Red Line Book Festival launched by South Dublin County Council

by Gary Ibbotson

South Dublin County Council has today launched the Red Line Book Festival’s schedule of events due to take place online and in-person across the county.

An initiative of South Dublin Libraries and Arts, the Red Line Book Festival will run from October 12 to 18 and will consist of immersive conversations, stories, and various workshops offered by some of Ireland’s biggest names in literature.

Participants this year include Sinéad Gleeson, Patrick McCabe, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Rob Doyle, Nicole Flattery, Elspeth Wilson, Debbie Deegan, Oein DeBharduin, Melatu Uche Okorie, Blindboy Boatclub, Patrick McCabe, Elaine Feeney and this year’s Red Line Book Festival Writer-in-Residence, Keith Payne.

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Ed O’Brien said: “Red Line Book Festival 2020 is bringing the best of the literary world into the libraries and homes of South Dublin County this month with a fantastic programme of authors, speakers and workshops, safely delivered to you to attend or experience from the comfort of your home.”

“The Red Line Book Festival has been enriching the cultural lives of south Dublin communities for many years,” says chief executive of the council, Daniel McLoughlin.

“This year, with so many events available online, it is accessible to people from further afield.”

Some of the online events include a conversation with Sinead Gleeson, Melatu Uche Okorie and Blindboy Boatclub on the Red Line Book for 2020, The Art of the Glimpse; author Rob Doyle talking with critic Nicole Flattery on his new book, Threshold and an exploration through South Dublin County hosted by poet Colm Keegan.

In-person events include a panel discussion on popular Irish fiction featuring Ciara Geraghty, Carmel Harrington, Zoe Miller and Sam Blake; and a 30 minute creative writing workshop with writer-in-residence Keith Fayne.

More information and tickets for all festival events can be booked at

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