Dublin Book Festival Opens 2 March


Over 80 of the country’s leading authors, poets and journalists will be descending on the capital from tomorrow to participate in the fourth Dublin Book Festival. The five-day festival is Ireland’s largest literary gathering, featuring over 40 readings, debates, launches, workshops and performances in Dublin City Hall and other venues.

Two of Ireland’s greatest living writers, Dermot Bolger and Anthony Cronin will open the festival on Wednesday evening at the National Library of Ireland. They will debate Dublin’s place in literature with Eileen Battersby.

This year the festival will play host to a number of public debates on the economy and politics. On World Book Day (Thursday, 3 March) Vincent Browne, Shane Coleman, Justine McCarthy, Ken Fox and economist Stephen Kinsella will debate what Enda Kenny’s new Government should do to get Ireland back on track, while Fintan O’Toole, Pat Leahy, Naoise Nunn and Kevin Rafter will debate the need for political reform on Sunday, 6 March.

Events will take place in various venues across Dublin and from Friday, daily between 9.30am and 6pm in Dublin’s City Hall on Dame Street.

The full programme is available at www.dublinbookfestival.com

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