Red Line festival returns for 11th year

by Rachel Cunningham
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The Red Line Festival will be returning for its 11th year to celebrate all things literary will be packed with events and workshops aimed at enhancing the experience of culturally curious audiences visiting Dublin. 

An exciting new programme has been announced for the Red Line Festival on October 13th – 16th this year with over 40 events and fascinating performances in venues including Rathfarnham Castle, Pearse Museum and Baldonnel Aerodrome as well as the Civic and branch libraries across South Dublin County.  

The Red Line Festival is produced by South Dublin Libraries and Arts at South Dublin County Council offering a programme of events and workshops that appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms.

This year, Red Line Festival will present events in six different strands As Gaeilge, Literary, Sport & Wellbeing, Music & Performance, Crime & Horror and Family.  The festival will feature wonderful authors such as Louise O’Neill, Michael Harding, Donal Ryan and Emilie Pine,  the FAI’s Gareth Maher and  George Hamilton on 30 Years of Irish Footballers in the Premier League and festival Writer in Residence,  Clondalkin rapper Selló.

History, heritage and the Irish language feature throughout the festival. Dean Ruxton discusses his book Death on Ireland’s Eye and Rebecca Brownlie brings her Abandoned Ireland exhibition to the County Library, highlighting the social importance of our forgotten buildings.   Colmán Ó Raghallaigh, Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald, Micheál Ó Conghaile and Réaltán Ní Leannáin will take part in the As Gaeilge strand.

Red Line Festival is also delighted to work with NOISE Music DJ Programme and ‘Give Us The Night’ providing opportunities for young people to learn how to DJ and develop their musical knowledge. The poetry programme will take the limelight when award winning poet Jessica Traynor announcing the winners of the Red Line Poetry Competition.

A Sunday visit to Tallaght Stadium will find Jonathan Wilson discussing his biography of Bobby and Jack Charlton, best-selling children’s author Ger Siggins on his Rugby Spirit series and Siobhán Doyle on The History of GAA in 100 objects.

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