The who’s who of the literary scene in both Ireland and abroad have descended on Dublin City this week for the Dublin Writers Festival.
It is the 16th year of the much admired Dublin festival, running since Monday and with 100 events over nine days, there’s something for all ages and tastes.
The festival runs at venues around the city until Sunday, May 25th
Date: Wed 21st May at 8pm Venue: Smock Alley Theatre Price: €12 / €10
Edmund White is a novelist, as well as a writer of memoirs and an essayist on literary and social topics. Much of his writing is on the theme of same-sex love. He is celebrated as a prose writer of rare style and observational powers.
He comes to Dublin with Inside a Pearl, an account of his 16 years in Paris.
Together with Jean-Phlippe Imbert, his mischievous wit and scrupulous honesty promises an evening to remember.
Ciaran Berry & Tess Gallagher
Date: Fri 23rd May at 6pm Venue: Smock Alley Theatre Price: €10/€8
Ciaran Berry’s first collection, The Sphere of Birds, was one of the most praised debuts of recent years, winning numerous awards. His new collection, The Dead Zoo, which takes its name from the nickname for Dublin’s Natural History Museum, confirms his reputation as a leading Irish poet of his generation.
Tess Gallagher will discuss Midnight Lantern, a collection of poems from her forty-year career that has included several books of short stories, a dozen poetry collections and numerous awards.
Ned Boulting, Richard Moore & Tim Moore – Cycling Fever
Date: Sun May 25th at 4pm Venue: Conference Hall (Dublin Castle) Price: €12 / €10
With the visit of the Giro d’Italia a few weeks ago, cycling has never been more popular.
Dublin Writers Festival gathers three acclaimed writers and cycling fanatics to examine cycling’s phenomenal rise. Why, despite the drug scandals that have threatened to discredit the sport, has cycling become so popular? Where does it go from here? And can anyone tackle the Tour de France?
Johnny Vegas in concert
Date: Sunday May 25th at 8pm Venue: National Concert Hall Price: Price: €20 / €18
In the closing event of the festival, Vegas talks to actress and author Pauline McLynn,Eastenders and fr.Ted as well as Fiona Looney’s plays, about his life, his career and his attempts to find a balance between his real self and the troubled personal that made him a star.
His autobiography, Becoming Johnny Vegas, describes the sometimes dark struggle between Michael (his real name), the shy boy who once trained for the priesthood, and ‘Johnny Vegas’, the anarchic alter ego who at times has threatened to destroy him.
Dublin Writers Festival runs in various venues around the city until Sunday, May 25th. For ticket information and the full list of events, see http://www.dublinwritersfestival.com