Book­worms come up for spring

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - CATHY DIL­LON

DUBLIN BOOK FES­TI­VAL City Hall, Dame St, Dublin Fri-Sun www.dublin­book­fes­ti­val. com

Or­gan­ised by Clé, the Ir­ish Book Pub­lish­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, this fes­ti­val is de­signed to fo­cus at­ten­tion on Ir­ish pub­lish­ers and their wares. The theme this year is “De­buts and New Be­gin­nings”, and there will be con­tri­bu­tions from both new and es­tab­lished au­thors. Some of the more es­tab­lished guests are Éilís Ní Dhuib­hne, Der­mot Bol­ger, John Mon­tague, Cathy Kelly and Mar­garet Mac Cur­tain – and that’s just a smat­ter­ing, 120 au­thors and po­ets are sched­uled to at­tend. There will be read­ings by well-known Ir­ish chil­dren’s au­thors, a num­ber of “pub­lic con­ver­sa­tions” or in­ter­views with, among oth­ers, Joseph O’Con­nor, An­thony Cronin and Pauline Bewick, and read­ings by emerg­ing writ­ers. Some in­ter­est­ing dis­cus­sions are sched­uled – the top­ics will in­clude “Cute Hoors & Brown En­velopes” and “The GAA & the 21st Cen­tury”, in ad­di­tion, nat­u­rally enough, to “Ir­ish Pub­lish­ing”.

Lots of launches, cel­e­bra­tions and Ir­ish lan­guage events, too.

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