Dalkey Book Festival proudly presents Bernie Sanders at a special Dalkey X event in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Hugely popular across broad swathes of the American electorate, many believe Sanders could have beaten Trump easily with his coherent political alternative that galvanized millions of ordinary Americans. The fight is not over. For the first time ever in Ireland, Bernie will explain that alternative vision for America and the world, spelled out in his brilliant, best-selling book, Our Revolution.
With David McWilliams.
Price: From €15.00
Tickets starting from €15 which include a copy of Our Revolution: a future to believe in, retailing at around €11.99
We are delighted to have Dalkey native Sebastian Barry back home. He is on fire – the only novelist to have won the coveted Costa best novel award twice. Days Without End is described by the FT as “not only a story of survival [but] a love story, too, written in a gorgeous style that blends Barry’s characteristic eloquence with the straight-talk of early America … firmly in the tradition of Irish diaspora writing”. Meanwhile, for Eoin McNamee in The Irish Times, “Barry is the most humane of writers.”
Don’t miss Sebastian’s homecoming on our opening night!
In conversation with Andrea Catherwood.
What on earth is going on in the world and why? Is this lurch to populism a toxic combination of cynical nationalism and fear mongering or is it a legitimate reaction to an unequal world, where elites are milking it, where deep culture is being dismissed and where liberals have run out of ideas? The panel will dissect Trump, Brexit and the EU as well as movements further afield, to explain what is going on and why the next few years could be the most tumultuous politically, socially and economically.
With Catherine Mayer, Marlon James, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, David Goodhart and Dearbhail McDonald.
Two writers from the North, Rosemary Jenkinson and Garrett Carr, along with two local writers, Katie Donovan and David Butler, respond to the notion of Borders – how to deal with them, get around them, transcend them or otherwise reinvent them. Introduced by Catherine Dunne, Lia Mills, Celia de Freine and Martina Devlin. Local writers are invited to read their own response to this theme in two minutes or less.
The Open Mic session, hosted by Colm Keegan, will begin at 8pm with poetry & prose submissions accepted from 6.30pm. Come and hear what your neighbours have to say on this urgent topic. Organised by Keep the Border Open initiative with the support of the Irish Writers Centre.
Catherine Mayer will talk very directly to the experience of the recent UK election and the forces that underpinned it. Mayer sees it as a rare opportunity: women only ever make big strides at times when the old order breaks down because systems designed for stability also maintain the status quo.
Catherine Mayer was born in the US, educated in the UK and Germany. A journalist at The Economist and Forbes, she was Senior Editor, London Bureau Chief, Europe Editor and Editor at Large at Time Magazine. Two years ago she co-founded the Women’s Equality Party in the UK.
In her latest book, Attack of the 50 Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save The World, Mayer argues that gender inequality is detrimental to men and women alike and that inequality has severe negative economic implications for all of us. Mayer also argues that the structures of patriarchy, not least the pressures on men to be alpha males, harm men as much as women: “Because of these structures, boys struggle at school; suicide rates are highest among young males, who are also more likely to murder and be murdered; and men drink more heavily and more frequently end up in prison.”
In conversation with Jennifer O’Connell.
Join us for storytime in the library. No need to book! Just come along!
(Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.)
David Goodhart’s new book The Road to Somewhere has taken the UK by storm. In it he explains the huge political changes that we see from the point of view of two conflicting tribes that have emerged in the Western world. The first are citizens of anywhere – a detached, mobile, cosmopolitan elite, who have lost contact with the citizens of somewhere – their more grounded, local and threatened fellow countrymen.
The tribal division is pretty clear. On the one side stands the liberal Europhile establishment, comfortable about immigration and globalisation, and on the other are those who are anything but comfortable, who feel left out and left behind.
This is a must see if you are interested in the society around you. How soon before such division manifests itself here too? And what might that look like? Don’t miss David Goodhart.
In conversation with David McWilliams.
