17 – 26 May


Welcome to this year’s programme

Lord Mayor's Welcome

International Literature Festival Dublin proudly celebrates the very best of Irish and international writers, and it’s a great pleasure to welcome wonderful literary talent from all over the world to the stages of Dublin. A celebration of the very best writing, in its twenty-two years, ILFDublin has grown to become Ireland’s premier literary event. As always, ILFDublin showcases internationally established writers as well as new voices.

Events include an Off The Page special with Brett Easton Ellis, and appearances from the incomparable Naomi Wolf, Joseph O’Connor, Tana French and Paul Muldoon. Our focus country this year is Norway, featuring Gunnhild Øyehaug and Caroline Bergvall.

From Tall Tales to Party In The Park – where ILFDublin takes over St. Patrick’s Park for family fun – and fringe programme Boundless to Stories From The City, there’s an event for all ages and tastes!

Thanks to the hard-working team who put so much into creating ILFDublin, and all the volunteers and mentors whose efforts bring it to life.

Tá súil agam go mbainfidh sibh uile taitneamh as an bhféile litríochta i mbliana.

Message from Martin Colthorpe, Festival Programme Director

This year sees some exciting changes at ILFDublin, with new partnerships, commissions and a wider array of international writers coming to the festival. In ‘Building Stories’ we cross art forms in the company of architects and artists, and in conversation with writers ranging from Tomoka Shibasaki to Alice Rawsthorn. Artist Colin Priest and sound poet Caroline Bergvall present new commissions, and we say ‘Velkommen’ to an eclectic group of Norwegian authors as our 2019 focus country, from children’s illustrator Ella Okstad to explorer Erling Kagge. Literature festivals need to take risks and be ever curious if they’re to evolve. Publishing is on the right track here: it seems that barely a month goes by without a bold new imprint announcing its publishing vision.

Internationalism is key – when the Man Booker International Prize announced its longlist recently, all but two of the 13 titles were from independent publishers, and we’re excited that three of those authors, Samanta Schweblin, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Tommy Weiringa, join us at the festival. But if festivals and publishing offer a source of vitality and inspiration, the wider world is a more complex place. Luckily, we have some great world thinkers, including Roberto Calasso, Paul Mason and Naomi Wolf to help us navigate at the festival this year.

Most importantly, our thriving programme for children and young people, Tall Tales, also addresses the big issues. The world-renowned R J Palacio – whose call to kindness is the central focus of her work – will read at a special event this year. And Flossie Donnelly, who at 12 years old is our youngest-ever speaker, takes part in our Authors 4 Oceans event. These are the events which inspire the readers and writers of the future, and which will shape the Literature festivals of future decades.

Message from Sarah Webb, Family & Children's Programmer

Some of the greatest children’s writers and artists weave their spellbinding magic! From American powerhouses RJ Palacio and Kate DiCamillo to Norwegian illustrator Ella Okstad, Irish picturebook maker Chris Haughton and bestsellers Francesca Simon, Robin Stevens and Andy Stanton, and much more… there’s something for every young and young-at-heart reader.