13-16 June 2024

Programme 2024

Thursday 13th June
Friday 14th June
Saturday 15th June
Sunday 16th June

The David McWilliams Podcast Live

Making economics accessible and digestible! A recording of the popular podcast, live from Dalkey. For anyone interested in economics, politics and finance, served with a dose of humour to help the medicine go down! €25
John Davis
David McWilliams

Discover Irish Children’s Books

Age 9+ and all ages (children and adults) Do you love books and reading? Would you like to find out more about the brilliant Irish children’s books that have been published recently? From colourful, funny picture books to brilliant novels, they will talk about lots of books that will entertain, inspire and delight young readers of all ages. Marita, Shane and Sarah will read from their latest children’s books. An interactive event all about Irish children’s books for the whole...
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Sarah Webb
Marita Conlon McKenna
Shane Hegarty

Éire Accelerationism

It is time for Ireland to shift its ambitions and create the society and country that Irish people deserve. How do we aim higher and make this the best place to live in the world? We have the technology, the money, and the talent to do it; what we need now is the vision and the drive. What are we waiting for? A new generation comes up with a new vision, one that accelerates the pace of change. Don’t miss...
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Finn McRedmond
Sarah Cullen
David McWilliams
Will O’Brien
Emma Waldron Chen

The Murder of Wolfe Tone

The incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, the founding father of Irish Republicanism. An audio-visual spectacular featuring hundreds of images, shocking research and incredible songs, Paddy unravels the secrets around what happened that fateful week in the Provost’s Prison in November 1798. Was Wolfe Tone’s real father the Chief Justice of Ireland – the man who tried to save him twice? If he lived for 8 days after his ‘suicide’ attempt, why was no-one allowed to...
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Paddy Cullivan

I’m Kind of A Big Deal Around Here

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly returns to Dalkey to share the lessons of the life he’s lived with the people who need them the least. Paul Howard  €30
Paul Howard

Wild Minds

Join best-selling nature writer Manchán Magan and wildlife sound recordist Seán Ronayne, both documenters of the beauty and importance of our natural world. They will share some of their stories gathered from years spent travelling Ireland’s bogs, mountains, remote islands and native woodlands. Expect to hear some unusual sounds – Seán is on a mission to record the vocalisation of every Irish bird, including those species on the cusp of extinction before it is too late. For anyone who cares about...
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Manchán Magan
Jennifer O’Connell
Sean Ronayne

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama

David McWilliams read Nathan Thrall’s book last year before the Gaza and October 7th massacres. He couldn’t put it down. It tells the true story of a young Palestinian boy, a tragic accident, his family and the daily humiliations of the Palestinian people. There is much cruelty but there is much love, too, and courage, resolve and tenderness.  For everyone who is interested in Palestine and Israel, this is a conversation for you.  Nathan Thrall with David McWilliams €20
David McWilliams
Nathan Thrall

What Makes Us Human? A Scientist’s Guide to our Amazing Existence with Luke O’Neill

Starting with the origin of life and how we as a species evolved on the plains of Africa some 200,000 years ago, Professor Luke explores what makes us interesting as a species, why we sleep, laugh and enjoy music, and our efforts to stop disease. He also ponders whether we will create superhumans, how and why we age, if we can escape death and whether our eventual extinction is inevitable. With Luke’s trademark infectious enthusiasm – and plenty of laughs...
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Ruth Freeman
Luke O’Neill

The Good Russian

Since the war in Ukraine, the “Russians” have become a pariah race. We are told there are  “Russians” around every corner and assassins in every city. They are behind every hacking, scandal, crisis, and so on. These “Russians” helped Donald Trump win the US Presidential Election. These “Russians” wish to undermine democracy, humiliate the West, invade Europe, fan the horrors of war, and overall be the monsters that they are indefinitely. The media, the politicians, and the public are so...
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Jana Bakunina
David McWilliams

Manchán Magan: Listen to the Land

Our ancestors developed a uniquely nature-focused society, centred on esteemed poets, seers, monks, healers and wise women who were deeply connected to the land. They used this connection to the cycles of the natural world – from which we are increasingly dissociated – as an animating force in their lives. Manchán Magan journeys through bogs, across rivers and over mountains, to trace our ancestors’ footsteps, uncovering ancient myths that have shaped our national identity. Manchán Magan with Madeleine Keane €20...
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Madeleine Keane
Manchán Magan

Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties

The true story of how Germany’s wealthiest business dynasties amassed untold money and power by abetting the atrocities of the Third Reich — and how America looked the other way. Many of them continue to control swathes of the world economy, owning iconic brands whose products blanket the globe, brands like Daimler-Benz, Allianz, Porsche, Volkswagen, and BMW. David de Jong shows how these tycoons seized Jewish businesses, procured slave labourers, and ramped up weapons production to equip Hitler’s army –...
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David de Jong
David McWilliams

Biographer’s Ball

From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw, Nora Barnacle to Virginia Woolf, our four guest writers have written outstanding biographies on outstanding people. But how do you capture a life, how honest can you be, do you have to like your subjects and how do you distill the essence of let’s say a William Shakespeare?  Join us as we discuss great lives, great drama and great story-telling. James Shapiro, Fintan O’Toole, Nuala O’Connor with Merve Emre €20
Nuala O’Connor
James Shapiro
Merve Emre
Fintan O’Toole

Being The Fonz, Being Henry

For a generation of Irish people The Fonz defined cool, and maybe not so cool. Loved and imitated, the weekly appointment with Happy Days and the Fonz, was part of the suburban Dublin calendar. Here’s your chance to meet The Fonz at Dalkey.  Join the legend himself – Emmy-award winning actor, bestselling author, director and producer Henry Winkler as he shares stories of his life on the 50th anniversary of his time in Hollywood. Dynamic, vivid, hilarious and emotional, with...
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Jeffrey Goldberg
Henry Winkler

Free Agents: Our Brain, and the Evolution of Free Will

Scientists are learning more and more about how brain activity controls behaviour. As we probe deeper into the mechanics of decision making, some conclude that free will is an illusion but leading neuroscientist Kevin Mitchell argues that we are not mere machines responding to physical forces – we are agents acting with purpose. Traversing billions of years of evolution, living beings capable of choice arose from lifeless matter. Mitchell’s argument has important implications — for how we understand decision-making, how our...
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Kevin Mitchell
Ian Robertson

Lads in Chip Shops in Small Towns

The acclaimed writer of Young Skins and the screenplay for Calm with Horses, comes to Dalkey to chat about his debut novel Wild Houses.  Described by Kevin Power in The Irish Times as “a delicate and beautiful book about the lives of lonely people on the fringes of small-town gangsterdom” Barrett’s Ballina is the setting for this remarkable and funny debut novel. The beautifully crafted, thrillingly-told story of two outsiders striving to find themselves as their worlds collapse in chaos and...
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Jan Carson
Colin Barrett

David Baddiel: My Family, A Memoir

Stand-up comedian, football savant, novelist, actor, philosopher and cultural commentator, David Baddiel has been a ground-breaking commentator and thinker for over three decades. From Cool Britannia and Three Lions to antisemitism and dementia, David has explored the breezy and the tragic with humour, humility and insight.  We are delighted to have him in Dalkey this year discussing his just published memoir.  David Baddiel with David McWilliams  €30 Proudly supported by Cantor Fitzgerald
David McWilliams
David Baddiel

Strangling Dissent: From Oppenheimer to Cancel Culture

James Shapiro’s latest book, The Playbook, A Story of Theatre, Democracy and the making of  a Culture War,  tells the true story of a vibrant theatre that was closed in the America of 1930s and explains where Donald Trump got his playbook for sensationalism and misinformation. To explore the origins of  today’s divisive public debate, the victimisation of dissenters and our online culture war, join four literary heavyweights as we explore literature, politics, theatre and the future of Western democracy. ...
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Declan Hughes
James Shapiro
Merve Emre
Fintan O’Toole

Poor: Grit, Courage and the Life-Changing Value of Self Belief

The inspirational best-selling author of Poor, which debuted at number one on the Irish Non-Fiction bestseller list, grew up in extreme poverty. Katriona O’Sullivan describes the far-reaching impact of a childhood home shaped by her parents’ heroin addiction. Katriona’s story chronicles her journey from poverty, teenage pregnancy, and homelessness to graduating with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and becoming a lecturer whose work challenges barriers to education. A stirring argument for the importance of looking out for our children’s future,...
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Pat Kenny
Katriona O’Sullivan

Ireland’s Next Government

We are less than a year out from the most important election in decades. With the country deeply divided, immigrants and housing the two key issues, mask a generational divide and culture war that has been brewing for some years. Despite national wealth, people feel stretched; we are a rich country that feels poor. Which way will the country lurch? Is it over for FF/FG or will SF come up short? Will Ireland swing Left, or to the radical Right?...
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Finn McRedmond
Pat Leahy
Paddy Cullivan
Jennifer O’Connell

