2016 Authors & Speakers

Michael Gambon was born in Cabra. He performed on stage for many years before moving on to film and television. He became a household name in 1986 for his role as the lead in The Singing Detective. Gambon’s fame reignited when he was cast as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series. More

Malcolm Gladwell is a writer for the new Yorker magazine and author of books such as “Tipping Point” “Blink” “Outliers” and “David and Goliath” He has incredible insight into social issues and makes us look at our world differently.


Elif Shafak is Turkey’s most-read woman writer and an award-winning novelist. She writes in both English and Turkish, and has published 14 books, nine of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, Honour, The Architect’s Apprentice and her genre-crossing memoir Black Milk. 


Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. She advises companies, corporate boards, CEOs and management on investment decisions, capital allocation and risk management.


Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer and visual artist known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music and generative painting.


Robert Frederick Zenon “Bob” Geldof, KBE is an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor, and political activist.


Brix Smith Start is a unique talent, combining extensive fashion knowledge, a history in rock and roll and a fantastic portfolio of television presenting roles. More

Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand up comedian and writer originally from England. More

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former Minster of Finance, is amongst the most relevant political figures in Europe today. He is also one of Europe’s best selling non-fiction authors, as well as Professor of Economics in Athens and an unforgiving public intellectual.


Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.


Jan Carson is a writer and community arts development officer based in Belfast. More

Marnie Inskip O’Neill is an award winning international investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker with an expertise on American and International organized crime.


Banville has received numerous awards in his career. His novel The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guinness Peat Aviation award in 1989. His fourteenth novel, The Sea, won the Booker Prize in 2005.


Dr. Sharad P. Paul, author of ‘Skin,a biography‘, was born in England, and grew up in India. He runs a busy medical practice specializing in skin cancer surgery and divides his time between Australia and New Zealand. More

An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience.

Mary Fitzgerald is a journalist and analyst specialising in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. She began her career reporting on post-conflict Northern Ireland.


Cecelia is a national and international best selling author whose books have stayed at top spot for record weeks and to date has sold 42 million copies of her books.


Joris Luyendijk is the author and “Het zijn net mensen: translated in English as “Hello Everybody” and his most recent book “ Swimming with Sharks: My Journey Into the World of the Bankers” in which he asks how, after the shaming they have endured since the crisis, “these people can live with themselves”.


Alec Russell is the editor of the FT Weekend, previously News Editor, and Comment Editor. And is the author of three books.


Unravelling Oliver author Liz Nugent has spent the last 20 years working in Irish film, theatre and television. More

Catherine Dunne is an Irish writer. She was born in Dublin and studied English and Spanish at Trinity College, Dublin, before becoming a teacher. In 2013, she was awarded the Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction for The Things We Know. More

Mark Blyth is a Scottish political scientist, and is Eastman Professor of Political Economy and faculty fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. More

Tim Pat Coogan is Ireland’s best known historical writer. His first book, Ireland Since The Rising, published in 1966, was a pioneering work, the first history of the fifty years that followed the 1916 Rising.


Danielle McLaughlin’s stories have appeared in various journals, newspapers and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Irish Times, and The Penny Dreadful. More

Umbrella Theatre Company was formed in 2013 by theatre makers and playwrights, Gerard Dalton, Michael O’Meara, Celia de Fréine and Michael Casey with the objective of creating and presenting new writing and innovative drama in Dublin.

Seamus Murphy grew up in Ireland and lives in London. The recipient of seven World Press Photo awards for his work in Ireland, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, his photography from Afghanistan – begun in 1994 – won him the World Understanding Award.


Roisin Dwyer is Commissioning Editor at Hot Press magazine, contributor to Radio Nova’s Rock Report and general music, movies, books and culture fiend.






John Joseph Lee is an Irish historian and former senator. He is currently Professor of History and Glucksman Professor for Irish Studies and Director of Glucksman Ireland House, at New York University. More

Ian Robertson is Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and was the founding director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, as well as Dean of Research of Trinity College from 2004-2007. More

Professor Declan Kiberd is an Irish writer and scholar. He is known for his literary criticism of Irish literature in Irish and English, and his contributions to public cultural life.

Oliver Callan is one of Ireland’s top satirists and commentators having risen to prominence with impressions and topical comedy on Callan‘s Kicks, a weekly series on RTE Radio One. More

Neel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014 and winner of the Encore award in 2015. He was also shortlisted for the DSC prize for South Asian literature in 2016.

