SATURDAY'S EVENTS

15 June 2019

Tickets available at FESTIVAL HUB, opposite Select Stores, Dalkey, subject to availability. CASH SALES ONLY!

John Brennan in conversation

Saturday 15th June | Seafront Marquee

John Brennan, retired head of the CIA, is the man Donald Trump loves to hate – so he must be doing something right! This is a unique chance to understand how America works from deep inside the system. How does the CIA operate? What does it know? From the hunt for Osama Bin Laden to the highly public showdown with Trump, Brennan has been at the epicentre of American politics and intrigue for years. This conversation will shed light on how America really works and offer an insider’s view on the true machinations not just from the centre of the Empire but also a first-hand account of the Trump White House.
Price: €20

So, You Want to Open a Coffee Shop?

Saturday 15th June | Secret Garden

Colin Harmon built 3fe – Ireland’s hippest coffee brand – from a one-man coffee cart in a nightclub lobby to the internationally renowned business it is today. The lessons, stories and guidelines in his richly illustrated book offer a unique and honest insight into the day-to-day realities of what many people see as their dream job. If great coffee and a bit of personal liberation is your thang, join us for coffee. Colin Harmon with Orna Mulcahy.
Price: €15

Matchstick Men

Saturday 15th June | The Heritage Centre

Julia Kelly is the author of With My Lazy Eye, which was nominated for Book of the Decade by the Irish Book Awards, and The Playground. She lives in Dalkey. Her latest book, Matchstick Man, is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking personal account of a brilliant man’s mental disintegration and its effects on his family. It is an unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people who live with someone who has Alzheimer’s. Julia Kelly will be in conversation with neuroscientist Ian Robertson.
Price: €10

It Must Be My Hormones

Saturday 15th June | The Masonic Lodge

The best-selling author of BRINGING UP BÉBÉ investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face. When Pamela Druckerman, an American in Paris, turns 40, waiters start calling her “Madame,” and she detects a disturbing new message in men’s gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever. Yet forty isn’t even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life. What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a “grown-up” anyway? And why didn’t anyone warn us that we’d get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, There Are No Grown-Ups diagnoses the in-between decade. Pamela Druckerman with Jennifer O’Connell.
Price: €15

How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are

Saturday 15th June | The Town Hall

What makes you the way you are and what makes each of us different from everyone else? In Innate, leading neuroscientist and popular science blogger Kevin Mitchell traces human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level: in the wiring of our brains. Variations in the way our brains develop before birth strongly influence our psychology and behaviour throughout our lives, shaping our personality, intelligence, sexuality, and even the way we perceive the world. We all share a genetic program for making a human brain, and the program for making a brain like yours is specifically encoded in your DNA. But the way that program plays out is affected by random processes of development that manifest uniquely in each person, even identical twins. The combination of these developmental and genetic variations creates innate differences in how our brains are wired, differences that impact all aspects of our psychology. Kevin Mitchell transforms the way we see the interplay of nature and nurture. He also explores the genetic and neural underpinnings of disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, and how our understanding of these conditions is being revolutionized, the social and ethical implications of these ideas and of new technologies that may soon offer the means to predict or manipulate human traits. Innate will change the way you think about why and how we are who we are. Kevin Mitchell with Ian Robertson.
Price: €15

The Book Reviewers

Saturday 15th June | The Heritage Centre

Madeleine Keane, Literary editor of the Sunday Independent and Fred Studemann, Literary editor of The Financial Times talk to Patrick Freyne about the value, purpose and effectiveness of the book review. What makes a good review? Is book reviewing a public service or an art? Why in Ireland will publishers tell you that non-fiction books tend to get it in the neck while fiction works tend to be more gently handled? Can envy blind the reviewer? In a small country, is there a danger that a group of “luvvies” will inflate a friend’s work and denigrate someone who’s not “in the gang”. And in a world of Amazon, Good Reads and Twitter where readers can give their own opinions, is the self-appointed reviewer a dying species? Do reviewers actually read the books they review or only the first and last chapters? Do book reviewers sometimes use the review to show how they are more erudite than the author whose work they are reviewing? Can a review make or break a book? And how much power do the reviewers really have?
This event is proudly supported by The Financial Times Weekend.
Price: €10

