International Literature Festival Dublin – May 17th
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.
12:00 Heroes of the Wild : Nicola Davies
Did you know that a two-year-old child could crawl through the arteries of a blue whale?
Or that its heart is the same size as a smart car?
Meet Nicola Davies as she shares the secrets of her work with animals from all over the world. Nicola is a trained zoologist, a former presenter of BBC’s The Really Wild Show, and the award-winning author of The First Book of Nature, The Promise and the Heroes of the Wild series.
Find out where she gets her inspiration, ask her all your questions and share stories about your favourite and not-so-favourite animals!
Suitable for Ages 7 -10
13:00: Trail Tales
Suitable for Ages 3-9, Family Friendly
Become part of a knee-high board game (created by Spanish designers Milimbo) and create your own fairy tales.
As you journey through a cardboard forest, watch out for The House of the Dwarf, Rapunzel’s Tower and The Lost Mountain.
Solve the story puzzle and get to the Treasure Chest to make a wish.
Presented in association with Artsadmin and the Bamboo network, supported through the EU Culture Programme.
14:00: Suzanne O'Sullivan: It's All in Your Head
Anyone who has experienced joy or grief knows the extreme reactions that our bodies can have to our emotional state. But the phenomenon goes much deeper than we’re prepared to admit. Many physical illnesses begin in the mind.
For twenty years consultant neurologist Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan has worked with patients with psychogenic disorders – an experience that inspired her controversial new book, It’s All in Your Head. In this event, O’Sullivan talks to writer Brian Dillon (author of The Hypochondriacs: Nine Tormented Lives) about her book, asking why we continue to insist on the separation of body and mind – even at the risk of our health.
15:00: Bestselling Besties: Judi Curtin & Sarah Webb
Bestselling authors Judi Curtin and Sarah Webb have been friends for many years.
Find out where they first met and how they help each other’s writing in this very special event. They will also answer all your questions about their brand new books, so don’t forget to bring your best friend!
Judi Curtin is the bestselling author of the Alice and Megan series (including Alice to the Rescue and Viva Alice!). She is also the author of the Eva series, including her latest book, Only Eva. Sarah Webb’s first book in her new children’s series, The Songbird Cafe Girls: Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake, has recently been published. She is also the author of the Ask Amy Green series and many other children’s books.
Suitable for Age 8+
16:00: Alice In Wonderland : 150th Anniversary with Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Fiona Shaw & Vanessa Tait
It’s 150 years since an obscure English writer called Charles Lutwidge Dodgson published the curious tale of a little girl who falls down a rabbit hole under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. Since then, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been through more than 100 editions, sold millions of copies worldwide, been translated into 174 languages, and is now widely acknowledged as a timeless classic.
Join us for this special event of live readings, debate and celebration, featuring Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author of a new biography of Carroll, actress Fiona Shaw, who has recorded readings of the book for the BBC and Vanessa Tait, the great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired the Alice character, and the author of The Looking Glass House.
The event is chaired by Aideen Howard, (former Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre, now Director of The Ark)
17:00: Lost in Music with Ryan Gattis
In the age of Spotify and iTunes, the mixtape – that personal collection of favourite songs – has all but vanished from our lives. But, for many writers, mixtapes are still central to their work: a source of inspiration and the soundtrack to their stories. In this one-off event for ILF Dublin, Ryan Gattis presents Lost in Music: a musical journey through his acclaimed new novel All Involved, a kaleidoscopic tale of race, revenge and loyalty set during the 1992 LA Riots (see page 24). Ryan plays the songs that feature in the novel – everything from Cypress Hill to The Supremes – and explains how they inspired the characters and scenes.
18:00: Christian Kracht, Clemens Setz, Carmen Stephan: New Writing in German
The German-speaking world is producing some of the most exciting writers working today. This special event brings showcases the depth of talent with three leading writers from Austria, Germany, Switzerland.
Through novels such as Faserland, Swiss novelist Christian Kracht has established himself as one of the foremost German-language writers, a master of irony, ambiguity and suggestion. German writer Carmen Stephan’s first novel, Mal Aria, won a clutch of prestigious awards, including the Jürgen Ponto-Siftung Literature Prize and the Buddenbrookhaus Debut, while Clemens Setz is an award-winning Austrian novelist, twice nominated for the German Book Prize, whose psychological thriller Indigo was translated into English last year.
This event is presented in association with the Austrian Embassy Dublin, the Goethe-Institut Irland and the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland.
The event is chaired by Peter Arnds, Professor of Comparative Literature at Trinity College Dublin
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
18:00: Maurice Riordan, Ciaran Carson & Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin : The Finest Music
Three of our best poets join forces for this unique event exploring the ancient poems on which Ireland’s rich literary heritage rests.Maurice Riordan is the driving force behind The Finest Music, a recent anthology that gathers Riordan’s own translations of medieval Irish poems alongside versions by everyone from Tennyson and Auden to Heaney and Muldoon, as well as fresh interpretations by acclaimed contemporary poets like Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Ciarán Carson, both of whom join Riordan onstage. Featuring readings in both Irish and English, lively debate and music from Ciarán Carson himself, this is an unmissable celebration.
Presented in association with Poetry Ireland.
20:00:Gavin Corbett & Lisa McInerney
“[Gavin Corbett is] a wonderful new voice” - Joseph O’Neill
This event brings together two of the most exciting and original new voices in Irish fiction to discuss their work with RTÉ’s Paula Shields.
“Every sentence throbs with power” wrote Emma Donoghue of This is the Way, Gavin Corbett’s award-winning debut. His new work, Green Glowing Skull, is a delirious comedy set in Manhattan, where a young Irish immigrant arrives with dreams of reinventing himself as a tenor.
“[Lisa McInerney is] totally and unmistakably the real deal” - Kevin Barry
Lisa McInerney’s blog about life on a Galway council estate prompted The Irish Times to describe her as “the most talented writer at work today in Ireland”. Her first novel, The Glorious Heresies, delivers on that promise with a darkly comic tale of five post-boom misfits drawn together by murder.
20:00:Wurm im Apfel
Wurm im apfel is a Dublin-based poetry organisation co-founded by Kit Fryatt and Dylan Harris. Taking its name from a poem by the late German artist and writer Reinhard Döhl, Wurm presents fresh, unusual or experimental poetry to audiences all over Dublin and beyond. This special event for ILF Dublin offers an eclectic mix of music and experimental poetry from a wealth of talent, including performance poet Máighréad Medbh and sound/performance artist Vicky Langan.