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Off the Page: Emma Donoghue and Anita Shreve

to feature in Dublin Writers Festival preview events

29 March & 2 April

Dublin Writers Festival is delighted to announce two brand new Festival preview events featuring award-winning authors Emma Donoghue and Anita Shreve, which will take place this March and April, ahead of the Festival in May. Tickets are on sale from today for these Off The Page events via the Festival website www.dublinwritersfestival.com.

Dublin Writers Festival returns this year for an extended 9 days, running from  17- 25 May. The full line-up of writers and events will be announced at the beginning of April.

Festival previews, Off the Page feature Emma Donoghue, who will speak at The Printworks (Dublin Castle) on 29 March. Author of the Man Booker Prize-nominated Room, Emma Donoghue will discuss her life and work including her new novel Frog Music, which draws on real events to tell the story of a burlesque dancer living in San Francisco in the stifling summer of 1876.

Orange-Prize-nominated author Anita Shreve, one of America’s most successful writers, will make a rare Irish appearance at the Smock Alley Theatre on 2 April for the second Off the Page event to talk about her life, her work, and her latest novel, The Lives of Stella Bain – the story of a woman who wakes one morning in a military hospital in France with almost no idea who she is or how she got there.

Speaking about Off the Page previews, Programme Director Liam Browne said, “We are delighted to be extending the reach of the Dublin Writers Festival with these very special preview events featuring two extraordinary writers. We hope, these months leading up to the Festival, to give audiences a taste of the exciting things to come in May.”

Submissions also open today for Date with an Agent, Ireland largest ever talent-spotting workshop, where 60 top quality authors will pitch their work to 5 leading literary agents keen to sign new talent in an event hosted by Writing.ie (17 May), see www.dublinwritersfestival.com for more information.

Each year Dublin Writers Festival assembles some of the finest writers in the world in Dublin, the fourth designated UNESCO City of Literature, creating a tantalising mix of new faces and household names both home grown and International, in unique, inspiring encounters.

Dublin Writers Festival is a Dublin City Council initiative and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Visit www.dublinwritersfestival.com more info and tickets.


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