Tuesday 17 October 2017

Rushdie to thrill fans at Dalkey festival

John Spain Books Editor

One of the world's greatest writers, Salman Rushdie, is coming to Ireland next year to appear in the Dalkey Book Festival on June 21. A limited number of advance tickets for the Rushdie event are being released to people who buy a ticket for today's Winter Tales book day in Dalkey Town Hall.

Salman Rushdie won the Booker Prize for Midnight's Children in 1981 and the novel went on to win the special 1993 Booker of Bookers award as the best novel of the first 25 years of the prize. In 2008 it was voted by readers as the best winner in the first 40 years of the Booker.

Rushdie became a global figure in 1988 when his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, attracted enormous controversy in the Muslim world over claims that the book was disrespectful to the prophet Mohammad. A fatwa (death sentence) was issued against the author by Ayatollah Khomeini, then leader of Iran. Amid fears for his life, Rushdie lived in hiding for years with a price on his head. Although he has been in Ireland before – he stayed in secret with Bono when he was in hiding – his appearance at the Dalkey Book Festival next June will be one of the literary highlights of the year.

To get one of the priority tickets, readers must first buy a ticket (at dalkeybookfestival.org) for one of the events in Dalkey Town Hall today. The schedule for today is as follows:

* 12pm: Paul Howard, aka Ross O'Carroll Kelly, reads from Downturn Abbey.

* 1.30pm: Pat McCabe in conversation with Miriam O'Callaghan.

* 3.30pm: New Party, New Politics? Discussion with Pat Leahy, Lucinda Creighton, Dearbhail McDonald and Stephen Donnelly.

* 5.30pm: Eamon Dunphy on the Rocky Road with Sam Smyth.

* 6pm: Frank McGuinness in conversation with Joanne Hayden.

* 7pm: Stuck for a book? Favourite books recommended by Declan Hughes, David McWilliams and Anne Enright, Elske Rahill, Conor Brady and Alison Jameson.

* 9pm: Colm O'Regan – Ireland's Got Mammies.

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