Creative Writing Workshop for Children with Sarah Webb (Age 9+)

Join Sarah Webb for a fun writing workshop with a history theme. Children will find out about Ireland during WW2 and the Éire signs, including the Dalkey one! They will then write their own story or poem inspired by history. Sarah Webb €10 Proudly supported by TCL
Sarah Webb

Nelson Goose: The Bike Ride [Age 6+]

Nelson Goose is planting to replenish the earth.Join him for storytime and maybe start your very own garden by planting some seeds!
Jess Kelly

Surviving as a Writer : A Workshop with Jan Carson (AGE 18+)

This workshop will provide an overview to surviving some of the biggest challenges associated with writing. Combining teaching and discussion, the workshop will cover key elements of professional writing practice including time management, self-motivation, publicity and social media, finding a publisher and agent, public events and generating income. Informal, engaging and gleaned from years of first-hand experience in the literary sector, this is a great opportunity to learn from a writer, well-established and making a living from her practice. Jan...
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Jan Carson

How They Broke Britain with James O’Brien

Something has gone really wrong in Britain. Their economy has tanked, freedoms are shrinking, and social divisions are growing. Its politicians seem most interested in their own careers, and much of the media only makes things worse. The country is almost unrecognisable from the one that existed a decade ago. But whose fault is it really? Who broke Britain and how did they do it? Bold and incisive as ever, James O’Brien reveals the shady network of influence that has...
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Pat Leahy
James O’Brien

James Shapiro: Shakespeare in America

The plays of William Shakespeare are rare common ground in the United States. For well over two centuries, Americans of all stripes — presidents and activists, soldiers and writers, conservatives and liberals alike — have turned to Shakespeare’s works to explore the nation’s fault lines. What can Shakespeare, as relevant now as he was 400 years ago, tell us about America’s past and present? Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro sits down with Fintan O’Toole. James Shapiro with Fintan O’Toole  €25
James Shapiro
Fintan O’Toole

My Fourth Time We Drowned: Sally Hayden

Winner of the Irish Book of the Year, the Orwell Prize and Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2022, Sally Hayden’s My Fourth Time, We Drowned is a masterpiece. It is a staggering investigation into the migrant crisis across North Africa. This book follows the shocking experiences of refugees seeking sanctuary, but it also surveys the bigger picture: the negligence of NGOs and corruption within the United Nations, the economics of the twenty-first-century slave trade and the EU’s bankrolling of Libyan...
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Gary Jermyn
Sally Hayden

This is My Sea with Miriam Mulcahy

This is My Sea takes our greatest fear, death, and wraps it up in language so fine and beautiful that the reader is carried along and comforted by how completely lost Miriam was and how she found solace in all the things that sustained her: books, music, art, friends, love, swimming, and of course the sea. Over the course of seven difficult years Miriam Mulcahy lost her mother, father and sister, each grief threatening to drown her. But instead of...
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Miriam Mulcahy
Ed O’Loughlin

Being Palestinian: Karim Kattan

‘Palestinians stand at the threshold of humanity, sometimes invited, but not always’, says Karim Kattan, a writer born in Jerusalem. Just after the assault on Gaza began, Kattan was asked by the organisers of a literary festival to ‘refrain from mentioning the current situation and leave the political dimension out of the talk to avoid any eruption’. This is how Palestinians are silenced, their voice is conditional, their suffering qualified. This is what it feels to be Palestinian in polite...
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Jennifer O’Connell
Karim Kattan

Chris Judge: Evil Duck and The Feather of Fortune Age 6+

Evil Duck and the Feather of Fortune is the first bright, bold, beaking brilliant book in a new full-colour graphic novel series from Irish favourite Chris Judge. Be one of the very first people to see Chris demonstrate how he draws the lead characters including Evil Duck from his latest creation,  a book that is sure to become a favourite of children and parents – an instant classic. Perfect for fans of Bunny vs Monkey, Dog Man and The Incredibles!...
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Chris Judge

A Modest Proposal: Writing Satire

The easiest to read but maybe the hardest to write, satire speaks truth not power, bringing the pompous down a peg or six with humour, exaggeration and witty social observations that make the readers deliciously complicit in the joke. Yet it’s almost impossible to achieve.  A Swiftian romp through the fine art of satire.  Robert Shrimsley, Kathy Lette and Colm Williamson with Colm O’Regan €20
Colm Williamson
Colm O’Regan
Robert Shrimsley
Kathy Lette

Colm Tóibín in Conversation

“Since he published his first novel, The South in 1990, Colm has written eleven more books of fiction. He has also published three collections of essays, dozens of introductions to other writers’ work, prefaces to art catalogues, an opera libretto, plays, poems, and so many reviews that it’s surprising when a week goes by and he hasn’t been in at least one of the New York, London, or Dublin papers” – so opened a New Yorker profile of Colm Tóibín....
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Pat Kenny
Colm Tóibín

AI and the Wealth of Nations

How will this transformative technology affect the economy? Could AI, like the industrial revolution, unleash a new era of human progress? What advantages will it bring, to whom and at what price? What jobs will be done by robots and what will we do with the new free time? On the national upside, some country will become a global AI hub – why not Ireland? David McCourt, Will O’Brien, Eli Noam, Alison Darcy with David McWilliams Tomorrow’s World : Living...
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Eli Noam
Alison Darcy
David McCourt
David McWilliams
Will O’Brien

Zarifa Ghafari: A Woman’s Battle in Afghanistan

Meet Afghanistan’s youngest and first female mayor, Zarifa Ghafari, who says she is not a hero, just a mayor. But being a mayor in a country where girls are being killed for daring to go to school, is a pretty heroic act. Imagine the terror of the Taliban, the choices you’d have to make and the courage it takes just to stand up and say no? Zarifa’s story (told in her first memoir,  Zarifa; A Woman’s Battle in a Man’s...
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Andrea Catherwood
Zarifa Ghafari

Glorious Exploits with Ferdia Lennon

Greek tragedy with an Irish accent, Glorious Exploits is a hilarious novel set in ancient Syracuse, Sicily but written in the lively vernacular of contemporary Ireland. A story about the power and comfort of stories, it is an exhilarating, fiercely original story of brotherhood, war and art, and of daring to dream of something bigger than ourselves. Ferdia Lennon with Rick O’Shea  €15
Rick O’Shea
Ferdia Lennon

Paul Lynch: Prophet Song

We are delighted to have Booker Prize winner Paul Lynch back at Dalkey to discuss his winning novel Prophet Song. As Ireland slides into totalitarianism, Paul traces the choices faced by an average family. We think it can’t happen here, but it can and it might. Join us on a dystopian journey into Ireland’s potential future.   Paul Lynch with Madeleine Keane €25
Madeleine Keane
Paul Lynch

Donal Ryan in Conversation

We are thrilled this year to welcome back national treasure, Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart and Booker-longlisted Strange Flowers. His latest novel is Heart, Be At Peace. At last year’s sold-out reading, he moved much of the audience, some of them to tears.  Grab a ticket while you can to this special and intimate event.  Donal Ryan with Jennifer O’Connell €20
Jennifer O’Connell
Donal Ryan

Narcotopia: In Search of the Asian Drug Cartel That Survived the CIA

This is a gem of a story from Patrick Winn about a south-east Asian nation the size of Belgium which is a huge drug cartel controlling a $60 billion meth trade. “Wa State” is an autonomous zone nestled in the highlands of Myanmar bordering China and Thailand with its own army, schools, and tax collectors. The Wa’s self-sufficiency derives from one of its top exports, methamphetamine, which it produces with such knee-weakening efficiency that, frankly, they make me want to...
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Naoise Nunn
Patrick Winn

Creative Workshop for Children with Sarah Bowie (Age 8-12)

Meet Nina Peanut – super-star in the making, frozen pizza chef, creative genius, and owner of the world’s stinkiest cat. Join Nina Peanut creator Sarah Bowie to meet the characters and even learn how to draw them! Nina Peanut is Amazing is a hilariously funny new graphic novel series. With Sarah Bowie  €10
Sarah Bowie

Tears of Palestine

Palestine is among the most tragic national stories of the 21st century. Divided, humiliated, abused and abandoned by both West and East, Palestinians have nevertheless persevered, making their voices heard through artistic, literary and cultural output. Join three very different writers who have made the country, the conflict and the people their canvas. As Gaza burns, the West Bank simmers and the streets of Western capitals are alive with protest, don’t miss this discussion about a land that has defined...
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Karim Kattan
Isabella Hammad
Sally Hayden
Nathan Thrall

The Moral Maze: Can AI and God live together?

We are entering the world of the superhuman – half human/half robot – our intelligence artificially enhanced by technology. There is no going back. AI will soon know everything humans know. Will we be smarter, kinder, more collaborative, less individualistic? Or will our darker side dominate with terrifying consequences? Every generation unearths a new technology and every generation has those who scream apocalypse, yet humanity marches on. Why should AI be any different?    Kevin Mitchell, David Brooks, Dolores Fernandez...
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Kenneth Cukier
Dolores Fernandez Alonso
Kevin Mitchell
Ian Robertson

Beyond the Wall; Life in the GDR with Katja Hoyer

In 1980, Dalkey United went on a football trip to Germany which ended up in East Berlin. A certain economist, festival director and once under 13s centre half was on that schoolboy trip and so began a lifelong fascination with all things East German. Less than ten years after that Dalkey Utd. trip, the country vanished. In her wonderful book, Katja Hoyer argues that amid oppression and frequent hardship, East Germany was home to a rich political, social and cultural...
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David McWilliams
Katja Hoyer

Youth with Kevin Curran

Youth dives into the lives of four teenagers in Ireland’s most diverse town, Balbriggan. Isolated and disorientated by the white noise and insurmountable expectations of adolescence, our protagonists are desperate to find anything that helps them belong. Oblivious to each other’s presence, potential and struggles, they pass on the street as strangers. But when they do intersect, the connections they make will change the course of their lives. Twenty-first century life – hyper-sexualized, social media saturated, anxiety-plagued – is here. Living...
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Miriam Mulcahy
Kevin Curran

Hagstone: Sinéad Gleeson

Hagstone is the haunting debut novel from Sinéad Gleeson. On a wild and rugged island cut off and isolated to some, artist Nell feels the island is her home. It is the source of inspiration for her art, rooted in landscape, folklore and the feminine. The mysterious Inions, a commune of women who have travelled there from all over the world, consider it a place of refuge and safety, of solace in nature. Nell will discover things about the community...
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Rick O’Shea
Sinead Gleeson

Anne Enright: The Wren, The Wren

Described by The Guardian as maybe her best novel yet, The Wren, The Wren is, like so much of Enright’s work, a supple scrutiny of familial relationships – in this case the fraught love between Nell and her mother, Carmel. But it is also a meditation on this other way of connecting – or failing to connect – through language. Nell is a young woman with adventure on her mind. As she sets out into the world, she finds her...
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Merve Emre
Anne Enright

Abbey Lea, A Killiney History

Pippa McIntosh moved to Killiney in August 2020 with her husband, the Australian Ambassador to Ireland. Abbey Lea, a property that has been owned by the Australian Government since 1965, is a beautiful Arts and Crafts home rebuilt following a fire in 1909.  The residence fascinated Pippa so much, she wrote a book about its history and discovered the home’s previous owners were politically, professionally and culturally engaged in the future of Ireland at a critical time in Ireland’s history. ...
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Pippa McIntosh

From the Frontline: Jeremy Bowen in conversation

From Bosnia to Ukraine, from sitting down with Muammar Gaddafi to being fired on by the IDF, Jeremy Bowen, BBC News’ International Editor, has covered every major conflict of the past three decades.  Just back from Gaza, Bowen has made his name telling truth to power, often at great danger to himself. We are honoured to have him at Dalkey, to analyse the world at such a moment of geo-political tension.  Jeremy Bowen with Andrea Catherwood  €25
Jeremy Bowen
Andrea Catherwood

Mary Costello: Barcelona

Award-winning novelist, Mary Costello, explores love, loss and the turbulent lives of ordinary people in Barcelona, where we meet a cast of characters who live turbulent inner lives. In a Spanish hotel room a marriage unravels as a young wife is haunted by a past love. A father travels to Paris to meet his scientist son and is exposed to his son’s true nature. A woman attends a reading by a famous author and comes to some painful realisations about her...
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Mary Costello
Jan Carson

Bloomsday Storytelling & Drawing Adventure Workshop (age 5-10 yrs)

Join Úna Woods for a Bloomsday storytelling and drawing adventure and design your own hat that you might like to wear on Bloomsday. Úna Woods €10
Una Woods

Christiane Amanpour in Conversation

Christiane Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s award-winning, flagship global affairs programme “Amanpour”. Amanpour rose from a reporter at the New York bureau in 1983, to the network’s leading international correspondent. Christiane has earned every major TV journalism award including ten News & Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, has been named a CBE and was...
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David McWilliams
Christiane Amanpour

Robocop: Policing the Robots, Who gets to Control AI?

