Dalkey Book Festival
Dalkey Book Festival
Now in its third year, Dalkey Book Festival has been going from strength to strength since its inception, and now boasts a line up of some of the finest writers in the country.
Steeped in literary heritage, Dalkey and its vicinity has been home to some of Ireland's best known writing talent including George Bernard Shaw, Maeve Binchy, her husband Gordon Snell and Neil Jordan.
The festival itself was set up to celebrate the wealth of literary talent in the town and to inspire a literary culture within that. It relies on the support of the local community of businesses in the area and the success of the event draws more business to local trade. Co-director of the festival and author of The Pope's Children, David McWilliams, was inspired to organise the festival for this reason. With the town - like the rest of the country - in a recession, McWilliams had the idea for Dalkey to stand up and do something positive for itself.
This year, the Dalkey Book Festival boasts a stellar line up of authors, speakers, and guests over the three days, including author of Dublin UNESCO One City One Book, Ghost Light, Joseph O'Connor, celebrated Irish novelist and author of The Journey Home and The Family on Paradise Pier Dermot Bolger, Irish historian Diarmaid Ferriter, author of Resurrection Man and Blue Tango Eoin McNamee, winner of the Whitbread award and author of How Many Miles to Babylon Jennifer Johnston, journalists John Waters, Jennifer O'Connell and Anna Carey, husband and wife authors Maeve Binchy and Gordon Snell, author of the classic children's book Under the Hawthorn Tree Marita Conlon-McKenna and a shining light in new Irish literature, author of City of Bohane Kevin Barry - to name but a few.
Dalkey Book Festival is an event not to be missed for anyone who loves great Irish literature.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Tuesday 15th May 2012 | Other
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