A STELLAR cast of writers has been lined up for this year's Dublin Writers Festival, with 'Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown the standout name.
With his one-night-only event at the National Concert Hall (NCH) selling out fast, the night is likely to take in at least €20,000.
How much of this Dan Brown will be getting is "confidential," according to the Writers Festival who are the promoters of the event.
But someone is going to benefit handsomely.
It costs €2,700 plus VAT to hire the NCH for a night for an event where the ticket price is €20 or less. This includes all costs for the evening like security, ushers, lighting, sound and the NCH ticket office.
The tickets for the Dan Brown author evening are €20. The concert hall seats 1,200, so the event is likely to generate over €20,000. Writers Festival programme director Liam Browne says that any profits will be ploughed back into the week.
Other big names on the list include Australian author Thomas Keneally who won the Booker Prize for 'Schindler's Ark', actor Chris O'Dowd's wife Dawn Porter, Daniel Day-Lewis's wife Rebecca Miller, a novelist, legendary American writer James Salter and Irish writer Colum McCann.
Irish Booker Prize winners Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle and John Banville are also at the festival which will run from May 20-26.
Tickets to all events are available online at www.dublinwritersfestival.com.
Meanwhile, the 14th annual Franco-Irish Literary Festival is under way in the capital. The festival, which runs until tomorrow, offers an Irish audience the opportunity to discover French writers.