Beyond #MeToo

Saturday 15th June | Seafront Marquee

Is this the most significant protest movement in the history of humanity? Or is there a danger the pendulum has swung too far in the tricky, thorny and impossible to regulate area of sex, power and gender? Will there be a backlash? Could we be descending into a culture of victimhood and the infantilising of women? From talk to action, what are we hoping for in the years ahead? What next for the #MeToo movement? Emma Dabiri, Aoife McLysaght, Lenora Chu, Tishani Doshi and Jennifer O’Connell
Price: €20

The Secret Life of a Hedge Fund God and More Tales!

Saturday 15th June | Secret Garden

Gary Shteyngart’s latest novel Lake Success has been nominated “best book of the year” by the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post and the Guardian, building on the outrageous success of Aburdistan. Gary, born in Leningrad, is also winner of the Wodehouse Prize for comic literature. We are delighted to have such a talent here with us at Dalkey. His latest book Lake Success is a real gem: a brilliant and hilarious insight into the slightly warped minds of the Masters of the Universe, who control Wall Street’s hedge funds (and Ireland’s vulture funds). If you want a funny but also deadly serious take on what is going on inside the heads of those who run the world, from New York to Moscow, this is the gig for you. There’ll be lot more too from one of America’s most celebrated writing talents. Gary Shteyngart with David McWilliams.
Price: €15

Mythos, Heroes and More: an audience with Stephen Fry

Saturday 15th June | St. Patrick’s Church

Stephen Fry is an award -winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame in A Bit Of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster and was unforgettable as Melchett in Blackadder. He hosted over 180 episodes of QI and has narrated all seven of the Harry Potter audiobooks. Best selling author of four novels and three volumes of autobiography, his latest two books are Mythos and Heroes, vivid retellings of the Greek myths for our modern age.
Price: €25

Class Matters: Lynn Ruane talks to Emmet Kirwan

Saturday 15th June | The Town Hall

Lynn Ruane’s “People like Me” just won Irish non-fiction book of the year. Publishing a memoir at 34 years old seems a bit early in life, especially Irish life. But then Lynn is a woman before her time, experiencing a series of shocking incidents in her personal life at a young age, lead Lynn to alcohol and drug use by the age of 13, and a young mother at 15. A force of nature from the day she was born, Lynn Ruane grew up in a loving home in Tallaght, West Dublin. But in her early teens things began to unravel, and she fell into a life of petty crime and chaotic drug use. Lynn will be talking to Emmet Kirwan, writer of the remarkable “Dublin Oldskool”. Let’s be open, let’s be honest and get to the heart of why class matters.
Price: €10

The Art of Storytelling

Saturday 15th June | The Heritage Centre

This event has changed venue from St. Patrick’s Church to The Heritage Centre.
We all love a great story, not just for the joy it brings, but from the memories it leaves behind and the emotions it triggers in all of us. But what makes a story great? What makes someone a good storyteller? Storytelling is something we all do naturally, starting at a young age, but there’s a difference between good storytelling and great storytelling. What is it? Come listen to four brilliant storytellers as they explain the art of storytelling. Deborah Levy, Richard Flanagan and Tishani Doshi, chaired by Rick O’Shea.
Price: €20

Voices in My Head: Exploring Schizophrenia

Saturday 15th June | The Masonic Lodge

In The Heartland, the follow up to his Costa novel of the year Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer, a former mental health nurse, invites us to spend time in the company of some extraordinary people whose lives have been affected by this most strange of human conditions, and to discover their complex, surprising, painful, funny and ultimately relatable stories. Interlacing these first-person encounters with a series of meditative essays, he debunks myths, challenges orthodoxy and offers fresh insight into what is traditionally considered to be psychiatry’s heartland: the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia. Just as The Shock of the Fall did, The Heartland will illuminate our perception and transform lives. Nathan Filer will be in conversation with Kevin Mitchell, associate Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin.
Price: €15

