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Volunteer with DBF 2016



This year sees us celebrate our 10th year and we want to invite you to the literary party of the year. It may be cold outside, but this winter let us warm you with our anniversary edition of Dublin Book Festival. This year’s line up boasts one of Ireland’s most celebrated, witty and forthright political figures, Mary O Rourke, as well as a very different leading lady is Alan Amsby, the national trailblazer & international ‘Cause De Celebre’ extraordinaire, ‘Mr Pussy’. We have events and screenings – including a Hubert Butler documentary at Dublin’s RDS and conversations with film maker turned author John Boorman – as well as a schools’ programme and children’s programme, with a welcome return to our enchanted ‘Winter Garden’. We also have tours of all sorts for the grown ups – from literary pub ‘crawls’ to architectural treasures, from the famous Pat Liddy to a walk through Joyce’s Dublin.


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 volunteering also gives you access to a community that lives beyond the festival, the always evolving social and professional circles in the arts.


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


How can you become a Volunteer Bookworm?


Our Volunteer call out has gone live and you can download the application here. Please return the completed form by 5pm sharp on Friday 28th of October to


Keen to find out what happens in the next installment? Then you will be happy to read on Wednesday 2nd November – 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 for an event like Dublin Book Festival. The evening will be held in DIFF House – 13 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin, at 6.30pm sharp.


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


‘From the moment I picked up your book

until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter.

Someday I intend reading it.’

-Groucho Marx




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 2016)*
  • 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:

*Friends availing of membership before September 26th will have the option of having their names listed in the 2016 programme.