Should AI models be open source or will this technology be owned by private companies? If AI is based on your data and your data is yours, can a company own it, and if it does, does that company own you?  What if AI models fall into the wrong hands? Could super-intelligent AI  spin out of control and turn against humanity? Who is making the decisions and steering AI? Who should regulate it, and will any state take the lead?...
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Eli Noam
Jess Kelly
Des Traynor
Colm O’Regan

After Ukraine

The odds are now stacked in Russia’s favour. Waiting it out was always Putin’s plan and it seems to be working.  If Trump wins in Washington, how quickly will he abandon Kyiv? If Russia wins in Ukraine, what happens next? What does the West mean if we abandon Zelensky and if that happens, could Poland be next? Katja Hoyer, Jeffrey Goldberg, Jana Bakunina and David de Jong with Pat Leahy €25 Proudly supported by Wilde Aparthotels
Pat Leahy
David de Jong
Jana Bakunina
Katja Hoyer
Jeffrey Goldberg

The Beating Heart of Poetry

When we read poetry we think in a different way; it has never been more important to slow down, contemplate, feel and connect. Poetry takes us to a different place, allowing us to see the world through a different lens. Elaine Feeney and Victoria Kennefick return to Dalkey and will be joined by Breda Wall Ryan to explain what poetry means to them and how it enriches their  lives. They will give us some more insights into their thought process...
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Breda Wall Ryan
Madeleine Keane
Victoria Kennefick
Elaine Feeney

The Bee Sting: Paul Murray

The Barnes family is in trouble. Dickie’s once-lucrative car business is going under – but rather than face the music, he’s spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker with a renegade handyman. His wife Imelda is selling off her jewellery on eBay while their teenage daughter Cass, formerly top of her class, seems determined to binge-drink her way to her final exams. And twelve-year-old PJ is putting the final touches to his grand plan to run away...
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Roisin Kiberd
Paul Murray

American Psycho

Patrick Bateman, the status-obsessed Wall Street investment banker in American Psycho conjures a certain type of man — vain, narcissistic, jealous, absurdly petty, materially wealthy but culturally bankrupt, and above all else, obsessed with what other people think. Sound familiar? What would a Trump 2.0  presidency mean for America and the rest of the world? David Brooks, Jeffrey Goldberg, Marion McKeone, Pamela Reeves, with Jennifer O’Connell €25
Pamela Reeves
Marion McKeone
Jennifer O’Connell
Jeffrey Goldberg

Great Britain: Great Expectations or Great Escape?

The UK has been in a political, social and economic tailspin for over a decade now. It never really recovered from the 2008 crisis, Brexit divided the country as never before. With a general election on the horizon, can our largest neighbour turn itself around? Pessimism is rife across the water, as too is cynicism and the tyranny of nostalgia appears to blur any coherent vision of the future. What next from Britain? Can it escape this malaise to fulfil...
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Janine Gibson
Frederick Studemann
Colm O’Regan
Robert Shrimsley
James O’Brien

My Family and Other Rockstars

My Family and Other Rock Stars is a wonderfully warm memoir about Tiffany Murray’s extraordinary childhood growing up in the 1970s at the legendary Rockfield Studios, rubbing shoulders with rock n’ roll legends. Tiff’s mother was the resident Cordon Bleu chef for Rockfield and while her mother was convincing Black Sabbath to try eating fish and getting Lemmy from Motorhead to eat anything (he’d only drink Jack Daniels) – Rockfield was Tiff’s playground, where she roamed free and snuck into...
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Jim Lockhart
Tiffany Murray
Barry Devlin

Kevin Barry: The Heart in The Winter

Many years ago, Kevin Barry came to Dalkey and read his work. It was an unbelievably special event, no one reads their own work as well as Kevin.. It’s a completely immersive, theatrical feat of an amazing imagination. His latest book, The Heart in Winter, featuring  Barry Montana is an Irish western set in the 1890s, by turns funny and tragic, full of typically outrageous figures and sublime writing. Kevin Barry reads Kevin Barry. Not for the faint-hearted. Kevin Barry €20
Kevin Barry

The German Genius

From the death of Bach in 1750 to the rise of Hitler in 1933, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among western nations into Europe’s dominant intellectual and cultural force. By 1900, German artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and engineers were leading their freshly-unified country. By 1933, they had won more Nobel prizes than anyone else and more than the British and Americans combined. But this genius was cut down in its prime with the rise and subsequent fall of...
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Frederick Studemann
David de Jong
David McWilliams
Katja Hoyer

