elizabeth Smyth in conversation
with Sara Keating

Bewley’s Café Theatre, the home of quality lunchtime theatre in Dublin, has been putting on show after show since first opening its doors in 1999.

Alongside a repertoire of classic one-acts from the likes of Shaw, Wilde and O’Casey, the venue also produces and showcases new plays, providing a platform for the brightest and best of new acting, directing and writing talent.

Artistic Director David Horan is joined by three emerging playwrights – Caitríona Daly, Stewart Roche and Ciara Elizabeth Smyth – for a lively and informative discussion with arts journalist and critic Sara Keating on the highs and lows they experience presenting and producing theatre in Ireland today.

This event coincides with The Stinging Fly’s publication of Freshly Brewed: Volume Two, a second anthology of plays produced at Bewley’s Café Theatre in recent years, which includes work from the three playwrights.



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Book Launch: Cur i gCéill by Celia de Fréine

Fáilte roimh chách chuig ócáid seolta speisialta do scéinséir nua Celia de Fréine: Cur i gCéill.

All are welcome to the launch of Celia de Fréine’s new thriller Cur i gCéill (LeabhairCOMHAR).







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Richie Sadlier in Conversation with Lynn Ruane

Athletes live their lives in the spotlight, but how much do we really know about what happens off camera?
Richie Sadlier will discuss his gripping memoir Recovering (Gill Books), sharing his experience coming back from a career ending injury in his early 20s, and the path his life took including the struggles he faced with alcoholism and his partying years, difficult family relationships, and the reinvention of himself which led to becoming a qualified psychotherapist.
His memoir sparks important conversations about consent and toxic masculinity in today’s world.

Leading the discussion will be Lynn Ruane, senator and author of People Like Me (Gill Books).





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Yes, We Still Drink Coffee! Stories of Women Human Rights Defenders

Join the writers and artists of Yes, We Still Drink Coffee, Stories of Women Human Rights Defenders, for the launch of the collection and readings of the pieces.

Published by Fighting Words and Front Line Defenders, this collection tells the stories of women human rights defenders from Egypt, Kuwait, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey, Somalia and Sudan. These incredible women have shared their powerful stories with writers Laura Cassidy, Catherine Dunne, Hilary Fannin, Lia Mills, Azra Naseem, Sheila O’Flanagan and Melatu Uche Okorie. The publication also includes artwork by Rosa Devine, Zehra Dogan, Niamh Flanagan and Ezrena Marwan.

‘Reading these remarkable essays is a jolt to the conscience. The women interviewed for this collection have chosen activism over apathy. They live with threats and fear, and confront them with courage. They are committed to highlighting injustices, campaigning for change, often at great personal risk.’

– Monica McInerney, Foreword.


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BOOK LAUNCH: Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision | Edited by Jessica Traynor and Stephen Rea

Join Stephen Rea, Jessica Traynor and Bulelani Mfaco of MASI – the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, along with a host of readers and performers, to celebrate the launch of this very special anthology which calls for an end to direct provision.

As we approach 20 years of direct provision in Ireland, this anthology gathers together writing, photography and visual art by those in direct provision and seeks to create new correspondences between these artists and Irish writers.

Those featured include Evgeny Shtorn, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Stephen Sexton, Hina Khan, Heidar Al-Hashimi, Dr Angela Byrne, Bulelani Mfaco, Emilie Pine, Donnah Vuma, Arnold Thomas Fanning, Insaf Yalcinkaya, Katie Donovan, Mimmie Malaba, Paula Meehan, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, and many more.

All proceeds from book sales go to MASI.



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The Lilliput Press 35-Year Celebration (1984 – 2019) | With Rob Doyle, Adrian Duncan, Kevin Power, Alice Lyons, Elske Rahill

Join us as we celebrate 35 years of The Lilliput Press (1984-2019). Lilliput has worked to discover and promote Irish writing of the highest standard.

To mark this anniversary, a panel of some of the Press’ finest authors, past, present and future, will discuss how their work has developed since starting with Lilliput. Internationally renowned authors Kevin Power, Rob Doyle, Elske Rahill, Adrian Duncan and Alice Lyons will discuss the highs and lows of publishing life, the publication process and why they first submitted to the Press.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Winter Garden.




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The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy at 40 | With Erin Fornoff, Sarah Maria Griffin, Shane Hegarty, Colm O’Regan, Dave Rudden. In Conversation with Rick O’Shea

Don’t panic, but The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy turns 40 this year!

Douglas Adams’ beloved novel was first published in 1979, and has since sold millions of copies worldwide.
In celebration of its fortieth birthday, RTE broadcaster Rick O’Shea will be moderating an evening of H2G2 nerdery, for which he has assembled a group of Irish authors who will be writing their own brand new entries to the guide and performing them on the night. He’ll also be leading a panel discussion on the series and its incredible lasting impact.

Authors and panel members include Erin Fornoff, Sarah Maria Griffin, Shane Hegarty, Colm O’Regan and Dave Rudden. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland.




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Smock Alley Theatre is delighted to host these events as part of the Dublin Book Festival 2019. To view the full festival programme visit www.dublinbookfestival.com