Dalkey Book Festival launches this week

by Aishling Conway
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Dalkey Book Fesival is set to welcome writers, thinkers and journalists from the worlds of literature, history, politics from 13th – 16th June – including Christiane Amanpour, David Baddiel, Henry Winkler (the Fonz), Katja Hoyer, James O’Brien, Jeremy Bowen, Neil Jordan, Stephen Rea,Booker prize winner Paul Lynch, Colm Tóibín, Claire Keegan, Kevin Barry, Donal Ryan, Elaine Feeney, Paul Murray and more of the biggest names in literature. Award-winning artist, illustrator and author Charlie Mackesy, renowned the world over for The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, will make his debut at Dalkey Book Festival this year. It will be his first time to appear at a public event in Ireland. 

77 events are set to take place over the four-day festival with approximately 20,000 guests expected to attend. 

With the world’s eyes on Gaza, we hear Palestinian voices in a number of events including Isabella Hammad and Karim Kattan, as well as author of A Day in the Life of Abed SalamaNathan Thrall.  And  Jeremy Bowen, the venerated BBC correspondent in the Middle East, will join us in Dalkey direct from Jerusalem .  

Dalkey Book Festival welcomes CNN’s Christiane Amanpour,  the famous broadcaster and frontline reporter who has won almost every prize going for journalism. David Brooks of The New York Times, probably the most influential commentator in America, brings us his latest book, The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Jeffrey Goldberg, editor of The Atlantic, will appear alongside Ireland’s most prominent public intellectual Fintan O’Toole. Also from the US, leading Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro will discuss the health of democracy and theatre, the right-wing political playbook and the origin of today’s culture wars. 

In a year when Ireland’s prodigious literary talent is being celebrated the world over, we are delighted to host Ireland’s finest writers – Claire Keegan, Anne Enright, Paul Murray, Kevin Barry and Donal Ryan. We also have the Colm Tóibín on his latest novel, Long Island, a sequel to Brooklyn, as well as Booker Prize winner Paul Lynch. Award-winning writers Elaine Feeney, John Boyne and Victoria Kennefick return to Dalkey and showcasing their latest work are Colin Barrett, Nuala O’Connor, Mary Costello and Sinéad Gleeson.

From London, David Baddiel will launch his latest book, a family memoir, at Dalkey Book Festival.  Neil Jordan, who isalso launching his memoir at Dalkey, will be in conversation with actor Stephen Rea. Speaking of actors, from the US, Henry Winkler, the legend who played The Fonz in Happy Days, will be speaking about his memoir and Irish star, Barry McGovern, will read Beckettin a very special festival performance while the legendary actor and Dalkey resident, Eamon Morrissey, will celebrate Bloomsday with David Baddiel and Merve Emre. Local legend Ross O’Carroll-Kelly drops into Dalkey with I’m Kind of a Big Deal Around Here ; expect this one to sell out immediately if previous years at Dalkey are anything to go by. 

Don’t miss the chance to engage with the most pressing global questions of the day, from unpicking violence in the Middle East to the war in Ukraine  and threats to the stability of global order, the swing to the right in Europe, and the future of Irish politics. To confront these issues, Dalkey Book Festival is joined by Katja Hoyer from Germany, David de Jong from Holland and Robert Shrimsley of the Financial Times alongside Janine Gibson and Fred Studemann, while from The Irish Times, Pat Leahy, Jennifer O’Connell and David McWilliams will appear with other journalists including James O’Brien from LBC who returns to Dalkey with his latest book, How They Broke Britain.

Look out for history with Peter Frankopan, Donal Fallon and Paddy Cullivan , nature with Manchán Magan and Sean Ronayne, science with Luke O’Neill, Ruth Freeman and Ian Robertson, and satire with Kathy LetteColm O’Regan and Colm Williamson of Waterford Whispers.

Dalkey Book Festival also has a host of family-friendly events and workshops for children with Chris Judge, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Shane Hegarty, Sarah Webb and more.

Dalkey Book Festival also unveiled a new series of five AI-focused sessions on 15th and 16th June. Confirmed speakers set to discuss the challenges and opportunities of AI include Charles Sennott, the award-winning war correspondent and founder of The GroundTruth Project; novelist Donal Ryan (whose six novels have all been number one bestsellers); Robert Shrimsley,UK chief political commentator and executive editor of the Financial Times; Alison Darcy, founder  of Woebot Health; David McCourt, global technology, media and telecom entrepreneur and Emmy-winning TV producer; leading neuroscientist, Kevin MitchellColm O’Regan, Irish stand-up comedian, bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster; Roisin Kiberd, writer and columnist; Dolores Fernandez Alonso, president and CEO of South Florida PBS television; Jennifer O’Connell, opinion editor at The Irish TimesAndrea Catherwood, award-winning news broadcaster and journalist;  Kenneth Cukier, deputy executive editor of The EconomistIan Robertson, neuroscientist and professor of psychology at TCDNewsTalk technology correspondent, Jess Kelly; and Eli Noam, Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. 

Visit www.dalkeybookfestival.org for the full festival programme.

Thank you to all our partners, including in particular The Arts Council

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