Friday 23 March 2018

Ruby Wax, Werner Herzog, Richard Dawkins and more confirmed for International Literature Festival Dublin

Comedian-turned-mindfulness-guru Ruby Wax
Comedian-turned-mindfulness-guru Ruby Wax
Werner Herzog in Into the Inferno

Sasha Brady

Ireland's premiere literary event is back with some of the world's finest writers heading to Dublin for this year's International Literature Festival.

The festival takes place between May 20 and 29 with over 60 events taking place across 18 different venues in Dublin.

Leading this year's programme is an array of national and international literary stars including Susie Orbach, Patrick McCabe, Ruby Wax, Elizabeth Strout, Colm Tóibín, Lisa McInerney, Richard Dawkins, Sally Rooney, Will Self, Madeleine Thien, Dušan Šarotar, Raja Shehadeh, Bettany Hughes, Dorit Rabinyan and Richard Ford; poets Michael Longley, Leontia Flynn, Kerrie O’Brien, Paula Meehan and Peter Wawerzinek; journalists Patrick Cockburn and Mary Fitzgerald; filmmaker Xiaolu Guo; historian Avi Shlaim; and economist and former Greek Minister for Finance Yanis Varoufakis.

Previously announced participants include Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø and acclaimed producer, director, author and actor Werner Herzog.

Werner Herzog in Into the Inferno
Werner Herzog in Into the Inferno

Dublin will be transformed into a literary paradise with debates, discussions, workshops, performances and screenings running throughout the 10-day celebration.

A special festival programme for children and families will see Abi Elphinstone take to the AXIS Ballymun on May 19 where children can hear about her wild adventures around the world, like abseiling in jungle caves and living with Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia; while New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Ed Vere introduces Grumpy Frog at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on May 20i.

2017 also sees the return of an exciting fringe programme of events: Banter: Media in the Age of Fake News sees Banter’s Jim Carroll joined by Kevin Donnellan of Storyful, Dublin Inquirer’s Lois Kapila and others to discuss misinformation on social platforms, fact-checking practices and the journalistic compromises made in the name of ‘clickbait’; When Love Comes To Town: Queer Representations in Irish Writing sees GCN editor and writer Brian Finnegan and guests explore and celebrate the increasingly bold and diverse representations of queer people and culture in Irish writing;

See the full list of events here.

Tickets to all events are available via

Tickets available from Gutter Book Shop, Cow's Lane

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