ILF Dublin: Wed 24 + Thu 25 May

Will Self

Wed 24 May | 6pm | Main Space| €12/10

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Described by the Guardian as, ‘the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation,’ Will Self comes to ILFDublin. A novelist, journalist, political commentator and television personality, Will Self doesn’t ‘write fiction for people to identify with… I write to astonish people.’ Often fierce, memorably grotesque and outlandish, his novels include The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2008, and Umbrella, short-listed for the Man Booker prize 2012. His latest novel Phone is wildly entertaining, a brilliant skewering of the contemporary world. He is in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson for RTÉ Radio 1’s Book Show.

HeadStuff Lectures

Wed 24 May | 6pm | Main Space | €12/10

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Billed as ‘talks about stuff you didn’t think you’d care about’, in its HeadStuff Lectures series award-winning arts and culture website HeadStuff.org invites guest speakers to make a ten-minute presentation on any subject of their choosing. Join Will Self, Pat McCabe, Eithne Shorthall, Claire Hennessy and their host Gearoid Farrelly for some literary HeadStuff!

Presented in partnership with HeadStuff.org

Singing About The Dark Times: The Brecht Project | Amhráin Ón Ré Dhorcha: Tionscadal Brecht

Wed 24 May | 8pm | Boys’ School| €10/8

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A celebration of the best of Bertolt Brecht’s poetry and songs, translated into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock and Andrias Ó Cathasaigh. With musical director and performer Caitríona O’Leary, visuals by Margaret Lonergan, and direction by Eric Fraad. Produced by Liam Carson, IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival. 

Déanfaidh Amhráin ón Ré Dhorcha ceiliúradh ar an gcuid is fearr dá dhánta agus dá chuid amhrán, agus aistriúcháin ón mbun-Ghearmáinis le Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh agus Gabriel Rosenstock. Is í Caitríona O’Leary a bheidh mar stiúrthóir ceoil ar an tionscadal agus, ar ndóigh, mar dhuine de na príomhoirfidigh ann. Cruthóidh Margaret Lonergan íomhánna scaileáin don seó. Stiúrtha ag Eric Fraad. 

Produced by Liam Carson.
Presented in association with IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival.

Herstory Salon: Ireland’s Lost Muses

Thu 25 May | 6pm | Main Space| €10/8

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Herstory, which tells the lost life-stories of historical, contemporary and mythological women, celebrates its first birthday with a unique event! What makes a ‘muse’? Join speakers, including historian Dr Mary McAuliffe and author of Wilde’s Women Eleanor Fitzsimons, to explore the multi-faceted lives of the women who inspired Yeats, Wilde and Joyce. From Maud Gonne to Nora Barnacle, meet the women you think you know but don’t – and discover the fascinating characters once lost by history, now found by Herstory.

Followed by a reception at The Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay.

Presented In association with Herstory. 

Colm Tóibín

Thu 25 May | 8pm | Main Space| €12/€10

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Where to begin with such a giant of Irish literature, loved by critics and readers alike! Author of eight novels, several essay and short story collections, poetry, non-fiction and a play, Colm Tóibín’s mantelpiece must be groaning with awards…. His hugely successful 2009 novel Brooklyn also went on to become an Oscar-nominated film. Described as ‘austere in writing, wicked in person,’ we’re delighted to welcome Colm Tóibín to ILFDublin!

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