Brexit and Us

Saturday 15th June | Seafront Marquee

We can’t think of a better panel to discuss the critical Issue of “Brexit and us” and by “us”, we mean, Ireland and Britain. Already, Brexit has poisoned relations between Britain and Ireland, inflamed old divisions in Northern Ireland, made the border between the two sides of the country a flash point again, and has underlined how little English people know about Ireland. But is it all bad? Are there any upsides and what will it do, long term, to the relationship between Ireland and Britain? Join our brilliant panel for this crucial discussion. James O’Brien, Chris Patten, Pippa Malmgren, Fintan O’Toole and David McWilliams, chaired by PJ Gallagher.
Price: €20

Trump’s America: Four more years?

Saturday 15th June | Seafront Marquee

For the media he is the gift that keeps giving, for others he is an American hero and for many more he is a terrifying narcissist in the most powerful position in the world. Later this year he will be on the campaign trail. Can he win and if he does what will become of America? Even if he loses, what will Trump’s legacy be in the world’s stand out superpower? We have brought you an all American panel to Dalkey to discuss just that. John Brennan, Anna Winger, Pamela Drukerman and Pippa Malmgren, chaired by PJ Gallagher.
Price: €20

Shaw’s Arias

Saturday 15th June | Secret Garden

Long before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Academy Award for the screenplay for Pygmalion (1938), George Bernard Shaw worked as a music critic in London. Soprano Síobhra Quinlan and pianist Máire Carroll draw on the music criticisms of George Bernard Shaw, performing works contextualised by his writings on music. The whole show will be chaired by the redoubtable Fintan O’Toole whose brilliant book Judging Shaw was described as ‘a handsome tribute from one of Ireland’s leading intellectuals to one of his mightiest forebears’ by Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books. This is a lovely show, revealing one of the great Shaw’s less celebrated sides.
Price: €20

Kashmir: The Most Dangerous Place in The World?

Saturday 15th June | The Town Hall

Think of the country, divided by two religions, partitioned in the first half of the 20th century by an arbitrary border drawn by departing Englishmen after centuries of colonialization. The larger part was agricultural, the smaller part more urban. The border has been a constant source of conflict and due to an election in one country, in recent months it has again become an international flashpoint. No we are not talking about Ireland but India and Pakistan. Both are ruled by religious adherents one Hindu one Muslim, both countries are nuclear-armed and Kashmir could again flare up, leaving the region vulnerable to yet another conflict except this time, the whole world allied to either could be dragged in. With Nelofer Pazira, Carlo Pizzati, James Crabtree and Michal Vatikiotis.
Price: €20

Creepy Victorians

Saturday 15th June | Masonic Lodge

You think they are prudish, straight laced and dull, but they were anything but. Come to this wonderful, quirky event exploring the violence, depravity and deviancy of the era which is widely misunderstood. Sex, drugs and no self-control, come and listen to the untold story of your ancestors. With Paraic O’Donnell, Dean Ruxton and Nuala O’Connor.
Proudly Supported by The Irish Times.
Price: €15

From Good to Great: How To Make a Brilliant 21st Century Education System

Saturday 15th June | Seafront Marquee

In a world where information is limitless, where memory is being made redundant by Google, where the jobs of the future are not even invented yet, education and the ability to analyze, discern and make a relevant contribution is more important than ever. But how do we create an education system that gets the best out of every person, giving everyone a chance? If teaching is something someone else does to you and learning is what you do for yourself, what are we to make of our current education system? Education is crucial, but despite all our learning, how much do we actually think about it? Technology is changing work, knowledge and every aspect of our lives, yet the education system has barely changed in two generations. Oscar-winner and educationalist, David Puttnam and Chinese/American journalist and author of Little Soldiers (a best-selling book comparing the Chinese and American schooling system),Lenora Chu tease out the major issues and paint a 21st century portrait of what the best education system could look like with Francesco Grillo and Alec Russell.
This event is proudly supported by The Financial Times Weekend.
Price: €20

