The Lilliput Press 35-Year Celebration (1984 – 2019)


With Rob Doyle, Adrian Duncan, Kevin Power, Alice Lyons, Elske Rahill

Saturday 16 November

Time: 6.00pm

Venue: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

Free entry, Booking advised


Join us as we celebrate 35 years of The Lilliput Press (1984-2019). Lilliput has worked to discover and promote Irish writing of the highest standard. To mark this anniversary, a panel of some of the Press’ finest authors, past, present and future, will discuss how their work has developed since starting with Lilliput. Internationally renowned authors Kevin Power, Rob Doyle, Elske Rahill, Adrian Duncan and Alice Lyons will discuss the highs and lows of publishing life, the publication process and why they first submitted to the Press. The event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Winter Garden.



Rob Doyle’s debut novel Here Are The Young Men won wide critical acclaim when it was first published by The Lilliput Press in 2014. His fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in The GuardianThe Sunday TimesThe Stinging FlyThe Dublin ReviewGorseThe Moth and The Penny Dreadful amongst others. Doyle’s work has also appeared on RTÉ national radio and the BBC World Service and has been translated into French and Serbian. He studied Philosophy and Psychoanalysis at Trinity College Dublin and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. His new novel Threshold will be published by Bloomsbury in January.

Adrian Duncan is an Irish visual artist who originally trained as a structural engineer. His short-form fiction has appeared in The Stinging FlyGorseThe MothThe Dublin Review and Meridian (US), amongst others. His feature film, ‘Floating Structures’ on Irish engineer Peter Rice, co-directed with Feargal Ward, premiered at this year’s Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. He also recently co-directed a music video with Feargal for Joy Division’s Day of the Lords as part of their Unknown Pleasures Reimagined project. Adrian currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where he continues to write.

Kevin Power is a writer and critic. His novel Bad Day in Blackrock was published by The Lilliput Press in 2008 and was produced as the film What Richard Did (2012). Power has been the recipient of many prizes including the Hennessy XO Award for Emerging Fiction and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and he was Creative Writing Fellow at St Patrick’s College from 2014-16. His writing has featured in various publications such as The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review, New Irish Short StoriesLos Angeles Review of Books, The Irish Times, Literary Review, Irish Journal of American Studies, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, and The Dublin Review of Books. He also writes regularly for The Sunday Business Post. He currently teaches on the M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin and his research focuses on the fields of 20th and 21st century American literature and film, contemporary Irish literature and science fiction.

Alice Lyons is a versatile artist, film-maker and Kavanagh Award-winning poet. Originally from the US, she has lived in the west of Ireland for over twenty years. She was a Radcliffe Fellow in Poetry and New Media at Harvard University 2015/16 and throughout her career has created work that brings literature into new contexts, media and communities. She lectures in creative writing at IT Sligo and is currently poet-in-residence with the Yeats Society, Sligo. Her debut novel, Oona, published by The Lilliput Press, will be released in March 2020.

Elske Rahill graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an M.Phil in Creative Writing and Gender and Women’s Studies. As an actor she appeared in the Abbey and Gate theatres and is the author of plays After Opium (2003) and How to Be Loved (2008). Her first novel, Between Dog and Wolf, was published by The Lilliput Press in 2013. In 2015 she released a collection of short stories on the subject of motherhood entitled In White Ink, published by Head of Zeus, and her latest work, An Unravelling, was published in June. She currently lives in Burgundy, France with her partner and four children where she continues to write.