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Top picks at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin – 3. Donal Ryan May 13 2015

Day 3 of our festival picks series and Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart and The Thing about December, tells us who he's most looking forward to seeing:  
 
'Irvine Welsh is one of my favourite writers of all time. I mention him at nearly every talk I do, as one of my influences and sometimes as part of my defence of writing in the demotic – when a defence is necessary. Irvine Welsh ends all arguments.' 
 

 

Donal is one of the panelists at our Second Book Syndrome event which takes place on Thursday 21 May.

Broadcaster Pat Kenny will be interviewing Donal, along with Kathleen MacMahon and Liz McManus about the challenges of writing that second novel. We'll be listening out for that Irvine Welsh reference on the night!

Click on the link for more information and booking details on Second Book Syndrome – a must for readers and writers!

 


Top picks at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin – 2. Kathleen MacMahon May 12 2015

It's Day 2 of International Literature Festival Dublin highlights and today it's the turn of Kathleen MacMahon who told us what she's most looking forward to:  

Jon Ronson in conversation – my new novel The Long Hot Summer (out 21 May) features a politician who finds himself at the centre of a social media storm, so I'll be fascinated to hear Jon Ronson's take on politics and social media.

- Dermot Bolger and Christine Dwyer Hickey in conversation – I'm also looking forward to seeing these two authors in action. They're both authors of books I have absolutely loved. 

- Deirdre Madden, Eoin McNamee & Selina Guinness: Irish Short Stories – I'm a huge fan of Eoin McNamee so I will interested in hearing him talk short stories with Deirdre Madden and Selina Guinness.

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Kathleen is one of the panelists at our Second Book Syndrome event which takes place on Thursday 21 May. Broadcaster Pat Kenny will be interviewing Kathleen, along with Donal Ryan and Liz McManus about the challenges of writing that second novel. 

Click on the link for more information and booking details on Second Book Syndrome – a must for readers and writers!

 

Kathleen MacMahon ILFD    Second Book Syndrome


Top picks at this year's International Literature Festival Dublin – 1. Anthony Glavin May 11 2015

We're gearing up for International Literature Festival Dublin this week and have asked some writers who will be passing through our doors what they're most looking forward to – aside from their own events, of course!

Anthony Glavin is first up and has assembled a smorgasbord of what the festival has to offer with a mix of contemporary theatre, up-and-coming poets and two seasoned Irish writers:

- The Only Jealousy of Emer – Yeats meets Japanese Noh theatre from 16–18 May 
- Poetry Ireland Introductions – a showcase of new voices at the Irish Writers Centre on 18 & 19 May
- Dermot Bolger and Christine Dwyer Hickey in conversation at Smock Alley on 24 May

Anthony is also facilitating a Craft of Fiction seminar along with Christine Montalbetti this Saturday 16 May. Aimed at seasoned writers and curious readers, Glavin will look at 'Sychronicity as a Dimension of Beauty: The Role Chance Plays in the Stories We Tell' and Montalbetti will delve into 'Digression'. 

Click on the link for more information and booking details on the Craft of Fiction seminars.