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Dublin Book Festival Announces 2012 Programme Highlights

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Dublin Book Festival has announced its 2012 programme highlights and a return to the traditional home of Irish publishing in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar.

2012 Festival dates: 13th – 18th November


This year’s Dublin Book Festival will run from 13th – 18th November with a packed programme of almost entirely free of charge, readings, interviews, debates, book launches and workshops for adults, children and schools – as well as a number of special guest appearances. The 2012 festival celebrations will be based in and around Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar which was, throughout the eighteenth century, predominantly home to printers and publishers.  It is very fitting that the Dublin Book Festival which celebrates Irish publishing and Irish-published authors should return to this area.

The Festival, which has been programmed by Julianne Mooney, features a vast array of events taking place in Smock Alley Theatre and The Gutter Bookshop. From crime and literary fiction, to health, cookery and gardening to poetry and Irish language titles, there is a huge mix of genres, authors and contributors represented. The central aim of the festival is to create a community atmosphere in which to show the diversity, vitality and talent of Irish publishers and writers. TheDublin Book Festival confidently promises something for everyone and – with the majority of the events being free – there is plenty to entertain and inspire this November.

‘In conversation’ series:       

In an exciting series of in conversations readers will have the chance to learn more about writers, their own inspirations and untold stories.

The festival opens with two prominent Irish literary figures, Dervla Murphy and Alice Taylor, who will discuss their inspiration as authors through the years.

The lineup will include in conversation events with the Irish Book Awards Best Newcomers Nominees and the overall winner, who will be announced by the Irish Book Awards in October, as well as Jimmy Magee in conversation with Darragh Maloney, John Bowman with Diarmaid Ferriter Michael Clifford and Sean Moncrieff with Declan Burke. A special event in memory of Maeve Binchy will include writers Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O’Flanagan and Sinead Moriarty who have been greatly influenced and inspired by Maeve Binchy and her legacy.

Budding authors also have the opportunity to learn about the do’s and don’ts of getting published’ with tips from Michael McLoughlin of Penguin, Paula Campbell of Poolbeg Press, Sean O’Keefe of Liberties Press and Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin of Writing.ie. There will also be a discussion about the new generation of publishers: ebooks vs books.

Daytime and evening events:

With topics and genres to entice readers of all tastes there will be events taking place throughout the day and early evening.  These will include:

  • Short stories with Kevin Barry and Mike McCormack and a second with Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Mary Costello and Nuala Ní Chonchúir with Eithne Shorthall
  • ‘Food, Glorious Food’   – In Association with Dublin City Enterprise Board. Speakers will include:  Neven Maguire, Tom Doorley and Pamela Fitzmaurice
  • The evolution of the cookbook with Catherine Fulvio, Lilly Higgins, Jane Travers and Sheila Kiely
  • Current affairs with Vincent Browne and guests Constantin Gurdgiev, Brian Lucey, Margaret Ward, Dearbhail McDonald
  • A  Poetry event in association with Poetry Ireland featuring poets – John F. Deane, Harry Clifton, Moya Cannon, Mary O’Donnell, Michael O’Loughlin and Judith Mok. Chaired by Peter Sirr.
  • History: WWII  – Dr Michael Kennedy, Paul Bew, Neil Richardson
  • “An Ghlúin Nua: Emerging Writers” (Bi-Lingual) – Donal Ryan, Aifric Mac Aodha, Siobhan McKenna, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, Doireann Ní Ghríofa
  • The Creation of crime novels – Conor Brady, Declan Burke, Niamh O’Connor, Sam Millar
  • Ireland’s Gothic Literature: Thomas Leland’s Longsword and its place in Irish Gothic Literature – Albert Power and Jarlath Killeen
  • Healthy Living – Juliet Bressan, Dr Eva Orsmond and Brian Colbert. Chaired by Sylvia Thompson
  • Green Fingers: Gardening for All – Michael Kelly, Fionnula Fallon and Trevor Sargent
  • Gearrscéaltaí: The Irish short story – Alex Hijmans, Micheál Ó Conghail and Alan Titley chaired by Michael Cronin
  • Inspiration for Writers – Alan Early, Siobhán Parkinson and Sheena Wilkonson
  • Lunchtime Readings from: John Givens, Joyce Russell, Dave Duggan and Garbhan Downey

Children’s programme:  

The festival will also include a vibrant programme for children running free events on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November including a reading from The Nightmare Club Series with David Maybury and Oisin McGann, a book binding and cartoon workshop, a children’s treasure hunt around Temple Bar, a bilingual reading of fairytales reading with Catherine Sheridan and Biddy Jenkinson, storytelling with Niall de Burca and lots more. Children will be able to hang out at the Children’s Corner to read or try their hand at writing their own story. There is also a full schools programme – for more details see www.dublinbookfestival.com

Book Launches:

The Festival will also include a number of book launches including books by Jenni Doherty’s Rain Spill, Lee Henry’s Belfast Taxi: A Drive through history, one fare at a time, Patricia Craig’s A Twisted Root: Ancestral Entanglements in Ireland andLittle Island Books’ Monsters vs Superheroes launch and Judi Curtin’s Leave it to Eva.


For a change from the usual walk in the park or sandwich at your desk why not attend one of the lunchtime readings which will take place on Thursday 15 November and Friday 16 November.  They will include:

  • Short Waves: New Authors Making Waves with their Short Stories -Celeste Augé, John Walsh and Freya McClements
  • Life’s Inspiration – Tom Inglis and Eina McHugh

For full programme details and ticket prices (for ticketed events) please seewww.dublinbookfestival.com

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