Main Programme






DBF2018-Event-600x900-2The Stinging Fly 20-Year Celebration

With Declan Meade and Sally Rooney

Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm

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Local-Enterprise-Office-Kilkenny-logo-The Business Clinic

In Association with Local Enterprise Office – Dublin

Time: 9.00am – 10.30am

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-3George Bernard Shaw Exhibition

In Association with The Royal Irish Academy

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm, Friday – Sunday

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-4Book Art Exhibition

By Art, Design and Three-Dimensional Students

In Association with Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm, Friday – Sunday

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-5The Elder Lemons Exhibition

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm, Friday – Sunday

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-7The Business of Books   

Publishing Ireland Trade Day

In Association with Publishing Ireland

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-8Poetry Ireland Review: Notes from the Margins    

With Toby Buckley, Will St Leger and Rosamund Taylor in conversation with Ailbhe Smyth

In Association with Poetry Ireland

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-9The Art of the Short Story BOOKED OUT

With Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Nuala O’Connor and William Wall in conversation with Paula Shields

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-19Literary Walking Tour

With Pat Liddy

In Association with Pat Liddy Walking Tours

Time: 2.30pm

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The History Press Book Launch

The History of Irish Book Publishing by Tony Farmar

With Samantha Holman, Conor Kostick and Fergal Tobin

In Association with Irish Copyright Licensing Authority

 Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-12A New Ireland

With Bryan Fanning, Melatu Uche Okorie and Sorcha Pollak

In Association with EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-13Writer to Writer: The Republic of Elsewhere

With Rob Doyle, Paula Meehan and Joseph O’Connor in conversation with Ciaran Carty

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-15The Lilliput Press Book Launch

Writer to Writer: The Republic of Elsewhere by Ciaran Carty

Time: 7.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-14Takin’ the Mic at DBF

In Association with the Irish Writers Centre

Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-16Dublin City Public Libraries Readers’ Day

With John Boyne, Carmel Harrington, Mary Kennedy, Sinéad Moriarty, David Park and Leslie Pearse in conversation with Dave Kenny

In Association with Dublin City Public Libraries

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-17Travel Writing Workshop BOOKED OUT

With Manchán Magan

In Association with the Irish Writers Centre

Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-18Revolutionary Dublin, 1912-1923: A Walking Tour

With Donal Fallon and John Gibney

Time: 11.00am

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-33Literary Walking Tour

With Pat Liddy

In Association with Pat Liddy Walking Tours

Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-20La Muse Books Book Launch

Ezekiel by John Fanning

Time: 12.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-21The Liffey River Walking Tour

With Christopher Moriarty

Time: 1.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-22Emerging Authors Series I

With Arnold Thomas Fanning and Emilie Pine in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

In Association with Words Ireland

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-23The Other Irish Tradition

With Rob Doyle and June Caldwell

In Association with Dalkey Archive Press

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

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DBF-2018-EventImages-600x900.inddManaging Stress and Anxiety

With Dr Harry Barry and Allison Keating in conversation with Jennifer O’Connell

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-25History Ireland Hedge School: The Great Hunger Reassessed

With Patricia Byrne, John Gibney, Tommy Graham and Peter Gray

In Association with Dublin Port

Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-26The Maamtrasna Murders by Margaret Kelleher

With Margaret Kelleher, Dr Niamh Howlin and James Joyce

Time: 14.30pm –16.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-27Úrscéalta nua Gaeilge / New Fiction in Irish

With Proinsias Mac a’ Bhaird and Réaltán Ní Leannáin

Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-29Emerging Authors Series II

With Caitriona Lally, Darragh Martin, Aoibheann McCann and Sue Rainsford, in conversation with Sue Leonard

Time: 3.30pm – 4.45pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-28New Poetry Titles from The Irish Pages Press

With Chris Agee and Ciarán O’Rourke

Time: 4.15pm – 5.00 pm, Readings & Conversation, Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

