Fifth Dublin Book Festival aims to inspire


Over 140 authors will take part in this year’s Dublin Book Festival, the fifth such celebration of Irish writing and publishing.

Running from Tuesday, November 13th to Sunday, November 18th, the programme features over 60 events, including readings, interviews, political and current affairs discussions, poetry, book-binding workshops and children’s entertainment.

Julianne Mooney, who organised the festival programme, said its main aim was “to create a community atmosphere in which to show the diversity, vitality and talent of Irish publishers and writers”.

The opening event, entitled “Inspiring Lives, Inspiring Stories”, features writers Dervla Murphy and Alice Taylor in conversation with arts broadcaster Sean Rocks.

“The theme of the whole festival is inspiration, so I’m trying to draw the authors into telling us where they have drawn their inspiration from over the years,” Ms Mooney said.

The main festival venue is the restored Smock Alley Theatre; the nearby Gutter Bookshop will also host events.