Nadine O’Regan is Books and Arts Editor with The Sunday Business Post. Raised in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. More

Myles Dungan is an Irish broadcaster and author of books on 19th century Irish history, the American west and the Great War. He has presented many arts programmes on RTÉ Radio, and has also been a sports broadcaster on RTÉ Television.

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from Mayo. His latest novel, Solar Bones, has just been published by Tramp Press.

John Connolly is the author of the famous Charlie Parker series which delight people all over the world.  More

Joanna Walsh is a British writer who created and runs the Twitter hashtag #readwomen. Her acclaimed short-story collection, Vertigo was published internationally in 2016.

Jimmy is an Irish illustrator who has illustrated many books and for Irish publications.

Reporter Janine di Giovanni has been to the worst places on Earth to bring back stories from Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. More

Gerard Ryle is an Irish Australian investigative reporter who has written on subjects including politics, financial and medical scandals and police corruption.

Frankie Gaffney came of age in Dublin’s North Inner City. His father spent time in prison, and he was himself immersed in the city’s underworld. More

Eithne is chief arts writer for Sunday Times Ireland. Presenter on TG4’s Ceol ar an Imeall. Contributor to RTE’s Arena.

Seamus O’Mahony is a consultant physician at Cork University Hospital. His book The Way We Die Now is published by Head of Zeus. He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books.

Dr Jennifer Westrup graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University and earned her medical degree with honours at University College Dublin. More

Dr Harry Barry is an Irish author and medical doctor based in County Louth. More

Donal Ryan’s memorable novel The Spinning Heart made it onto the 2013 Man Booker longlist It won the 2013 Guardian First Book Award and won the 2012 Irish Book Award. More

Derek Landy is an Irish author and screenwriter of young adult and children’s’ books best known for the Skulduggery Pleasant and Demon Road series.

Declan Lynch is an Irish journalist, writer and playwright. Lynch was born in Athlone, Ireland, and now works for the Sunday Independent.

We give a warm welcome back to Declan Hughes who is an Irish novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He has been Writer-in-Association with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He has written a series of crime novels featuring the Irish-American detective Ed Loy.

Dave Kenny is a broadcaster, journalist and bestselling author. He has his own around-Ireland series, Kenny Wild, and is the author of The Little Buke of Dublin, Erindipity, Erindipity Rides Again and The Brilliant Irish Flute. More

Conor McPherson is an Irish playwright, writer and director, known for The Eclipse (2009), The Actors (2003) and I Went Down (1997).

Colm is a journalist with RTÉ News and editor of This Week on RTE Radio 1.

Claire-Louise Bennett is the Galway based author of Pond . More

Cathy Kelly is an Irish former journalist and writer of women’s fiction since 1997. She has gained international recognition with her popular fiction novels, which are published globally in many languages.

Bernie Kenny lives in Dalkey, Co. Dublin and holds and MA in Creative Writing (Poetry).

Bastian Obermayer is a German journalist for the investigative unit of the Munich-based newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and an author.

Barney Hoskyns is a British music critic and editorial director of the online music journalism archive Rock’s Backpages and author of among others, Waiting for the Sun, Hotel California and Across the Great Divide.

British/Canadian writer and director Shamim Sarif is an equally successful novelist (the Pendleton May First Novel Award, Betty Trask Award), screenwriter, and feature film director.

With her partner and producer on her films, Hanan Kattan, she runs Enlightenment Productions, based in London and their Canadian film company, SK Enlightenment Films.

She is also a founder of the Sarif-Kattan Foundation, focused on empowering and educating women and children.

Fuel Food by Oliver McCabe of Select Stores available nationwide from 13 January 2016. More

Rosanna Davison is a nutritional therapist, author, columnist, food blogger, model and the winner of Miss World 2003. More

Indy Power started her blog, The Little Green Spoon, in October 2013 and has been sharing her nutritious recipes ever since. More

Domini Kemp is an award-winning chef, food writer and entrepreneur and former food writer for the Irish Times. The Ketogenic Kitchen, co-written with Patricia Daly, is her fifth cookbook. The cookbook focuses on both low-carb and ketogenic recipes and came about following her cancer diagnoses in 2013. She also runs Alchemy Juice Co in Bt2, as well as Joe’s coffee, Hatch & Sons, Feast Catering and itsa.

