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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 18, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Dalkey Book Festival

    Fiona McCann

    Dalkey is drawing on its wealth of local literary talent this weekend in the first ever Dalkey Book Festival. The three-day event kicks off today with Michael James Ford’s performance of The Happy Prince, and promises all sorts of local legends, including Robert Fisk, John Connolly, Maeve Binchy, Conor McPherson and Joseph O’Connor. Tonight there’s some nods to nostalgia with a discussion of Italia ’90 and the role of football in culture, featuring Eamon Dunphy, Des Cahill and Declan Lynch. Tomorrow Lynch pops up again with John Connolly talking about the ten crime novels to read before you die, while Mark Little will be holding forth on ‘The Wisdom in the Crowd: How to deliver your message online.’  There’ll be children’s storytelling, wine tasting, current affairs and a DJ set from Ross O’Carroll Kelly creator Paul Howard, and the ubiquitous David McWilliams’ will be chairing a discussion on how local communities fight back. An apposite subject, considering this new and determinedly local festival. For more information, click here.

    • robespierre says:

      Not sure the first episode should exclude Flann O’Brien, GB Shaw and Hugh Leonard. Flann O’Brien’s “Dalkey Archive” in particular along with Leonard’s Da and Time Was are the essence of Old Dalkey back when Dalkey and Bullock were different kingdoms and it was a long way shy of the millionaire’s row that it has sadly become

    • kynos says:

      I’m going tomorrow with me kids.

    • Kynos says:

      what a magnificent day in Dalkey just been down the Farmer’s Market bought some lovely soda bread and lime and basil dip and as I paid the gent he struck me as lookin fierce like Neil Jordan but my daughter who lives near here told me it was the owner of Time Out and the guy who sold us all the Jackie Wilsons and yet more vampire books for my oldest agreed and said he did look like Neil Jordan the famous director a bit. The owner of Time Out. I think he could be Mr Jordan’s twin so. Anyway left the kids reading in the car and nipped up to the Idlewild Cafe to listen to John Waters talk. But I was there only ten minutes before the start and the person ahead of me in the queue was the last person they let in no more room at the inn ah well think I’ll go jump in Coliemore. Hot today. Kids’ll enjoy a splash.

    • Too Bad I live in the States because I read here in the Times, Declan Hughes was going to be attending the Dalkey Book Festival. I am currently reading City of Lost Girls, last week I read All the Dead Voices, both are really good reads especially if you like Noire . I am fan of James Ellroy and Elmore Leonard, Declan Hughes rivals both of them. His quick dialog, imagery, pacing, and story telling always leave you wanting more. I bought 2 of his books, and borrowed 2 more. Unfortunately his first book is unavailable here.

    • Dorothy says:

      Thought this was a great lineup but the lack of organisation was so disappointing!
      I live in North Dublin, and wanted to see the play on Saturday night and go to Maeve Binchy’s talk on Sunday morning, but couldn’t get tickets online for either. Tickets were impossible to get through the website – it was pretty much closed off by Friday, although the festival had only just been publicised properly. Directions on the website stated that limited tickets would be available 2 locations in Dalkey, but it’s a very long way to drive on 2 different days with the sizeable risk that you won’t get any tickets you want, so I ended up not going at all. The only phone number on the website was a mobile number – doubt that would have been much help. What are people from outside Dalkey to do? When interviewed on TV last week David McWilliams said that the festival was a reaction to the recession – that they were trying to get people into Dalkey by using what talent they had – well, why make it so hard for people to get tickets then? Please do better next year.


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