Tuesday 20 February 2018

Booker winner to top the literary bill

Michael McHale and Colin Gleeson

IT may be better known for its busy harbour and seaside location, but a town on the eastern coast is set to show off its literary side next month.

Irish Independent columnist and author Martina Devlin joined fellow writer Sarah Webb on Dun Laoghaire pier in Dublin yesterday to launch the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Mountains to Sea Book Festival.

The event will take place from September 7 to 12 in various locations in the area. While some workshops and seminars are free, tickets for others are priced between €5 and €20 and go on sale today.

Booker Prize-winning novelist DBC Pierre will be one of the star attractions as he gives a talk at 1pm in the Pavilion Theatre on Saturday September 11.

Devlin said that the festival would come as a welcome distraction from the economic woes.

"Now that our fascination with wealth is shown to have been built on shifting sands, we can return to something that's important and something we're good at -- storytelling."

Children's and teen book author Webb said the festival would have an international flavour.

"When you talk about Dun Laoghaire, a lot of people think of James Joyce and his links with the area, but it's nice when you hear about more modern authors, like Colum McCann, Hugo Hamilton and Paul Murray," she said.

Webb will be taking part in two children-only events where they will hear from their favourite authors, while among the highlights of the week will be the annual Beckett Address in honour of legendary writer Samuel Beckett.

Irish Independent

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