Dalkey Book Festival Returns 13th-16th June 2024

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Dalkey Book Festival

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Dalkey Book Festival returns this June with some of the world’s leading writers and thinkers from the worlds of literature, history, politics, journalism, comedy and science including Christiane Amanpour, David Baddiel, Henry Winkler (the Fonz), David Brooks, Katja Hoyer, James O’Brien, Neil Jordan, Stephen Rea, Booker prize winner Paul Lynch, Colm Tóibín, Claire Keegan and more of the biggest names in literature.

From 13th to 16th June 2024, one hundred of the world’s finest authors and sharpest intellects will descend on the beautiful, historic seaside town of Dalkey. Writers from Afghanistan, Holland, Germany, Russia, Turkey, France, Palestine, the UK, America, Canada  and of course Ireland, will come together with journalists from Southeast Asia to Jerusalem in a spectacularly varied programme of 77 events set to take place over four days in one town.

With the world’s eyes on Gaza, we hear Palestinian voices in a number of events including Isabella Hammad and Karim Kattan, as well as author of A Day in the Life of Abed Salama, Nathan Thrall.  And  Jeremy Bowen, the venerated BBC correspondent in the Middle East, will join us in Dalkey direct from Jerusalem.  

Dalkey Book Festival welcomes CNN’s Christiane Amanpour,  the famous broadcaster and frontline reporter who has won almost every prize going for journalism. David Brooks of The New York Times, probably the most influential commentator in America, brings us his latest book, The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Jeffrey Goldberg, editor of The Atlantic, will appear alongside Ireland’s most prominent public intellectual Fintan O’Toole. Also from the US, leading Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro will discuss the health of democracy and theatre, the right-wing political playbook and the origin of today’s culture wars. 

In a year when Ireland’s prodigious literary talent is being celebrated the world over, we are delighted to host Ireland’s finest writers – Claire Keegan, Anne Enright, Paul Murray, Kevin Barry and Donal Ryan. We also have the Colm Tóibín on his latest novel, Long Island, a sequel to Brooklyn, as well as Booker Prize winner Paul Lynch. Award-winning writers Elaine Feeney, John Boyne and Victoria Kennefick return to Dalkey and showcasing their latest work are Colin Barrett, Nuala O’Connor, Mary Costello and Sinéad Gleeson.

From London, David Baddiel will launch his latest book, a family memoir, at Dalkey Book Festival.  Neil Jordan, who is also launching his memoir at Dalkey, will be in conversation with actor Stephen Rea. Speaking of actors, from the US, Henry Winkler, the legend who played The Fonz in Happy Days, will be speaking about his memoir and Irish star, Barry McGovern, will read Beckett in a very special festival performance while the legendary actor and Dalkey resident, Eamon Morrissey, will celebrate Bloomsday with David Baddiel and Merve Emre. Local legend Ross O’Carroll-Kelly drops into Dalkey with I’m Kind of a Big Deal Around Here ; expect this one to sell out immediately if previous years at Dalkey are anything to go by. 

Don’t miss the chance to engage with the most pressing global questions of the day, from unpicking violence in the Middle East to the war in Ukraine  and threats to the stability of global order, the swing to the right in Europe, and the future of Irish politics. To confront these issues, Dalkey Book Festival is joined by Katja Hoyer from Germany, David de Jong from Holland and Robert Shrimsley of the Financial Times alongside Janine Gibson and Fred Studemann, while from The Irish Times, Pat Leahy, Jennifer O’Connell and David McWilliams will appear with other journalists including James O’Brien from LBC who returns to Dalkey with his latest book, How They Broke Britain.

Look out for history with Peter Frankopan, Donal Fallon and Paddy Cullivan , nature with Manchán Magan and Sean Ronayne, science with Luke O’Neill, Ruth Freeman and Ian Robertson, and satire with Kathy Lette, Colm O’Regan and Colm Williamson of Waterford Whispers.

Dalkey Book Festival also has a host of family-friendly events and workshops for children with Chris Judge, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Shane Hegarty, Sarah Webb and more.

Dalkey Book Festival

Sian Smyth, festival director, said,”Ireland’s literary talent is being celebrated the world over, and in 2024 we are thrilled to be hosting many of our finest writers, including Booker winner Paul Lynch, Claire Keegan, Anne Enright, Paul Murray, Colm Tóibín, Kevin Barry, Donal Ryan, and Elaine Feeney. We also have guests from right across the globe including Christiane Amanpour and, as the world’ s attention is fixed on Palestine, we welcome Isabella Hammad, winner of the Palestinian Book Award, and Karim Kattan (who one literary festival attempted to silence, asking him to ‘refrain from mentioning the situation in Gaza’) as well as Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen flying in from Jerusalem. And much much more – with a dash of history, science, theatre, poetry and comedy, there really is something for everyone.

Visit www.dalkeybookfestival.org for tickets and the full festival programme.

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