Dublin Book Festival  


Now in its 11th year Dublin Book Festival will run from 2nd-9th November 2017. As one of the country’s largest book festivals, it celebrates Irish writers and Irish publishing, across a range of genres, from politics to literary fiction, business, illustration and children’s literature, to poetry and Irish language events. The festival this year has an exciting schedule of events for older and younger readers alike.

Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar is the central hub of the festival and this is where most of the events will take place, as well as in satellite venues around the city. The festival features an exciting mix of readings, public interviews, debates, book launches and workshops. Almost all events at Dublin Book Festival are free of charge.


Highlights include:

A panel of experts will be on hand to offer guidance on how to navigate the major issues parents face today in a Parenting themed event. Aileen Cox Blundell, author of the award-winning blog and book Baby-Led Feeding, Stella O’Malley, author of Bully-Proof Kids and  Lucy Wolfe, author of The Baby Sleep Solution will be in conversation with Roisin Ingle (Sun 5 Nov, 1.30pm, Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre, €7/€5)

Join a lively chat with Francis Brennan and RTÉ presenter Rick O’Shea, where Francis will share sage advice on the practical measures needed to ensure domestic bliss from his latest book Francis Brennan’s Book of Household Management (Sat 4 Nov, 3.30pm, Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre, €7/€5)

Six literary ladies discuss the ways in which artists can be supported within their own communities and work together to create your own opportunities in an event entitled ‘Stand in Awe of All Mná’ featuring Julieann Campbell, Gráinne Clear, Mia Gallagher, Sarah Maria Griffin, Felicity McCall and Freya McClements (Sat 4 Nov, 3.30pm, Irish Writers Centre)

An engaging and motivational segment on healthy eating will see Journalist Rosemary Mac Cabe in conversation with: Adrian Martin, author of Fakeaway: Fast Food Made Healthy; Jane McClenaghan, author The Vital Nutrition Handbook; and Paula Mee, The Irish Times and RTÉ consultant Dietitian and author of Gut Feeling (Sat 4 Nov, 3.30pm, Boys’ School, Smock Alley Theatre, free entry)

Dublin City Public Libraries Readers’ Day this year will feature June Caldwell, Myles Dungan, Alison Jameson, Mary Kenny, Paul Lynch and Nuala O’Connor in conversation with Dave Kenny (Sat 4 Nov, 10am, Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre, €15 booking advised)

Check out a lively discussion between two of Ireland’s most creative and celebrated writers: Roddy Doyle in conversation with Catherine Dunne (Sat 4 November, 6.00pm, Smock Alley Theatre, tickets €10/€8 concession) 

Take a stroll through history with one of the many walking tours running throughout the festival, such as the Michael Collins Walk Tour, The Throne Room – Dublin Castle Walking Tour, Dublin History Walking Tour and Pat Liddy’s Literary Walking

Tours (visit www.dublinbookfestival.com for tour times and booking info)

Hear about the achievements of some the nation’s most distinguished yet overlooked figures at Ireland’s Notable Women with Clodagh Finn, Valerie Pakenham and Nell Regan in conversation with Martina Devlin (Weds 8 November, 8.00pm, Blanchardstown Library)

Little bookworms can enjoy a huge variety of FREE activities this year, such as our annual Treasure Hunt, or take part in the Big Picture, where you can join some of Ireland’s best known children’s book illustrators to create a different drawing each day. Or simply take refuge from the cold in our indoor Winter Garden and curl up on beanbags with a book and hot chocolate! (The Winter Garden is open Fri 3 – Sun 5 November, 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Smock Alley Theatre, free entry)



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