On the face of it, you may not think that the simple act of opening a good book and delving into its pages could benefit a recovering addict. The truth is that words are immensely powerful and are precisely the right salve to apply to a wounded soul that is struggling with this disease. Reading can help addicts learn about mindfulness and provide necessary distractions when cravings to use strike. [click to continue…]
Oh yes……. Dublin Book Festival 2013 is getting back into gear! With that in mind, we would like to receive autumn lists from all publishers wishing to get involved as soon as possible for review for DBF 2013.
Please can you send the lists to julianne@dublinbookfestival.
‘poetry for me is the pure formulation of experience and it is so pure that not many people can engage with it at that level but when it is diluted then people get it in the broader sense. You will always find that poetry precedes prose. Poetry is first and then come all the plays and prose.’ [click to continue…]
THEME: DIGITAL DIVIDENDS
Details for the DBF Trade Day event have been finalised under the theme of Digital Dividends and will take place on Friday, 16 November at 10.30am in the Main Theatre. Speakers will include Interactive Media expert Zoe Faulder , Social Net Solutions, Barry O’Neill (StoryToys.com) and Kemberlee Shortland (Tirgearr Publishing). This event is aimed at providing practical advice and provocative contributions to people working in the publishing and related professions. A brief programme is outlined below and there will be additional contributors on the day, a more detailed briefing document will be circulated before the event.
10.30 – 11.30 The Seven Steps to Going Digital
Practical steps on developing a digital strategy from
rights, through production, conversion, formats to distribution and marketing
Zoe Faulder has an MSc in Interactive Digital Media from Trinity College and
has been working in Publishing since 2008. While working in Blackhall
Publishing she helped design and implement the eBook strategy
11.45 – 12.45 Social Media Is a Component – not an Add On
It’s about communities not customers
How Social Media Can Drive Sales, Discover Content and even Source Staff
Led by Social Net Solutions (SocialNetworkingSolutions.com)
2.30 – 4.15 E is Essential – So Embrace It
Digital Opportunities and Obstacles
Practitioners and Experts Share their Experiences, Practical Insights and Other Advice.
Contributors will include Barry O’Neill, StoryToys.com, Chenile Keogh,
Publisher, Y Books,Mads Haar, Lecturer in Interactive Media and founder of Haunted Planet.com and Kemberlee Shortland of Tirgearr Publishing www.Tirgearrpublishing.com
€10 per event, or €20 for the day, per company irrespective of the number of delegates to help defray some of the costs. If you would like to attend any or all of these events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We at the towers were finally let out yesterday to take photos and prance about holding books and what not. We also had the likes of Jimmy McGee and Fergal Quinn dropping into the Beautiful Smock Alley. Check out some of the lovely pics that have been circulating the media waves on this fine November day- including some….err not so ‘official’ images of all the high jynx!
Here is what the Irish Times were saying:
Over 148 authors will take part in this year’s Dublin Book Festival, the fifth such celebration of Irish writing and publishing.
Running from next Tuesday, November 13th, to Sunday, November 18th, the programme features over 60 events including readings, interviews, political and current affairs discussions, poetry, book-binding workshops and children’s entertainment.
Julianne Mooney, who organised the festival programme, says its central aim is “to create a community atmosphere in which to show the diversity, vitality and talent of Irish publishers and writers”.
The opening event on Tuesday, entitled Inspiring Lives, Inspiring Stories features writers Dervla Murphy and Alice Taylor in conversation with arts broadcaster Sean Rocks. To read the rest, go to the Irish Times website http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1105/breaking38.html
Check out this rather poetic looking literary moment (Makes one think of Harry Clarke?) of Sinead Moriarty and Dermot Bolger in the great banqueting hall in Smock Alley itself. This was all very poised and bookish and professional until something rather odd happened…..we were interrupted by an avian visitor in the shape of a pigeon! Luckily our very nice and talented picture taker Eoin Connolly was on hand to capture the very best in ‘candid moments’ and so ….yes dear readers….we captured this very special holy spirit-like moment for your awe and delectation! And to think that with all of this hitting the i-waves today you can only imagine what else is to come! Make sure to visit our facebook page for yet more amazing images from the day- a collection which will, we are certain be augmented as the week and indeed festival proceeds!
Don’t forget that it all kicks off next Tuesday with Dervla Murphy, Alice Taylor in conversation with Sean Rocks at 8pm. For more info about our events, interviews and generally inspiring literary information, check out our interview, news and programme pages!
Well tweeple- this is the last week of our fantabulous recipe tweeting competition so never mind the cold weather outside- this is the perfect week for you to conentrate on your winter recipe warmers! We have already got some amazing tweets in, including one for a quick roast! All you have to do is come up with your own version of a recipe under 140 characters. Sounds difficult? Well we are here to tell you that it CAN BE DONE!
