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Red Line Book Festival: October 8th-14th 2018

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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Literature lovers in South Dublin and beyond are advised to clear their calendars from Oct 8 – 14 2018, as the Red Line Book Festival returns for an exciting eighth edition.

A celebration of all things literary, the Red Line Book Festival brings local, national and international authors, alongside talks, workshops, theatrical productions and creative writing competitions, to venues across South Dublin each October

Full details of the fantastic programme for this year’s festival are still under wraps, but all will be revealed on Wed 29th August when the line-up goes live at redlinebookfestival.com.

Fans of the festival can also look forward to an extra-special pre-festival event, Dermot Bolger in Conversation with Jennifer Johnston & John Sheahan, at The Pearse Museum on Sat 8 Sep at 2pm. Tickets €12/€10 are now available from redlinebookfestival.com.

Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers whose fourteenth novel, An Ark of Light, is being published in Sept 2018. His relaxed and intimate conversations with leading Irish writers and figures in the arts have become an integral part of Red Line Book Festival.

This year, Bolger hosts a one-off event in advance of the festival, bringing together two Dublin legends who for decades have been virtuosos of their chosen art form: Jennifer Johnston and John Sheahan.

One of the foremost Irish writers of her time, Jennifer Johnston’s acclaimed novels have won the Whitbread Prize, the Evening Standard Best First Novel Award, the Yorkshire Post Award and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Johnston will read from her work and talk about her writing life since her first book, The Captains and the Kings, appeared in 1972.

Famous as a violinist, tin whistle player and folk musician, John Sheahan is the last surviving member of the original and definitive five man line-up of world-famous band The Dubliners. He will read from his poetry, reminisce about the famous friends and musicians with whom he embarked on a life-long journey through music, and play some of his most beloved tunes.

This event will be a unique and unmissable celebration of words, music and reminisces of times past.

THE RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL is an initiative of South Dublin County Council. Held in October each year, the festival is a celebration of all things literary; be it spoken, written, sung, played, illustrated or even just thought! Taking place in venues across South County Dublin, the Red Line Book Festival provides a programme of events and workshops that appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to book worms. The 2018 festival runs October 8th – 14th. http://www.redlinebookfestival.com

Press information: Joey Kavanagh / Boxroom Productions

t: +353 1 969 5259 / +353 85 732 2505 e: joey@boxroom.ie


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