The 2nd Irish Republic: Reimagining Ireland for the 21st Century

Ireland needs a reset. We have so much talent and so much money now, but we appear hampered by indecision. The country has never been richer but politics and society are divided. In the arts, Ireland is going through a purple patch from writing to acting and filmmaking. Ireland’s cultural output has never been stronger, yet at home we are at each other’s throats. Is it time for a New Republic? The French are in their Fifth Republic, why don’t...
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Sarah Cullen
Jennifer O’Connell
Will O’Brien
Luke O’Neill
Fintan O’Toole

Claire Keegan in Conversation

Claire Keegan’s prose has been described as exquisite, elegant and economical. Her novels are beautiful, jewel-like, perfect. Translated into 35 languages, Keegan has won many prestigious awards, including the Rooney Prize, Edge Hill Prize, Davy Byrnes Award and she has been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio and the Booker prizes.  At a time when Ireland is awash with outstanding writing talent, she has been described by The Washington Post as one of “Ireland’s best writers” and we are thrilled to...
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Rick O’Shea
Claire Keegan

Kathy Lette’s Revenge Club

Bestselling author, Kathy Lette, first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. She has written 20 books (translated into 19 languages) and is a TV presenter, newspaper and magazine columnist as well as ambassador for Their World, the National Autistic Society and Ambitious About Autism. The Revenge Club, the latest book from her wickedly witty mind is a subversive, irreverent revenge romp. Kathy Lette...
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Kathy Lette
Barbara Scully

Barry McGovern Reads Beckett

Acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest Beckett interpreters, Barry McGovern comes to Dalkey for a very special performance. Reading from selected poems and prose, Barry will bring to life the words of Beckett, highlighting the wit, humour and wisdom of the Nobel Prize winner and local literary legend. Barry McGovern €20
Barry McGovern

Europe Turns Right

From Coolock to Cannes, Rotherham to Rotterdam, Berlin to Budapest, and Bologna, Europe is swinging to the Right. Immigration and anaemic economic growth have made nationalism, populism, and nativism more attractive, particularly for young men. Could this be the decade when President Le Pen emerges to join forces with her counterparts in Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe, propelling Europe in a completely new direction and into the arms of facism? Robert Shrimsley, David de Jong, Bill Emmott, and Finn McRedmond, chaired...
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Finn McRedmond
Bill Emmott
David de Jong
Andrea Catherwood
Robert Shrimsley

John Boyne – Water, Earth, Air & Fire

Sunday morning in Finnegans is always a little Dalkey gem with a world renowned writer in the intimate setting at the bar of Finnegans, chatting away. It’s a boutique gig, so grab your tickets early to hear John Boyne, a friend of the festival and one of Ireland’s greatest living writers.   John Boyne with Merve Emre €18
Merve Emre
John Boyne

Yes, Yes yes, For the Love of Joyce

Joyce managed to raise the banal, ordinary events of one day in Dublin, 16th June 1904, to the level of poetry. Devoting each episode in Ulysses to a particular subject or profession – education, philosophy, shopkeeping, undertaking, drama, music, economics, bartending – there’s something in it for everyone. It’s truly a book about everything.  He wrote the book about Everyman and Everywoman to be read by Everyman and Everywoman. To celebrate this Bloomsday, we are going to ask our panel...
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Nuala O’Connor
Mary Costello
David McWilliams
David Baddiel

The 1930s Again?

Are we experiencing a disconcerting re-run of the 1930s with economic uncertainty, the rise of nationalism and populism, a new arms race, and conflicts such as the war between Russia and Ukraine and ethnic cleansing in Palestine? Taken together with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a widening wealth gap, and heightened financial fragility, these factors are helping to foster an atmosphere of unease and unpredictability. Populist movements have gained traction as...
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Frederick Studemann
Colm O’Regan
Katja Hoyer
Peter Frankopan

Jan Carson: Quickly, While They Still have Horses

Winner of the EU Prize for Literature in 2019 for her bestselling novel, The Raptures, Jan Carson is back in Dalkey with her latest publication, Quickly, While They Still Have Horses, a collection which introduces us to worlds and characters that feel real enough to touch. All of life is here: from the thrill of growing up to the grief when youth is over; first love, mature love, parenthood and loss – all shot through with profound compassion, warm wit,...
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Olivia Fitzsimons
Jan Carson

