Ciaran O'Rourke
We met Ciarán O’Rourke, the newly published poet with The Irish Pages Press, to discuss his selection process for his new collection, his inspiration, working with the Irish Press Pages and advice for aspiring poets.   Be sure to watch the interview below!

DBF Interviews: Ciarán O’Rourke


John Fanning
John Fanning was born in Dublin in 1973. He is the director of La Muse, an artists and writers retreat in southern France.  Ezekiel  is his debut novel. You can read more about John and his work here: johnfanning.me   John talks to us about his new book Ezekiel, his inspirations, the use of […]

DBF Interviews: John Fanning


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And that’s a wrap! Thank you to our wonderful writers, poets, performers, publishers, illustrators, musicians walking tour leaders, young delegates, and book doctors for creating work we love to learn from. Your contribution is so very much appreciated. Thank you to the fantastic staff at Smock Alley for being so […]

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  David Park has written nine previous books including The Big Snow, Swallowing the Sun, The Truth Commissioner, The Light of Amsterdam, which was shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Prize, and, most recently, The Poets’ Wives, which was selected as Belfast’s Choice for One City One Book 2014. He […]

DBF Interviews: David Park


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Arnold Thomas Fanning’s short stories, articles, and essays have been published in The Dublin Review, Banshee, the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post, Crazyhorse Magazine, The Phoenix Anthology of New Irish Writing, gorse, Longreads.com, and The Lonely Crowd, while a new essay is forthcoming in Paper Visual Art Journal. His […]

DBF Interviews: Arnold Thomas Fanning


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The Bloomsday festival brings in thousands of visitors every June to Dublin.  It celebrates the 16th of June 1904, the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Scenes from James Joyce’s Ulysses are re-enacted throughout the city, at various locations referred to in the novel during the 24-hour period, and […]

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