Humanology – What it Means to be Human

Saturday 15th June | Secret Garden

Luke O Neill’s wonderful best-seller Humanology explains almost every aspect of what makes us human: how, when, where, and who, with some speculation as to why. For all his easy wit and clever pop-culture references, Luke is fundamentally a serious scientist with an amazing knack of making science accessible and this discussion with fellow scientist Aoife McLysaght will move from pre-creation to our eventual extinction, along the way taking in the laughter, gender assignments, love, God, diet, disease, 10cc, population control and lots in between. If you are curious about us, this bizarre animal called the human being, this is a show for you.
Price: €15

India, Upside Down: The Billionaire Raj and the Mapillai

Saturday 15th June | The Town Hall

Money, sex, avarice and Bollywood, today’s India is a far cry from the country of Mahatma Gandhi. It is an economic and political powerhouse, nuclear armed and ready to take on the world. It will soon be the most populous country on earth, overtaking China and at the very top of the food chain is a billionaire class – the Bollygarchs – whose ambitions and decadence are truly extraordinary. Although rarely mentioned, Ireland’s richest man is Indian, one of an Indian oligarch class whose influence and power extends throughout the globe. This session will lift the lid on the little understood Indian Billionaire class. Joining James Crabtree, author of The Billionaire Raj is Carlo Pizzati whose recent fantastic book Mappillai meaning ‘son-in-law’ in Tamil, is Carlo’s story, a European journalist living with his in-laws in urban Chennai and with his wife in rural Tamil Nadu. Carlo’s story is also one of extremes, of fascination and suspicion and his awkward attempts at cruising through a maze of bribery, bureaucracy and traffic. But, beyond this, Mappillai is the story of India, offering an intimate capsule of contemporary Indian history, of the associated Hinduization and Westernization of India, intertwined with the Indianization of a European! If you are interested in understanding the world’s largest democracy and soon-to-be most populous nation, don’t miss this gig with two brilliant journalists.
Price: €15

Constellations: Sinead Gleeson, Deborah Levy & Lisa Hannigan

Saturday 15th June | St. Patrick’s Church

“I have come to think of all the metal in my body as artificial stars, glistening beneath the skin, a constellation of old and new metal. A map, a tracing of connections and a guide to looking at things from different angles.” In these powerful and daring essays Sinéad Gleeson delves into a range of subjects: art, illness, ghosts, grief and our very ways of seeing. Sinéad is joined by singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan and one of our favourite novelists, the great Deborah Levy.
Price: €20

It’s Ann Devine Time! Colm O’Regan with Tara Flynn

Saturday 15th June | The Masonic Lodge

Everybody knows an Ann Devine, a riddle, wrapped up in a fleece, inside a Skoda Octavia. In his laugh-out-loud funny first novel, Ann Devine, Ready For Her Close-Up, Colm O’Regan, stand up and author, affectionately satirises rural Ireland. Prepare for belly laughs with the author of the Irish Mammies series. A ray of sunshine and an antidote perhaps to the gloominess that abounds. In conversation with comedian and author, Tara Flynn.
Price: €15

Macron: the most important man in Europe?