What is going on in the Korean peninsula? While North Korea threatens nuclear strikes and South Korea’s president is jailed on corruption charges, what do we know about this part of the world? North Korea may be cut off but South Korea is little understood. It is the world’s 11th largest economy – bigger than Russia or Spain – and is of huge strategic significance – but what do we know about it? There has never been a more urgent need for outsiders to grasp what is going on in what used to be called “the hermit kingdom”.
This is a rare opportunity to hear Korean experts in Dublin. Hyeonseo Lee, North Korean defector, Han Yujoo from South Korea and Michael Breen, author of The Koreans, who has lived in Korea since 1982, will be in conversation with Kelly Falconer.
Dalkey Education Centre, St John Of God, Dublin South East presents ‘Humans of Dalkey: More than’, a photographic exhibition telling their stories as well as the stories of everyday people in the Dalkey community. We all have stories to tell and this amazing group of individuals who attend this local education centre will showcase just some of their achievements: graduating from Trinity and UCD, making valid contributions to organisations and the work force, sitting on a DLR Co Council committee and advocating on behalf of the community to name just a few. They have also invited other members of the Dalkey community to tell their stories. This event aims to shock, surprise and challenge people’s perceptions on how they see others and showcase ability above disability, age and appearance with a focus on how everyone can contribute to society.
After last year’s 1916 commemorations, this year marks the centenary of the Big One – the Bolshevik Revolution.
Neil Faulkner, author of A People’s History of the Russian Revolution, and Patrick Geoghan, TCD professor, examine the myths around the Russian and Irish revolutions and look at the way both involved an explosion of democracy and creativity and both were crushed by bloody counter-revolution.
In conversation with Jana Bakunina.
Hyeonseo Lee is one of the very few who have risked their life to escape North Korea which she did when only a teenager. A powerful speaker, she is also a writer and an activist fostering human rights and awareness of the plight of North Koreans. Her TED talk has been viewed nearly 4 million times.
There is nothing like hearing personal testimony. We urge you not to miss this. We’ve flown her from Seoul to be with us. It will be a very special event.
In conversation with Michael Breen, author of The Koreans.
A treat for movie and book lovers this. Not much to say here except three fantastic directors talking books. Lenny Abrahamson, Bruce Robinson of Withnail and I and Neil Jordan in conversation with Nadine O’Regan.
No Filter is a fresh, funny and poignant debut novel by Orlagh Collins, a bright new voice in YA fiction.
Authentic, down to earth and sweepingly romantic all at once, No Filter is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
The reading will be followed by a reception hosted by Bloomsbury Publishing.
Dalkey’s waited years to host Colm and now he’s here. One of Ireland’s most brilliant writers, he is a prolific essayist and a caustic commentator. Colm Toibin will talk about his latest novel House of Names, his screen writing debut and life for the artist in his adopted home, the US. In conversation with Miriam O’Callaghan.
It’s 30 years since the cult classic movie Withnail and I was released. Dave Fanning chats to writer and director Bruce Robinson about making the movie, its cult status, enduring appeal and writing some of the most memorable movie lines ever……‘We demand to have more booze’.
Can good satire achieve anything? Is the impact it has on audiences underestimated, and what are the risks taken by its creators?
Take a journey into the power of satire and the impact of the law on its creation with some of Ireland’s greatest satirical writers and performers.
Having a laugh about the serious side of a slagging off are Blindboyboatclub of Rubberbandits, Paul Howard, creator of Ross O’Carroll Kelly and author of ANGLO: The Musical, Andrea Martin of MediaLawyer and Colm Williamson, the founder and writer of the massively popular Waterford Whispers News, the number one destination for Irish satire fans. Chaired by Fiona Looney, award-winning playwright, columnist, and comedy writer.
Presented by Kite Entertainment
Islam and feminism? Is there a contradiction? Or is that a knee jerk reaction, seeing Muslim women as a monolithic bloc who need to be liberated from the tyranny of the headscarf, who is in some countries are not allowed to drive, are subjected to mutilation and generally are oppressed? Is the reality much more complex?
