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Dublin Book Festival 2017

Dublin Book Festival kicks off this week and we’re thrilled to have so many New Island authors taking part! We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary on the Saturday and there’s also a wonderful array of events all week. You can browse the full programme here.



RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena Live Show with Dermot Bolger, Annabelle Comyn, Carlo Gébler, Janet Moran, Fintan O’Toole and Sean Rocks at 6.45PM on Thursday, November 2nd. 

Join Seán Rocks of RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena for a live broadcast as he leads an evening of lively music, readings and conversation. On the anniversary of George Bernard Shaw’s death, Fintan O’Toole, author of Judging Shaw (Royal Irish Academy), will unravel the genius and humour of the first person to win both a Nobel Prize and an Oscar through conversation, song and performed extracts from Shaw’s work. They will be joined by artistic director Annabelle Comyn, who is responsible for directing critically and commercially successful plays such as Shaw’s Pygmalion. The evening will centre on two of Ireland’s literary giants, with Dermot Bolger discussing the work and life of James Joyce. The legend of Shaw and Joyce will be framed within the context of contemporary Irish talent, with Carlo Gébler speaking about his new coming-of-age novel, The Innocent of Falkland Road (New Island Books).

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The Art of the Short Story with Christine Dwyer Hickey, Martin Malone and Sean O’Reilly in conversation with Paula Shields at 1PM on Friday, November 3rd.

Sit in on this informative chat and come away with a fuller understanding and appreciation for the craft of short story writing. Author and playwright Christine Dwyer Hickey introduces her eighth and latest novel The Lives of Women (Atlantic Books), an uncompromising portrayal of the suburbs and the cruelties brought about by the demands of respectability. Well-versed in the art of short story writing, Martin Malone’s newest collection of tales in This Cruel Station (Doire Press) explore what it is like to be Irish — and new Irish —  in today’s society. Sean O’Reilly is the author of multiple books including the new collection Levitation(The Stinging Fly Press), an anthology of ten short stories. This engaging talk will be guided by Paula Shields, a top arts journalist and researcher for RTÉ.

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           Dublin City Public Libraries Readers’ Day with June Caldwell, Myles Dungan, Alison Jameson, Mary Kenny, Paul Lynch and Nuala O’Connor in conversation with Dave Kenny at 10AM on Saturday, November 4th. 

An engaging morning of book chat hosted by author and journalist Dave Kenny, in conversation with a host of authors. The well received Room Little Darker (New Island Books) is June Caldwell’s first collection of stories. Following the success of his first book On This Day (New Island Books), Myles Dungan returns with On This Day: Volume 2 – Irish Histories from Drivetime on RTÉ Radio 1 (New Island Books), a collection of fascinating historical tales based on his popular Drivetimeslot on RTÉ. Alison Jameson’s latest novel This Family Of Things (Doubleday Ireland) is a poignant study of the emotional lives of three siblings and the one girl who breaks through their solitude, guaranteed to tug on your heartstrings. Mary Kenny ruminates on the once marginal issue of feminism and its shift into the mainstream in her new book Am I a Feminist? (New Island Books). Paul Lynch’s Grace(Oneworld Books) is a sweeping, Dickensian story of a young girl on a life-changing journey across nineteenth-century Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine. Nuala O’Connor’s Joyride to Jupiter (New Island Books) is her sixth short story collection, and a skillful demonstration of what this art form can achieve. Refreshments will be served during a 30-minute interval.

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     Rick O’Shea Book Club in conversation with Lisa Harding, Eoin Macken, Andrew Meehan and Stefanie Preissner at 1.45PM on Saturday, November 4th.

Storytelling transcends many art forms – whether it is through the written word, the visual arts or the physical realm of acting. RTÉ presenter Rick O’Shea will engage four transmedia storytellers about their experiences working across multiple mediums during the current Golden Age of Television. Actress and playwright Lisa Harding’s debut novel Harvesting(New Island Books) tells the harrowing story of two teenage girls thrown together in a Dublin brothel. Andrew Meehan is a short-fiction writer, screenwriter and former Head of Development at the Irish Film Board. His first novel One Star Awake (New Island Books) is a fractured fairy tale, by turns heartbreaking and hilarious. Actor, filmmaker, model and author Eoin Macken will discuss his new novel Hunter and the Grape (Ward River Press), a touching tale tracing a young man’s obsessive journey to Los Angeles to track down his lost love. Stefanie Preissner is the creator of the comedy-drama series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, documentary How to Adult, best-selling one-woman theatre show Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend and author of Why Can’t Everything Just Stay the Same? (Hachette Books Ireland).

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Michael O’Loughlin with Dermot Bolger in conversation at 2PM on Saturday, November 4th. 

