International Literature Festival Dublin – May 18th
The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress.
10:15&11:30: Petr Horácek
When Little Mouse wakes one morning, she finds her dream has come true. Outside her burrow, a piece of the moon has fallen from the sky and it smells delicious. Peep through the cut-out holes in this beautiful and heart-warming tale from the much-loved Petr Horácek. After the reading, children can make their own little books to take home.
Petr Horácek’s stories are told with an instinctive warmth and humour. He has won many awards for classics such as Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012.
Suitable for Junior & Senior Infants Classes
11:15: Rumble with the Romans: Gary Northfield
From a smelly watering hole in the Serengeti to the ferocious Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends as they gear up to be gladiators in a madcap new book series. In this fun-packed event, celebrated cartoonist Gary Northfield reads from the series, offers a sneak peak of the trailer, does some live drawing and reveals plenty of fun facts about Roman times.
Gary Northfield is most famous for ‘Derek the Sheep’ in The Beano and The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs, and he has created comics for National Geographic Kids magazine, The Phoenix, The Dandy, The DFC, Horrible Histories magazine and The Magical World of Roald Dahl.
In April 1992, the acquittal of three white police officers accused of beating black teenager Rodney King sparked frenzied rioting in South Central Los Angeles. Out of this chaos, novelist, lecturer and graffiti artist Ryan Gattis has woven one of the novels of the year: an adrenaline-fuelled story of race, revenge and loyalty that follows the intersecting lives of a huge cast of Chicano gangsters, drug dealers, graffiti artists, medics and Korean vigilantes over six terrifying days.
Gattis explores how he came to write this coruscating portrait of a multi-ethnic city in revolt.
18:00:Scéinséirí Stairiúla / Thrilling Histories
Tá an-éileamh go deo ar fhicsean stairiúil le blianta beaga anuas agus tá an tóir chéanna air as Gaeilge agus atá air as Béarla. Bígí linn le haghaidh díospóireacht bhríomhar phainéil le Cathal Póirtéir mar chathaoirleach uirthi ina ndéanfar plé ar chuile rud ó Chath Fontenoy go húrscéalta bleachtaireachta atá spreagtha ag gnéithe áirithe den stair. I measc na bpainéalaithe beidh Liam Mac Cóil, údar Fontenoy, a bhí ar ghearrliosta na Comhairle Ealaíona le déanaí le haghaidh an Laureate i gComhair Ficsean Éireannach, Darach Ó Scolaí, údar An Cléireach a bhuaigh Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin, Gradam Leabhar na Bliana i 2008 agus Seán Ó Dúrois, údar Rí na gCearrbhach agus Crann Smóla.
Historical fiction has stormed the bookshelves in recent years and is as popular in the Irish language as in English. Join us for a lively panel, chaired by Cathal Póirtéir, that will discuss everything from the Battle of Fontenoy to historically inspired detective novels. Panelists include: Liam Mac Cóil, recently shortlisted for the Arts Council’s Irish Fiction Laureate and author of Fontenoy; Darach Ó Scolaí, author of An Cléireach which won Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin Book of the Year Award in 2008; and Seán Ó Dúrois (Rí na gCearrbhach and Crann Smola).
18:00&20:00: The Only Jealousy of Emer
Part of the Cuchulainn Cycle of five plays about the life and death of the mythic Irish hero, The Only Jealousy of Emer continues Yeats’ experiments with Japanese Noh theatre as a way of bringing onto the stage demons, ghosts and supernatural events. Cuchulainn has killed his son and, in grief, attempts to fight the sea. Half drowned, he lies in a state between life and death with his wife Emer and his mistress Eithne watching over him. But, as these two women struggle to revive him, is something far more sinister about to occur?
Produced by the City Arts Office in association with the Yemi and Deji Adenuga for Nigerian Carnival Ireland, the production is designed by Robert Ballagh, with costumes by Marie Tierney and choreography by Liz Roche.
Performers : Yemi Adenuga, Deji Adenuga, Oluwayomi Ogunyemi, Esosa Ighodaro, Penelope Anyaji-Aniuzu
19:00: Poetry Ireland Introductions Series
Since its establishment in 1989, Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series has offered talented emerging poets a chance to showcase their work. Many acclaimed poets have come through this series including Enda Wyley, Kerry Hardie, Alan Jude Moore, Pat Boran and Caoilinn Hughes.
This year, the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series teams up with the Irish Writers Centre, The Workman’s Club and ILF Dublin to reveal 16 promising new voices over three cabaret-style evenings that also feature specially selected accompaniment from emerging musicians, singers and songwriters.
Poetry Ireland in association with the Irish Writers Centre, The Workman’s Club and International Literature Festival Dublin presents Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2015.