Leading authors book in for literary festival
THE talents of almost 60 leading authors from home and abroad are on show this week during the annual 'Mountains to Sea' book festival.
This is the second year of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown festival, which runs until Sunday.
It includes literary lunches, a grand literary tour, the Leviathan political cabaret and a host of children's events.
Among the authors appearing during the festival will be four former Booker Prize winners -- John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright and DBC Pierre.
There will also be a special appreciation event to another Booker winner, the late JG Farrell, who drowned in 1979 in a fishing accident in Bantry Bay, Co Cork.
Fans of crime fiction, sport and politics are catered for, while the children's programme is vastly expanded, with a special appearance by US author Kate DiCamillo.
A large representation from the literary world attended yesterday's festival launch and included Martina Devlin, David McWilliams, Denise Deegan, Gabriel Rosenstock and children's author Sarah Webb.
"I'm delighted that for the second year running we have been able to bring over a host of international names, as well as showcasing local talent," said festival director Tim Carey.
He added: "We look forward to welcoming people to the county for what promises to be a wonderful week of literary events."