International Literature Festival Dublin 2016
It's here! International Literature Festival Dublin is delighted to announce our line-up for 2016. It's an exciting one.
From dreamers to doers, we're pleased to announce that whether you're a sports fanatic or a political thinker, you'll find something to suit your tastes at the International Literature Festival Dublin. Check the full programme.
Date: Sat 21 May Venue: Smock Alley Theatre Price: €12 / €10
“one of the most magnetically compelling writers working today”
The Wall Street Journal
Since We Need to Talk About Kevin, her dazzling novel about the mother of a high school murderer, won the Orange Prize in 2005 and catapulted her to international fame, Lionel Shriver has continued her fearless exploration of some of the biggest questions of our time. From illness in So Much for That to love in The Post-Birthday World and terrorism in The New Republic, Shriver skewers her targets with wit, style and intelligence. Her bold new novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, is no exception, charting the disintegration of one affluent family as financial crisis engulfs an America of the near future.
The event is chaired by writer Cathy Rentzenbrink.
Flann O’Brien Bike Tour with Karl Whitney
Date: Sat 21 May Venue: Lazy Bike Tour Price: €25
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Flann O’Brien’s death, join Karl Whitney, acclaimed author of Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin, for a leisurely bike tour of famous sights associated with the great chronicler of Dublin. Bikes will be provided.
Meeting Point is at the Lazy Bike Tour Shop.
Dublin Ink Presents Singer-Songwriter Night
Date: Sat 21 May Venue: Dublin Ink, Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland Price: Free
An exciting line-up of singer-songwriters showcase their best work at Dublin Ink.
Book Clinic: Meet the Book & Doodle Doctors
Date: Sun 22 May Venue: The Ark Price: Free
Are you a young reader? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Then pop along to the Book Clinic! Parents and children are invited to drop in for an informal consultation with Children’s Books Ireland’s friendly Book Doctor, ready to offer the best advice to the young readers in your family.
First you’ll meet the Doodle Doctors, specialists in making the waiting room more fun! Then the consultation begins. When the Book Doctor has made her diagnosis, she writes a prescription to your local library or bookshop, and every patient leaves with their own personalised Reading Passport.
Humans of Dublin: The Library
Date: Sun 22 May Venue: Tamp & Stitch Price: Free
Not all libraries consist of books. Each Sunday during the festival, a ‘human library’ of extraordinary people will gather at Tamp & Stitch, ready to tell their amazing stories. Why not ‘borrow’ one and enjoy a glimpse of another person’s world?
Why not take out one of these humans books for half an hour between 2pm – 4pm.
Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Date: Sun 22 May Venue: Smock Alley Theatre Price: €12 / €10
“the most erudite and inventive Colombian novelist writing today”
With the death of Gabriel Garci?a Ma?rquez, the mantle of greatest living Colombian novelist has arguably passed to Juan Gabriel Va?squez. Whether dramatizing Conrad’s adventures in The Secret History of Costaguana or investigating the drug trade in The Sound of Things Falling (for which he won the International IMPAC Award in 2014), Va?squez’s explorations of the dark corners of Colombian history have established him as one of Latin America’s most exciting voices. His new novel, Reputations, explores ideas of memory and truth through the figure of a political cartoonist forced to confront an incident long buried in his past. This event is chaired by journalist and broadcaster Mick Heaney.
Date: Mon 23 May Venue: Smock Alley Theatre Price: €10 / €8
Westmeath footballer, Leinster rugby player, frontman of The Blizzards and successful solo performer, Bressie would seem to be the last person to suffer from anxiety, but after suffering a terrifying panic attack moments before appearing on The Voice, he decided to seek help. Since then, Bressie has become a leading advocate for mental health in Ireland, setting up the social enterprise A Lust for Life, and publishing Me and My Mate Jeffrey, an honest account of his struggle with anxiety, panic attacks and self-harm. Bressie talks about his journey, and why men find it so hard to ask for help. The event will be chaired by writer and journalist Roisin Ingle.
The Big Debate The Spectre of Global Jihad: Jean-Pierre Filiu & Shiraz Maher
Date: Mon 23 May Venue: Smock Alley Theatre Price: €12 / €10
After the death of Osama Bin Laden, many in the West allowed themselves to imagine that Islamist violence was on the wane. But ISIS and other extremist groups have taken over where al-Qaeda left off, unleashing chaos in Iraq and Syria, undermining other Middle Eastern states and spreading panic in the West. But who are the jihadists, where did they come from, and what do they really believe?
For this special debate, chaired by Tom Clonan of The Irish Times, Shiraz Maher – author of Salafi-Jihadism – joins Jean-Pierre Filiu – author of From Deep State to Islamic State – to examine one of the most destructive political movements of our time.