Saturday 15th June | St. Patrick’s Church

From the gilets jaunes to their dapper President’s stance of Europe, from wine and couture, to art, literature and cinema, not to mention football, France is a world leader. This extraordinary country is stylish, self-confident, dogged and unbowed, and critically France presents a different way of living, thinking and creating. It is a counterbalance on almost every level in language, philosophy, food and of course, sex. Sophie Pedder of the Economist, is an exile moored in this great country and is the author of Revolution Francaise, the seminal account of Emmanuel Macron’s rise from independent outsider to President. Just how ambitious is Macron? And will he really change France? Let’s take a look at France versus the world, its mysteries, its attractiveness and ultimately the French vision. In a Europe without Britain, France will only become stronger, more influential and ultimately the “French way” will have a much greater influence on Irish life. With Sophie Pedder, Simon Kuper and Hugh Linehan.
Price: €20

The Object of Language and the Language of Objects – SOLD OUT

Saturday 15th June | Seafront Marquee

Actor, comedian, raconteur, and author, Stephen Fry shares his wit and wisdom with Jony Ive, the man who, by designing three of the most iconic products of our age – the iPod, iPad, and iPhone- has changed your world probably more than any other single living human being. Truly a one-off event featuring treasured polymath, Stephen Fry, and Apple design guru, Jony Ive. Two global superstars mark the tenth anniversary of the festival by sharing one stage at Dalkey!
Proudly Supported by FT Weekend.
Price: €30

How to Be Right: James O’Brien

Saturday 15th June | Seafront Marquee

Fast becoming the leading spokesperson for liberal Britain, LBC radio presenter James O’ Brien has been a beacon of rationality in a world gone mad. In fact his best seller is called “How to be right – in a world gone mad” and it’s a wonderful guide to talking to people with faulty ideas. Every day on radio, O’Brien and his millions of listeners, hear people blaming the ills of the world on immigrants, welfare scroungers, Brussels and feminists. And every day, he dismantles their arguments with humour, insight and vast knowledge. This gig is for you, if you want to puncture fake news, half-baked notions and makey-uppey opinions – and crucially, have a laugh doing so. Don’t miss Britain’s number one media star, teasing out how to make sense of the madness of our world, with David McWilliams.
This event is proudly supported by Brewin Dolphin.
Price: €20

Kevin Barry: Night Boat To Tangiers

Saturday 15th June | St. Patrick’s Church

Kevin Barry is one of Ireland’s true literary geniuses. His work defies category, but is the product of a most extraordinary imagination and for festival goers there’s the huge advantage that Kevin is, without doubt, the most compelling performer and reader of his own work. Many writers try to replicate the words, when reading their own work. It is extremely difficult to do, but when Kevin takes to the stage, you are transfixed. Its mesmerising. We are delighted to have Kevin back at Dalkey for our 10th anniversary as he was here on our inaugural year, so having him back here is special for us. He is the author of the novel City of Bohane and two short story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. He was awarded the Rooney Prize in 2007 and won The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize in 2012. For City of Bohane he was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Irish Book Award, and won the Authors’ Club First Novel Prize, The European Prize for Literature and the IMPAC Prize. Kevin has an original screenplay, The Gee Gees, in development with Element with David Kerr attached to direct. Another screenplay, based on stories from Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms, is in development with Michael Garland at Grand Pictures. Kevin’s second novel Beatlebone was published in 2015 and won the Goldsmith’s Prize 2015. His third novel, Night Boat To Tangiers is just out. We can’t wait.
Price: €15

The World in 2025

Saturday 15th June | St. Patrick’s Church

2025 is not that far off. Six years in fact. Now think about the changes that have happened in the past six years? Back then Donald Trump was an estate agent and reality TV star, frequently bankrupt, with a weakness for wives. Brexit was a glint in the eye of radical English nationalists. ISIS had never been mentioned, Crimea was part of Ukraine and both Uber and Airbnb were fringe apps, hoping to survive. A border poll was never even spoken about. Imagine the changes that are likely to be coming down the tracks in the next six years. The world is changing at such a pace, it’s hard to pin point the areas of your life that will be convulsed. But fear not: our panel will try to plot a future course and trace out the potential changes ahead, to give us all a sense of what the world will look like, geo-politically, economically and socially in the year 2025. With Thomas Friedman, Simon Kuper, Ece Temelkuran, Pilita Clark and Robert Shrimsley.
This event is proudly supported by The Financial Times Weekend.
Price: €20