Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
It may not immediately strike many people as a place steeped in literary heritage, but surprisingly large number of highly regarded and successful authors hail from or live in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area of Dublin (the ‘dlr’ of the festival title).
J.M Synge, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett grew up there, Hugh Leonard lived there all his life and contemporary writers who still reside in the area include Maeve Binchy, Joseph O’Connor, Hugo Hamilton, Marian Keyes and Ross O’Carroll Kelly.
Highlights in 2011 will include readings by Michael Ondaatje, Emma Donoghue, Sebastian Barry, Edna O’Brien, Val McDermid, Melvyn Bragg and Justin Cartwright.
A series of Writing Workshops aimed at aspiring and new writers is being introducing, with a promise of some very high profile tutors.
Mountains to the Sea has always had a very strong Children’s literature thread, and in 2011 this is being expanded further and will include events featuring Eoin Colfer, Cathy Cassidy and Oliver Jeffers among others.
The annual Beckett Address will be delivered by Robert Coover, veteran US novelist and professor in the Literary Arts program at Brown University, who will also take part in a panel discussion on the Future of the Novel.
Details and Location
For up to date programme details visit the festival website.