Dublin Book Festival 2017 – Events on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd November


RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena Live Show | With Dermot Bolger, Annabelle Comyn, Carlo Gébler, Fintan O’Toole and Seán Rocks

Join Seán Rocks of RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena for a live broadcast as he leads an evening of lively music, readings and conversation.

On the anniversary of George Bernard Shaw’s death, Fintan O’Toole, author of Judging Shaw (Royal Irish Academy), will unravel the genius and humour of the first person to win both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar through conversation, song and performed extracts from Shaw’s work.

They will be joined by artistic director Annabelle Comyn, who is responsible for directing critically and commercially successful plays such as Shaw’s Pygmalion. The evening will centre on two of Ireland’s literary giants, with Dermot Bolger discussing the work and life of James Joyce. The legend of Shaw and Joyce will be framed within the context of contemporary Irish talent, with Carlo Gébler speaking about his new coming-of-age novel, Innocent of Falkland Road (New Island Books).

This is a live broadcast, doors close at 6.50pm.

[cta headline=”Thurs 2 Nov | 6:45pm | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579940″] Tickets €10/8 [/cta]

The Business Clinic | Ethna Kennon, Rachel Killeen + Kerri O’Connell in conversation with Larry McHale

Dublin Book Festival’s Business Clinic returns this year with an interactive Q&A session with our panel of savvy experts. For business guru Rachel Kileen, innovation is the life-blood of any business, and her new book Digital Marketing (Chartered Accountants) aims to help smart businesses (big and small) to win the online customer loyalty battle by simplifying message, media and method. She will be joined by Kerri O’Connell, the author of Small and Expanding Businesses: Getting the Tax Right (Chartered Accountants). With more than 20 years navigating the tricky world of tax, Kerri is a fountain of knowledge. Ethna Kennon, is the author of A Practical Guide to Value-Added Tax (Chartered Accountants), she is Director in KPMG Ireland’s indirect tax group and has over 15 years’ experience specialising in VAT and providing indirect tax advisory and compliance services to a wide range of domestic and international businesses. Together, their combined expertise will guide you through marketing, digital marketing, tax and other essential tips to help your business flourish! Start-up business mentor Larry Mac Hale will lead this fascinating talk, sharing his experience as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in Ireland for over 26 years.

[cta headline=”Fri 3 Nov | 9:30am | Main Space” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579943″]Free Admission[/cta]

Reaching Readers 2.0: Where Are We Headed? Publishing Ireland Trade Day

Reaching the reader remains the ultimate goal for publishers in a world where information, marketing and even content can be fragmented.
What are the tools that we need to ‘reach’ the audience? How do we find them? How do we keep them and finally, what does the future of the industry in Ireland hold with our closest publishing neighbour set to leave the single market?

Join us for our 5th annual trade event for a day-long exploration of where the industry is now and where it might be going from 2018.

Trade only event. For more information, contact: info@publishingireland.com

[cta headline=”Fri 3 Nov | 10am – 4pm | registration 9.30am | Main Space”][/cta]

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

Lunchtime Readings: Debut Poetry Collections | With Amanda Bell, Brian Kirk and Emma McKervey

Seeking some solace from your hectic weekday? Look no further than this lunchtime escape, where you can retreat into the reassuring words of others.

This gathering of fresh talent will be reading a selection of poems to soothe the soul from their stunning debut collections.

The event brings together Amanda Bell, author of First the Feathers (Doire Press), her first full-length poetry collection.
She will be joined by award-winning Dublin poet and author of debut poetry collection After The Fall (Salmon Poetry) Brian Kirk, and northern Irish poet and musician Emma McKervey, the voice behind The Rag Tree Speaks (Doire Press).

[cta headline=” Fri 3 Nov | 1pm | Boys’ School” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579952/events”] Free Admission. Booking Required. [/cta]

Takin the Mic at DBF | Tory Campbell and Rob Doyle with Colin Dardis and Geraldine O’Kane


The Irish Writers Centre’s Takin the Mic is joined by Poetry NI for a special edition of the monthly spoken word open-mic. Hosted by Purely Poetry’s Colin Dardis and Geraldine O’Kane, the evening will feature guest performances from Rob Doyle and Tory Campbell as well as the usual open-mic for writers, spoken-word artists, comedians and musicians.

All are welcome to perform. See the Irish Writers Centre website for performers sign-up list: www.irishwriterscentre.ie

[cta headline=” 7pm | Boys’ School ” buttontext=”Book Now” buttonlink=”httpss://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873579956″] 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