Dah Duit (Hi) and welcome

Dublin Book Festival kicks off

Louise Kelly – 14 November 2013

Literary lovers and ambitious authors welcome the return of Dublin’s largest book festival this week.

Budding writers and students – as well as general book lovers – can expect to have all their literary needs met over the course of the 2013 Dublin Book Festival (DBF), which runs until Sunday 17 November.

Launching tonight, the adult event itinerary is jam packed with walking tours, workshops, readings and discussions from professional writers and journalists.

Meanwhile, the DBF children’s and schools’ programme features 18 events covering everything from storytelling, treasure hunts and book binding workshops.

With the majority of events free of charge, the festival hopes to “capture the diversity and vibrancy of Irish literature and Irish publishing”.

Running since June 2005, the annual public festival supports and develops Irish publishing through programming, showcasing authors and editors and selling related books.

The majority of events will be held in Smock Alley Theatre located on Exchange Street Lower in Temple Bar.

Other venues include the National Library of Ireland on Kildare Street, The Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, the Irish Writers’ Centre on Parnell Square, Pearse St. Library and other Libraries in Dublin.

Tonight’s programme has internationally acclaimed playwright, poet and novelist Frank McGuinness on the bill ‘In Conversation with Sean Rocks’, RTE Radio 1 presenter.

Among the many other sessions taking place over the next week includes the ‘Making Us Laugh’ presentation on Sunday afternoon with hilarious trio, Paul Howard (author of the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series) Pauline McLynn (Father Ted’s Mrs Doyle) and Damian Corless (comedy writer for shows such as Stew).