Dalkey Literary Awards - 20th June 2020
Dalkey Literary Awards - 20th June 2020

And The Dalkey Book Festival 2016 is go!

A happy Bloomsday and first day of the festival to all!

We’re here in the marquee overlooking the Dalkey bay. President Michael D Higgins has taken the stage after flying back from Istanbul (with a slight chest infection) and we’re discussing ‘the concept of Dalkey’. Ahem.


“We’re all able to share the agony of the world as well as its joys,” President Higgins discusses the democratic role of literary festivals of this type, mixing emerging and established literary figures and thinkers.

“Dalkey as a home and inspiration for great Irish writers. There’s something wonderful about the setting itself being so close to the sea,” President Higgins says, reminding us to this place’s connection to James Joyce’s Ulysses which we celebrate today.

We are delighted to welcome President Michael D. Higgins who is opening up #DalkeyBookFest this year!

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Theme of this year’s festival is  “exile, migration, and dislocation,” President Michael D Higgins is telling us, and mentions some of the speakers who will be touching on these topics –

“Migrants invent worlds,” Michael D is saying.


“This year we’re in a year of commemoration,” the President says, saying it’s good that we didn’t decide that “amnesia was safer.”

“I’m glad we’ve put women back into history 100 years later,” Michael D is saying about the 1916 celebrations.

Michael D ends his introduction of the festival by reminding us that Salman Rushdie once referred to it as “the best little festival in the world”, and that was before the café scene.

Happy #DalkeyBookFestival