A host of top Irish and international authors are set to descend on West Dublin as the Red Line Book Festival returns for an exciting eighth edition.
More than 50 events taking place between October 8 to 14, with the festival bringing local, national and international authors, alongside talks, workshops, theatrical productions and creative writing competitions, to venues across the county.
Familiar faces and exciting new voices are equally represented in the 2018 line-up, which features bestselling international writers, including Peter F. Hamilton, Sophie Hannah and Andrew McMillan, together with top Irish talent like Emilie Pine, Alison Spittle, Joe Duffy, June Caldwell, Sarah Webb and Angela Nagle.
South Dublin County Council Chief Executive Danny McLoughlin said: “Red Line Book Festival is a fantastic opportunity for the people of South Dublin to engage with the spoken, written, recited and performed word, right on their own doorstep.
“The richness and diversity of this year’s expanded programme secures the place of the Red Line Book Festival in the cultural calendar.”
Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Mark Ward added: “Red Line Book Festival continues to enrich the cultural life in South Dublin, helping to foster creativity, the love of writing and the joy of reading.
“The 2018 programme is packed with highlights and I invite everyone, from South Dublin County and beyond, to participate in as many of the festival’s events as possible.”
The festival’s Digital Worlds strand delves into the often marvellous but sometimes murky world of technology.
All-round creative powerhouse Alison Spittle will host Internet Famous, a panel event with Tara Flynn, Aoife Dooley, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.
Angela Nagle will appear in conversation with Rob Doyle to discuss her controversial book Kill All Normies: The Online Culture Wars from Tumblr and 4chan to the Alt-Right and Trump.
The festival will also welcome Peter F. Hamilton, one of the world’s foremost science fiction writers, to discuss his extensive back-catalogue.
The Historic Heroines strand marks Votáil 100 – one hundred years of women’s suffrage in Ireland – with a number of events celebrating the role of women in history and politics, society and literature.
The festival’s Poetic Licence strand celebrates poetry and new writing. Guardian First Book Award winner Andrew McMillan visits the festival to celebrate the launch of his new poetry collection, playtime, and Paul McVeigh, June Caldwell and Frankie Gaffney join Colm Keegan for This Voice: Writing & The Working Class.
The announcement of the winner of the 2018 IT Tallaght Red Line Book Festival Short Story Competition precedes the launch of a publication, Stand Fast!, featuring the work of shortlisted writers.
Five years of the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition is being marked with the publication of a chapbook, Red Lines, featuring some of the competition’s highlights since 2014.
Tickets for all festival events can be booked here.