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Lionel Shriver, Frances Hardinge, Iain Sinclair, Bressie among highlights of International Literature Festival Dublin 2016

Published 06/04/2016 | 13:35

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The stunning line-up for this year's International Literature Festival Dublin has been revealed.

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Among the names taking part in the nine day festival are writers Lionel Shriver, Chris Kraus, Deborah Levy, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Iain Sinclair, AL Kennedy, Anakana Schofield, Lucy Caldwell, Jean Pierre Filiu, Shiraz Maher and Maylis de Kerangal.

The festival, running from May 21-29 also features poets and photographers as well as sporting hero Packie Bonner, talking about his autobiography, Bressie discussing his advocacy for mental health and film director Jim Sheridan.

Speaking about the launch of the Festival, Programme Director Martin Colthorpe, said, “Putting together the programme for ILFDublin 2016 has been a fantastic experience, especially as Ireland celebrates a momentous centenary.

"But while Ireland looks forward to a progressive and peaceful future, dispatches from other parts of the world reflect a more unstable reality which we want to reflect in the programme.

"Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis discusses his vision for a new Europe, while Jean Pierre Filiu and Shiraz Maher explore the rise of jihadism across the Middle East, acclaimed Palestinian refugee poet and activist Rafeef Ziadah showcases her album of poetry and songs We Teach Life, and Margaretta D'Arcy, the Guantanamo Granny, discusses her extraordinary life as an activist.

"Closer to home Bressie discusses his advocacy for mental health and why men find it so hard to ask for help, sporting legend Packie Bonner discusses his autobiography The Last Line, and Lucy Caldwell reflects on the renaissance in Irish fiction.”

On May 21, Chris Kraus will take to the stage of Smock Alley Theatre to talk about her book I Love Dick, which has become a feminist cult classic.  Later that evening Lionel Shriver, author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, discusses her new novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, which charts the disintegration of one affluent family as financial crisis engulfs an America of the near future.

Also, UK writer Cathy Rentzenrbrink and international journalist and broadcaster Decca Aitkenhead come together on the same stage on May 22nd to discuss the theme of death and losing a loved one.

Novelist, dramatist, short story writer and occasional stand-up comedian, AL Kennedy, hosts a workshop for writers beginning to work in prose in the Irish Writer’s Centre on May 28 and discusses her award-winning works with Niall MacMonagle again at Smock Alley Theatre on May 29.

The festival will also remember some of Ireland's greatest writers and poets who are no longer with us.

Maeve Brennan and the new edition of her Dublin stories, The Springs of Affection, will be celebrated at Smock Alley Theatre on May 27 with publisher Declan Meade talking to broadcaster and journalist, Sinéad Gleeson, and Brennan’s biographer, Angela Bourke, while actress Cathy Belton reads extracts.

Also at the same venue, leading Irish poets Michael Longley, Paula Meehan and Barry McGovern come together to close the festival on May 29 in an intimate celebration of Seamus Heaney and the last achievement of his long and glittering career, his translation of The Aeneid Book VI.

The festival will host a number of readings, discussions, debates, workshops, masterclasses, performances and screenings.  There will also be events for chidlren.

Local businesses in Temple Bar are also taking part in Old City, New Worlds and will offer bike tours, poetry readings, and Humans of Dublin: The Library which will allow festival-goers to 'take-out' a Dubliner - sit down for a cup of coffee and learn their story.

More details, booking, and the full programme can be viewed here: www.ilfdublin.com

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