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Red Line Festival—a taster of what’s on

The Red Line Festival runs from Thursday 13th—Sunday 16th of October

Now in its eleventh year, The Red Line Festival kicks of this Thursday, the 13th of October, with an absolutely jam-packed programme.

The theme this year is Inspirations—whether that’s being inspired to write for well-being with E.R Murray or finding out what inspires author Donal Ryan.

There are six different strands to the festival—Literary, Sport & Wellbeing, Music & Performance, Crime & Horror, Family, and As Gaeilge—to make it easier for you to choose just what tickles your fancy.

Here is a little taster of what’s on—but there is a staggering display of talent, and something to nourish everyone, so check out the full programme here.

Solace: Life, loss and the healing power of nature. Catherine Drea in Conversation with Claire Hennessy

Thursday October 13th 7:00 pm | Castletymon Library

Admission Free – Booking essential

Join author, photographer, and activist Catherine Dea as she talks about her deeply personal and inspiring book Solace: Life, loss and the healing power of nature with Claire Hennessy, writer, book critic and creative writing facilitator.

Writer in Residence: Sello and Guests

Friday 14th October 8pm|Civic Theatre

Red Line Festival in partnership with NOISE Music present an evening of music curated by Irish Hip Hop innovator Sello ft. performances by Julia Louise Knifefist, talkgick and a group of emerging artists who are taking part in South Dublin Libraries Writer in Residence Programme. For this year’s festival, Clondalkin native Selló has been selected as Red Line’s Writer-in-Residence.

He will be working in partnership with NOISE Music to help develop the skills of a new generation of Irish rappers and performers. This event will be an opportunity to see these emerging artists perform alongside some of Irelands most highly regarded Hip Hop artists.

Ruth & Pen: Emilie Pine in conversation with Paul Perry

Saturday 15th October @ 2pm |The Civic

Join bestselling author Emilie Pine as she discusses her debut novel Ruth & Pen with author and academic Paul Perry.

Emilie Pine is Professor of Modern Drama in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. She has published widely as an academic and critic. Emilie is also the author of the non-fiction bestseller, Notes to Self: Essays, which has been translated into fifteen languages and was winner of An Post Irish Book of the Year, 2018. Her first novel Ruth & Pen was published in May 2022.  

Paul Perry is the author of over a dozen books of critically acclaimed poetry and prose, including the award winning Gunpowder Valentine, the international best-selling co-authored Karen Perry novel Girl Unknown, and the literary cult novel The Garden. He directs the Creative Writing Programme at UCD where he is an Associate Professor in the School of English. A new collection of poetry Jamais Vu is forthcoming. 

Criminal Intent: Sam Blake, Catherine Ryan Howard, Louise Philips and E.V. Kelly in Conversation

Saturday October 15th, 4.00pm|The Civic

Do you ever wonder what inspires a crime writer when they are plotting their new book? Join bestselling crime fiction authors Sam Blake, Catherine Ryan Howard, Louise Philips and E.V.Kelly as they discuss the inspirations behind their books.

Forgotten Lives: Bringing the past to life with Martina Devlin, Laura McKenna and Marianne Lee in conversation with Emily Hourican

Friday October 14th, 6.00pm|The Civic Main Space

Ireland has a rich history full of interesting characters. Martina Devlin, Laura McKenna and Marianne Lee chose to highlight the forgotten lives of three Irish figures through fiction. Join them and host Emily Hourican as they discuss the joys and difficulties of writing historical fiction.

This is only a sample of what’s on offer—have a look at all the things to see and do at The Red Line Festival here.