With Elif Shafak, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Mehreen Khan and Ayisha Malik.
Can music change the world? Singer songwriter Billy Bragg has been an activist for nearly 30 years, inspiring people with his political songwriting. Dave Randall is a musician, producer and author of the wonderful Sound System: The Political Power of Music. With Roisin Dwyer of Hot Press, they will explore the power of music, how it has been used to keep people in their place and whether music can be a force for social change.
A beautiful, chilling theatrical staple of the festival, Midnight Poe, presented by Bewley’s Café Theatre, is back ! Featuring one of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories, The Cask of Amontillado, a pitch black comedy of revenge, the performance will be accompanied by his spine- tingling, unfinished, final tale The Lighthouse staged alongside musical settings of some of his greatest poems. This special experience in the gothic surroundings of Saint Patrick’s Church will take the audience on a deliciously dark descent into the maelstrom of one of literature’s most frenzied imaginations.
The one thing that happens to all of us is that we get old. But can we achieve the Holy Grail, getting old gracefully, healthily and happily? And what do you have to do now, to make sure your golden years are indeed golden?
Why not lead a full life right up to the end? Find out what’s ahead of you with the brilliant Dr Sharad Paul who we have brought back again this year all the way from New Zealand, together with two experts who live in Dalkey, Dr Jennifer Westrup and Professor Ian Robertson.
Carmel Ui Cheallaigh (writer) and Jimmy Burns (illustrator) host the “Creating a Picture Book” workshop, suitable for aspiring and emerging picture book writers and illustrators. The workshop will cover a wide range of topics, including starting to write, layout, what makes a good story, and drawing great pictures to support your story.
Could Trump actually make America great again? Up to now Wall Street has gambled on that outcome. The man who was the brains behind the world’s largest bond fund, all $1.5 trillion of it – that’s ten times Ireland’s GDP – Mr Paul McCulley, has flown in from California to share his thoughts and insights into what Trump means for America, Ireland and the world economy. He is joined by Alec Russell, the editor of the most influential newspaper in the world, the Financial Times Weekend, Russian analyst Jana Bakunina and bestselling author and Founder and CEO of BeyondGlobal, Sandra Navidi.
Chaired by David McWilliams.
Join Gordon Snell, Gina Mullins , Gabriel and Joshua Mullins for storytime in the library. No need to book! Just come along!
(Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Mark O’Connell investigates transhumanism, the secular religion that believes humanity should use technology to evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations.
Exploring the staggering possibilities and moral quandaries that present themselves when you of think of your body as a device, O’Connell visits the world’s foremost cryonics facility to witness how some have chosen to forestall death. Where is our obsession with technology leading us? What does the rise of AI mean for our humanity? Could the technologies we create to help us eventually bring us to harm? Addressing these questions, O’Connell presents a profound, provocative, often laugh-out-loud-funny look at an influential movement with, as the FT describes, “extraordinary exuberance and wit”.
In conversation with Patrick Freyne.
When a bomb goes off, a crazed young man drives into a crowd of tourists or another group of bystanders are mowed down by a terrorist, Mehreen Khan’s phone beeps with her Muslim friends saying “I hope he isn’t called Mohammed”. Yet invariably he is Mohammed or Khalid or Sadique. Why is this? Why are young Muslims being drawn to Islamic State in the first place?
Two Muslim writers, journalist Mehreen Khan and novelist Elif Shafak, talk to David McWilliams.
Writing is less profitable than ever as royalties have fallen, leaving most writers struggling or relying on a day job for a steady income. This is calamitous for individual writers. How can this be sustained, where will creativity come from and what’s the future for the writer? Are we about to go the same way as the blacksmith? Bestselling writer and winner of many awards, Donal Ryan, who despite his enormous success, has gone back to his day job to meet the rent. Beside him, we have Sharad Paul, a career physician who makes time to write fiction as well as non-fiction.
Donal Ryan and Sharad Paul will be in conversation with Paula Shields.
