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Dublin Book Festival 2016


New Island at Dublin Book Festival 2016 

Beyond the Centre: Pat Boran, Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney in Conversation with Seán Rocks

Beyond The Centre


Smock Alley Theatre, Thursday, 10 November, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Dublin Book Festival opening event will celebrate the diversity, progress and creativity within the Irish literary landscape in recent years. Taking cues from the essays in Beyond the Centre (New Island), an anthology commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre to mark its 25th anniversary, Seán Rocks of RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena will be getting to the heart of contemporary writing with contributors Pat Boran, Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney. Expect to hear candid truths about what it’s like to be a writer in modern Ireland: the marginality, the isolation, the insecurity – financial and personal – and, most importantly, what makes all of these challenges worthwhile at the end of the day.

Tickets are €10/ €8 concession.


Note: Due to unforseen circumstances this will not be a live Arena Show.

Lunchtime Readings: Out Of This World

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Boy’s School, Smock Alley Theatre, Friday, 11 November, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

A trio of debut authors will take you on a journey to other realms found within the pages of their new books. Oisín Fagan’s fresh voice blends wit and fury as he reads from his gripping collection of sci-fi tales in Hostages (New Island Books). R.B. Kelly shares a snippet of her futuristic thriller Edge of Heaven (Liberties Press) which questions the ghost in the machine, while Roisín O’Donnell’s collection of short stories in Wild Quiet (New Island Books) examines the hurts and triumphs of being human. These bite-sized lunchtime readings are sure to satisfy every appetite, and will be lead by Jan Carson, the breakthrough author behind Malcolm Orange Disappears(Liberties Press) and more recent book Children’s Children (Liberties Press).

Free entry, but booking is essential.


Dublin City Public Libraries Reader’s Day 

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With Mia Gallagher, Diarmuid Gavin, Mike McCormack, Deirdre Purcell and Donal Ryan in conversation with Dave Kenny

Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre, Saturday, 12 November, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

An engaging morning of book chat hosted by author and journalist Dave Kenny, in conversation with a host of authors: Mia Gallagher’s first novel in almost a decade, Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island Books), begins with a bang in the London Underground; Deirdre Purcell’sThe Husband (Hachette) is a gripping story of love in its many guises; garden designer and television personality Diarmuid Gavin’s The Extra Room (Gill Books) shares the golden rules for DIY gardening; award-winning novelist Mike McCormack’s latest book, Solar Bones (Tramp Press), is an intimate portrayal of one family under threat; and Donal Ryan’s new novel, All We Shall Know (Transworld Ireland), centres on a pregnant woman troubled by secrets.
Refreshments will be served during a 30-minute interval.

Bookings open to the public from Oct 28th. Tickets are €12.


The Glass Shore

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Madeleine Keane in conversation with Sinéad
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Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre, Saturday 12 November, 1:45pm – 3:00pm

The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland (New Island Books), compiled by award-winning broadcaster and critic Sinéad Gleeson, is an intimate and illuminating insight into a previously underappreciated literary canon. The event will be chaired by Sunday Independent Literary Editor Madeleine Keane, who will be joined by Sinéad
Gleeson, alongside Lucy Caldwell, Martina Devlin and Mary O’Donnell to talk short stories and women’s voices.

Tickets are €7/ €5 concession.


Mr Pussy in Conversation with Dave Kenny


Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre, Sunday 13 November, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Alan Amsby a.k.a. Mr Pussy blazed a trail across 1970s Catholic Ireland with his outrageous alter ego, demolishing homophobic barriers from Belfast to Baltimore. He began performing his own show – modelling as a woman in Carnaby Street at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Ringo was a fan, and London was shocked (and pleasantly surprised) when it was revealed that the pretty young Sandy Shaw lookalike on the city’s billboards was a bloke.

Lauded as being the first to introduce drag to Ireland, Mr Pussy is still selling out shows across the country. Alan will be joined by author and journalist Dave Kenny to discuss MR PUSSY: Before I Forget to Remember (New Island Books), a collection of hilarious anecdotes and celebrity tales, tracing the remarkable story of a ground-breaking and boundary-pushing entertainer, full of pathos, charm and wit.

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