From the official announcement:The Dublin Writers Festival 2013

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Dublin Writers Festival.
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From May 20 to 26, audiences are invited to ‘Be Part of the Story’ and hear the ideas behind the words as the finest Irish and international writers engage in readings, talks, debates, and workshops across the city.

Already announced have been Dan Brown and Caitlin Moran, but the main programme of children’s events, Irish authors and talks have been added today.

From the official announcement:

This year’s stellar line up includes:

a rare visit from American literary master James Salter
author of one of the bestselling novels of all time Dan Brown
Booker prize winning heavyweights Thomas Keneally, Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle and John Banville
compelling contemporary poets Robin Robertson and Frank McGuinness
thought-provoking filmmaker and novelist Rebecca Miller
insightful cultural commentators Rebecca Solnit, Jon Ronson and John Gray
as well as some of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers Colum McCann, Deirdre Madden and Dermot Bolger
Proving that feminism is alive and well, the festival will host an evening with the hilarious and outspoken Caitlin Moran, as well as an event to celebrate the publication of Fifty Shades of Feminism, welcoming co-editor Rachel Holmes along with Director of civil rights organisation Liberty Shami Chakrabati from the UK, joined by Irish journalists Una Mullally and Margaret Ward and theatremaker Louise Lowe to explore what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.

To mark Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union the festival will host a number of events to examine Ireland in the context of Europe, including a conference on how to culturally Inspire the City and a discussion on European thinkers called Eurovisions and as well as a evening with acclaimed Bosnian/American writer Aleksandar Hemon.

The festival also partners with Norwich in its year as UNESCO City of Literature to consider the very notion of a literature festival with A Festival of Reading with Christine Dwyer Hickey and Naomi Anderson.

Celebrating music and literature:

Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn will reflect on the nature of the pop industry
the 33 Revolutions Per Minute event will explore the history of music and politics
Faber Social will blur the boundaries between book launch and gig
the No Worst There is None performance will offer a sonic journey into the life and death of Gerard Manley Hopkins in the house he once lived
Anthony Cronin’s collaboration to set his poem RMS Titanic to music with Dónal Lunny will promise to be a haunting and evocative event
A number of Special Tributes will take place as part of the festival, including a series of talks discussing essayist Hubert Butler’s relationship with Ireland, with the Holocaust and with the Balkans featuring contributions from John Banville and Máire Mhac an tSaoi amongst others; a celebration of the life and times of Nuala O’Faolain featuring Marian Finucane, and a tribute to poet Dennis O’Driscoll featuring Michael Hofmann, Thomas Lynch and Matthew Hollis.

An unmissable highlight of this year’s programme is the spotlight on new writing. This year there will be double bills featuring up and coming Irish novelists and former journalists Peter Murphy and Paul Lynch, as well as American debut novelists Kevin Powers and Ben Fountain, whose novels consider the harsh realities of the Iraq war.

For budding authors, there are also a number of events including the Brown Bread Mixtape, Dublin Young Authors Workshop Programme and Publish and Be Famed to aid the transition from audience to writer.

The popular family and children’s programme, curated by Sinead Connolly, offers something for children of all ages with readings, workshops and participatory events – the Get Drawn In initiative will take over the city with a series of events to celebrate European picture books with Hervé Tullet (France), Sarah McIntyre (UK) and Ireland’s Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey.

Celebrating reading for older children, there are also events with hugely acclaimed authors Sally Gardner, Darren Shan and debut novelist Dawn O’Porter.

The festival also examines the science of programming children’s events, bringing together representatives from the Discover Story Centre and Southbank Centre in London and Fighting Words and The Ark in Dublin for the event Drawing Children In highlighting the new innovative approaches to literature programming.

IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival will team up with the Dublin Writers Festival this year to present a series of Irish language events including readings of the newly commissioned translations of poet Arthur Rimbaud and Jack Kerouac, as well as schools events (also in association with The Ark) featuring Áine Ní Ghlinn, Patricia Forde, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and Diarmuid de Faoite

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