How to Enter!: To enter the competition just compose your own recipe – keeping it under 140 characters and tweet it to us @dublinbookfest , for example @dublinbookfest Christmas Crunch Cake-crushed digestives soaked in rum, cinnamon, cover with nutmeg custard and choc flake, bake 4 15mins!
To give you an idea of what we are looking for, take a look at these taken from Jane Traver’s hit book ‘Tweet Treats’:
The list of this year’s Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award for the Irish Book Awards has been announced. Check out the list here:
Mary Costello for the China Factory (Stinging Fly), Donal Ryan for The Spinning Heart (Lilliput Press, Doubleday Ireland), Rosemary McLoughlin for Tyringham Park (Poolbeg), Kathleen MacMahon for This is How it Ends (Little, Brown) and Maeve Higgins for We Have a Good Time Don’t We? (Hachette) and Selina Guinness for The Crocodile By the Door (Penguin Ireland).
Catch these literary whippersnappers for a special panel discussion with the Sunday Independent’s Madeleine Keane on Friday, 16 November! http://www.dublinbookfestival.com/category/programme/prog-by-day/friday-16th/
Meet Katie-one of the most integral cogs in the DBF machine! She is one of a team who has worked tirelessly over the last number of months to bring you the fabulousness that is the Dublin Book Festival! This fine (well…) morning she has stepped away from the confines of the ‘office’ to tell you wonderful people about how the experience of the DBF 2012 has affected the way she thinks about books, writing and meeting people offline as well as on! For Katie there is no substitute for human contact!
“I remained sceptical of events aimed at the unpublished for years. Surely they can teach me nothing that the almighty Google can’t I thought. Since then I moved to Dublin, studied creative writing and got dragged along to many such events by my friends. Now I am convinced that there is no substitute for actual human contact. Being able to ask specific questions in a collegial setting is so much more rewarding than reading an article about editing online. Making friends who are writers and publishers through events like these demystifies the whole process. It’s extremely motivating to pitch your idea to an editor and see them smile, or to mention your story to a writer friend and hear them say ‘Actually, my agent likes stuff like that. You should send it to them.’
With the face of publishing changing daily and the media flooded with reports of how e-readers are killing/saving reading, copyright is evil/king, and nobody/everybody needs an agent attending discussions by professionals are invaluable in allowing all sides of a debate to be aired and explored. People from all aspects of publishing and at all stages of their careers will be at the Dublin Book Festival this year and there are two events where they will come together to share their knowledge with unpublished writers, emerging authors and anyone that would like to attend.
Writers and publishers will talk books with anyone. The best thing about these events is the community; the fact that, despite locking ourselves away like hermits every day pounding out words on a laptop, when we look around the audience at these events we know we are not alone.
This year at the Dublin Book Festival there are two events aimed at writers and I would urge everyone to come along (especially as they fall in the middle of NaNoWriMo)
They’re free too, so I’ll accept no excuses!”
Join the DBF in making your voice heard for those writers who can’t.
The Day of the Imprisoned Writer celebrates and supports writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information and insight.
On 15 November former Beirut hostage and writer Brian Keenan, poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and journalist Justine McCarthy will read from the work of writers based around the world who have been targeted because they had the courage to speak their minds. These writers challenge injustice and confront the governments and oppressive regimes who see every criticism as a threat to their power. The human voice is one of the most powerful weapons in defence of human rights and against tyranny, and the writers whose work will be profiled on November 15 have paid a very high price for their courage including:
Chinese poet Zhu Yufu was imprisoned for seven years last December, charged with ‘inciting subversion of state power’. The charges reportedly relate to a poem he wrote, as well as other online writings, interviews he gave to foreign media and donations he collected on behalf of families of people jailed for their pro-democracy and human rights activities.
Turkish human rights lawyer and writer Muharrem Erbey has been held in prison since 2009 charged with having links with the illegal PKK. Muharrem Erbey is a writer and columnist and member of the Kurdish Writers’ Association.
On 02 September Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist Jila Baniyaghoob began a one year prison term because of her work as a journalist and human rights campaigner, documenting the post-election demonstrations in Iran, and state violence. Her husband, and fellow journalist, Bahman Ahmadi Amou’i is also in prison because of his work as editor of a leading business magazine.
Writers, journalists and poets often force us to confront the reality of the world we live in. They challenge the myths and the self-aggrandising propaganda to expose the truth – the violence and the repression that is inflicted on a daily basis on those who refuse to remain silent in the face of injustice.
Join us on November 15 and show your support for persecuted writers around the world.
