International Literature Festival Dublin – May 16th
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.
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, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise 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.
May 16th Events
10:00: Date With An Agent, looking for 75 aspiring writers who will pitch their work to one of five leading literary agents
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Last year, our Date With An Agent initiative drew submissions from talented writers all over the world and culminated in an information-packed event at Dublin Castle. This year – again in association with The Inkwell Group and Writing.ie – Ireland’s largest ever literary talent-spotting initiative returns, poised to discover the stars of the future. We’re looking for 75 aspiring writers who will pitch their work to one of five leading literary agents, but this year we also have a limited number of tickets available to the rest of the day for writers not yet ready to pitch or who just want to find out more about how the business works. With an agent panel, an editor author discussion and an editorial panel, as well as Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin discussing what to submit, how and who too, if you want to get published this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.
Participating agents: Simon Trewin, Partner and Head of Literary at WME London; Clare Wallace, Literary Agent at Darley Anderon Literary, TV and Film Agency; Sallyanne Sweeney Literary Agent at Mulcahy Associates, London; Julia Churchill, Literary Agent at AM Heath, London and Paul Feldstein of The Feldstein Agency.
10:30 & 12:30 The Paper Princess, a delightful show for younger children based on the book by Elisa Kleven
Monkeyshine Theatre Company presents The Paper Princess, a delightful show for younger children based on the book by Elisa Kleven. A little girl makes a paper princess but, before she has finished, the princess blows away! Told using a miniature theatre with tiny lights,and accompanied by live music, this beautiful story follows the princess’ journey as she tries to find her way home.
Presented as a birthday party, the performance also includes an opportunity to make your own paper doll using crayons, sequins and stars, ready to be taken home after the show.
Suitable for Ages 3-7
11:30 The Mouse Who Ate the Moon: Petr Horácek
When Little Mouse wakes one morning, she finds her dream has come true. Outside her burrow, a piece of the moon has fallen from the sky and it smells delicious. Peep through the cut-out holes in this beautiful and heart-warming tale from the much-loved Petr Horá?ek. After the reading, children can make their own little books to take home.
Petr Horá?ek has won many awards for classics such as Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012.
Please note only children require a ticket for this event. Suitable for age 4+
13:30 Blue is the Warmest Colour: Sepideh Jodeyri Talk & Screening
When the poet Sepideh Jodeyri published a Persian translation of Blue is the Warmest Colour, a prize-winning graphic novel about a passionate relationship between two young women, she faced a campaign of intimidation in her native Iran so fierce it drove her into exile in Prague. In this special event, Jodeyri joins LGBT activist Ailbhe Smyth to explore the cost of freedom of expression in a country where homosexuality is illegal. The discussion will be followed by a special screening of Blue is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche’s adaptation of Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013.
14:00 Dublin Book Doctor, helping you decide what to read
Sometimes you just don’t know what to read next. But don’t worry – the Book Doctors are here to help! Drop into our bookshop ‘clinics’ for a consultation with one of our highly trained book doctors. Once they’ve taken the pulse of your reading habits, they’ll prescribe a brand new book-from cookery to crime-that’s guaranteed to be just what you need.
Do take a chance on getting a great recommendation from a Book Doctor you might not know.
14:00 Picturing Stories with Chris Haughton
Join Chris Haughton, author of the award-winning Shh! We Have a Plan (Irish Book Awards), for a mixture of stories, pictures, puppets, action and participation to delight young readers, and watch as he brings your ideas to life with live drawing. A favourite of art and design aficionados, as well as parents, Chris is the creator of picture books A Little Bit Lost and Oh No, George!
A perfect way to celebrate National Drawing Day.
Suitable for age 4+
16:00 Elif Shafak
“the most exciting Turkish novelist to reach Western readers in years” - The Irish Times
The prolific writer and journalist Elif Shafak is one of the most significant voices in contemporary fiction. An outspoken campaigner and champion of minority rights, she is not afraid to tackle controversial subjects, from the Armenian genocide in The Bastard of Istanbul, to honour killings in Honour. Her new book, The Architect’s Apprentice, is a spellbinding magic-realist tale set at the height of Ottoman power and telling the story of the great imperial architect Mimar Sinan through the eyes of Jahan, a young stowaway who arrives in Istanbul with nothing but a white elephant in tow.
Shafak discusses her new work with Brendan Barrington, editor of The Dublin Review.
18:00 Sara Baume & Brian Dillon
Art critics don’t always make good novelists (and vice versa), and this event explores the challenges of combining the critical and the creative in writing.
Sara Baume studied fine art at Dun Laoghaire before turning to writing, and her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither has been showered with the sort of acclaim usually reserved for Booker Prize winners. Brian Dillon is a lecturer at the Royal College of Art whose research into ruins produced a critical study, an exhibition at Tate Britain and the novella Sanctuary. His new novel, The Great Explosion, brings to life a forgotten tragedy that took place during the First World War.
The event is chaired by writer and critic Nathan Hugh O’Donnell
18:00 Claire-Louise Bennett & Christine Montalbetti
This event brings together two writers whose experimental take on narrative is pushing fiction in exciting new directions.
Claire-Louise Bennett won the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and writes both fiction and creative non-fiction. Her debut collection of stories, Pond, has just been published.
Christine Montalbetti is a professor of literature at the University of Paris and the author of several scholarly works on narrative. Her playful and digressive tales like Western (in which the story of a mysterious gunslinger is continually sidetracked by the viewpoint of passing ants) are finally appearing in English, confirming her reputation as one of the most engaging experimental writers working today.
The event is chaired by journalist Anna Carey
18:00 & 20:00 The Only Jealousy of Emer
Part of the Cuchulainn Cycle of five plays about the life and death of the mythic Irish hero, The Only Jealousy of Emer continues Yeats’ experiments with Japanese Noh theatre as a way of bringing onto the stage demons, ghosts and supernatural events. Cuchulainn has killed his son and, in grief, attempts to fight the sea. Half drowned, he lies in a state between life and death with his wife Emer and his mistress Eithne watching over him. But, as these two women struggle to revive him, is something far more sinister about to occur?
Produced by the City Arts Office in association with the Yemi and Deji Adenuga for Nigerian Carnival Ireland, the production is designed by Robert Ballagh, with costumes by Marie Tierney and choreography by Liz Roche.
Performers : Yemi Adenuga, Deji Adenuga, Oluwayomi Ogunyemi, Esosa Ighodaro, Penelope Anyaji-Aniuzu
20:00: John Gray
“Gray forces us to face the mirrorand see ourselves as we are” - James Lovelock
The acclaimed philosopher, sceptic and writer makes a welcome return to the festival with his new book, The Soul of the Marionette, a characteristically provocative exploration of the nature of human freedom that ranges over everything from cybernetics to fairground marionettes. Why do we flatter ourselves that we enjoy free will, Gray asks, when our actions are determined, directed and restricted by a whole range of forces: biological, social or metaphysical? Through a dazzling parade of writers, thinkers and ideas, Gray argues that instead of deluding ourselves about our true nature we should learn to embrace it.
The event is chaired by writer and film-maker Carlo Gebler
21:00: Festival Club with SELK
Anna Jordan and Dennis Cassidy have collaborated over the years on many musical ventures, but Selk is the first time they have worked together solely as a two piece.
With Cassidy the anchor man and drummer of Dublin’s jazz and hip-hop collective Mixtapes from the Underground and Jordan a unique vocalist and lyricist, the results are apart from much elsewhere in the country at the moment.