Friday 15 December 2017

Irvine Welsh, John Gray, and Anne Enright among guests for International Literature Festival Dublin

International Literature Festival Dublin launch
International Literature Festival Dublin launch
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, John Gray, and Anne Enright are amongst the guests taking part in the inaugural International Literary Festival Dublin.

Other confirmed names include Jon Ronson, Peter Carey, Oliver Jeffers, Alexander McCall Smith, Paul Muldoon, Anne Applebaum, and Elif Shafak amongst many others.

The festival takes place over nine days from Saturday May 16 to Sun May 24 with 90 events in 19 venues across the city.

This year a number of events will celebrate the life and work of Yeats inspired by his words “Bodies That Can Never Tire”.

International Literature Festival Dublin launch
International Literature Festival Dublin launch

Also, Fiona Shaw will be among the faces marking 150 years since Alice fell down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The festival will also host a tribute to the great Dermot Healy, featuring some of his greatest friends and admirers including Martin Hayes, Neil Jordan, Pat McCabe, Anne Haverty and Roddy Doyle.

Authors, poets, journalists and thinkers will share and debate stories from around the world.

Man Booker nominee Alain Mabanckou will talk about his work and Iranian author Sepideh Jodeyri will speak on Iran’s reaction to her translation of Blue is the Warmest Colour and explorations of freedom of expression through literature by fellow Iranian author Azar Nafisi, and Turkish author Elif Shafak.

The relationship between Russia and it’s neighbours will be explored by Sofi Oksanen, whose novel set in Soviet occupied Estonia and the crisis in the Ukraine will be debated by journalists Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev.

Looking to the US, the Festival will host Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Editor and Attorney to discuss his publishing phenomenon Guantánamo Diary; Ryan Gattis’ will explore his electric novel All Involved that is set in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots and British journalist Johann Hari will discuss the impact of the US ban on drug, now in its 100th year.

The Festival will also shine a light on Ireland’s political history with historians Diarmaid Ferriter and Maurice Walsh talking about how to write about the revolution in advance of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

There will also be a children's and young people's programme of events as well as industry events.

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