The Caribbean is home to rum, reggae and ganja but also to fundamentalist Christians, devout Hindu and Muslims, and is a beguiling, charming region of fascinating, diverse islands, gelled together by the horrors of slavery and the redemption of liberation movements. From Cuba, to Jamaica, Trinidad and Haiti, the Caribbean is an extraordinary melting pot of cultures, language and stories. Joshua Jelly Schapiro’s brilliant book “Island People” captures the magic of the place.
Come hear about this extraordinary corner of the globe, due South West across the Ocean from us, with one of the world’s experts on the Island People.
In conversation with Clara Rose Thornton.
Join three phenomenally successful bestselling authors in one intimate room. Sinead Crowley’s latest thriller is partly set in (a fictionalised) Dalkey. Together with Jane Casey, author of the award-winning Maeve Kerrigan series, she will be talking to Liz Nugent about the rise and rise of the female thriller writers who dominate bestseller lists.
Ireland is at a crossroads. Relations with UK, the EU and the US are all in flux. Unification is a possibility, the church is still meddling, housing is in crisis and the banks are being flogged again. What happens next? Listen to two of Ireland’s foremost public intellectuals make sense of the state we are in.
With Diarmaid Ferriter and Fintan O’Toole and Dearbhail McDonald.
Chaired by Matt Cooper.
Calling all young writers! Join dlr Writer in Residence, Sarah Webb for this innovative writing workshop. What does Dalkey mean to you? Bright fishing boats at Bullock Harbour? The green hump of Dalkey Island? Dalkey Castle and its spooky graveyard? Bags of chips, chocolate buns?
Children will write their own short piece or poem inspired by their personal experiences of Dalkey and also a communal poem called I Am Dalkey celebrating this very special town.
Sarah Webb is an award-winning champion of children’s books and writer. Her latest book is The Songbird Girls: Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin.
Can you believe what you read or is a good story simply too good to check? Do we live in a Post-Truth World? Does who shouts loudest on social media set the agenda? Or is truth irrelevant? And is it time to regulate bloggers, who corporations use to sell their latest products, as they post everything from the “best “new face cream to fake-food stories? Is “post-truth” just a buzzword created by liberal elitists in the media who can’t cope with the fact that they’ve lost?
And if we can’t trust the media, who do we trust?
With Simon Kuper, Mark Little and David Goodhart.
In conversation with Andrea Catherwood.
In the midst of the Second Intifada, two acts of extreme violence lead to an act of extraordinary humanity. A suicide bomb outside a nightclub in Tel Aviv killed 22 young Israelis. In apparent retribution, an Israeli settler shot Palestinian Al-Joulani rendering him brain-dead. From the ashes of these deadly events, rose an incredible act of generosity, when the family of Al-Joulani agreed to donate his heart to a dying Israeli.
Rowan Somerville spoke with survivors and their families, interviewing the surgeon who performed the transplant, and meeting the family of the suicide bomber . In this moving account of human anger and forgiveness, Somerville untangles the roots of violence, faith and tribal conflict, and examines the possibility of redemption.
‘A riveting, intelligent and scrupulously honest journey through the torment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It runs the gamut of human behaviour, from blood-curdling barbarity to extraordinary generosity; a tour-de-force.’ – Lara Marlowe, The Irish Times.
In conversation with Paula Shields.
Elif has charmed, informed and mesmerized Dalkey before. She’s back with her new novel Three Daughters of Eve, confirming her status as one of the world’s greatest novelists. The acclaimed author of ten novels, Shafak is also a women’s rights activist and a frequent commentator on International affairs. Her topical new novel, set in Istanbul and Oxford , from the 1980s to the present day, follows three women who are grappling with identity, Islam and feminism.
With Gary Jermyn.
Join nutritional scientist Dr. Ruairi Robertson, for an exclusive and interactive lunchtime festival feast in Ouzos steak and seafood restaurant. Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal whilst discussing how each food affects our bodies and learning about the fascinating link between our bellies and brains.
