Writing for Children and Young Adults
With Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Nicki Howard, Bob Johnston, Ivan O’Brien, Faith O’Grady, Sarah Webb
In Conversation with Aoife Murray from Children’s Books Ireland
They say children are our future. Do you see a future for yourself in children’s literature?
If you’re interested in writing for children and young adults, join us for a morning full of tips and tricks on how to jump start your writing career. The morning will consist of two panels of experts in children’s writing and publishing, sharing their professional expertise on how to get your future best-seller published. Our two panels of experts will discuss what publishing houses are looking for at the moment, provide advice on the best methods for approaching publishers and literary agents, share tips for writers on how to market one’s self and build a strong public profile, and examine what makes a current best-seller.
Ivan O’Brien is Managing Director of The O’Brien Press, a family-owned book publishing company based in Dublin. Nicki Howard is Director of Gill Books. Faith O’Grady is a literary agent with the Lisa Richard’s Agency. Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s author. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is an award-winning Irish writer and illustrator. Bob Johnston is owner of The Gutter Bookshop. Discussions will be led by Aoife Murray, Programme and Events Manager with Children’s Books Ireland.
Diplomatic Walking Tour with John Gibney
Explore Ireland’s ‘place among the nations’ on the streets with this walking tour of ‘Diplomatic Dublin’ led by John Gibney, co-author of Ireland: a voice among the nations, published by the Royal Irish Academy.
Through locations associated with Ireland’s foreign service and their counterparts, it will explore Irish history from some unexpected angles, revealing how the upheavals of the twentieth century echoed on the streets of the capital.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts.
Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling
With Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght
In Conversation With Rick O’Shea
With over a quarter of a million copies sold to date, Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling (Gill Books) and its follow-up, The Importance of Being Aisling (Gill Books) are the biggest selling titles published in Ireland this century.
In Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling (Gill Books), Aisling is turning 30 and has some big decisions to make.
Join co-authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen in conversation with broadcaster Rick O’Shea as they discuss all things Aisling.
Ireland’s Emerging Writers
Adrian Duncan, Nicole Flattery, Ian Maleney, Lucy Sweeney Byrne
In conversation with Madeleine Keane
Join lecturer and award-winning journalist Madeleine Keane in a discussion with four of Ireland’s most exciting emerging writers.
Nicole Flattery, recipient of an Art’s Council Next Generation Artists’ Award, showcases her first collection: the unforgettable and darkly hilarious Show Them a Good Time (The Stinging Fly Press).
Ian Maleney discusses his first book Minor Monuments (Tramp Press), a collection of beautifully written essays centred around home, memory and belonging in rural Offaly.
Paris Syndrome (Banshee Press) is Lucy Sweeney Byrne’s debut collection, a compelling read, presenting enticing narratives of travel, only to jolt the reader awake with the harsh realities of escapism.
An Irish visual artist based in Berlin, Adrian Duncan originally trained as a structural engineer, and now focuses on film-based installations. His first novel, Love Notes From a German Building Site (The Lilliput Press), is a meditation on the architecture not only of structures, but language, philosophy and desire.
In Conversation with Rick O’Shea
RTÉ’s news anchor Caitríona Perry is back with her latest take on the Irish in America today.
From JFK to Trump, Irish American voters have played a pivotal role in US politics, but is their influence on the wane?
In The Tribe (Gill Books)she revisits American politics and provides a definitive, clear-eyed look at Irish American voters.
Caitríona will be in conversation with with broadcaster Rick O’Shea.
BOOK LAUNCH: Dark Beauty: Hidden Detail in Harry Clarke’s Stained Glass
By Lucy Costigan & Michael Cullen
To celebrate the launch of Dark Beauty: Hidden Detail in Harry Clarke’s Stained Glass (Merrion Press), authors Lucy Costigan and Michael Cullen will be in conversation with Tony Walsh, to discuss the often overlooked wealth of minute, intricate and exquisite detail in Harry Clarke’s stained glass, which they have spent the last number of years travelling around the world to photograph.
Writer Lucy Costigan and photographer Michael Cullen are from Wexford. Their previous collaboration, Strangest Genius: The Stained Glass of Harry Clarke, was shortlisted for Best Irish-Published Book of the year by the Irish Book Awards in 2010 and for Book of the Decade by Dublin Book Festival in 2016.
Colm O’Regan and Bernard O’Shea
Enjoy an afternoon of laughs with two of Ireland’s funniest people.
Colm O’Regan, comedian, broadcaster, columnist, and author will discuss his most recent novel, Ann Devine Ready for Her Close-Up (Penguin). Ann Devine is a bit of an Irish everywoman, you probably know someone just like her, and she probably knows your auntie. But when Ann’s world, and her tiny town of Kilsudgeon get turned upside down by a television crew, Ann becomes one Irish mammy you don’t want to mess with. Comedian and broadcaster Bernard O’Shea’s recent novel, My Wife is Married to a Feckin’ Eejit (Gill Books) also features a character you may recognise, the author himself. His non-fiction debut features stories of him and his wife that every couple can relate to, including ‘The Great Dishwasher Row of 2009’, the perils of mixing colours in the wash, and how assembling IKEA furniture can almost lead to divorce.
Together these two will be cracking jokes and providing craic during what is sure to be a hilarious event.
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