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Bookmark The Dublin Book Festival

Even though your Kindle or Kobo can hold thousands of books there is still something very sensual about reading and handling a real book. For those who are lovers of reading the Dublin Book Festival is a chance to get up close and personal to authors and other book lovers. Most of the events are free and centre on the Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar. Here are some highlights of the festival that we think you might like:

Frank McGuinness in Conversation with Sean Rocks – 14th November

The festival opener is a real hum dinger as award-winning and internationally acclaimed Irish playwright and poet Frank McGuinness reveals his début novel “Arimathea”. Better known for his works on the stage like “Someone Who’ll Watch over Me” and “The Factory Girls” he is now branching out into novel writing and will be chatting about the experience.

Lunchtime Readings

Poetry is on the menu at lunch. Listen to poets as they read from their own collections. Get a deeper insight into what poetry is all about and what the author is thinking when writing. Notables to look out for include Kimberly Campanello a relative newcomer to the poetry scene, Gabriel Fitzmaurice a seasoned writer with more than 50 books to his name and Máighréad Medbh, another well published poet.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer – 15th November

One of the most important events during the festival is the celebration and support of writers who are fighting for freedom of speech. Readings from writers from across the globe who have had the courage to speak their minds and challenge injustice will be held at the Smock Alley Theatre.

Literary Tours of Dublin

If you have ever wondered what once happened in Dublin where your two feet are standing then one of the walking tours will be just the thing to fill in the blanks. The Literary Walking Tour, with renowned historian Pat Liddy, is one of the most famous in the city. Or try the Come Here To Me! Dublin Walking Tour with a knowledgeable guide and comfy shoes you could learn some interesting and little known snippets about this fair city.

Learn How To Write

They say there is a book in everyone, have you ever felt you could write yours? You can get some insider tips on just how writers put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Head to the Writing History Talk on 17th November, try your hand at a new genre with the Graphic Novel Workshop on the 17th November or what about the Making Us Laugh workshop where authors share how to make your writing funny on the 17th November.

Nighthawks at Smock Alley – 16th November

Time for a break from the written word? Treat your ears to some live music, stand up comedy and performance poetry artfully executed by the likes of Vyvienne Long, Danny Dowling and Colm Keegan. “Nighthawks” is a monthly arts night at The Cobalt Cafe on North Great Georges Street, so if your visit doesn’t coincide with the festival you can always enjoy this bit another time.

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