A.N. Wilson has written over 50 books, including a biography of Queen Victoria (the basis of the highly acclaimed TV drama Victoria). Bruce Robinson is a director and screenwriter (including Withnail and I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, The Killing Fields) and author of Jack The Ripper: An Establishment Cover Up. Roy Foster, historian, well-known critic, broadcaster, is the author of many highly acclaimed works including biographies of Parnell, Churchill and Yeats.
These three writers know a thing or two about the Victorians. Come to hear them argue, explain and explore why the Victorians hated us so much.
In conversation with Olivia O’Leary.
Join Judi in a fun trip to the past. Find out the pitfalls of writing books set in another era. Laugh at Judi’s 1970s and 1980s fashion, and see wonderful historical artifacts (i.e. old stuff from her childhood).
A former primary school teacher, Judi Curtin has written 24 books for children and adults. For 2017 she was asked to write a special book to celebrate World Book Day in Ireland. Her latest book is Time After Time.
East West Street by Philippe Sands won the 2016 Baillie Gifford prize. It is a book for our times. It plots the descent of Lvov in Poland from the bustling multi-racial metropolis of his grandparents to a horrific killing field in a few short years. Tracing his own personal story, weaving it with the grotesque tapestry of the era and culminating in the Nuremberg Trials, Philippe implores us to recognize that without strong laws and individuals, this could happen again. He is one of Britain’s most pre-eminent human rights lawyers, as well as an activist, academic and writer. We are honoured to have him at Dalkey.
In conversation with Paul Greene.
Sex in the afternoon with Mariella Frostrup? Come listen to Mariella sharing a handpicked selection of some of literature’s sexiest stories featuring strict mistresses, naughty maids, handsome gardeners and disarming strangers. Joining her is storyteller and Kama Sutra expert, Seema Anand. From the Kama Sutra itself, to DH Lawrence and Anaïs Nin, they prove that when it comes to the bedroom, a little fiction goes a long way!!
Seema Anand and Mariella Frostrup in conversation with Jennifer O’Connell.
With Arlene Foster as kingmaker, what does the creationist, climate-change denying, DUP who are against gay marriage and immigration, mean for the culture in Ireland, North and South? And what type of Britain is going to result from Teresa and Arlene’s shotgun marriage?
And what will it mean for women’ s lives in the North?
The Northern Irish female voice in fiction:
What makes a writer Irish or Northern Irish or both?
What impact does her gender play?
How does being born on one side of the Border or the other change how she writes?
An anthology featuring women writers from the North of Ireland explores some of these questions.
Appropriately, we discuss this in the Lodge – not the Orange Lodge but the Masonic Lodge with writers Martina Devlin and Jan Carson from the North and editor of The Glass Shore Sinead Gleeson.
Distinguished physician Dr Sharad Paul enthralled his Dalkey audience last year with his talk on Skin. We are delighted to welcome him back to talk about you, your genes and what’s really going on under your skin.
This fascinating talk is about how your evolutionary past and genetic makeup determines who you are.
Sharad has developed a gene testing program that analyses your own personal health, fitness and dietary needs and makes recommendations related to drug metabolism, nutrient and mineral requirements, sports preferences and how you can ‘eat for your gene type’.
Festival directors Sian Smyth and David McWilliams have taken this test. Come and find out if, for example, David has the “Lazy Gene”.
Introduced by Aifric Campbell.
Have you ever wanted to draw your favourite character or creature from your favourite book? Well, now is your chance to join a brilliant cartoonist who will help you bring your ideas to life. Mark will guide you as you draw these creations, and of course, you can bring the work home. Drawing cartoons is a rare talent that demands skill, precision, humour and ability to tell a story.
One of the finest animators in Ireland, Mark’s Punk Economics cartoons, made with David McWilliams, have been seen by over a million YouTube viewers. A former Disney cartoonist and animator, Mark’s work has featured widely in many well-known Irish animations, so you’ve probably seen his work and maybe without knowing it.
