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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chaired by Myles Dungan.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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…
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.