International Literature Festival Dublin

International Literature Festival Dublin comes of age this year and the 2018 programme celebrates 21 years of gathering the finest writers in the world together in Dublin to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. At this juncture the festival looks back but also looks forward, with an array of international names, new voices and children’s authors.

Immerse yourself in this nine-day celebration of the written word, with over 100 events in 36 Dublin City centre locations, bringing together voices from across the world. Familiar faces and new voices, new books and debut novels, workshops for writers to explore their craft, literary trails through Dublin, advice from industry insiders, a spotlight on New Zealand writers, a bigger and more diverse than ever Tall Tales programme for families and young readers and a chance for people living and working in the capital to tell their own stories.

Some of the programme highlights of ILFDublin 2018 include a pre-festival event on 16 May which welcomes globally acclaimed writer, renowned for her TED Talks Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Dublin; an evening with one of the greatest living storytellers Neil Gaiman at The Convention Centre Dublin on 27 May; a post Festival event on 16 June with the incomparable poet, novelist, editor and filmmaker Michael Ondaatje at Liberty Hall; Ruby Wax returns to chat about her new book How to Be Human: The Manual on 23 May at O’Reilly Theatre; a momentous evening celebrating William Trevor, one of Ireland’s greatest post-war writers, on publication of his final book Last Stories, with fellow writers including John Banville, Yiyun Li and Roy Foster 24 May at O’Reilly Theatre; a discussion on the migrant experience as the driving force behind their fiction with authors Melatu Uche Okorie and Nikesh Shukla, as Melatu launches her debut novel which she began to write while living in the Irish direct provision system, 19 May at Smock Alley Theatre.

The festival features an expanded Children and Family Programme, Tall Tales, which includes ILFDublin teaming with the Irish Girl Guides and Children Books Ireland to celebrate all our brave and bold girls with Sinéad Moriarity, Kate Pankhurst, Senator Ivana Bacik, Róisín Ingle and Annie Madden on 26 May at RDS Concert Hall; a visual treat at The Ark, Sarah Bowie, Peter Donnelly, Bethan Woollvin and John Kane read their own picturebooks to the audience and share their artwork on a big screen in Big Stories: Giant Pictures on 27 May; Poetry Alive! with Michael Rosen 19 May at Smock Alley Theatre; Michael will also host an event for adults interested in sharing poetry with children, which explores this and why it matters on 19 May at Poetry Ireland; his picture books have sold over 10 million copies, hear Oliver Jeffers chat about his work and his new book Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth on 22 May at O’Reilly Theatre, this event is for ages 12+ and adults.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Martin Colthorpe, International Literature Festival Dublin Programme Director said, “We are festival rooted in Dublin yet with an international outlook. Writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Neil Gaiman create characters and stories that captivate readers around the world. Meanwhile, closer to home, our Stories from the City programme and thrilling events for young people will inspire future generations of readers and writers, enhancing Dublin’s status as a global hub of literature. Here’s to the next 21 years!’

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