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Three Events You Must See at Dublin Book Festival 2019

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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This year’s Dublin Book Festival takes place at Smock Alley Theatre from 14th-17th November. There are many highlights to enjoy but here’s my pick of the Festival:

Ireland’s Emerging Writers – With Adrian Duncan, Nicole Flattery, Ian Maleney, Lucy Sweeney Byrne

In Conversation with Madeleine Keane

Join lecturer and award-winning journalist Madeleine Keane in a discussion with four of Ireland’s most exciting emerging writers. Nicole Flattery, recipient of an Art’s Council Next Generation Artists’ Award, showcases her first collection: the unforgettable and darkly hilarious Show Them a Good Time (The Stinging Fly Press). Ian Maleney discusses his first book Minor Monuments (Tramp Press), a collection of beautifully written essays centred around home, memory and belonging in rural Offaly. Paris Syndrome (Banshee Press) is Lucy Sweeney Byrne’s debut collection, a compelling read, presenting enticing narratives of travel, only to jolt the reader awake with the harsh realities of escapism. An Irish visual artist based in Berlin, Adrian Duncan originally trained as a structural engineer, and now focuses on film-based installations. His first novel, Love Notes From a German Building Site (The Lilliput Press), is a meditation on the architecture not only of structures, but language, philosophy and desire.  

Writing for Children and Young Adults – With Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Nicki Howard, Bob Johnston, Ivan O’Brien, Faith O’Grady, Sarah Webb

In Conversation with Aoife Murray from Children’s Books Ireland

They say children are our future. Do you see a future for yourself in children’s literature? If you’re interested in writing for children and young adults, join us for a morning full of tips and tricks on how to jump start your writing career. The morning will consist of two panels of experts in children’s writing and publishing, sharing their professional expertise on how to get your future best-seller published. Our two panels of experts will discuss what publishing houses are looking for at the moment, provide advice on the best methods for approaching publishers and literary agents, share tips for writers on how to market one’s self and build a strong public profile, and examine what makes a current best-seller.

Ivan O’Brien is Managing Director of The O’Brien Press, a family-owned book publishing company based in Dublin. Nicki Howard is Director of Gill Books. Faith O’Grady is a literary agent with the Lisa Richard’s Agency. Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s author. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is an award-winning Irish writer and illustrator.  Bob Johnston is owner of The Gutter Bookshop. Discussions will be led by Aoife Murray, Programme and Events Manager with Children’s Books Ireland.


Setting the Scene  with Jan Carson, Glenn Patterson and Henry McDonald  
Join Northern Irish writers, Jan Carson (Belfast Stories, Doire Press), Henry McDonald (Two Souls, Merrion Press) and Glenn Patterson (Belfast Stories, Doire Press) for a compelling discussion on the creation and importance of having a sense of place when writing stories. This informative event is for established or emerging writers seeking tips and advice on mastering the skill of developing a sense of place in your story. Jan Carson, author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears and her latest release, The Fire Starters. A staff writer for The Guardian and The Observer, Henry McDonald has written eight non-fiction books including the histories of terror groups ranging from the INLA to the UVF; Two Souls is his second venture into the world of fiction. Glenn Patterson’s new novel, Where Are We Now?, will be published in March 2020; Glenn is a Belfast-based author and has published 10 novels and two essay collections. This event is supported by the Arts Council Northern Irish Lottery Funds. 
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