A wonderful line up of speakers came to the first Dalkey Book Festival. Informal and intimate, all 7 events , each only €7, took place on the 7th December in Dalkey Castle, with speakers and audience members milling in the bar next door before and after the shows.
It was our first year to host a Winter Tales and what a success it was! Paul Howard (Ross O’Carroll Kelly) opened the festival and had the room shaking with laughter. We spotted Nick Dunning and Chris de Burgh among the audience at Pat McCabe who was interviewed by Miriam O’Callaghan.
There was lively debate hosted by Pat Kenny on whether we need a new party or just new politics. Eamon Dunphy returned to Dalkey to talk about his autobiography Rocky Road and recall a few salacious stories with his friend Sam Smyth. Frank McGuinness charmed a rapt audience with his intellect , compassion, confidence and vulnerability. We closed with more comedy to a packed, standing room only venue with Colm O’Regan’s hilarious show Ireland’s Got Mammies . This followed the literary salon session with Anne Enright , Conor Brady, Declan Hughes, Alison Jameson , Elske Rahill and David McWilliams. The theme was best books ever and the writers gave their recommendations which we hope has proved useful to those of you searching for Christmas present books. Hope you popped into The Gutter Bookshop, 20 Railway Road, Dalkey in time for Christmas Day!
Thanks for coming along and we hope to see you at our fifth summer festival which runs from 20-22 June !
See photographs from Dalkey Book Festival Summer and Winter 2013 here.
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