Ya­nis and Arund­hati are IL­F­Dublin high­lights

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ARTS & BOOKS - Book­marks Martin Doyle

The In­ter­na­tional Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val Dublin (IL­F­Dublin) re­turns this week­end, run­ning from Satur­day, May 20th, to Mon­day 29th and fea­tur­ing more than 60 events in about 20 venues.

High­lights in­clude events with Ya­nis Varo­ufakis , Sally Rooney, Michael Longley and Arund­hati Roy. Gar­rett Carr and Pat McCabe join forces for Border­lands to ex­plore Ire­land’s 300-mile Bor­der. The main event of the chil­dren’s pro­gramme is Le­muel Gul­liver, Ad­ven­turer Ex­traor­di­naire, a cel­e­bra­tion of the 350th an­niver­sary of Gul­liver’s Trav­els in the form of a mu­si­cal com­edy with Dave Rud­den and Jerry Fish. On Sun­day, May 21st, Eileen Bat­tersby in­ter­views Slove­nian au­thor Dušan Šaro­tar and on Tues­day, May 23rd, I speak to Pales­tine’s lead­ing writer, Raja She­hadeh. il­f­dublin.com

Leitrim book­ing

I will be rec­om­mend­ing and dis­cussing my favourite books at The Dock in Car­rick-on-Shan­non, Co Leitrim, at 2pm today as well as of­fer­ing a be­hind-the-scenes look at how th­ese book re­view pages are put to­gether. The event is part of a se­ries or­gan­ised by lo­cal book­shop, The Read­ing Room. the­dock.ie

His­tory hedge school

The His­tory Ire­land Hedge School will dis­cuss Ire­land and the US, from 1917 to Trump at the Na­tional Li­brary of Ire­land, Kil­dare Street, Dublin, on May 23rd at 7pm.

Sab­o­tage suc­cesses

The Ir­ish Writ­ers’ Cen­tre and Women Aloud North­ern Ire­land were recog­nised for their cross-Bor­der work with the prize for best col­lab­o­ra­tive work at the 2017 Sabo­teur Awards in Lon­don last week­end. WomenXBorders brought more than 100 women from the North and south to­gether for In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day to par­tic­i­pate in a day-long rea­dathon, panel dis­cus­sions on women in lit­er­a­ture and a lit­er­ary sound­scape at the Ir­ish Writ­ers Cen­tre on Parnell Square, Dublin.

Other Ir­ish win­ners at the an­nual awards, run by the lit­er­ary jour­nal Sab­o­tage Re­views, were Derry writer and reg­u­lar Ir­ish Times re­viewer Freya McCle­ments (best re­viewer) and WomenAloudNI (best wild­card).

Valerie Bis­tany, di­rec­tor of the Ir­ish Writ­ers’ Cen­tre, said: “The WomenXBorders event was a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of women’s writ­ing and of the cross-Bor­der lit­er­ary scene on the is­land of Ire­land. The Sab­o­tage Re­views stand for in­clu­sive­ness and com­mit­ment to new voices in lit­er­a­ture and we feel that this award is a re­flec- tion of our own com­mit­ment to those val­ues.”

Fred Hanna

Speak­ing of awards, Ir­ish Times reader Alan Ple­ass wrote in to point out that while the Gut­ter Book­shop, as re­ported, had been named In­de­pen­dent Book­shop of the Year (UK and Ire­land) at the 2017 Bri­tish Book Awards, this was not in fact the first time an Ir­ish book­shop has won the award. In 1998 that hon­our went to the late Fred Hanna, one of Ire­land’s finest in­de­pen­dent book­sell­ers.

Parental Path­ways, a par­ent­ing education and train­ing cen­tre, and Chil­dren’s Books Ire­land will host an in­au­gu­ral con­fer­ence in Dublin, ti­tled Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture: Build­ing Re­silience on Satur­day, June 17th, in the Na­tional Li­brary of Ire­land on Kil­dare Street, pro­mot­ing child­hood men­tal health in a com­ing to­gether of two worlds and two dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines – the lit­er­ary and the ther­a­peu­tic. Writ­ers Roddy Doyle, Siob­hán Parkin­son, Kevin Stevens, Hi­lary Fan­nin and Pa­tri­cia Forde will join psy­chother­apy pro­fes­sion­als in con­ver­sa­tion. Other speak­ers in­clude Damien O’Con­nor (Brown Bag Films), Prof Amanda Piesse and Mary Pyle of Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin, Sen Marie-Louise O’Don­nell and Fer­gus Fin­lay, CEO of Barnar­dos Ire­land. The con­fer­ence is de­signed for adults who are in­ter­ested in the rich di­ver­sity and power of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture as well as those in the lit­er­ary and the psy­chother­apy fields. parental­path­ways.ie

In­dian au­thor Arund­hati Roy will fea­ture at the IL­F­Dublin. PHO­TO­GRAPH: SAN­JAY KAK Path­ways

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