To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift, Stoney Road Press are publishing a limited, boxed edition of the satirical essay A Modest Proposal, illustrated by satirical cartoonist Gerald Scarfe who was commissioned to produce three etchings for the book. The Introduction is by Fintan O’Toole who will launch the book followed by a reading of the essay by actor Nick Dunning. Let’s hope he gets further than did Peter O’Toole in1984. As Fintan O’ Toole reports: “When the Gaiety Theatre held a gala performance to mark its reopening after refurbishment, Peter O’Toole was invited to do the opening turn. Presumably, the expectation was that he would do a bit of Shakespeare, perhaps, or a Yeats poem. He decided to read, slowly and deliberately, Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal, with its suggestion that the children of the Irish poor be sold as food for their landlords, “who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children”. Some members of the dress-suited audience began to heckle; others walked out. RTÉ, which was broadcasting the show live, cut O’Toole off in the middle of the reading and went to an ad break. “
First presented in Dangan, Co Meath in June 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and the Duke of Wellington’s historic connection with the Irish countryside, the Waterloo Concert features the Delmaine String Quartet and a cast of actors and singers in a programme of music, song, poetry and prose that reflects many aspects of the great battle and its aftermath. Works by Haydn, Mozart and Mahler are performed.
Actors Michael James Ford and Gary Jermyn relive the famous battle and the epic rivalry between Wellington and Bonaparte in a narrative that includes works by Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy, Elizabeth Longford and Rudyard Kipling along with the Iron Duke’s own letters and military dispatches.
Presented by Antelope Productions & the Delmaine String Quartet.
At a time of division when there’s talk of building walls, putting up fences and securing borders, storytelling has probably never been more important. Can empathy help build bridges? And are stories better than statistics in getting people to change their perspectives?
Booker Prize winner, Marlon James is joined by the brilliant Elif Shafak and our own Donal Ryan to discuss how stories (including superstition, religion, and politics) explain the world to us . Through character and story, writers can express otherwise incommunicable feelings of the soul. The novel is the most complex and richest way of doing this and allowing us to understand, empathise and dream in a way nothing else can.
These three great novelists will talk about what truth means for a writer and whether the illusion of a story helps us better understand the human condition.
In conversation with Rick O’Shea.
Brexit has kicked off a chain of events that have profound implications for Ireland, Britain and Europe. Its difficult to know where all this will end, but it’s clear that the next two years will be tumultuous for all of us. Come listen to Brexiteer and best selling author Louis de Bernieres, the FT Weekend’s Editor Alec Russell, Historian Roy Foster, the FT’s Mehreen Khan and and former Irish diplomat Ray Bassett discuss the issues.
Chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Andrea Catherwood.
Best-selling, award-winning authors, Maggie O’Farrell and John Boyne, discuss their latest novels and the importance of a sense of place in their writing.
This Must be The Place is an irresistible love story shot through with humour and wisdom, that crisscrosses continents and time zones. Inventive, moving and hilarious, it is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies, travels around the world from Dublin, Amsterdam and New York and back home. Historical characters are mixed with fictional characters and other world events are retold from the perspective of an ordinary Irish man . One man’s story becomes the story of Ireland itself as he spends a lifetime attempting to know himself and to discover where he came from and – over his three score years and ten – struggles to discover an identity, a home, a country, a place of belonging.
Joshua Jelly Schapiro’s brilliant book “Island People” captures the magic of the Caribbean from Cuba to Trinidad, Jamaica and Puerto Rico as well as the dark, exploitative history of these islands.
Maggie O’Farrell and John Boyne and Joshua Jelly Schapiro in conversation with Jennifer O’Connell.
Writing Competitions and Literary Journals: how important are they and do they really launch writing careers?
Writers Kerrie O’Brien, Sally Rooney, R.M. Clarke along with Sean Preston of Open Pen magazine talk to Sinead Gleeson.
