Volunteering puts you at the forefront of the Festival Experience and presents a wonderful opportunity to see how an Arts Festival of this scale is managed and organised. But not only this, volunteering becomes a community that lives beyond the festival, evolving into both social and professional circles in The Arts.

This year sees our programme more diverse as ever over the four days in November creating ‘A Winter Garden’ of interactive events, launches, panel discussions & commemorations, for the young and not so young to lose themselves in the world that books creates – like the quotes says ‘A home without books is a body without soul.’ The same can be said for festivals and volunteers.

Volunteers can be found at venues and events helping being more than just a smiling face in the crowd – from ushering & stewarding, crowd control & the first point of contact for the public, volunteers guide them from the street to their seats. A dynamic team spirit creates and unforgettable experience for our audience and attendees – our volunteers are invaluable asset giving up their free time to make sure others enjoy theirs

How to become a Volunteer?

Our Volunteer Call Out has now gone live as of October 14th and you can download the application attached here. Please return the completed form to by Wednesday 4th November, 5pm sharp to dubbookfestvolunteers@gmail.com

On Friday 30th October we become an ‘open book’ for you to make your mark. We are hosting an Open Volunteer Information Evening on Volunteering with the festival for those interested in getting a feel of what it takes to volunteer on an event like Dublin Book Festival. The evening will be held in The Banquet Hall of Smock Alley Theatre, at 6.30pm sharp.

So all aspiring scribes, kindle junkies, scribblers, note takers & note makers, post-it addicts, quill dippers and poetry slam partakers become an addition in this series of Dublin Book Festival. Don’t get left on the shelf.

“Always read stuff that will make you look good

if you die in the middle of it.”

-P.J. O’Rourke

Volunteers for DBF2015

by Admin on September 15, 2015

As one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant annual book festivals, we are once again seeking volunteers to help us showcase and support Irish Publishers, authors, and editors, during the different events across our programme.

If you are interested in volunteering with the festival in 2015, please email: info@dublinbookfestival.com.

We look forward to meeting everyone in November!



Dublin Book Festival 2015: Intern Wanted

by Admin on July 18, 2015

Marketing and Administrative Assistant

We are looking for an administrative assistant to help in organising this year’s festival. The assistant will work closely with the Programme Director in liaising with authors, booksellers and publishers in order to make sure that the structure of the festival runs smoothly, as well as marketing for the festival. Candidates must be proficient in MS Office programmes, have fluent English and a knowledge of the publishing industry would be desirable, but not essential. We are looking for people with excellent communication skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team.

*The internship offered is unpaid, however, travel expenses and a small fee at the end of the festival will be covered. Days worked are flexible and will be 2 days per week. Applicants must have the facility to work from home. To apply for this internship, send a current CV and Covering letter to julianne@dublinbookfestival.com.

Closing Date: 24th July, 2015



This year, for the week running up to and the days during the Dublin Book Festival, we are looking for confident and enthusiastic drama students, groups and individuals to take part in a series of live pop-up performances on LUAS and DART in Dublin city centre locations. This would involve surprise readings of both poetry and prose to help spread word of the Festival.

This is an exciting opportunity for eager young actors and adults alike to exercise their imagination in front of a wide and varied audience, to remind people of the celebration, the community, and the collective awesomeness of Dublin Book Festival.

Participation in the Festival is open to those who are over the age of 18 years only. Please note that this is an unpaid voluntary role. If interested, please reply to info@dublinbookfestival.com where we would be happy to pass on more information.

The Dublin Book Festival Team!

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Getting Here

by Admin on August 7, 2013

The majority of the events in the festival will take place in Smock Alley Theatre, which is situated on Exchange Street Lower.  You can see the façade facing on to Wood Quay.

Smock Alley Theatre is only a 10 minute walk from Tara Street DART station and 5 minutes from the Jervis Street stop on the red LUAS line. It is a 10 minute walk from O’Connell Street.






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Smock Alley is served by the following bus services. You can plan your Dublin Bus journey here.

Stop 1443: 83, 79, 39a, 39, 37, 145, 79a, 70
Stop 1479: 25, 25a, 25b, 151, 83, 145, 39a, 70
Stop 1480: 79, 79a
Stop 312: 67, 25b, 66a, 26, 25a, 66b
Stop 2002: 40, 123, 27, 747, 13, 77a, 49
Stop 2003: 56a,150,54a

There are also parking facilities at Christchurch and Fleet Street. For further information and a map to the theatre, go to Smock Alley. Some events will take place in venues across the city including the National Library of Ireland, The Gutter Bookshop, Pearse St. Library and other Libraries in Dublin. Further details of these venues will be posted nearer to the time.


by Admin on October 10, 2012

If you would like to volunteer with the festival in 2013 please send an email to us at  info@dublinbookfestival.com

We will not be processing applications until Summer 2013




Where To Go & How To Get There

by Admin on October 7, 2012

The majority of the events in the festival will take place in Smock Alley Theatre, which is situated on Exchange Street Lower.  You can see the façade facing on to Wood Quay.

Some events will take place in venues across the city including Hodges Figgis, The Digital Hub, The Gutter Bookshop, Irish Writers’ Centre, Fighting Words, Irish Georgian Society, Pearse St. Library and other libraries in Dublin. Please check your event to confirm where it will be taking place.



Schools’ Events

by Admin on October 1, 2012

These events must be pre-booked and can only accommodate a limited number of children. For more information, please contact info@dublinbookfestival.com.

Children’s Area

by Admin on October 1, 2012

Bring your children along to the Dublin Book Festival and let them curl up on our bean bags, read a book or write their own story. There will be readings throughout the weekend, open to the public, free of charge, so feel free to drop by and listen to authors reading their exciting tales!

Note: Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during children’s events and workshops.

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Dublin Book Festival Bookshop

by Admin on October 1, 2012

Visit our festival bookshop at Smock Alley Theatre, open from 12 to 15 November 2015, which will have titles from over 60 Irish publishers and a reading area where you can enjoy a cup of tea and browse our books. Authors will be in the book signing area in the bookshop.