Benjamin Brown is a brilliant young Australian naturopath resident in the UK, a vivid writer and an in-demand speaker. More

Yo-Yo Yoga is yoga for everyone from tots to teens in the Dublin and Wicklow areas. Y-Yoga is yoga for the grown ups. Slower paced, mindful and relaxing.

Hanan Kattan is a Jordanian-born, British-based film producer of Palestinian origin. She is also co-owner of online marketing agency EBS Digital and multi-media entertainment company Enlightenment Productions.

Ferdia Mac Anna is a director, novelist, screenwriter and occasional rock and roller.

Dr Ciara Kelly is an award winning columnist with the Sunday Independent and Broadcaster with RTÉ and Newstalk. More

Sean O’Rourke is an Irish journalist and broadcaster who works for RTE.

Vincent Browne is an Irish print and broadcast journalist. He is a columnist with The Irish Times and The Sunday Business Post.

David McWilliams is an Irish economist, writer, broadcaster and journalist. He is a faculty member of the Trinity College, Dublin business school.

Kathleen is an Irish writer and a poet. More

After a 29 year hiatus Barry Devlin got back on the road with Horslips and continues to play. In addition, since the late 80s he has earned a crust from screenwriting for TV and the big screen.

Andrea was the first female presenter of ITV1’s flagship Sunday morning political programme when she presented ‘Sunday Edition’ from 2006 – 2008 interviewing world leaders and interrogating Britain’s top politicians.

Miriam O’Callaghan is an Irish television current affairs broadcaster, chat show host and radio presenter with RTE.

Dearbhail McDonald is Associate Editor and Legal Editor of the Irish Independent.

Sara Webb is an Irish writer for children and adults and an old friend of the Dalkey Book Festival. The new book in her The Songbird Cafe series “Girls Sunny Days and Mooncakes”  has just been published. More

Kevin Barry is an Irish writer. He is the author of two collections of short stories, and the novel City of Bohane, which was the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His 2015 novel Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize

Dalkey Senior Librarian Carmel Kelly is also the author of children’s books. Her Leanbh Nua, Spidey and An Tolg Draiochta are charming stories designed to be accessible to readers of all levels of Irish.

Dalkey resident Gordon Snell is a famous author of children’s books and a scriptwriter.

Comedian, bestselling author and broadcaster, from the small Co. Cork village of Dripsey, Colm O’ Regan is most famous for his bestselling Books of Irish Mammies. Colm has a long and growing list of TV and Radio writing and performing credits.

Paul Murray is an Irish novelist, the author of the novels An Evening of Long Goodbyes, Skippy Dies and The Mark and the Void.

Aifric Campbell is a writer and former investment banker at Morgan Stanley and teaches Creative Writing at Imperial. Her latest novel On the Floor was longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize.

Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, editor, freelance broadcaster and journalist. More

Fintan O’ Toole is an author, literary critic, historical writer, and political commentator. More

Lia Mills is an Irish writer. She writes novels, short stories and literary non-fiction. She has also worked on several public art commissions and as an arts consultant.

Paul Howard is a multi-award-winning journalist, author and comedy writer. He is best known as the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, a fictional rugby jock whose exploits have been the subject of fourteen books, which have sold close to one million copies in Ireland. More

At Bewley’s Café Theatre, currently residing in the Powerscourt Theatre, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, there is no better way to enjoy the work of some of Ireland’s leading theatrical talents than up-close-and-personal at one of our lunchtime performances. More

A classical 2d animator who has worked with Disney, Cartoon Network, our own David McWilliams and everyone inbetween. More

Actress, comedy writer, voice artiste and founding member of the Nualas, Tara Flynn enjoys a varied career in comedy and stand-up. More

Martina Devlin is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist. She has had nine books published. Her latest book is About Sisterland, and is set in the near future in a world ruled by women. Designed to be perfect, it all goes horribly wrong.

Pat Leahy is one of the country’s most respected political journalists and is the author of two best-selling books on Irish politics, Showtime (2009), and The Price of Power (2013). More

Vikas Nath teaches at the Instituto de Empresas, a business school in Madrid, Spain. He is also the CEO for UK and Europe for the Adani Group, an Indian infrastructure company. More

Paula Shields is an arts journalist and researcher for RTE TV.

Hugh Linehan is Culture Editor at The Irish Times, where he writes and creates digital content about issues including the arts, popular culture, society and media, along with developments in new communications technologies. More