This is a very special event in the Secret Garden! A live demonstration of botanical painting with Lynn Stringer, a member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists, will be followed by a conversation with Paddy Tobin, chairman of The Irish Garden Plant Society. Paddy will talk about the intrinsic beauty of our plants, the plants of our island, of our gardens and of our people. Tobin proves that the love of good plants and the skills of plant breeding are strong as he weaves tales of Irish snowdrops, old irises, Irish sweet peas and dahlias.
With thanks to the ISBA, the IGPS and Diane Davison
Marlon James’ first novel was rejected 78 times. Winning the Booker has changed his life. Long engaged with social issues that concern him, including race, racism, sexism, homophobia, post-Booker, international exposure means more people pay attention to what he has to say beyond fiction and non-fiction. But he also faces a lot more scrutiny. “I am not an activist, but I also think that as a writer writing in the world I can’t really ignore what’s going on in the world.”
When he’s not writing, he’s teaching literature in Minneapolis. We are thrilled to have him in Dalkey.
In conversation with Mariella Frostrup.
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How do you capture your own life and that of your close family in writing? How different is memoir from the autobiographical novel? Masters of the genre, in different ways, Philippe Sands, John Banville and Hyeonseo Lee, discuss the difficulty of pinning the self to paper.
Chaired by Hugh Linehan.
Yeats was obsessed with his own sense of himself in history. Roy Foster explores Yeats’ links with important historic events in Ireland and Europe.
As John Banville points out: “Foster has put some fifteen years of unremitting and surely at times exhausting labour into this biography W.B. Yeats: A Life – a great and important work, a triumph of scholarship, thought, and empathy such as one would hardly have thought possible in this age of disillusion. It is an achievement wholly of a scale with its heroic subject”.
Introduced by David McWilliams.
Alan Amsby, a.k.a. Mr Pussy, blazed a trail across 1970s Catholic Ireland with his outrageous alter ego, demolishing homophobic barriers from Belfast to Baltimore. He began performing his own show – modelling as a woman in Carnaby Street at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Ringo was a fan, and London was shocked (and pleasantly surprised) when it was revealed that the pretty young Sandy Shaw lookalike on the city’s billboards was a bloke. He’s had an extraordinary life, sequinned with people like Judy Garland, Bowie, The Kinks, Bonzo, Mel Gibson and more recently with Bono when they co-owned a salubrious ( and mental ) Dublin cafe in the nineties.
In conversation with Dave Kenny.
Hot off the heels of his 2016 success with Irish Box Office smash hit film “The Young Offenders”, PJ Gallagher returns to the stand-up stage with this new show.
A paper review like no other! Kick back, feet up and come along to this light- hearted look at the Sunday newspapers in the company of some of the brightest and liveliest contributors in the business. Expect big hearts, sore heads, big laughs and dodgy angles as we cruise into the end of the weekend.
With comedians Colm O’Regan and Karl Spain with Mehreen Khan and Alec Russell from the FT and Dearbhail McDonald.
Everyone loves a good story! Even the youngest book fans can join in with this year’s Dalkey Book Festival at a special storytime in The Gutter Bookshop at 20 Railway Road with readings from a great selection of books for young children. We’ll have guest storytellers on the day . No need to book.
(All children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Yoga Storytelling is a lot of fun. Children become the tale’s characters following the story through energizing yoga poses, before getting cosy for relaxation. There will be storytelling, with breath work interwoven, and a relaxation at the end. Look forward to hearing some popular books such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Jack and the Beanstalk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ( Don’t worry, the adult need not participate!) The session lasts for one hour and is for a maximum of 15 children.
Bestselling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best Book in 1995), Louis de Bernieres talks to Martina Devlin about his most recent novel The Dust That Falls From Dreams, and reads from his latest collection of poetry, Of Love and Desire.
In conversation with Martina Devlin.
Who writes their life story at 24? Yassmin Abdel-Magied did. She’s a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and hijab wearing ‘petrol head’. Her book ‘Yassmin’s Story- Who Do You Think I Am?’ tells of a Sudanese Muslim who arrived in Australia as a 2 year old. At 16 she founded Youth Without Borders (an organisation focused on helping young people work for positive change),and she went on to become an engineer, a leader and an inspiration.
