International Literature Festival Dublin
Dublin gets set to celebrate its historic and contemporary connection with literature by welcoming some of the biggest stars from the literary stage to the city this May as International Literature Festival Dublin arrives.
Celebrating words, language, literature and reading of all genres, ILFDublin will feature over 60 events in over 18 venues across the Capital City over nine days from May 20th to 29th; from readings, discussions, interviews and debates to workshops, masterclasses and performances.
Here's a sneak peak of the many events to come:
Family & Children Events
Inspired by the magic of reading, ILFDublin also features a strong programme for children and families. Highlights include Abi Elphinstone at AXIS Ballymun on May 19th where children can hear about her wild adventures around the world, like abseiling in jungle caves and living with Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia, and how unusual objects like catapults, ancient amulets and runes can help you leap into your very own stories; while New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Ed Vere introduces Grumpy Frog at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on May 20th in an energetic live illustration and storytelling event.
Also in the Hugh Lane on the same day, Lydia Monks will be in the Sculpture Hall for Twit Twoo School where kids can join Mouse, Mole, Owl, Frog, Rabbit and teacher Miss Hoot for an afternoon of interactive storytelling and illustration. On Saturday May 27th then Dave Rudden and Jerry Fish take over Smock Alley Theatre for Gulliver’s Travels as you’ve never heard them before. Join Lemuel Gulliver and Jonathan Swift on a journey through stormy seas, strange lands and the shortest war in history, a rollicking and action-packed spoken word adventure.
Stories From The City
2017 also sees the return of an exciting fringe programme of events: Banter: Media in the Age of Fake News sees Banter’s Jim Carroll joined by Kevin Donnellan of Storyful, Dublin Inquirer’s Lois Kapila and others to discuss misinformation on social platforms, fact-checking practices and the journalistic compromises made in the name of ‘clickbait’; When Love Comes To Town: Queer Representations in Irish Writing sees GCN editor and writer Brian Finnegan and guests explore and celebrate the increasingly bold and diverse representations of queer people and culture in Irish writing; D’Verse City is an eclectic mix poetry and spoken word curated by Come Rhyme With Me’s Vickey Curtis; Neil+1 takes improv to a whole new level with Improv Fest Ireland founder Neil Curran selecting a random audience member to be the star of the show; and award-winning arts and culture website Headstuff which invites speakers to make a ten minute presentation on any subject of their choosing comes to ILFDublin. Join host Gearoid Farrelly and Will Self, Patrick McCabe, Eithne Shortall and Claire Hennessy for some literary Headstuff.
Tickets to all events are available via www.ilfdublin.com