International Literature Festival Dublin is seeking proposals for its 2023 programme edition around the open-ended theme of friction. Scientists believe that friction is the result of the electromagnetic attraction between charged particles in two touching surfaces. This suggests that friction can be the energy of attraction that makes things slow down and grip.
It is also the phenomenon of friction which enables us to write when we put a pen or pencil to paper. Friction also counters sameness, the continuum and the immediate. It implies resistance, going against a certain motion and also helps us come to a standstill.
International Literature Festival Dublin welcomes all kinds of proposals that bring tension, distortion and counter-current into the flow of things. We encourage respectful, inclusive and thoughtful proposals that are closely related to storytelling, the written word and/or the art of listening. We will consider programming proposals that cater for all age groups.
We are especially interested in concepts that break away from the traditional literary event format; this year, we will look for ideas that are rooted in performance, experience, or activity as a vehicle for generating new ways of presenting the artform of literature.
Successful applicants will be supported by the festival team to bring their ideas to life during this year’s programme which will be presented in Dublin City’s Merrion Square Park, running 19 – 28 May 2023.