In 1979 two young Finglas writers came together to launch Raven Arts Press, a publishing house that – while publishing a generation of writers who rose to national and international prominence – always remained informed by their shared roots. Although the location of their work has ranged across Europe and European history, their Northside childhoods have remained central to their vision of Irish and European society. Born in 1959, Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best-known writers, whose thirteen novels include The Journey Home (Flamingo) and most recently The Lonely Sea and Sky (New Island Books). His selected poems, That Which is Suddenly Precious (New Island Books)appeared in 2015Born in Dublin in 1958, Michael O’Loughlin has been one of the most arresting voices in Irish poetry since his debut, Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary (Raven Press), in 1980. His most recent book, Poems 1980-2015 (New Island Books), reveals the full extent of a unique, provocative and superbly crafted oeuvre. In this intimate conversation they will read their work, remember the turbulent Dublin that shaped the emergence of Raven Arts Press and discuss their experiences as writers in careers that have spanned more than three decades.

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Dublin Histories with Donal Fallon, John Gibney and Aileen O’Carroll in conversation with Myles Dungan at 3.30PM on Saturday November 4th.

Dublin boasts a rich historical past tracing back centuries, though many of its stories have been lost over time. Join our affable history buffs as they discuss Dublin’s rich historical past. Donal Fallon is a historian and writer based in Dublin. He recently co-wrote Come Here to Me: Volume 2 – More Unexplored Dublin Histories (New Island Books) with Sam McGrath and Ciarán Murray based on their popular blog of the same name. Acclaimed historian and walking-tour guide John Gibney guides us along Dublin‘s streets in his latest book Dublin: A New Illustrated History (The Collins Press). He forms a social, political, cultural and architectural past through anecdotes about personalities, goings-on, buildings, literature and song over the centuries. Aileen O’Carroll is the manager of the Irish Qualitative Data Archive and recently co-wrote The Dublin Docker: The Dockers and Stevedores of Dublin Port (Irish Academic Press) with Don Bennett, exploring Dublin’s industrial life which was once the heartbeat of the city. They will be joined by Irish broadcaster Myles Dungan, author of On This Day – Volume 2 (New Island Books), a collection of brand-new historical tales based on his popular Drivetime slot on RTÉ.

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Stand In Awe Of All Mná with Julieann Campbell, Gráinne Clear, Mia Gallagher, Sarah Maria Griffin, Felicity McCall and Freya McClements at 3.30PM on Saturday, November 4th.

Stand in awe of this exclusive line-up and exciting collection of events. Join Gráinne Clear for our Business of Writing Seminar, learn all about how to control the business side of your career and avoid the pitfalls. Our panel of Julieann CampbellFelicity McCall and Freya McClements will discuss Working Your Own Career. You can expect to hear these literary ladies discuss the various ways in which artists can be supported within their own communities, advice on finding your own gigs, the importance of connecting with other writers and how to work together to create opportunities of your own. Last but not least our forum will be led by Mia Gallagher in conversation with Sarah Maria Griffin. This open forum aims to look at where the gender equality conversation stands now and examines the profile of women in the industry by lifting the lid on the challenges, prejudices and biases that still exist.

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Cracking Crime with Sam Blake, Helen Moorhouse and Julie Parsons at 5PM on Saturday, November 4th. 

If you are a crime writer interested in developing a gripping crime novel that compels readers and incites curiosity, you cannot miss this seminar with Julie ParsonsHelen Moorhouse and Sam Blake. Blake, bestselling author of Little Bones (Bonnier Zaffre) shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, will explore the crime writing process. Helen Moorhouse, author of 4 books, Advertising Copywriter and regular contributor to the Irish Independent will share her secrets to writing an enticing and polished novel and Julie Parsons, one of Ireland’s most accomplished crime writers will join this panel of experts to further explore the technical aspects of the craft of crime writing.

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Philip Davison, Carlo Gébler, Frank McGuinness, and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne in conversation with Bernice Harrison at 3PM on Sunday, November 5th.

Join Bernice Harrison of The Irish Times in conversation with a diverse panel of authors, each of them accomplished in writing through different artforms. Philip Davison, writer of television, plays and seven novels to include Eureka Dunes (Liberties Press). Novelist, playwright and award-winning filmmaker and director of television documentaries, Carlo Gébler, author of The Innocent of Falkland Road (New Island Books). The world-renowned award-winning playwright Frank McGuinness, whose second novel The Woodcutter and his Family (The O’Brien Press) was published in September. Dublin-born Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is a novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her new book Selected Stories (Dalkey Archive Press) is a collection of new short stories. This unique event will explore the art of storytelling through various artforms, promising to be a riveting and informative event.

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