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by Admin on January 13, 2016

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The Dublin Book Festival is hiring a Programme Director. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 6 January 2016. The successful candidate will be expected to commence in early spring.
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For all questions and when sending completed applications, please email: dbfcommittee@gmail.com

Tender for Contract for Services:

Programme Director, Dublin Book Festival

 The Dublin Book Festival is a showcase for Irish writers and publishers and prides itself on programming a variety of voices – emerging and established – from a range of genres and categories. The Dublin Book Festival Programme Director will be responsible for the overall curation of the Festival programme and will be expected to bring a creative flair to this well-established and popular annual literary festival, now entering its 10th year.

The programme typically consists of panel discussions, interviews, live radio broadcasts, book launches and walking tours. Events target readers of all ages and many events are family-oriented. The Festival hosts the annual Publishing Ireland Trade Day; a specific day that brings together all stakeholders in the Irish publishing industry. The Festival also has a dedicated Schools’ Programme which is hugely popular and comprises a significant proportion of the overall programme. The Programme Director should take all of these considerations into account and will be responsible for the development and implementation of the programme as well as maintaining and progressing audience engagement.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop the Festival from its brainstorming stages right to fruition and will oversee the smooth running of the Festival itself. While working predominantly on their own, the Director will report to and liaise regularly with the Dublin Book Festival committee on areas such as programming, funding, finances, and publicity. The candidate will also work closely with Dublin City Public Libraries who pass invoices for payment. In the months leading up to the Festival, the Director may advertise for and hire a team of part-time assistants and volunteers to aid with website development, social media and general administration subject to approval of the committee.

 

Other duties include and are not limited to:

  • Regular and structured reporting to the DBF committee.
  • Responsibility for management of expenditure and budgets including drafting of contracts for participants, budgets and finance reports, and providing these updates to the accounting team and DBF committee.
  • Liaising with relevant parties including the Arts Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, festival venues, bookshops, publishers and various other stakeholders. This liaison to include preparation and submission of grant applications.
  • Building on and developing new funding opportunities and sponsorship for various aspects of the festival.
  • Providing direction and building on close working relationships with PR personnel and media.
  • Drafting/sourcing and collating copy for the Festival’s print programme and overseeing the print process from conception and design to publication.
  • Representing the Dublin Book Festival brand at meetings or public engagements linked to the sector.

 

Desirable skills/qualities:

  • Previous experience of events or festival programming essential.
  • Ability to develop the Festival ethos of ‘Celebrating Ireland’s Writers and Publishers’ using knowledge and imagination.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to work under pressure.
  • Knowledge of accounts and overview of budgetary parameters.
  • Ability to act on initiative and to deal with suppliers, staff, contributors and the public.
  • Ability to delegate effectively.
  • Confident dealing with media and appearing on broadcast outlets.

 

Further information

  • Closing date for completed applications: Wednesday 6 January 2016, 5pm.
  • Applications should include cover letter and full CV, and should be sent by email only to: dbfcommittee@gmail.com
  • Completed applications should include ‘Application for Dublin Book Festival Programme Director’ in the subject line.
  • Attractive remuneration commensurate with candidate’s experience.
  • Taxation and revenue matters will be the personal responsibility of the Programme Director.
  • The Programme Director will be engaged initially for one year. At the DBF Committee’s discretion the Programme Director may be engaged for an additional year at the same remuneration.

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Dublin Book Festival 2015: The Recap

by Admin on November 23, 2015

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Almost one month on and we’re still trying to recover from the fantastic four days that was DBF 2015. The festival had something for everyone, with a full range of events including book launches, readings, discussions, walking tours, seminars, and events as Gaeilge, all on our main programme. Our schools’ and children’s programmes also had specially tailored events–including story writing workshops, a treasure hunt, yoga story time and more–designed to entertain and educate all ages.

 

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Once again this year our colourful Winter Garden proved popular as it played host to our bookshop, children’s area, comfy beanbags and pop-up coffee shop, all in the beautiful surroundings of Smock Alley Theatre’s Banquet Hall.

 

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Editors, publishers and writers of all forms–including Kevin Barry, Kelly Creighton, Danielle McLaughlin, Róisin Ingle, Turtle Bunbury, Sinéad Gleeson, Harry Clifton, Michael Longley, Paula Meehan, Donal Ryan, Anne Enright, Dave Kenny, Eoin Colfer, Alex Barclay, Louise Phillips, Louise O’Neill, Sebastian Barry and more–all gathered together over the four days to celebrate their contemporaries within Irish publishing and to encourage and inspire the next generations.

 

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We’d like to say a massive thank you to our festival sponsors and partners, participating panellists, volunteers, and especially to everyone who came along to the events and visited us over the weekend. We look forward to seeing you at Dublin Book Festival 2016!

 

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DBF Interviews: Danielle McLaughlin

by Admin on November 8, 2015

Danielle McLaughlin PhotoAuthor Danielle McLaughlin talks to us about short stories, the importance of literary journals for reaching readers, and her debut collection, Dinosaurs On Other Planets (The Stinging Fly). Danielle will be taking part in RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena Live Show.

 

Q: Your debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs On Other Planets (The Stinging Fly), was published earlier this year. How long have you been working on the stories within it? Was it your aim for them to form a collection?

