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4 events for... literature lovers at Dublin's International Literature Festival

Including workshops, talks and performances.

Bret Easton Ellis at an International Literature Festival event last month
Bret Easton Ellis at an International Literature Festival event last month
Image: ILF Dublin

KICKING OFF ON May 17 and running until May 26, the International Literature Festival Dublin is returning for its 22nd year.

With dozens of events taking place over the festival’s 10 days, including workshops, talks and performances, attendees won’t be short of things to do.

To get you started, here are four events that are worth adding to your festival diary.

1. The World of Wonder with RJ Palacio

When: 19 May

Where: Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin

Fans of RJ Palacio’s best-selling book Wonder, which was made into a hit movie starring Julia Roberts, will surely not want to miss this discussion with the author. 

Book tickets here.

2. Writing and Illustrating for Children & Getting Published

When: 18 May

Where: The National Gallery of Ireland

If you’ve always wanted to create a children’s book but aren’t sure where to start, this event is for you. The three hour-long event will cover what publishers and agents look for in a book, how to know when your manuscript is ready to submit and the importance of attending suitable events and having a social media presence. Award-winning children’s writer Sarah Webb will introduce the event.

Find out more information here.

3.  The Independent Bookshop Tour

When: 25 May

Where: Starting at Ulysses Rare Books, 10 Duke Street, Dublin 2.

Bookworms will be in their element as they take a stroll through Dublin’s independent bookshops with historian Lisa Marie Griffith on this two hour-long tour which celebrates the city’s independent bookshop scene. 

Find out more information here

4. Poetry Workshop with Aine O’Hara

When: 19 May

Where: The Lab, 1 Foley Street, Dublin 1

This performative poetry storytelling workshop for queer-identifying people will consist of exercises, personal stories and writing about LGBTQIA characters. Each participant will also get a free ticket to Tales in the City: An Evening of Irish LGBTQ+ Poets in the Liquor Rooms. 

Book tickets here. 

See the full programme of events here

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