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Our 2018 Festival will run from Thursday 15th November to Sunday 18th November. Information on how to volunteer for DBF 2018 will be available closer to the time. Sign up for our newsletter, follow us on social media and watch this space for updates!


Volunteer with DBF 2017

Dublin Book Festival returns this November with its 11th edition and we are looking for literary lovers, book enthusiasts, aspiring scribes, kindle addicts and pen pushers to become one of our many festival book-worm volunteers helping to bring this latest instalment of all things books and publishing set in some of the most iconic buildings and locations about the city.

As the winter nights draw on, shut out the cold with the inviting warmth of a programme filled with old and new voices in conversations, from Ireland’s most celebrated and witty critic Eileen Battersby to debut writers Lisa Harding and Eoin Macken. There is something for everyone with events spotlighting George Bernard Shaw on the anniversary of his passing, not to mention our children’s and schools programmes returning to the enchanted Winter Garden at Smock Alley and various Dublin City Council Libraries about the city.

For the more adventurous and time travellers there are tours of all sorts from the much-loved walking tours with Pat Liddy to historical tours following the footsteps of Michael Collins.

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.

Volunteers can be found at venues and events helping to be more than just a smiling face in the crowd – from ushering and stewarding, crowd control and the first point of contact for the public, volunteers guide them from the street to their seats. A dynamic team spirit creates an 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 Bookworm for #DBF2017?

Our Volunteer Call-Out has now gone live as of October and you can download the application here.

Please return the completed form to by Friday 13th October, 5pm sharp to:



Keen to find out what happens in the next instalment?  Then you will be happy to read that on Sunday 15th October at 13:00hrs – we become an ‘open book’ for you to make your mark.  We are hosting an Open Volunteer Information Afternoon on Volunteering with the festival for those interested in getting a feel of what it takes to volunteer for an event like Dublin Book Festival. The afternoon will be held in: FRINGE LAB – Sycamore Building, Sycamore Street, Temple Bar Dublin 2.


‘Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty.’

– George Bernard Shaw


Friends of the Festival


Dublin Book Festival is delighted to offer the following membership options. All levels of membership are limited, so contact us as soon as possible.


Level One Friends membership:

  • Individual Level One membership €15
  • Joint Level One membership €25

Level One Benefits

  • Online membership card
  • Invite to festival launch wine reception
  • Mailing of the programme before the public launch
  • Events discount


Level Two Friends membership:

  • Individual Level Two Membership €75
  • Joint Level Two Membership €130

Level Two Benefits

  • Online membership card
  • Advanced mailing of the programme
  • Events discount
  • Invite to festival launch wine reception
  • Invite to opening and closing events
  • Name listed in the programme (Friends Page – if joined before September 26th 2017)
  • Advanced booking before the box office opens to the general public for up to 10 events (20 events if buying Joint Membership). Limited to 2 seats per event, or 4 seats for children’s events.


Patron level membership:

€500 individual

€750 joint

  • Level 1 & 2 benefits
  • Personal free half-page ad in the festival programme
  • One signed book of any DBF author
  • Gift of 5 level one memberships
  • Opportunity to suggest authors for the following year – private poll
  • Opportunity to suggest books for the book club – private poll
  • Name on banner to be hung at Smock Alley during the festival
  • Name on website

Please address all enquiries to: