This year’s Dublin Book Festival will run from 13th – 18th November with a packed programme of events, almost entirely free of charge with readings, interviews, debates, book launches and workshops for adults, children and schools – as well as a number of special guest appearances. The 2012 festival celebrations will be based in and around Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar which was, throughout the eighteenth century, predominantly home to printers and publishers. It is very fitting that the Dublin Book Festival which celebrates Irish publishing and Irish-published authors should return to this area.

The Festival, which has been programmed by Julianne Mooney, features a vast array of events taking place in Smock Alley Theatre and The Gutter Bookshop. From crime and literary fiction, to health, cookery and gardening to poetry and Irish language titles, there is a huge mix of genres, authors and contributors represented. The central aim of the festival is to create a community atmosphere in which to show the diversity, vitality and talent of Irish publishers and writers. The Dublin Book Festival confidently promises something for everyone and – with the majority of the events being free – there is plenty to entertain and inspire this November.