Red Line Book Festival 2017

Red Line Book Festival Tallaght

The Red Line Book Festival is a celebration of all things literary.  It provides a programme of events and workshops aimed to attract culturally curious audiences of all ages and interests from both the local and wider community. The initiative is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts. With some 40 events organised for the 2017 festival, a selection of home-grown and international talent will be presented. The annual highlight of the festival is Readers Day. This year’s offering is no less exciting, as Dermot Bolger leads a series of intimate conversations with noted Irish writers.

The day will comprise of readings and discussion with John Banville (Time Pieces – A Dublin Memoir,The Sea); Mike McCormack (Solar Bones); Sara Baume (A Line Made by Walking); Julie Parsons (The Therapy House); Lisa Harding (Harvesting) and the inimitable Mary ORourke (Letters of My LifeJust Mary). Your host for the day, Dermot Bolger is one of Ireland’s best known writers. This is his fifteenth year to curate and present Readers Day. 2015 saw the publication of his Selected Poems, That Which is Suddenly Precious and last year he published his 13th novel, The Lonely Sea and Sky. Dermot writes for Ireland’s leading newspapers and in 2012 was named Commentator of the Year at the Irish Newspaper Awards. His adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses is being staged by the Abbey Theatre throughout October 2017.

Readers Day takes place on Saturday 14th October in the Civic Theatre. The Red Line Book Festival has plenty more to offer over its five day run, including theatre productions, poetry recitals, workshops, open-mic nights and a feast of talks, demonstrations and readings. For more information on Readers Day and others events showing at Red Line Book Festival, visit

A range of free events is also on offer, but please be advised that booking is essential. Book online or through the Civic Theatre Box Office:  01 4627 477

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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