Dublin Book Festival 2019 – Events on Thu 14 & Fri 15 Nov

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Understanding Arts Audiences: Online Marketing and Selling Tickets | In Association with Words Ireland

Women book 80 per cent of the tickets to arts events, they tend to act as “social catalysts” and are more likely than men to make purchases more than three months in advance.

Paul Fadden, Managing Director of Ticketsolve, whose research lead to these findings, will analyse and unpack these and other facts and figures at a free event for literature and arts producers, event organisers and creative directors. Attendees will gain a better understanding of who buys tickets, when, how and why.

It will highlight the methods of reading and analysing previous sales data, helping you to shape your next PR campaign and sell more tickets. This event follows on from the Literature Producers Forum held in May 2019, and welcomes the wider arts sector to attend, converse and increase our collective understanding of arts audience behaviour.

12.00pm–1.00pm slot to be confirmed.



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Pat McCabe in Conversation with Áine Lawlor

Join us for the official opening of the Dublin Book Festival 2019, for a very special evening of conversation and performance with Pat McCabe (author of Breakfast on Pluto (Picador) and The Butcher Boy (Picador)), based on his latest book The Big Yaroo (New Island).

Francie Brady is back! While incarcerated in Fizzbag Mansions, his obsession with the comic books and fantasy world of his childhood continues, but he has found a new métier – as a publisher of his very own magazine, The Big Yaroo.

The evening will be hosted by RTÉ presenter Áine Lawlor.





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Book Art Exhibition By Art, Design and Three-Dimensional Students


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.



[cta headline=”Fri 15 – Sun 17 Nov : 10am – 5pm daily in the Banquet Hall | Free Entry”][/cta]

Photography Exhibition: Return to Sender: Revisiting John Hinde’s Ireland By Paul Kelly

John Hinde was a pioneer of colour photography and one of the most successful postcard publishers in the world.
His largest collection of postcards celebrated Ireland. He portrayed an island where children were red-haired and freckled, the sun always shining, and the sky forever blue.
His idealistic images were to become the stereotypical portrayal of Ireland for many years, and to this day elicit feelings of nostalgia from viewers worldwide.Return to Sender: Revisiting John Hinde’s Ireland (Gill Books) pairs Hinde’s iconic, instantly recognisable postcards from the 1950s – ‘70s with corresponding contemporary photographs.

The side-by-side contrast of these then-and-now photographs, wonderfully captured by photographer Paul Kelly, illustrates the ways Ireland’s rural and urban landscapes have changed over the decades or, in some places, not changed at all.

Paul Kelly will be at the exhibition to meet and talk with people – see www.dublinbookfestival.com for full details.



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Photography and Art Exhibition Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision

As we approach 20 years of direct provision in Ireland, Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision gathers together writing, photography and visual art by those in direct provision and seeks to create new correspondences between these artists and Irish writers.

To coincide with the launch of Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision, we invite you to view some of the photography and visual art that will be featured in the anthology by visual artist Hina Khan and photographers Vukašin Nedeljković (www.asylumarchive.com) and Heidar Al-Hashimi.





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Voices from the Past with Louise Kennedy, Leeann Lane, Eoin O’Brien

Enjoy readings in the Winter Garden of work from three remarkable writers who were overlooked in their own time.

Eoin O’Brien will present poems by Ethna MacCarthy (The Lilliput Press), Louise Kennedy will introduce Norah Hoult’s Farewell Happy Fields (New Island) and Leeann Lane will read from her biography of Dorothy Macardle (UCD Press).

These three recovered voices, collected here for one special event, until recently had not been noted in the arena of Irish writing.

There will be a short discussion afterwards between the readers.




[cta headline=”Fri 15 Nov | 6pm | Winter Garden (Banquet Hall) | Free Admission, Booking Required” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873608525″][/cta]

RTÉ Radio 1 Arena Live Show – Winter Papers with Kevin Barry in conversation with Seán Rocks

Join us for an evening of conversation and music with RTE Radio 1’s cultural guru Sean Rocks in conversation with Kevin Barry and contributors to the new edition of Winter Papers including actor Siobhan McSweeney, writers Sue Rainsford, Patrick Freyne and more! Now in its fifth volume, Winter Papers is an annual anthology for the arts in Ireland and beyond.

Featuring fiction, essays, photography, visual art, along with artist in-conversation pieces, its annual publication is an eagerly anticipated event.





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Takin’ the Mic at DBF | With MC Ciara Ní É and Special Guest Oisín Fagan | In Association with Irish Writers Centre

The Irish Writers Centre’s Takin’ the Mic returns to Dublin Book Festival for a fantastic evening of poetry and prose.

Hosted by Ciara Ní É and special guest Oisín Fagan 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.





[cta headline=”Fri 15 Nov | 8pm | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873608414″][/cta]

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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