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Dublin Book Festival welcomes back live audiences this November

Dublin Book Festival runs from the 8th to 15th November

Dublin Book Festival has announced its winter programme which will see over fifty events across the city. Welcoming over a hundred authors, interviewers, historians, visual artists and musicians doors will once again be open to a real live audience.

But this doesn’t mean an end to virtual festival-going. You will still be able to livestream two full days of events, along with a specially curated exclusive online programme.

Smock Alley, The National Botanic Gardens, The Heritage Centre at Dublin Port and the Irish Writers Centre are just some of the amazing venues to host the festival.


Icebound in the Arctic

8 November , 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

On Monday 8th, DBF teams up with RDS Library Speaker Series to bring you Icebound in the Arctic: Michael Smith in conversation with Turtle Bunbury.

Michael Smith discusses his captivating historical work Icebound in the Arctic (The O’Brien Press) with best-selling author and fellow historian Turtle Bunbury

RTÉ Radio 1 Arena with Roddy Doyle, Hugo Hamilton, Lisa Harding and Caitríona Lally

12 November , 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In partnership with the Embassy of Chile in Ireland, DBF brings Chilean writer Benjamín Labatut to Dublin Audiences. Dublin favourite Rick O’Shea will join the writer online to discuss When We Cease to Understand the World.

Broadcasting live from Smock Alley with guests Roddy Doyle, Hugo Hamilton, Lisa Harding and Caitriona Lally.

Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Morning

13 November , 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

A Saturday morning favourite, Dublin City Libraries Readers’ Morning is back with a live audience this year. Niall MacMonagle is joined by Sarah Winman, Ann Ingle, and Luke Cassidy, followed by Dr Rosaleen McDonagh in conversation with Dr Emilie Pine. The events begin at 10am in Smock Alley Theatre, and can also be live-streamed.

Your Favourite Irish Trans Writer
14 November , 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This panel, featuring Irish trans writers Aoife Martin, Kit Fryatt and Fiona Leigh, and moderated by Irish trans writer James Hudson, will allow Irish trans writers a chance to discuss the pleasures of trans writing and the realities of doing so in Ireland.