International Literature Festival Dublin – May 20th
The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and 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’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress.
11:15:Peter Worley - Once Upon an If...
A highly interactive workshop using telepathy, magic necklaces and shrinking machines! Peter Worley takes his young audience on a number of short philosophical adventures, but don’t worry: they’ll come back in one piece!
Peter Worley is co-founder of the Philosophy Foundation, an educational charity committed to bringing philosophy to the wider community, and in particular schools.
Suitable for 3rd-6th classes
18:00: Thought Stories: Philosophy for Young Audiences with Peter Worley & Anne Fine
Philosophy will be introduced into secondary schools from 2017, and many argue for its formal introduction to primary schools.
Thought Stories explores the potential of literature to introduce philosophy and critical thinking to children and young people, and will be of interest to parents, educators and literature-lovers alike.
Peter Worley is Co-Founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation and President of SOPHIA, the European Foundation for the Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children. He is also an award-winning author of The If Machine.
Anne Fine is one of Britain’s most distinguished writers for both adults and children, twice voted UK Children’s Author of the Year. Anne was UK Children’s Laureate from 2001 to 2003. She set up www.myhomelibrary.org, to inspire children to form their own home libraries.
Dr Philomena Donnelly (chair) introduced Philosophy With Children into Irish primary schools in 1989 and since then has been an advocate of having philosophy in the form of Socratic dialogue present at all levels of education.
18:00: The Big Book Club Show with writers Liz Nugent & Sinead Crowley
Ever wondered how to write the perfect thriller? Or perhaps you’re a culture vulture who knows a lot about books? If so, The Big Book Club Show is for you!
In the first part of the show, Irish Times Digital Editor Hugh Linehan talks to acclaimed thriller writers Liz Nugent (Unravelling Oliver) and Sinéad Crowley (Can Anybody Help Me?), asking how they went about creating characters who do terrible things.
In part two, The Big Book Club Quiz offers you a chance to test your literary knowledge against a team of experts captained by Hugh Linehan, and a crack book club squad captained by comedian and writer Colm O’Regan. Hosted with irrepressible cheek by Stephen Faloon, manager of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, who likes to award bonus points for clever answers and whisk them away for mistakes, The Big Book Club Show is a fast, fun and competitive night. You might even win a prize!
FoxPop Productions presents the Big Book Club Show.
Clare Fox of FoxPop has created The Big Book Club Show which launches at this years festival.
You can meet their favourite writers, test your literary knowledge and perhaps even learn something.
18:00: Poetry Ireland Introductions Series
Since its establishment in 1989, Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series has offered talented emerging poets a chance to showcase their work. Many acclaimed poets have come through this series including Enda Wyley, Kerry Hardie, Alan Jude Moore, Pat Boran and Caoilinn Hughes.
This year, the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series teams up with the Irish Writers Centre, The Workman’s Club and ILF Dublin to reveal 16 promising new voices over three cabaret-style evenings that also feature specially selected accompaniment from emerging musicians, singers and songwriters.
Poetry Ireland in association with the Irish Writers Centre, The Workman’s Club and International Literature Festival Dublin presents Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2015.
18:30:Words on the Streets : European Literature Night
Try a taste of contemporary European writing on a literary trail around hidden, and not-so-hidden, architectural gems from Parnell Square to North Great George’s Street. Listen to the best modern writing from 12 countries read by Irish (and a Scot) celebrities – Alexander McCall Smith, Síle Seoige, Aidan Power, Mary Kennedy and many more in places such as Belvedere House, Findlater’s Church, DARC Space, ICTU HQ. Pick up a programme from local libraries, venues and tourist offices.
20:00: Paul Muldoon
“the definitive 21st century poet” - The Irish Times
New Weather, Paul Muldoon’s debut collection (published when he was just 20 years old), prompted Seamus Heaney to describe him as “the most promising poet to appear in Ireland for years”. 42 years later, that promise has been amply fulfilled.
Muldoon is a master of language and form, a Pulitzer Prize-winner celebrated forhis linguistic dexterity, his technical brilliance and his ability to make connections between the unlikeliest of things. All those skills are on display in this special event for ILF Dublin, in which Muldoon showcases One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, his acclaimed new collection that “anyone interested in new writing will want to read” (The Irish Times).
Presented in association with Poetry Ireland.