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

Video: Welcome To The Dalkey Book Festival

Welcome to the 2016 Dalkey Book Festival!

Thank you to our neighbours and friends in Dalkey who continue to support our Festival – welcoming visitors, hosting events and buying tickets. We are truly proud to be part of this community.

Kicking off on Bloomsday, be inspired by 65 events, over four days, in one exceptional setting, with Malcolm Gladwell, Brian Eno, Elif Shafak, Dambisa Moyo, Bob Geldof and some of Ireland’s best established writers like John Banville, Kevin Barry and Donal Ryan and newer voices of Danielle McLaughlin, Jan Carson and Frankie Gaffney. There’s something for everyone with literature, ideas, comedy, world affairs, theatre, film, history, medicine, politics and poetry as well as family events, free storytelling, a Book Clinic, free cookery demos, all in a vibrant town packed with pubs, cafes, and restaurants, including a pop up boutique eatery by the sea in Dillon’s Park: eat well, drink well, think well! Feed your brain!

This year’s theme of migration, dislocation and exile will be explored by Irish writers and the finest minds from India, Palestine, Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Zambia. From the sense of exile in
Neel Mukherjee’s and Elif Shafak’s writing and Shazia Mirza’s comedy, to the history of migration and The Silk Roads of the East with Peter Frankopan and of course the humanitarian crisis of refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with Janine di Giovanni and Joris Luyendijk.

This year, we’ve introduced a medicine and health series of six events from the wonderful Dr Sharad Paul on skin, Dr Harry Barry on anxiety and Dr Ian Robertson on stress. Join us as we explore Eastern versus Western approaches to health and the taboo topic of how we die now and what really matters in the end.

We hope that everyone enjoys the festival!