The Franco-Irish Literary Festival

Now a significant date in Dublin’s annual literary calendar, The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is preparing for its 19th edition and continuing the tradition that led to Dublin’s nomination as a UNESCO City of Literature.

The event will open in the Alliance Française on Friday the 23rd of March with a Cabaret Show. The festival will continue in Dublin Castle/Castle Hall on Saturday the 24th of March, before returning to the Alliance Française on Sunday 25th of March to close the festival with its famous Literary Brunch, which will take place in the new French Library. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France, and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers from the wider French-speaking world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French-speaking writers for the Irish public. This event also encourages and stimulates Irish and Francophone literature around the world in all its forms, including poetry, plays, novels, short stories, essays, and diaries, and creates opportunities to develop links between writers and publishers from both countries.

Sex and sensibility: this is the theme which the Dublin Franco-Irish Literary Festival has chosen to explore from head to toe for its 19th edition, on 23 to 25 March 2018.

All sexual revolutions, throughout all periods and civilisations, have had literary works as their bedfellows. Authors have tirelessly revealed or concealed the rich relationships between the sexual, the political, the battle of the sexes, exploring the interplay between sex and love, eroticism and pornography, the profane and the sacred, desire and passion.

This universal, yet complex, subject conjures up a full spectrum of possibilities, from the most dazzling beauty, that of free and consensual relations, to the darkness of predation.

Thirteen writers of different languages​, including Anne Enright, Lisa McInerney, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Léonor de Récondo, Sylvain Bosselet and Françoise Rey will invite you to discuss sex and literature.

In addition to these debates, lectures and signings, a pop-up bookshop will be offered. And this year,] sees the launch of the festival with a stunning Cabaret evening that will provide a delightfully festive showpiece for the opening evening at the Alliance Française.

This is a unique event on Dublin’s cultural calendar.


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