5.00pm – 6.00pm, Drinks Reception, Banquet Hall

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Salmon PoetrySalmon Poetry Book Launches

With Richard Halperin and Fred Johnston

Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-31Tramp Press Book Launch

A Brilliant Void edited by Jack Fennell

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-33Literary Walking Tour

With Pat Liddy

In Association with Pat Liddy Walking Tours

Time: 11.30am

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-32Meet the Publishers

With Mariel Deegan, Deirdre Nolan and Ivan O’Brien

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

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The People of the City  Walking Tour BOOKED OUT

With Frank Cullen

Time: 12.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-35Ireland’s Inspiring Women

With Marian Broderick, Martina Devlin, Lindie Naughton and Deirdre Raftery in conversation with Madeleine Keane

Time: 12.30pm – 2.00pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-36Silver Thread Book Launch BOOKED OUT

Stories From Ordinary Lives

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm,

 Booking not required, drop-in event

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-37Heartland: Words and Music from the Soul’s High Lonesome Valley

With Patrick McCabe, accompanied by Ian Lynch of Lankum

Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-38Cathal Brugha and De Valera

With David McCullagh and Fergus O’Farrell

Time:  2.45pm – 3.45pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-39Lapwing Publications Book Launch

Vertical Montage by Csilla Toldy

Time:  3.00pm – 4.30pm

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DBF2018-Event-600x900-41Irish/International PEN launch of their women’s manifesto

With Anne Enright, June Considine, Frank Geary and Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

In association with Irish PEN and International PEN

Time:  3.45pm – 4.45pm

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With Andrea Carter, Brian Cregan, Madeleine D’Arcy and John O’Donnell, in conversation with with Danielle McLaughlin

In association with Peter McVerry Trust

Time:  3.30pm – 4.30pm

These writers will present short readings from the anthology, followed by a discussion on the common ground between Law and Literature chaired by Danielle McLaughlin. Proceeds are in aid of Peter McVerry Trust, a charity working to combat homelessness.

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With Luke O’Neill

Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm

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Note: Due to a scheduling issue outside of our control this event moved to a new time and location. We apologise for any inconvenience. The new event details are as stated above: Sunday 18 November at 4pm in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar. If you have any queries please email: info@dublinbookfestival.com



DBF2018-Event-600x900-42Book and Art Exhibition Launch: Blood Horses 

By Moyra Donaldson and Paddy Lennon

Time: 5.30pm

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Story Writing Workshop (Age 810)

In Association with Fighting Words

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm



winter garden

The Winter Garden

All the Family

Time: 12.00pm – 4.30pm




Treasure Island Treasure Hunt

All the Family 

Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm




Share a Story with Patricia Forde

All the Family

In Association with Children’s Books Ireland

Time:  11.30am – 12.15pm



weatherbookRain, Hail or Sunshine – How It All Works!

With Joanna Donnelly and Fuchsia MacAree  

Time: 12.30pm – 1.15pm




Book Clinic culture fox picCBI Book Clinic

In Association with Children’s Books Ireland

All the Family 

Time: 1.00pm  4.00pm







winter gardenThe Winter Garden

All the Family 

Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm




Treasure Island Treasure Huntunnamed

All the Family 

Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm




juanitaGo Wild About Nature! (Age 7+)

With Juanita Browne  

In Association with National Botanic Gardens

Time: 11.30am




0256941_9780717175413_300Share a Story with Peter Donnelly BOOKED OUT

All the Family

In Association with Children’s Books Ireland

Time: 11.15am – 12.00pm




Laureate na nÓg Pop-Up Poetry

In Association with Laureate na nÓg

All the Family

Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm




Scavenger Hunt!

With Rob Maguire and Aga Grandowicz

All the Family

Time: 12.15pm – 1.00pm



alan nolan colourThe Big Draw with Alan Nolan

All the Family

With Alan Nolan 

Time: 1.00pm – 1.45pm