Dublin Book Festival 2017 – Events on Sunday 5th Nov


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=”Sun 5 Nov | 10am – 5pm | On display in the Banquet Hall” ][/cta]

Get Published | With Patricia Deevy, Sarah Liddy, Ivan O’Brien and Nicola Barr |In conversation with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

If you are a writer interested in getting your work seen by a larger audience, join our panel of industry experts for a crash course in getting published and the latest news in the rapidly-changing world of publishing.

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the national writing resources website writing.ie, will share what measures you should take when pitching, creating submissions and the do’s and don’ts of contacting publishers.

Vanessa will also be in conversation with industry experts Patricia Deevy, Penguin Ireland’s editorial director; Sarah Liddy, Commissioning Editor for Gill Books; Ivan O’Brien, Managing Director of The O’Brien Press and Nicola Barr, literary agent at The Bent Agency.

[cta headline=” Sun 5 Nov | 11am | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873580044″]Tickets €15[/cta]

The Throne Room – Dublin Castle Walking Tour With Myles Campbell and William Derham

The tour will introduce the work recently completed as part of the Making Majesty project at Dublin Castle.

One of the outputs of this project has been the book Making Majesty: The Throne Room at Dublin Castle, A Cultural History (Irish Academic Press).

Another is the accompanying exhibition Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle. Myles and William will lead the tour through the exhibition, and Throne Room itself, elaborating on its complicated, intriguing and somewhat surprising past.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts.

[cta headline=” Sun 5 Nov | 12pm | Tour starts from Smock Alley’s front steps” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579981″]Tickets €7/5[/cta]

Parenting | With Aileen Cox Blundell, Stella O’Malley and Lucy Wolfe | In conversation with Róisín Ingle

We all agree that parenting is a difficult job! Would you like to learn some tried and tested strategies to help navigate the ups and downs of day-to-day child rearing?

Our panel of experts will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on how to navigate some of the major issues parents face today. Join Aileen Cox Blundell author of the award winning blog and recently published book Baby-Led Feeding (Gill Books) as she shares the incredible benefits of allowing your own children to experiment with food at an early age.

Author of Cotton Wool Kids (Mercier Press) and newly released Bully-Proof Kids (Gill Books), Stella O’Malley, a psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience counselling parents and young people, will expand on her expertise of teaching how to bring more peace, and understanding to your day-to-day parenting.

Lucy Wolfe, author of The Baby Sleep Solution (Gill Books), paediatric sleep consultant and regular contributor on radio and TV will be offering her top tips to help babies and children learn to sleep soundly.

[cta headline=”Sun 5 Nov | 1:30pm | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579983″] Tickets €7/5 [/cta]

Arja Kajermo, Bernie McGill, Ciaran McMenamin, Billy O’Callaghan | In conversation with Carlo Gébler

Author Carlo Gébler hosts an event which will explore the crucial narrative element of developing a sense of place during the writing process.

He will be joined by Billy O’Callaghan, author of short stories and his first novel The Dead House (The O’Brien Press), comic strip writer Arja Kajermo – who is debuting her novel The Iron Age (Tramp Press), Bernie McGill, author of The Watch House (Headline) and Ciaran McMenamin, a stage and screen actor who is introducing his first novel Skintown (Doubleday Ireland).

Together the authors will discuss and share their keen insights on effectively establishing a strong theme of place throughout their work, and how doing so enriched their storytelling.

[cta headline=”Sun 5 Nov | 1:30pm | Black Box” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579985″]Free Admission. Booking Required.[/cta]

Meeting De Valera and Michael Collins With Joseph E.A. Connell Jnr and David McCullagh | In conversation with Tommy Graham

Historical figures will be brought to life during this lively discussion analysing two of Ireland’s most influential characters.

This meeting of minds includes Joseph E. A. Connell Jnr, author of Dublin Rising 1916 and Who’s who in the Dublin Rising 1916, both published in 2016 by Wordwell Books. He writes a regular column in History Ireland and is a contributor to Newstalk’s Talking History programme.

Joseph’s latest book Michael Collins’s Dublin (Wordwell Books) is the story of Collins’s time in Dublin and reflects Irish nationalism and separatism from 1916 until 1922. Collins’s footprint was on every street, laneway and alley of Dublin, but especially of Dublin 1.

Joseph will be joined by historian and broadcaster David McCullagh, who delves deep into the legacy of one of Ireland’s most influential figures of the twentieth century in his new book DeValera Volume I: Rise (1882–1932) (Gill Books). DeValera was a leader of the Easter Rising, the figurehead of the anti-Treaty rebels during the dark days of the Civil War and later, as the founder of Fianna Fáil. This event will be led by Tommy Graham, a history lecturer, founder and editor of History Ireland magazine. Tommy is also the founder and director of the popular Historical Walking Tours of Dublin

[cta headline=”Sun 5 Nov | 2:30pm | RDS Library” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579989″]Tickets €7/5 [/cta]

Philip Davison, Carlo Gébler, Frank McGuiness, and Éilis Ní Dhuibhne | In conversation with Bernice Harrison

Join Bernice Harrison of The Irish Times in conversation with a diverse panel of authors, each of them accomplished in writing through different artforms.

Philip Davison, writer of television, plays and seven novels to include Eureka Dunes (Liberties Press). Novelist, playwright and award-winning filmmaker and director of television documentaries, Carlo Gébler, author of The Innocent of Falkland Road (New Island Books).

The world-renowned award-winning playwright Frank McGuinness, whose second novel The Woodcutter and his Family (The O’Brien Press) was published in September. Dublin-born Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is a novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her new book Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive Press) is a collection of new short stories.

This unique event will explore the art of storytelling through various artforms, promising to be a riveting and informative event.

[cta headline=”Sun 5 Nov | 3pm | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579990″] Tickets €7/5 [/cta]

Eileen Battersby in conversation with Declan Meade

You are cordially invited to join accomplished author and journalist Eileen Battersby, the astute chief literary critic for The Irish Times, in conversation with Declan Meade, founding editor and publisher of The Stinging Fly magazine.

Declan will chat with Eileen about her new novel Teethmarks on My Tongue (Dalkey Archive) a darkly witty coming-of-age tale of a girl interrupted.


[cta headline=”Sun 5 Nov | 4:45pm | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579992″]Free Admission. Booking Required.[/cta]







Smock Alley Theatre is delighted to host these events as part of the Dublin Book Festival 2017. To view the full festival programme visit www.dublinbookfestival.com