Thursday 17 August 2017

Bernie Sanders to visit Dublin for first time for Dalkey Book Festival

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Bernie Sanders is coming to Dublin for the first time next month and you can listen to him in conversation with David McWilliams at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

In 'An Evening with Bernie Sanders' the longest serving Independent in US congressional history will, in the wake of Donald Trump's election, explain his alternative vision for America and the world as laid out in his best-selling book Our Revolution.

His visit, on Sunday June 4, is presented as part of the Dalkey Book Festival 2017 and tickets for the event go on sale on Friday April 28 at 9am.

Festival director Sian Smyth said, “It is an extraordinary privilege for the Dalkey Book Festival to host Bernie Sanders, we are truly delighted to bring him to Ireland for the first time.

Bernie Sanders shook up the Democrat race. The first serious socialist candidate for the presidency since the turn of the last century, Sanders showed the power of ideas could almost beat the machine Picture: PA
Bernie Sanders shook up the Democrat race. The first serious socialist candidate for the presidency since the turn of the last century, Sanders showed the power of ideas could almost beat the machine Picture: PA

"He is an iconic political figure of our time, a stunning orator and with such turmoil in the US and globally we are very much looking forward to hearing his thoughts and insights.”

The festival's theme this year is 'empathy through storytelling' and top Irish and international names will speak and perform across four days from June 15-18.

Other highlights of the festival include:

Man Booker Prize winning author Marlon James, two-time Costa Award Winner Sebastian Barry, and Hyenoseo Lee who escaped from North Korea aged just 17.

David Goodhart will speak on political change and tribalism and film directors Lenny Abramhamson and Bruce Robinson, director of Whitnail and I, will talk books and Jack the Ripper.

Eilf Shafak, Yasmmin Abdel-Magied and Mehreen Khan ask ‘Can you be a good Muslim and a Feminist’?

Colm Toibin will speak on his latest novel while Billy Bragg will talk about the Political Power of Music.

US Economist Paul McCulley will deliver a talk on America, Russia and the World Economy while Mark O’Connell will speak on Transhumanism.

Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper and Mark Little will tackle fake news and post-truth society and A.N. Wilson asks ‘Did the Victorians hate the Irish?’ .

Also, Philippe Sands, International Human Rights Lawyer will speak on the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity, Mariella Frostrup and Semma Anand discuss  ‘Desire and Kama Sutra’ and Roy Foster will speak on Yeats, Ireland and Europe.

Catherine Mayer will talk on the Future is Female and Dr. Sharad Paul will explore the genetics of your health.

Ross O’Carroll Kelly will come home to Dalkey while Professor Ian Robertson will tackle stress.

Louis de Bernieres will reflect on Captain Corellii’s Mandolin and other stories and John Boyne and Maggie O'Farrell will discuss the importance of place.

Best-selling author Donal Ryan will speak about keeping the day job and there will be comedy with PJ Gallagher and David O’Doherty.

Tickets for ‘An Evening with Bernie Sanders’ on June 4th in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are on sale from Friday 28 April 2017 from Ticketmaster. Tickets are priced from €15 which includes a copy of his book ‘Our Revolution: a future to believe in’, retailing at around €11.99.

Tickets for all Festival events available from The Dalkey Book Festival website dalkeybookfestival.org

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