The earliest of the stories is ‘All About Alice’. That was written back in 2011. Most of the collection is comprised of more recent work. When I began writing, I wasn’t writing with a book in mind, I was just writing stories and sending them out. Even when I did begin working towards a collection, I wasn’t writing to a particular theme, although looking back over the stories I can see certain preoccupations emerging.

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DBF Interviews: Donal Ryan

by Admin on November 3, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 21.12.15Author Donal Ryan tells us about his experiences in moving between novels and short stories. Donal will be one of several panellists at our Writing Long & Short event.

 

Q: After the huge success of your first two novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December (The Lilliput Press), you return with your first collection of short stories, A Slanting of the Sun (The Lilliput Press): what were the factors that prompted this change of form?

I had written some short stories as a break from the slog of editing the novels. They were just there, waiting for something to be done with them, so I decided to use them as a basis for a collection. Doubleday had offered me a new three-book deal and the only tangible thing I had was some stories and two very sketchily outlined novels. My first two novels are short and intense anyway, so it wasn’t a huge departure. When I read Stephen King’s brilliant On Writing years ago I was struck by his assertion that ‘once you get to the 60,000 word mark in a short story you’re heading into novella territory’. That’s a fine size of a full-length novel for me! Anyway, who’s to say what’s what, really? None of these ideas and delineations and divisions matter, a story is a story no matter how long you take to tell it. You have to just make it worth hearing.  

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DBF Interviews: Turtle Bunbury

by Admin on November 3, 2015

Turtle BunburyWe talked to historian and author Turtle Bunbury about some of the remarkable personalities behind the 1916 Rising. Turtle will be one of the panellists for The People of the 1916 Rising event.

 

Q: Your new book, Easter Dawn: The 1916 Rising (Mercier Press), examines many of the extraordinary characters who played some part in the Rising. Did any of the stories surprise you in any way? Were there people who we should know more about but have been lost to history somewhat?

I think the part that most surprised me was how creative the prime players on the Irish side were, as in nearly all of them had a penchant for poetry, music, acting or the arts. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised; revolutions are often spear-headed by intellects, but I think that aspect of the Rising nonetheless made a strong impression. As for neglected players, I reckon most people have received due credit one way or another by now although I think there should be more made of the surgeons and nurses from Sir Thomas Myles and John Lumsden to Ella Webb, John Francis Holman and the people on the ground.

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DBF Interviews: Pamela Newenham

by Admin on November 3, 2015

Pamela NewenhamPamela Newenham, award-winning business journalist with The Irish Times and editor of Silicon Docks: The Rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub (Liberties Press), talks to us ahead of her appearance at The Business Clinic.

 

Q: As an award-winning business journalist with The Irish Times and editor of Silicon Docks: The Rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub (Liberties Press) you are very much at the forefront of the current state of Irish Business – what’s your assessment of where the industry is right now?

Ireland has come a long way in terms of business, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship and technology.

It’s good to see so many technology and born-on-the internet companies in Ireland, such as Google, Facebook, Intel, LinkedIn, PayPal and Microsoft. They employ vast numbers here too.

There are thousands of start-ups in Ireland, especially in Dublin, which is great. However, many people think Dublin is a major start-up hub globally, and that Ireland is leading the way when it comes to start-ups. Dublin didn’t make it into this year’s Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking, a list of the best cities for start-ups.

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DBF Interviews: Dave Kenny

by Admin on November 1, 2015

Dave Kenny 2013We asked Dave Kenny, editor of The Press Gang, about why he wanted to share the stories from “newspapers’ gilded age”.

 

Q: When did the idea for The Press Gang (New Island) first come about? Tell us a little bit about why you wanted to share the various stories.

Well, it’s the 20th anniversary of the paper’s closure and I wanted to mark it. I was one of the people who occupied the building for five days in May 1995.
My original intention was to do a documentary, but after mulling it over I realised that you couldn’t tell the story of the golden age of newspapers in 55 minutes.

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DBF Interviews: Nessa O’Mahony

by Admin on November 1, 2015

nessa o'mahonyAhead of her appearance at The Inspiration of Life, Love and Loss event, poet Nessa O’Mahony tells us what inspires her to write.

 

Q: Writers and poets are fuelled by their lives, loves and losses. How difficult is it to address the issues that are closest to us and turn them into something for public scrutiny? How important is it to get a balance between the personal and the universal?

The need to respond to love and loss is a common characteristic of writers, to be sure. We write for all sorts of reasons, some personal, some aesthetic, some political, but as human beings we all experience moments in our lives of great joy and great despair and, as writers, we learn that the act of translating those experiences into words with shape, pattern and imagery can provide distance and objectivity that helps us get through the worst of it.

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DBF Interviews: Paula McGrath

by Admin on November 1, 2015

Paula McgrathWe talked to Paula McGrath about her journey towards becoming a published author. Paula will take part in our Mastering the Deal: Life after the Creative Writing MA event.

 

Q: Earlier this year you published your debut novel, Generation, with John Murray Originals: can you give us a brief overview of your journey to becoming a published author?

I wrote for years in fits and starts while doing other things with my life. It took me a long time to get serious, and when I did I took classes and studied books on the craft. And I read: I read the kinds of books I wanted to write, paying attention to how they did what they did; I read my contemporaries; and I read as an act of support for ‘the literary project’ I hoped to participate in. The many lessons learned along the way are instantiated in Generation, and, thanks to my agent, Ger Nichol, it fell onto the right desk at the right time.

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