The Seafront Marquee


DAY 4: Understanding Stress: why happy dogs wag their tails to the right - Dalkey Book Fest

We’re heading into the twilight of this year’s book festival as Professor Ian Robertson takes to the stage. As he introduces the title of the discussion, why happy dogs wag their tails to the right, a dog loudly barks from the back of the marquee. “Okay, who’s the joker?” he jovially asks. Great to see so many here for Ian Robertson's event. Dalkey supporting its own! #DalkeyBookFest pic.twitter.com/mrUr5q5qFu — Dalkey Book Festival (@dalkeybookfest) June 17, 2016 Professor Ian begins by putting three puzzles to the audience. A group of researchers in Italy put......

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DAY 4: Captain Corelli's Mandolin and other stories; Louis de Bernières - Dalkey Book Fest

The weather is the gift that keeps on giving as we happily settle into the Seafront Marquee. Martina Devlin is interviewing Louis de Bernières, author and poet. She welcomes him to Dalkey and tells the audience that he has worked as “a gardener, a mechanic, a soldier and a teacher – but he is best known as a writer.” Louis most well known work is of course, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, but he has written extensively. Martina begins by saying his name is rather exotic sounding for an Englishman. “I thought, French, Italian” and......

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DAY 3: Understanding Your Genes To Take Control Of Your Health - Dalkey Book Fest

Dr Sharad Paul is a very special man. Not only is he a skin cancer surgeon and specialist, he’s an author, an evolutionary biologist and a professor. He’s the only person who has written fiction, non-fiction, poetry and medical text books. Out of the 150,000 skin cancer patients he has treated, 100,000 of them were pro bono. He is a man that does what he does out of a place of passion and care.  As the mercury rises, a crowd gathers at the Seafront Marquee to listen to Sharad demonstrate his medical expertise.......

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DAY 2: Colm Toíbin - Dalkey Book Fest

“I was getting up at half three in the morning, Leo [Varadkar] would’ve been really proud of me!” Colm Toíbin tells the packed marquee. So begins one of the highlights of Dalkey Book Festival – one of Ireland’s greatest writers in conversation with one of Ireland’s treasures, Miriam O’Callaghan. The book he is talking about getting up for in the middle of the night is his latest work, House of Names. It was a swift process for him, working on his latest novel. “Once the idea came to me, I really worked fast.......

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