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Dublin Book Festival 2021 – Programme

Dublin Book Festival 2021 – Programme

Dublin Book Festival has just revealed this year’s programme, happening from November 8th – 15th. The festival is especially delighted to be returning with an exciting selection of live, in-person events, as well as online events. Featured will be some of Ireland’s most established and emerging authors, with events exploring everything from contemporary fiction and works of historical interest, to poetry, children’s books, and much more. 

Some live in-person highlights include President Michael D. Higgins in conversation with Paddy Woodworth at Smock Alley Theatre, Jo Kerrigan in conversation with Brendan MacEvilly at Dublin Port, and Declan Murphy in conversation with Manchán Magan at the National Botanic Gardens.

Panel discussions will cover everything from life as a woman writer in Ireland and LGBTQIA+ representation in contemporary Irish literature, to crime writing, books that emerged in response to the pandemic, and authors from the An Post Irish Book Awards Shortlist.

Get your walking boots ready to join the literary walking tours, and join the festival for some exciting launches and celebrations, including the Play it Forward launch with Skein Press and the Stinging Fly, the Young Writer Delegate’s Showcase with the Irish Writer’s Centre, and the Blackstaff Press Anniversary Event with Belfast Book Festival.

The DBF special broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena, with Sean Rocks, will feature Roddy Doyle, Lisa Harding, Hugo Hamilton and Caitríona Lally for an evening of literary chats. 

The full programme, with all event details, is available at dublinbookfestival.com.

Schools Programme

This year’s Dublin Book Festival Schools Programme brings you an exciting line-up of events, both fun and educational, for all the class, featuring some of your favourite children’s authors. There are plenty of events to choose from; join Emer O’Neill, Jacqui Hurley, Tabitha Plimtock, Sarah Webb, Éanna Ní Lamhna and Eoin Colfer for a mixture of readings from some of their best loved books, engaging talks and workshops, allowing plenty of space for questions and discussion.

Children’s & Schools Programme

This year’s Dublin Book Festival Children’s Programme brings you a selection of fun, engaging and educational events. These include the interactive Fighting Words Story Writing Workshop (ages 9 – 12) where young writers learn to create their own story, the virtual Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic to get some expert guidance on your next read, a bilingual session with Muireann Ní Chíobháin reading from her book Eonín, and a festive event with Siobhán Parkinson, author of Evie’s Christmas Wishes, that is sure to get you excited about Christmas!

The Schools Programme brings you an exciting line-up of events, both fun and educational, for all the class, featuring some of your favourite children’s authors. There are plenty of events to choose from; join Emer O’Neill, Jacqui Hurley, Tabitha Plimtock, Sarah Webb, Éanna Ní Lamhna and Eoin Colfer for a mixture of readings from some of their best loved books, engaging talks and workshops, allowing plenty of space for questions and discussion.