Quick Guide to Highlights of Dublin International Literature Festival

The International Literature Festival (Dublin) celebrates it's 21st Birthday by having a Party In The Park over it's first weekend. And this year there is a cornucopia of rich literary events to attend in the city over the nine days duration. Here are some of the highlights!





Poet, Instagram star and model Yrsa Daley-Ward discusses her raw and unrelenting 
new poetry collection Bone (26 May, Poetry Ireland, 4pm). 



Kit de Waal’s debut novel My Name is Leon, took the book world by storm in 2016. She returns to Ireland for this Irish Times Book Club event (26 May, Smock Alley Theatre, 6pm).


A celebration of the influence of writers upon each other across generations with John Banville and Claire Kilroy with John Boyne (22 May, Smock Alley Theatre, 6pm).


Celebrate Sally Rooney’s first issue at the helm of The Stinging Fly (22 May, East Side Tavern, 8pm).


Musician, co-founder of the Dresden Dolls and TED speaker Amanda Palmer with Laurie 
Penny, talking about creativity, feminism, writing and asking (26 May, RDS Concert Hall, 8pm)


An evening with one of the greatest living storytellers Neil Gaiman (27 May, The 
Convention Centre Dublin, 8pm). Neil will also introduce and discuss Alice a dark fantasy film by Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer at the IFI (25 May, 8pm). 


Celebrating the distinguished literary career of Jennifer Johnston, in conversation 
with Arminta Wallace (26 May, Irish Writers Centre, 3pm).


Ruby Wax returns to chat about her new book How to Be Human: The Manual (23 
May, O͛Reilly Theatre, 6pm). 


Yiyun Li discusses her memoir of a life lived surrounded by books and the healing 
power of reading, written over two years while she battled suicidal depression (23 May, 
Smock Alley Theatre, 6pm). 


Maggie O’Farrell discusses her shocking memoir which chronicles the near-death 
encounters that have punctuated her life from a very early age (22 May, Belvedere House, 
8pm). She will also deliver a masterclass in story writing on 21 May (MASTERCLASS SOLD OUT. )


Dublin’s first Drag Story Time with Dublin based collective Glitter Hole (20 May, St 
Patrick͛s Park.)





Among the festivities at the Party In The Park (St. Patrick's Park May 19th/20th) is this pop-up "Where Have You Come From, Where Are You Going?" An Autobiography in Moments, where you can write a Note To Self to take with you, or place on a tree. 11am, Sat, May 19th. FREE, faciliated by Groundswell.



Info & Lots more events!


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