THURSDAY'S EVENTS

13 June 2019

When Britain Breaks Up

Thurs 13th June | Secret Garden

Will Boris Johnson be the last Prime Minister of the UK? Brexit under Boris has the real potential to break up Britain. The first to go could be Scotland and demographic trends indicate Northern Ireland will only be a decade or so behind the Scots in leaving the UK. The British project, which kicked off 400 odd years ago by Henry 8th and the plantations in Ireland, once spanned the globe. Now it looks jaded, deeply divided and undermined – perhaps fatally – by English nationalism. The big question for us is what happens with Northern Ireland, 100 years old next year? We open the festival with this critical issue because, ultimately, the future of Britain is the future of Ireland. With Bill Emmott, Pinchas Landau, David McWilliams and Jennifer O’Connell.
Price: €15

Understanding Russia

Thurs 13th June | Secret Garden

This year is the twentieth anniversary of Putin coming to power in Russia. While America and its President have become a laughing stock, Putin has reinvented Russia. It is taken seriously. He inherited a bankrupt, collapsing country, and in 20 years he has made it into a superpower again. Geo-politically – from Syria to Venezuela – all roads lead to Moscow. But what about Russia itself? How much do we know about it, do we understand it and ultimately what does Russia want? As Putin bestrides the globe, as possibly the only true statesman left, don’t miss this deep dive in one of the world’s least understood countries. With Zhanna O’Clery, Pinchas Landau, Gerry McCarthy, Gary Shteyngart and Bill Emmott. This event is proudly supported by Brewin Dolphin.

Price: €20

Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities are Destroying Democracies

Thurs 13th June | Secret Garden

Ian Hughes’ remarkable new book offers a compelling and timely account of the dangers posed by narcissistic leaders, and provides a stark warning that the conditions in which this psychopathy flourishes – extremes of social inequality and a culture of hyper-individualism – are the hallmarks of our present age. From Trump to Boris Johnson, Hughes outlines how disordered minds are impacting on your life. Ian Hughes with Gary Jermyn.
Price: €15
4:00 pm –

Inside the Mind of Chinese Millennials

Thurs 13th June | Secret Garden

The most important group in the world will, very soon, be the 300 million Chinese millennials. How do they think? How do they view the West and what future do they imagine for China, imminently the world’s biggest economy? If you want to understand young people in China today, this is for you. Karoline Kan’s new book “Under Red Skies” traces her extraordinary life from a dirt poor village in rural China in 1989 to writing for the New York Times today. It’s an engrossing account of a rapidly changing China seen through the eyes of an imaginative, ambitious young woman chafing at the constraints of a sexist society and a repressive state. If you want to hear what the future looks like, don’t miss this one off event. Karoline Kan in conversation with David McWilliams.
This event is proudly supported by Brewin Dolphin.
Price: €15

6:00 pm –

Bookers Talk

Thurs 13th June | St. Patrick’s Church

The Personal is Political. Two Man Booker Prize Winners, who also happen to be captivating talkers, reveal how deep personal experience and their world view informs their writing. From climate change to slavery, from homophobia to corruption, from colonialisation to war and brutality, you can expect a light to be shone on the human condition. Richard Flanagan and Anne Enright with Emma Dabiri. Proudly supported by The Doyle Collection
Price: €20

7:30 pm –

Notes to Self: Emilie Pine

Thurs 13th June | Secret Garden

Notes to Self has quite simply reinvented not just Irish, but all autobiographical work. A series of six deeply personal interlocking essays, you won’t want to put it down. Achingly honest, this book is shockingly raw and yet is the most exquisitely precise prose we have read in many years. It has blown the critics away, sold shedloads and established Pine as a truly unique Irish talent. Emilie talks to Keelin Shanley.
Price: €15

7:30 pm –

Making a Murderer

Thurs 13th June | Heritage Centre

Making a Murderer captured the attention of millions of viewers globally. The extraordinary story of convicted murderer Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey has now taken a new turn with Avery winning his appeal to present new evidence that may overturn the original verdict. Apart from being the specific story of a murderer, an accomplice and a victim, Making a Murderer shone a dramatic light on America, its mass incarceration, its justice system and the people we rarely see, the poor, the forgotten and powerless – the people who end up in prison. Dean Strang, Avery’s lawyer, opens up with Patrick Freyne of The Irish Times.
Proudly supported by The Doyle Collection.
Price: €15

9:00 pm –

Thomas Friedman

Thurs 13th June | St. Patrick’s Church

Thomas Friedman is a three times Pulitzer prize winner whose op-ed columns in The New York Times about economics, foreign affairs, globalization, technology and the environment make him arguably one of the world’s most important columnists and political commentators. Friedman is also winner of the prestigious American National Book Award and his various books on subjects ranging from the Israel/Palestinian conflict, to China, globalisation and the impact of technology on our lives, have all been New York Times’ bestsellers. This is your chance to listen to one of the most influential voices in global journalism here in Dublin. In conversation with David McWilliams.
This event is proudly supported by McCann Fitzgerald
Price: €25