Dublin Writers Festival

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Email: volunteers@dublinwritersfestival.com

Festival Description

Dublin Writers Festival, Ireland’s premier literary event, gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke , delight and enthral. Described by the press as “boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent” and “the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event”, Dublin Writers Festival line-up is sure to impress. With readings, discussions, debates,workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, Dublin Writers Festival brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that surprise and inspire. Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. Come celebrate many specially commissioned events in the City of Words.

Festival Dates May 17 - 25, 2014
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Festival Events:

Artist feature 2014:
  • Ray Davies
    In conversation with Joseph O’Connor
    Monday, May 19th at National Concert Hall, 8:00pm, €20
    • Rock Legend Ray Davies, former frontman (with brother Dave) of the Kinks, found fame and fortune in the US, plus a few other things. The Kinks whose catalog ranges from rock blasters “Lola” and “You Really Got Me” to the serenely beautiful “Waterloo Sunset,” were propelled to the top of the charts and helped kick-start the ‘British Invasion’ of the US, but the onstage antics of the group saw them effectively banned from the country and denied success there at the very height of their fame. In this special event Music icon, Ray Davies explores his new book Americana: the Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff and looks back on his life in the company of Joseph O’Connor (himself no stranger to American culture) to discuss his changing relationship with the country that both inspires and frustrates him. Not to be missed!


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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • August Kleinzahler, author of Sleeping it Off in Rapid City, photo ©David Liittschwager
    • 2011 Festival Logo
    • Hisham Matar, photo by Diana Matar
    • Paul Theroux new credit William Furniss 2007
    • Rebecca Miller
    • Richard Holloway
    • Poet Jo Shapcott, winner of the 2011 Costa Book Award, ©Sarah Lee


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