Get Involved – Volunteer for DBF!

Volunteer with DBF 2019


Dublin Book Festival returns this November (14th -17th) with its 13th 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.

Our now famous Winter Garden and literary sanctuary of  Smock Alley will host many launches, rediscoveries, talks, panel discussions, meet & greets and receptions over the four days celebrating the power of the written word in all its many evolving forms. This Festival will see our continued effort in championing emerging Irish writers and publishing houses as well as spotlighting forgotten gems in the Irish Literary Cannon.  We have exhibitions of the old (John Hinde’s Return To Sender) and the new ( Correspondences : An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision).

From the authors of the popular ‘Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling’ Books to marking the 40th Anniversary of A Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, from the treatment of unwedded mothers in Republic of Shame to the final trilogy of Irish Supernatural with Dorothy Macardle’s Dark Enchantment and for the little bookworms – The Winter Garden – where seeds of future literary aspirations can be sown with the return of The Big Draw ,The Book Doctor and our infamous Treasure Hunt

 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 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 Bookworm this Festival?

Our Volunteer Call Out has now gone live as of October and you can complete the digital form here*

Please return the completed form by Tuesday 5th November at 5pm sharp. Any questions at all please direct them to

*Please note, you will need a google account in order to fill in this form – this is because we are trying to cut back on printing and waste. If you have any queries, send us an email!

DBF Volunteers 2019


Keen to find out what happens in the next instalment? Then you will be happy to read that on Saturday 2nd of November at 15:00 – 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 on an event like Dublin Book Festival. The afternoon will be held in FRINGE LAB, Studio 2 – Dublin FRINGE Festival, Sycamore Building, Sycamore Street, Temple Bar – it’s the side street by Meeting House Square & The Wild Duck Bar.

“Too many books? What I think what you mean is –
Not enough book shelves” – Anonymous