International Literature Festival Dublin – May 21st
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.
08:00: Dance Marathon - Bodies That Can Never Tire
The Whole City Must Dance – The Whole City Must Bid!
The first of two events in honour of WB Yeats’ 150th birthday – and inspired by his famous lines, ‘That he follow with desire/Bodies that can never tire’
Bodies That Can Never Tire: The Whole City Must Dance – the Whole City Must Bid! is an all-day dance marathon taking place on Henry Street, one of Dublin’s major shopping streets.
Part of Dublin’s bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020, this event extends an invitation to Dublin’s dancers to mix contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, tap, jazz (and everything in between) in an exuberant celebration of movement, creativity and dance.
All dance groups, amateur or professional, in any form, are welcome. Groups wishing to participate should contactdance@Dublin2020.ie. For more details and how to take part CLICK HERE
Bodies That Can Never Tire: The Whole City Must Dance – the Whole City Must Bid! is a collaboration between Dublin2020, International Literature Festival Dublin and Dublin Dance Festival.
Free Event – all donations and fundraising proceeds go to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
10:15:City Dreams with Bali Rai
Bali Rai is an award-winning author of books for children and teenagers about teenage lives in multicultural, inner-city Britain. Join him as he talks about what an author goes through to write novels, the creative process and his passion for Liverpool FC (but we won’t hold that against him!).
Suitable for 5th/6th classes
All bookings for : Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
T. 8734333. E. firstname.lastname@example.org
10:30: Killer Cats & Crummy Mummies : Anne Fine
Longlisted for a UKLA Book Award 2015, On Planet Fruitcake is the latest book from award-winning author (and former UK Children’s Laureate) Anne Fine. Join her as she talks about her work and where she gets her ideas
Suitable for 3rd-5th classes
All bookings for Pearse Street Library
138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
T. 6744888. E. pearsestreetlibrary@ dublincity.ie
18:00: Diarmaid Ferriter & Maurice Walsh
Three years into the ‘decade of centenaries’, and with the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising rapidly approaching, ILF Dublin brings together two leading historians whose work offers fresh perspectives on the most dramatic years in Irish history.
Diarmaid Ferriter’s “magisterial” (Irish Independent) new book, A Nation and Not a Rabble, draws on newly released archive materials to tell the stories of the ordinary men and women who lived and fought in the revolutionary years, while Maurice Walsh’s Bitter Freedomrestores the conflict to its international context, showing how the Irish revolution was at the forefront of a global movement for independence.
The event will be chaired by Catriona Crowe.
19:30: Second Book Syndrome with Kathleen MacMahon, Liz McManus & Donal Ryan
The book industry loves a debut novelist; the thrill in finding that fresh new voice. But what happens when the sheen of first fiction wears off and the pressure is on to draft a novel to rival, or even better, the first?
Broadcaster Pat Kenny talks to Kathleen MacMahon, Liz McManus and Donal Ryan about the challenges of publishing that second manuscript.
Kathleen MacMahon’s second novel, her follow-up to This is How it Ends, is being released this summer; 23 years have passed between Liz McManus’ first and second novels; and award-winning author Donal Ryan famously had his second manuscript published ahead of his first.
20.00 Alexander McCall Smith
“McCall Smith is a literary phenomenon” - The Daily Telegraph
It’s 15 years since The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency introduced the world to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s leading (in fact, only) female PI. Since then her creator, Alexander McCall Smith, has become one of the UK’s best-loved authors, selling over 20 million books, launching several successful new series (including Scotland Street), and becoming perhaps the second most famous resident of Edinburgh’s New Town (where JK Rowling also lives).
In this special event, McCall Smith comes to Dublin to talk about the characters and themes that have won him millions of readers all over the world.
Presented in association with the British Council.
20:00 Cuisle: Tionscadal Dordfhilíochta / Pulse: The Poems & Bass Project
Oíche speisialta ina mbeidh filí ag léamh/rapáil/caint is gan de thionlacan acu ach dordghiotáir. I measc na bhfilí beidh Marcus Mac Conghail, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Liam Ó Muirthile, agus Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin. Is iad na hoirfidigh ar an ngiotár ná Martin Brunsden (a sheinn le leithéidí Sinéad O’Connor, P J Harvey agus Iarla Ó Lionáird), Neville Lloyd agus Eoin O’Brien.
Coimeádaí an tionscadail: Liam Carson, IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge.
A magical night in which poets read/rap/talk to the sole accompaniment of bass guitars, both acoustic and electric. Poets include Marcus Mac Conghail, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, Liam Ó Muirthile and Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin. The bass players are Martin Brunsden (who has played with Sinéad O’Connor, P J Harvey and Iarla Ó Lionáird), Neville Lloyd and Eoin O’Brien.
20:00: Alain Mabanckou
“one of the continent’s greatest writers” - The Guardian
Novelist, poet and essayist Alain Mabanckou has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2015, and is one of the most celebrated Francophone writers of our times, feted for his intoxicating mix of Congolese rhythms and Parisian slang. In a string of award-winning novels such as Broken Glass and African Psycho, Mabanckou displays a flair for exuberant satire that has led him to be dubbed Africa’s Samuel Beckett. Fresh from the World Voice Festival in New York, Mabanckou reflects on his work in the company of award-winning translator Sarah Ardizzone, and talks about The Lights of Pointe-Noire, a memoir about his return to the Congo and a tender reflection on the meaning of home.
Presented in association with the Embassy of France in Ireland.
21:00: Festival Club with Isobel Anderson
Since the release of her debut album in 2010, Isobel Anderson has been carving out a distinctive career with intimate folk songs whose gentle melodies belie lyrics with real bite. Her albums have attracted an illustrious following, including Lauren Laverne and Jamie Cullum, and she has performed live everywhere from Glastonbury to Belfast’s Open House Music Festival.
Followed by a dj set from Billy O Hanluain.
Drawing on contemporary choral work, collage, improvisation, live electronics and installation this ambitious project is an abstract homage to one of literature’s great works of abstraction. The acclaimed composer and performer Seán Mac Erlaine presents a new site-specific setting of Finnegans Wake for improvising choir, woodwinds, electronics and film.
Presented as a theatre-style promenade piece, audiences will be led through an abandoned Georgian residence in a heightened environment conjuring the world and epoch of Joyce’s Dublin.
These innovative artists will work with the poetic elements of the book, without an overt attempt to translate the text, creating an atmospheric sound-and-image world both immersive and beautiful.
Clarinets, electronics, composition: Seán Mac Erlaine