Black Mirror: Literature, Creativity, and Education in the age of AI

The fount of all literature and creativity is the autonomous human mind. If an artificial intelligence can replicate human intelligence, what happens to literature? Should we be fearful? If we apply it in the right way, AI can free people up from mundane tasks to do more creative things, to contribute in ways that they couldn’t before and maybe be yet more creative and take humanity to another level.    Adam Kelly, Roisin Kiberd and Donal Ryan with Jennifer O’Connell  ...
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Adam Kelly
Roisin Kiberd
Jennifer O’Connell
Donal Ryan

Silencing of Palestine: Isabella Hammad

The tragedy and trauma of the Palestinian people is one of the greatest crimes of this century; and it is ongoing. We are honoured to have the brilliant young Palestinian-British writer Isabella Hammad, winner of the Palestinian Book Award, at Dalkey. Described by Granta as ‘best young novelist’, Isabella talks about art, resistance and cultural identity.   Isabella Hammad with Mark Little €20
Mark Little
Isabella Hammad

Peter Frankopan: The Earth Transformed

When we think about history, we rarely pay much attention to the most destructive floods, the worst winters, the most devastating droughts or the ways that ecosystems have changed over time. In The Earth Transformed (The Times best history book of 2023), Peter Frankopan, one of the world’s leading historians, shows that the natural environment is a crucial, if not the defining, factor in global history. From the origins of our species to the development of religion and language and...
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Ruth Freeman
Peter Frankopan

Deep Fakes, Democracy and Despotism: Politics and Media in a World of AI

As 4 billion people world-wide head to the polls, will 2024 be the last year ever of traditional elections? From now on, the winning candidate will be the one with the greatest computer power, ability to operate filters, create bots, generate fake news and fake identities, and exploit algorithms. How will AI transform electoral integrity, and does it pose an irreversible threat to the very foundations of democracy? Or could AI in fact transform journalism?    Charlie Sennott, Robert Shrimsley,...
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Charlie Sennott
Jess Kelly
Andrea Catherwood
Robert Shrimsley
Jeffrey Goldberg

The Madonna Effect

Why do women (and sometimes men too) have an urge to do ‘something new, something different’ in later life?   Is it easier to find courage as you age? Is it all about reinvention or is it more about understanding who you really are and becoming the person you were born to be before gender, life, kids and mortgages? Join this lively, upbeat, often hilarious panel discussion with three women, who have all experienced reinvention in their 50s. From a...
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Orla Doherty
Val Troy
Barbara Scully

Bethlehem, Berlin, Belfast: Walls Come Tumbling Down?

Divided places, displaced people, destroyed lives.  The Berlin Wall, Belfast’s Peace Walls and Jerusalem’s Separation Barrier, known in Arabic as the Wall of Apartheid, reflect a dramatic failure of politics, vision and tolerance. The Berlin Wall tried to keep people in and ideas out, Belfast’s peace walls, most of which have been built since the Troubles, tried to keep the lid on sectarian killings, while the West Bank barrier represents the complete failure of the Oslo Accords. All succeed in creating the...
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Naoise Nunn
Andrea Catherwood
Katja Hoyer
Nathan Thrall

The World At War

Gaza is in ruins, and the risk of a wider conflict with Iran increases by the day, dragging in the entire region. In Ukraine, Russia is winning and Europe could be at its mercy, while China has explicitly stated that the reintegration of Taiwan (read invasion) is a national objective. On one side is the American alliance, on the other a loose axis of China. Russia and Iran. What does this mean for us, what are the historical parallels and...
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Pat Leahy
Jana Bakunina
Robert Shrimsley
Sally Hayden
Adam Posen

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Ireland with Paddy Cullivan

Imagine this. It’s 2032. The people have spoken on both sides of the border and Ireland is a brand new 32-county country. There’s a new flag. A new anthem. There’s even a new capital! As Unionists holiday in the south, discovering the imperial joys of ‘Royal’ Dublin – southerners discover the ancient landscape of Ulster beyond the retail outlets of Newry and Titanic Belfast. Magical things happen when you create a new country – where everything is on the table....
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Paddy Cullivan

Neil Jordan – A Life in Words and Pictures

Amnesiac, the illuminating memoir of Academy Award-winning film director, screenwriter and author Neil Jordan, provides an intimate insight into the author’s distinguished life and career.At the age of 26, Jordan published his first book, Night in Tunisia, which won a Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize and established him as a rising literary star. As an acclaimed film director and screenwriter, his credits include Mona Lisa, Michael Collins and The Butcher Boy. In 1992, Jordan’s film The Crying...
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Stephen Rea
Neil Jordan