Have a look at our blog which came live from each event. Listen to podcasts of shows you might have missed or just want to hear again!

“The best little festival in the world”

 Salman Rushdie


“Dalkey is the loveliest little seaside town on earth”

John Simpson, BBC


” There are three festivals I go to every year; Dalkey is pretty much my favourite”

Rory Sutherland, Ogilvy


” An extraordinary weekend! Fantastic discussions, great fun and, more importantly, it made me think”

Carl Bernstein

” Whether it’s literature, history, theatre, film, comedy, or politics, there’s something for everyone at Dalkey, this picture postcard town”

Andrea Catherwood, BBC

” Dalkey is much more than a book festival,”

The Sunday Times


“Dalkey Book Festival! This great phenomenon, it has changed the atmosphere”


” Anyone coming to Dubin would be insane not to spend a day in Dalkey”

Rory Sutherland

” Small, intimate and enjoyable, “

Salman Rushdie

” People at this festival are tuned in and engaged,”

Paul Murray

” I had a wonderful experience at Dalkey book Festival. Thank you. I would love to come back “

 Elif Shafak

” Dalkey is very special,”

Sebastian Barry

“Thank you for the high, wide and fancy time I had at Dalkey. It was brilliant! It was splendid! And, oh, the craic! We can only hope to be invited back.”

PJ O’Rourke

“An extraordinary festival weekend…meeting excellent people  …and shooting the breeze; please have me back”

Simon Kuper, Financial Times

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