Red Line Book Festival 2019 launched at Tallaght poetry reading

by Padraig Conlon

UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage launched the 2019 Red Line Book Festival with a special poetry reading at Rua Red, Tallaght on Wednesday.

This years’ Festival will run from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th October in venues across South County Dublin.

Held in October each year, the festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing.

An initiative of South Dublin Libraries and Arts, the Red Line Book Festival brings local, national and international authors, alongside talks, workshops, theatrical productions and creative writing competitions, to venues across South County Dublin.

Details of this year’s exciting programme have been announced, bringing together some of the greats of the literary world, as well as an array of exciting new voices.

Some of those in the line-up include Irish Laureate for Fiction Sebastian Barry, Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan, Kevin Barry, Sarah Webb, Alison Spittle, Joseph O’Connor, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Colm O’Regan and Laura Dodsworth.

Speaking at Wednesday’s launch, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Vicky Casserly said: “The Red Line Book Festival continues to enrich the literary and cultural life of South Dublin by attracting both fresh new voices and household names and offering a programme for readers of all interests and ages.

“I invite everyone, from South Dublin County and beyond, to participate in as many events as possible.”

Highlights of the Red Line Book Festival’s Signature Series include Joseph O’Connor and Kevin Barry in conversation with Rick O’Shea, Laureate for Fiction Sebastian Barry in conversation with Dermot Bolger, as well as evenings with Hugo Hamilton and Christine Dwyer Hickey.

The announcement of the winner of the 2019 TU Dublin Red Line Book Festival Short Story Competition, judged by June Caldwell, takes place as part of a dedicated Short Story Night, which also includes a panel discussion of The Art of Brevity.

There are lots of events for children to cater to budding bookworms. Moon + Sixpence Theatre’s Jacqueline & The Beanstalk is a retelling of the classic story that turns the gender stereotyping of traditional fairy tales on its head.

Aga Grandowicz, the woman behind Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals, will host workshops in English and Polish, while Sarah Webb, Judi Curtin and Oisín McGann lead a fun-filled exploration of Irish history as part of Magical History Tour.

The festival’s Tools of the Trade programme features a number of free workshops aimed at aspiring and established writers, including Where Do Stories Come From? a storytelling and fiction writing workshop with Dave Lordan, Writing from Life with Doreen Finn, as well as workshops with Angela T. Carr and Anne Tannam.

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