MEET THE DALKEY BOOK FESTIVAL TEAM

Sian Smyth
Festival Director
Festival director, Sian Smyth, loves working with the experienced team of professionals she has gathered around her- from website designers to producers and venue managers to PR experts- who together make the festival such a success. Curating the programme is a joy and it is a thrill to see famous writers milling around Dalkey and bumping into their fans.
Clare Ridge
Festival Producer
A freelance TV producer Clare has worked with the festival as producer for several years. For Clare the festival is a real labour of love. She swears that watching the festival grow bigger each year is a real joy, and the growing number of venues and increased running around also provides her with the perfect excuse for acquiring another new pair of runners!
EmmaJane Dunne
Production Manager
EmmaJane joined our team in 2015 and each year we’ve managed to persuade her to stay a little longer. In real life she’s a freelance TV production manager but given her life-long love of organising people and writing to-do lists, working on the festival is now one of her absolute favourite jobs. That and she always wanted to meet Dumbledore.
Aoife O'Brien
Web Designer
Aoife began designing and developing the festival website in 2013 for our ‘Winter Tales’ event and has stayed ever since. Although it’s a monumental project trying to get so many events and speakers in one coherent site she loves the challenge. You might also see her running between venues at the festival enjoying every minute. aoifeobrien.com
Ciara Kennedy
Box Office Manager
Ciara Kennedy joined the Dalkey Book Festival in 2017 working as venue manager and now heads up the box office. With a background in PR and communications, she absolutely loves the buzz of the festival but has concerns about the impact her involvement is having on her (now at breaking-point) book shelves.
Katie Cogan
Volunteer Coordinator & PA to Festival Director
As a new member to the team, Katie is delighted to be involved with the festival. As well as being the volunteer coordinator and the PA to the director of the festival, she manages a rap group called Versatile. A true book enthusiast with a particular interest in science writing as well as a resident of the area, she can’t wait to work with all the volunteers, attendees and guests at this years Dalkey Book Festival.
Niall Meehan
Design partner
"When we set about designing the visual identity for Dalkey Book Festival back in 2010, and in the way we have evolved it every year since then, our task has not just been to help put bums on seats, but to create a visual identity that mirrors the personality of the festival. That this festival continues to flourish tells you something about that personality – people like it, a lot." verso.ie
David McWilliams
Festival Director
Sian makes great use of David’s extensive contact book and media savvy to secure many of the guests and get the newsprint and airtime so everyone is talking about the festival! Not to mention leveraging his twitter followers. David (mostly) doesn’t seem to mind. davidmcwilliams.ie

The team is supported by a superb group of volunteers and the goodwill of many in the Dalkey community and the local businesses who have offered support and provided venues for the festival events.

Venue Managers: Maya Derrington, Katie Ridge, Sarah O’Doherty and Chantal Hourican and Milly McLoughlin

Author Liaison: Jacquie Bailey, Sinead Caffrey and Christine McNally 

Box Office assistants: Margie Lynch, Luis Faria and Charlie Quirke

As well as Deirdre Robertson, Margaret Dunne, Dan O’Brien and all the staff at Dalkey Castle, Diane Davison and Sarah Morleigh at the Secret Garden, Marta Starosta and all at the Gutter Bookshop, all at Dalkey Masonic Lodge, Rev Bruce Hayes, Brian Meyer and Saint Patrick’s Church, Michael Kingston and DLR Parks Department and the wonderful team of gracious volunteers who make all this possible.