ILF Dublin 2017: Sat 20 + Sun 21 May

The How to Get Published Day

Sat 20 May | 9:30am – 5:30pm | Main Space | Conference Ticket – €50

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In conjunction with Date With An Agent this intensive one day conference is facilitated by literary scout, agent, publishing consultant and best-selling author (writing as Sam Blake) Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of Writing.ie.

Get the inside track on how publishing works and what you need to do to make your submission a success with five of London’s top literary agents: Simon Trewin of WME; Polly Nolan of The  Greenhouse Literary Agency; Sallyanne Sweeney from Mulcahy Associates; James Wills from Watson Little Ltd, and Millie Hoskins of United Agents.

Programme of events  
10am – 11.30amBeating the Slush Pile  
11.30am – 12pm Break
12pm – 1.30pmInside Publishing: All About Contracts.
1.30pm – 2.30pm Break for lunch.
2.30pm – 3.30pm Inside the Agency: Agents Panel
3.30pm – 4.30pmInside Publishing: All About Editing.
4.30pm – 5.30pm Creating Your Own Opportunities with bestsellers  Hazel Gaynor and Catherine Ryan Howard in conversation with Sam Blake.

Please note: all candidates shortlisted for Date With An Agent will be contacted directly about their scheduled Agent Workshops and one-on-one Date With An Agent.
Presented in association with The Inkwell Group and Writing.ie

Why Write?: Susie Orbach

Sat 20 May | 7pm | Main Space | €10/8

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We’re delighted to welcome renowned writer, psychotherapist and feminist thinker Susie Orbach to explore the all-important question — why write? — and to offer a different spin on the standard literary format.

Susie will be in discussion with authors including novelist and playwright, Gillian Slovo, about the issues and challenges they face with their writing, through the form of a psychoanalytic conversation.

Join us to explore the mind of the writer, and how it shapes their craft.

Neil + 1

Sat 20 May | 9pm | Main Space | €8/5

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Your chance to be the star of the show! This unique and completely improvised show stars Improv Fest Ireland founder Neil Curran and a random audience member. No tricks, no gimmicks – it’s all made up then and there. Often very funny and always moving, Neil+1 takes improv to a whole new level!

What Happens Next: The Future of ILFDublin

Sun 21 May | 12pm | Main Space | FREE admission, booking required

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From the early years of the Dublin Writers’ Festival to the international, wide-ranging programme of ILFDublin, we’re proud to have got the city talking, listening and debating over the last two decades! In shaping a festival for Dublin, for its citizens and visitors alike, what should the next 20 years hold? What would you like to experience, and how would you like to be involved? Martin Colthorpe, Programme Director of ILFDublin is joined by writers and fellow programmers for this open discussion — come and join us to make your contribution to our next chapter!

Dušan Šarotar

Sun 21 May | 2pm | Main Space | €10/8

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Is it a novel, meditation or travelogue? And should literature defy descriptions? Slovenian writer, critic, editor, screenwriter and photographer Dušan Šarotar’s intriguing new book Panorama opens in Galway. The narrator (could it be Dušan Šarotar?) has a local guide Gjini, an Albanian emigrant who rails against Ireland: ‘for foreigners, this is a cursed country’. From Galway to Bosnia via Brussels and Ghent… Guardian critic Nicholas Lezard believes that in Panorama ‘the condition of exile is the only place to achieve peace or perspective’. The event is chaired by critic Eileen Battersby, author of the novel Teethmarks on My Tongue.

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