Tuesday 23 July 2019

Ryan Tubridy, Paul Howard, Irvine Welsh, Sarah Webb among guests at International Literature Festival Dublin

Paul Howard
Paul Howard
Ryan Tubridy - 'proud of those men and women who fought for Irish freedom'
Filthy charm: Irvine Welsh has just released his new novel, A Decent Ride. Photo: David Conachy

The International Literature Festival Dublin kicks off in Dublin tomorrow (Saturday May 16) for nine days of events for both writers and readers.

The festival, now in its 17th year, will welcome authors including Irvine Welsh, John Ronson, Oliver Jeffers, Anne Enright, Alexander McCall Smith, Dermot Bolger and Sarah Webb among others.

There will also be special events including the Yeats anniversary events Bodies That Can Never Tire and a special tribute to Dermot Healy.

Some of the highlights of the week include:

·     Fiona Shaw celebrating 150 years since Alice fell into the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland

·     Former presenter of The Really Wild Show Nicola Davies bringing her encyclopedic knowledge of animals to young audiences

·     The Dublin Book Doctor where authors including Ryan Tubridy, Paul Howard and Peter Sheridan will prescribe your next favourite book, in aid of the charity Alone

·     Bestselling Besties Sarah Webb and Judi Curtin talking about their friendship, writing and their brand new books for children 8+

·     Exiled Iranian poet Sepideh Jodeyri, whose own work was banned in Iran after she translated the book Blue is the Warmest Colour into Persian, will be participating in a Q&A ahead of a screening of the film adaptation in the IFI

·     Events for both writers and curious readers including Date with an Agent featuring leading international literary agents giving insider tips on how to get published and The Craft of Fiction with author Christine Montalbetti giving tips on how to get started writing

·     Nigerian version of Yeats’ play The Only Jealous of Emer in a historic and preserved Georgian townhouse on Henrietta St

·     Authors John Gray, Elif Shafak, Gavin Corbett and Lisa McInerney, amongst many others

Tickets to all events and more information are available online via www.ilfdublin.com.  Also tickets from Festival Box Office, Filmbase, Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (11am-6pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sunday)

Festival Bookseller: The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin

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