The Dublin International Literature Festival is taking place as we speak and there is plenty to see and do.

What is it?

The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is one of Ireland’s great literary events and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral.

Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress.

What happens?

With readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that surprise and inspire.

Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers.


Some great events taking place and the festival is ongoing until Monday May 29th, so there’s plenty of things to still see and do.

Colm Tóibín

Date: Thursday, 25 May

Time 8:00P

Venue:  Smock Alley Theatre

Price: €12 / €10

Where to begin with such a giant of Irish literature, loved by critics and readers alike! Author of eight novels, several essay and short story collections, poetry, non-fiction and a play, Colm Tóibín’s many honours include the Costa Novel of the Year and the Dublin IMPAC Prize. His hugely successful 2009 novel Brooklyn also went on to become an Oscar-nominated film. Colm Tóibín joins us to discuss House of Names, which retells the ancient Greek story of Clytemnestra, a tale of lust and revenge, and a fiercely dramatic portrait of a murderess. The event will be chaired by writer and broadcaster Sinéad Crowley.

Loud and Clear: Lisa McInerney & Ottessa Moshfegh


Sunday, 28 May

Time: 6:00PM

Venue: Smock Alley Theatre

Price: €10 / €8

ILFDublin brings together two remarkable writers whose novels inhabit social landscapes the world often chooses to ignore. The New York Times called Ottessa Moshfegh’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted debut Eileen, ‘playful, sharp, wise, morbid, witty, searingly sharp’. Her new story collection, Homesick for Another World explores themes of rot and decay in vivid, darkly comic prose. Self-described ‘creator of The Glorious Heresies, fitful short stories, and the occasional gourmet crisp sandwich’, multi-award winner Lisa McInerney’s second novel The Blood Miracles reunites readers with Ryan Cusack in the chaotic underbelly of Cork city.  The event is chaired by writer and critic Anna Carey.

‘ A rich, touching, hilarious novel.’ Financial Times on The Glorious Heresies

Talking Translation – In Other Words: Translating Difference

Date: Friday, 26 May

Time: 11:45AM

Venue: Trinity Centre for Literary Translation

Price: Free

Literary translation is commonplace between the world’s major languages – this is particularly true when it concerns translations of literature from English into other world languages. However, new and interesting factors come into play when literature is being translated between dominant and non-dominant spoken languages. A panel of practising literary translators – working with languages as large and small as French, Arabic, Hungarian and Irish – will discuss the issues they face and the challenges and rewards of their work.

Speakers: Rasha Khayat, German–Saudi writer, editor and literary translator from Arabic and English. Dávid Szabó, linguist, French–Hungarian translator and lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Dr Alan Titley, Emeritus Professor of Modern Irish, University College Cork, author, playwright and translator of, among other titles, Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille.

Moderator: Dr Éamon Ó Cíosáin, Lecturer in French Studies, Maynooth University, awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government in 2016.

Organised by the French Embassy in Ireland, the German Embassy Dublin, the Goethe-Institut Ireland and Literature Ireland within the framework of the French- German cultural funds.

You can find more on the Dublin International Literature Festival here.

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