The Franco Irish Literary Festival

Celebrating the long-standing relationship between Ireland, France and other French speaking countries, the Franco Irish Literary Festival returns for its 18th year from 31 March to 2 April. The event is organised by Alliance Française Dublin and this year it is also part of the Grand Tour 2017, a cultural itinerary organised by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The festival welcomes writers who write in French, Irish and English, with this year’s theme being “style and stylistics”. As always, there will be debates, meetings, literary cafés, performances, book sales and signings to look forward to.

The festival begins on 31 March with the premiere of the film L’Idéal in the Light House Cinema. The film is directed by Frédéric Beigbeder, adapted from his novel Au secours pardon. It tells the story of Octave Parango, who is lured back to advertising by the world’s biggest cosmetic company, L’Idéal, who have been rocked by a massive scandal. The film will be introduced by Beigbeder and Philippe Milloux and will be followed by a Q&A led by Jean-Philippe Imbert.

The action moves to Dublin Castle on Saturday, 1 April, where there will be a host of lively panel discussions to enjoy. These include debates on themes such as “Weaving words”, moderated by Jean-Michel Picard, with Michèle Gazier, Paul Lynch and Liam Mac Coíl; “Forging fashion”, moderated by Jean-Philippe Imbert, with Frédéric Beigbeder, Jackie Mallon and Deirdre McQuillan; and “Narratives of fashion”, moderated by Julie Rodgers and featuring contributions by Cléo Buchheim, Aoife Dooley and Nelly Kaprièlian.

Later in the day, there will be a series of readings introduced by Dominique Le Meur and featuring Dermot Bolger, Michèle Gazier, Darach Ó Scolaí and Marina Carr. This will be followed by an in-depth interview with Sophie Fontanel, hosted by Eamon Ó Ciosáin.

The festival then closes on 2 April with the famous Literary Brunch in Alliance Française on Kildare Street. This event will also include a panel discussion entitled “Tomorrow’s wardrobe”, featuring Christophe Duchatelet, Sophie Fontanel, Rory O’Neill and Deirdre McQuillan, moderated by Michael Cronin.

This year’s festival also features an Yves Saint Laurent exhibition, displaying photographs of Yves Saint Laurent by Irish artist Reginald Gray at Alliance Française, kid’s workshops and creative writing workshops for adults with Dermot Bolger, making this the biggest and best festival yet. What’s more, entrance to all events is absolutely free so make sure you get down early to enjoy all that this wonderful festival has to offer.


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