In conversation with Eithne Shortall.
In a reassessment of colonialism, Shashi Tharoor exposes the devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy.
British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed, but Tharoor takes and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial “gift” – from the railways to the rule of law- was designed in Britain’s interests alone.
Last year at The Oxford Union, Shashi Tharoor gave a stirring speech, which went viral, arguing that Britain owes reparations to her former colonies. He speaks with elegance and wit and the BBC describes him as “a remarkable man, a great ornament in India’s diplomatic, political and literary life”.
In conversation with historian and RTE broadcaster Myles Dungan.
Is freedom of speech absolute and unconditional? As debate is stifled in US Colleges for fear of causing “offence”, and with cultural appropriation jumping out of academia and into the realm of internet outrage, is free speech threatened by liberals not conservatives? Respect for difference is important but is it right to bring social issues into making art? Do writers have borders or can they write about what they want? Our esteemed panel -from across the world- discusses free speech versus protection of minorities.
With Marlon James, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Han Yujoo and Louis de Bernieres.
Have we ever been at a point where so few control so much? In the past at least the King’s power was limited to his domain; today, a tiny elite of extremely powerful and often secretive individuals control vast swathes of the global economy. Their power and clout know no borders.
In the West are we living in the best democratic system money can buy?
Not only the 1% but “the 1% of the 1%”, are today so wealthy and so powerful that they control politics, finance and government policy. And these people are getting more and more powerful because they are increasingly clustered in cities and industries that serve to amplify and consolidate their power and their networks.
In this fascinating session we are going to follow the money, shed light on who really runs your world, and look at the superhubs or clusters that reinforce their power at every turn.
Join Paul McCully, former chief economist of the world’s largest bond fund, Pimco and Sandra Navidi, whose bestseller Superhubs sets out clearly how this nexus of power and politics is corrupting democracy. Both are expertly placed to tease out how these networks operate, why they have become so powerful and beyond the control of any government.
Sandra Navidi and Paul McCulley in conversation with Newstalk’s Sarah Carey.
Yoga Storytelling is a lot of fun. Children become the tale’s characters following the story through energizing yoga poses, before getting cosy for relaxation. There will be storytelling, with breath work interwoven, and a relaxation at the end. Look forward to hearing some popular books such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Jack and the Beanstalk. Children must be accompanied by an adult . (Don’t worry, the adult need not participate!) The session lasts for one hour and is for a maximum of 15 children.
The iconoclastic writer and director of the revered classic Withnail & I—”The funniest British film of all time”—returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history, and finally solves the identity of the killer known as “Jack the Ripper”.
They All Love Jack – Busting the Ripper is a literary high-wire act reminiscent of both Hunter S. Thompson and Errol Morris, Bruce Robinson offers a radical reinterpretation of Jack the Ripper, contending that he was not the madman of common legend, but the vile manifestation of the Victorian Age’s moral bankruptcy.
In conversation with AN Wilson
Join Professor Ian Robertson, a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, as he explains how our emotional states, including feelings of stress, depend on a tense rivalry played out between the two halves of the brain….and how humans and dogs have something in common where emotions are concerned.
This 90-minute Satirical/Visual/History show combines song, satire, hundreds of striking images and stark historical insight. Prepare to be shocked at how little you know about the foundation myths of our country. Unfolding like an Irish version of ‘The Godfather’ merged with ‘JFK’, this speaks to all who aspire towards freedom and justice…
Everyone’s favourite Southsider returns to his home turf.
“Ireland’s pre-eminent satirist” and ”one of the world’s funniest writers” , Paul Howard, National Newspapers of Ireland Columnist of the Year in 2013, said recently that his job is “a very odd thing: it’s essentially to sit in an office and think in the voice of an idiot for 10 hours a day”.
Join David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – for an evening of jokes and songs as he brings his show Big Time to the Dalkey Book Festival.