Dublin Writers' Festival
International writers Hanif Kurieshi, Yann Martel, historian Antony Beevor and award-winning novelist Ian McEwan will join Irish writers Joseph O'Connor, Tom Murphy, Jennifer Johnston and dozens more at this year's Dublin Writers Festival, which runs from 1 - 6 June.
The festival takes place in various venues across the capital, from the NCH to the Project Arts Centre.
The six-day literary festival, now in its 12th year and running until June 6, features more than 40 writers who will read from their most recent works and take part in curated conversations about their writing.
This year's festival, assembled by programme director Liam Browne, also hails significant birthdays for two major Irish writers, Tom Murphy and Jennifer Johnston; as well as The Gallery Press, a publisher that over the past 40 years has tirelessly promoted and published the best of Irish poetry.
New initiatives in 2010 include an exploration of songwriting with Paul Brady and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon in performance and conversation with John Kelly and insights into the art of reading well from Anne Enright and Dermot Healy.