ALL WELCOME – ADMISSION FREE
SEATING LIMITED – REGISTRATION ADVISABLE AT: http://theimprisonedwriter.eventbrite.com/
‘I did think I was Buffy for a while when I was 12…………’
Laura Jane Cassidy writes supernatural mysteries for teenagers and is not afraid to be creepy. Her novels Angel Kiss and Eighteen Kisses are published by Puffin. She is also working on another series in which a group of teenagers predict the future by writing stories- the first of which she has just finished and hopes to get out some time next year. When she is not glued to her studio Laura’s favourite pastimes include wandering around Dublin bookshops and immersing herself in it’s ‘great literature scene’. The DBF met up with Laura in one of her favourite haunts- Starbucks on Dawson St. to ask her some questions and get to know this promising new voice in young adult fiction. [click to continue…]
“A song, Bob Dylan once said, is just a thought. Yes, but a song
cannot become great if it is built around an ordinary thought. Every
great song contains a special kind of thought, the kind that strikes
you as having occurred just to you alone, but which, having been
uttered, offers confirmation that the heart of another is a little
like your own. Great songs unite us around thoughts that are not
immediately obvious, or already consensual, or even thoughts that seem
close to madness. But, reluctant as I am to quibble with a master, it
strikes me that ‘thought’ is close to being the wrong word. Doesn’t a
thought depend on words? Isn’t a thought a coherent piece of
reasoning, even if it ends up unreasonable? A song is more than that:
it has the music, existing in some strange relationship with the
words, coloring them, shading them, adding to them another dimension,
making them live beyond the level of logic. But, still, methinks, the
song, to become worthy of the name, always contains a reasonable
proposition, but in some far more tremendous sense than we have come
to think about. In its interweaving of words and music – and rhythm
and personality – the song goes to another place which is not so
accessible anymore by other means. Songs, poems and prayers use the
same circuits and are held in the same storehouse in the heart. The
song emerges from that space in the human heart where the ultimate
quality of reason resides, and brings it to life. It is, really, a
cry. Perhaps it is becoming the only place in the modern world, where
the most fundamental cry may still be heard.”
Catch John on Wed, 14 November in our Dancing About Architecture event with Marcus Connaughton and Paul Charles as they ask the question: ‘Is it truly possible to capture in “words” what music is about?’
This year’s Dublin Book Festival will run from 13th – 18th November with a packed programme of events, almost entirely free of charge with readings, interviews, debates, book launches and workshops for adults, children and schools – as well as a number of special guest appearances. The 2012 festival celebrations will be based in and around Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar which was, throughout the eighteenth century, predominantly home to printers and publishers. It is very fitting that the Dublin Book Festival which celebrates Irish publishing and Irish-published authors should return to this area.
The Festival, which has been programmed by Julianne Mooney, features a vast array of events taking place in Smock Alley Theatre and The Gutter Bookshop. From crime and literary fiction, to health, cookery and gardening to poetry and Irish language titles, there is a huge mix of genres, authors and contributors represented. The central aim of the festival is to create a community atmosphere in which to show the diversity, vitality and talent of Irish publishers and writers. The Dublin Book Festival confidently promises something for everyone and – with the majority of the events being free – there is plenty to entertain and inspire this November.
‘In conversation’ series:
Our exciting series of in conversations will give readers the chance to learn more about writers, their own inspirations and untold stories. Visitors will not only have the chance to see and hear authors in interview during the festival but we will have a more informal chat with them in the run up to the big thing in our newly created and very comfy DBF Lounge!
Wondering what to do with the children during the cold winter days? This year’s festival includes a vibrant programme for children running free events on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November including a reading from The Nightmare Club Series with David Maybury and Oisin McGann, a bookbinding and cartoon workshop, a children’s treasure hunt around Temple Bar, a bilingual reading of fairytales reading with Catherine Sheridan and Biddy Jenkinson, storytelling with Niall de Burca and lots more. Children will be able to hang out at the Children’s Corner to read or try their hand at writing their own story.
Right so programming is well and truly under way here at the DBF towers and even this early on in the proceedings things are looking mighty exciting. Can’t give too much away but let’s just say that a fair few well known Irish faces will be in attendance taking part in discussions of all things literary! Over the course of five days, the festival will feature events across all genres, literature, cookery, gardening, history, Irish literature, music and lots more. There will be a schools programme and over the weekend in Smock Alley there will be a children’s corner, where there will be storytelling, workshops (bookbinding anyone?) and lots of fun books to read! With over 30 events there will be something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming you to the Dublin Book Festival 2012. Keep it here for more info as the events draw near and don’t forget to check our facebook and twitter pages for….yes….even MORE updates on this years literary bonanza!
For those of you who are looking at this mid-summer’s day (ish) and getting depressed with the eventual advent of winter- do not fret, for the end of the summer has its advantages! This year’s Dublin Book Festival will take place in none other than the recently refurbished Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar from the 14-18 November. We are seriously excited about this venue- not only becuase of its long and dramatic history (more to come on that!) but also because of the events that will sit perfectly inside this beautiful building. We will have everything from readings and performances to more ‘involved’ literary events so remember to save the date for what will be the most dynamic and cracking festival yet. Keep it here for more details and updates as well as some more general and interesting musings on all things books! We are also on facebook and twitter and so unavoidable really! Also don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter too so you won’t miss a thing!
For a better look at our new home check it out! http://www.smockalley.com/theatre/
(Image: photograph of a detail of John Roque’s map of Dublin, 1787)