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Simon Armitage

 Date: Thu 22nd May at 6pm     Venue: Smock Alley Theatre     Price: €12 / €10

 Few poets can count a BAFTA, a CBE and an Ivor Novella among their awards, but Simon Armitage is one. His astonishingly varied body of work includes ten collections of poetry, two novels, a bestselling memoir, translations from the classics and plays for radio, TV and stage.

In 2011, he walked the 256-mile Pennie Way as a kind of modern troubadour, giving poetry readings in return for bed and board, a feat described in the bestseller Walking Home.

He comes to Dublin Writers Festival to talk about The Last Days of Troy, his new dramatisation of Homer’s Iliad, currently on stage at the Royal Exchange in London, and to read from a selection of his work over the last 25 years

translations from the classics include Homer’s Odyssey (2006), Sir Gawain and The Green Knight (2007), The Death of King  Arthur (2011)

 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.

Poetry Workshop with Ciaran Berry

Date: Sat 24th May at 2.30pm    Venue: Irish Writers’ Centre     Price: €25

After reading with Tess Gallagher on Friday, Ciaran Berry leads an advanced workshop for published and aspiring poets, exploring some key techniques in depth.

This workshop runs from 2.30 – 4.30pm.

ublin Writers Festival runs in various venues around the city until Sunday, May 25th. For ticket information and the full list of events, see




Posted: July 29, 2013 in Cuirt, Dublin Writers Festival.


Hubert Butler & The Holocaust with Máire Mhac an tSaoi, Fergal Keane & Robert Tobin | Dublin Writers Festival.


Chairperson: Dr Zuleika Rodgers


Hubert Butler (1900–1991), Kilkenny man-of-letters, remains a largely undiscovered treasure of Irish literature. Proud of his Protestant heritage while still deeply committed to the Irish nation, he sought in his life and writing to ensure that Ireland would grow into an open and pluralistic society. His four volumes of essays are masterful literature in the tradition of Swift, Yeats and Shaw, elegant and humane readings of Irish and European history, and ultimately hopeful testimony to human progress. To commemorate Butler’s life and writing, Dublin Writers Festival presents a series of three panel discussions focusing on different aspects of Butler’s work.


A writer for whom “the ethical imagination” was paramount, Hubert Butler wrote many essays addressing twentieth-century cultural nationalism, the dangers of globalization and mass communication, the search for humane community, racialism, Mitteleuropa, Stalinism, and the Holocaust. For this second of three events exploring Butler’s work, the poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi, the BBC journalist Fergal Keane and the Robert Tobin (biographer of Butler) will discuss Butler on the fate of European Jewry.


The Hubert Butler discussions are brought to you in association with the journal Irish Pages and are funded by the Arts Council through their participation in the Cultural Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


The Hubert Butler discussions are brought to you in association with the journal Irish Pages and are funded by the Arts Council through their participation in the Cultural Programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.


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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

Cover of "The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon...

Cover of The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3)

Cover of "Angels & Demons [Blu-ray]"

Cover of Angels & Demons [Blu-ray]

Cover of "The Da Vinci Code"

Cover of The Da Vinci Code

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Venue: National Concert Hall

Date: Monday May 20t

Time: 8:00 pm

Tickets: €20 / €18

 Bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown, will be making an exclusive appearance in Ireland for the 2013 Dublin Writers Festival. Brown will be discussing his latest novel, Inferno, set in Italy and centred around one of history’s most enduring masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno.

Angels & Demons might have introduced Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon to the world, but for many readers it all started with a murder in the Louvre. That incident, which kick-starts the plot of The Da Vinci Code, introduced millions of readers to Dan Brown’s intoxicating brand of thriller and turned him overnight into one of the most popular writers in the world. Brown’s follow-up, The Lost Symbol – set in the hidden chambers, temples and tunnels of Washington DC – was another global best-seller, but since 2009 fans have been waiting to find out what Langdon will do next.

Now Langdon is back, and so – for one night only – is his author, making an exclusive appearance in Ireland at the Dublin Writers Festival. Brown is here to talk about his new novel, Inferno, set in Italy and centred around one of history’s most enduring masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Seamlessly interweaving all the classic Brown ingredients of mysterious cyphers, breathless adventure, scholarly intrigue and a plot that seizes the reader by the throat. Packed with all the classic Brown ingredients, Inferno is the publishing event of the year. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear one of the biggest authors in the world share the secrets of his work.

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