Sunday 18 March 2018

More than 60 authors line up for festival

LIBRARIES have long since transformed themselves from being just places of quiet scholarship and contemplation into 21st-Century digital hubs. Whether it's e-movies or e-books, free wifi, exhibitions or computer sessions you're after, libraries now offer the full gamut. The latest initiative is festivals. The Red Line Book Festival, which takes place from October 15-20 and is run by South Dublin Libraries, is now in its second year, with a fantastic line-up of more than 60 authors across 13 venues – among them a church, a pub, a hospital and supermarket.

There's a series of lunchtime talks covering everything from bullying, fame, fitness with Karl Henry of Operation Transformation, and holidays. An evening under the exciting moniker Lady Killers takes place on Friday 18 with a quartet of leading female crime writers – Alex Barclay, Arlene Hunt, Louise Phillips and special guest former Boulder Coroner Joanne Richardson discussing the genre.

There's also an opportunity to listen to authors Catherine Dunne, Peter Sheridan and renowned Italian writer Dacia Maraini discuss their craft. Lovers of the written word can also enjoy a poetry competition, writing workshops, various children's events and an evening with graphic novel creators Stephen Mooney, Leeann Hamilton and Nick Roche.

We've a super competition with 20 tickets for Reader's Day to give away. This take place on Saturday October 19 at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, and is broken up into two 'chapters' – morning and afternoon.

Chapter One at 10.30am has Booker-shortlisted Colm Toibin, best-selling writer Deirdre Purcell and poet Harry Clifton talking about writing. The afternoon session – Chapter Two – kicks off at 2.30pm with three authors – Dermot Bolger, Fintan O'Toole and Mary Kenny in conversation.

To be in with a chance to win a ticket just answer this simple question.

Which Irish writer who is speaking at the Red Line Book Festival is on the Booker Prize shortlist?

Answers on a postcard to: Sunday Independent Reader's Offer, Red Line Book Festival Office, South Dublin Libraries, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24

The winners will be the first 20 correct answers drawn out of the hat and entries must be received by Monday, October 7.

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