Join the DBF team!

by Admin on July 22, 2016

The Dublin Book Festival is hiring and we are very excited about another festival of books. We’d love to hear from you if you think you’re the right person for the job!

Marketing and Administration Executive for Dublin Book Festival 2016

 The Marketing and Administration Executive will be responsible to, and will work in conjunction and close consultation with, the Programme Director of the Dublin Book Festival 2016

Role Responsibilites

  • Working alongside the Programme Director in the collection and editing of all event descriptions, biographies and images for authors, speakers and chairs for the Festival Programme and website
  • Working alongside the Programme Director co-ordinating logistical requirements for the book festival
  • Working alongside and to the administrative requirements of the festival admin supporter, Dublin City Public Libraries, in relation to author payments
  • Publishing marketing content on the festival website and relevant social media platforms
  • Developing the DBF marketing database and generating marketing ideas
  • Conducting interviews with participating authors and publishers
  • Gathering news on literary festivals and generating newsletter content
  • Blogging up to and during the festival
  • Managing social media competitions and PR exercises.
  • Co-ordinating the distribution of the programme and information to marketing partners, companies and establishments
  • Working during the week of the festival 10 – 13 November 2016 in an assigned role by the Programme Director


This is a part-time position working 20 hours per week (5 mornings or afternoons per week) and full hours during the week of the festival. Applicants must be available to work from home.


Marketing and administration experience is essential. A working knowledge of the publishing industry would be desirable, but not essential.

Familiar with WordPress and Mailchimp

Payment: On application

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and CV to julianne@dublinbookfestival.com

Closing date: Thursday 28th July 2016 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday August 3rd 2016


Marketing and Administration Assistant Intern

The Dublin Book Festival is looking for a Marketing and Administration Assistant intern to join their team.
The successful candidate will work alongside the Dublin Book Festival’s Marketing and Administration Executive to develop relevant marketing and online content in advance, during and post festival. The candidate will assist in:

  • Assisting the Programme Director with logistical arrangements and administration for the festival
  • Publishing content on the festival website and relevant social media platforms,
  • Developing the DBF marketing database
  • Conducting interviews with participating authors and publishers
  • Gathering news on literary festivals and generating newsletter content
  • Blogging up to and during the festival
  • Managing social media competitions and PR exercises.
  • Co-ordinating the distribution of the programme and information to marketing partners, companies and establishments
  • Working during the week of the festival in an assigned role by the Programme Director


Marketing experience, as well as a working knowledge of the publishing industry would be desirable. This is an intern position and is unpaid, however a small fee to cover expenses will be provided.

Working Hours: 20 hours per week and applicants must be available to work from home.

To apply, please send a current CV and covering letter to julianne@dublinbookfestival.com by Thursday, 28th July 2016

Interviews will be held on Wednesday August 3rd 2016


Dublin Book Festival 2016

by Admin on February 18, 2016

This year we are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Dublin Book Festival 2016 – ten years of celebrating Ireland’s writers and publishers. The dates for the festival are 10th – 13th November 2016. 
We would like to invite publishers and members of the public to submit ideas for events and authors for this year’s festival. Please email any submissions to: julianne@dublinbookfestival.com
We look forward to seeing you all again in November!


The Dublin Book Festival committee is delighted to announce the appointment from May 2016 of Julianne Mooney as the Programme Director for DBF 2016.

Wishing Julianne every continued success in this role!




DBF2015 Photography

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.
Please see the below copy for full details
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.


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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