Dalkey Book Festival kicks off today. This year’s programme is strong and interesting. Many events have sold out already so go online to check out the programme and see what’s still available before the whole event sells out! A new feature this year is the Festival Marquee in the Secret Garden (Sorrento Road). This festival keeps growing and is well worth supporting.
Ann Marie Hourihane will chair a discussion: “Dun Laoghaire: Slow Death or Rapid Recovery?” tonight at 7 pm in the Festival Marquee.
Highlights include: Kirsty Wark, Donal Ryan, Robert Fisk, Olivia O’Leary, Peter Pearson, Salman Rushdie, Aifric Campbell, Amos Oz, Kevin Myers.
I’m on a panel at 2 pm on Saturday 21st to discuss The Literature of War with Jennifer Johnston and Nelofer Pazira, with Anna Carey in the Chair.
Martina Devlin interviews Joe O’Connor on Saturday at 12 – also in the festival Marquee.
John O’Donnell will read from his new collection at the Heritage Centre on Sunday evening at 6.30
Other features include Apres Match (Sunday @ 9pm); debates on Free Speech, the Economy, the Global Novel; family story-time in the Gutter (free) St Patrick’s Annual Art exhibition (Free) & the Shed Poets Society (free). The Masonic Lodge will open the Lodge Room for public viewing
Don’t forget to check out Dalkey’s new bookshop, The Gutter, on Railway Road. We owe the arrival of the shop to last year’s DBF. http://gutterbookshop.com/