18 - 20 JUNE 2021

Welcome to the Dalkey Book Festival @ The Tower

presented by Zurich


It’s 2021. We are only just emerging from a global situation not seen since the early 1900s. We still don’t know how it will impact our society, our politics, and our environment for years to come… 

But what we do know is that when a dystopian reality became our everyday life, the desire to explore new worlds through literature only increased. Books have provided escape, solace, companionship, laughter, and thankfully something to talk about other than ‘The Thing’! 

Over the past year we’ve all had to pivot, make adjustments and get used to things not being the way they once were. In that vein, Dalkey Book Festival 2021 is coming to you in a slightly different format but by no means lacking in the global talent, the community feel and the good fun for which the festival is known. 

So…this year we are bringing you a virtual experience – Dalkey Book Festival @ The Tower presented by Zurich. Three days of dynamic programming – June 18th, 19th, 20th – connecting you to our community of writers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and creative talent as they exchange ideas, challenge the status quo, and dismantle some of today’s most pressing topics.


Dalkey Book Festival in conjunction with Zurich Insurance are delighted to present the 2021 Dalkey Literary Awards which aim to promote and support Irish writers. The annual awards have two categories: Novel of the Year and Emerging Writer and are for writers born or resident in Ireland and published in Ireland or the UK in 2019. The Dalkey Literary Awards boast an overall prize fund of €30,000

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