Dublin Writers Festival 2008 — 11th – 15th June

Dublin Writers Festival Programme Announced

Tom Stoppard and JP Donleavy to make rare Dublin appearances

The line up for the Dublin Writers Festival 2008 was announced at a special programme launch in The Merrion Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday 29th April.

The Dublin Writers Festival will take place from Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th June inclusive.

Over the five days, Dublin will host over 40 Irish and international writers and poets, journalists, political commentators, and even lawyers for a series of readings, discussions, debates and public interviews. The Festival will explore the themes such as war, loss, national identity, Irish values, childhood, crime, and the art of the short story.

The 2008 line-up includes a special, rare retrospective event at the Project Arts Centre with multi-million selling author JP Donleavey. The Dublin Writers Festival will also celebrate the remarkable career of one of the seminal playwrights of 20th and 21st-century British culture, Tom Stoppard, at the Hamilton Building at Trinity College Dublin.

Modern Irish values is the topic of a wide ranging discussion with Ivana Bacik, Roy Foster, Alan Gilsenan and David McWilliams at the Project Arts Centre.

In her first visit to Dublin, Linn Ullmann, daughter of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, will join Esther Freud, daughter of Lucien Freud, for an exploration of childhood memory, family secrets and absent patriarchs.

Tobias Wolff, one of the great masters of the short story, teams up with Booker Prize Winner Anne Enright for an examination of the form, the challenges and the rewards that the short story can bring.

The theme of war runs right through the festival programme this year and includes a special event entitled War Games – the true cost of the war on terror. International lawyer Philippe Sands provides a devastating critique of US-sanctioned human rights abuses. Sands will be joined by Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch author of Standard Operating Procedure - the first full reckoning of what really took place in the now infamous Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison.

Israeli novelist and political commentator David Grossman, in his first Dublin appearance, will visit the Gate Theatre to discuss his works including The Yellow Wind and Sleeping on a Wire, the acclaimed yet controversial studies of the Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank.

Dust to Dust - Laying the Troubles to Rest is the title of a very special event set for The Peacock Theatre. Catherine McCartney, Carlo Gébler, Susan McKay and Patrick Maguire will look beyond the politics to the personal tragedies that, for many, have defined The Troubles: the injustices, the grief, and, where possible, the reconciliation born out of forgiveness.

On a lighter note, why not join Kathy Lette for coffee, croissants and a side order of breezy Aussie charm, as the best-selling author of Dead Sexy, Foetal Attraction, Girls’ Night Out and Nip ‘N’ Tuck invites you to the inaugural Dublin Writers Festival brunch at the Morrison Hotel.

Following sales of over 15 million, Dublin's self-confessed ‘accidental novelist’, Marian Keyes will discuss her latest book This Charming Man at a special event at the Project Arts Centre

Fans of the crime novel will be treated to an investigation of the genre with best selling crime novelist Ian Rankin. Turning up the heat on Ian will be novelist and screen writer Colin Bateman author of Murphy’s Law, starring James Nesbitt.

Speaking at the launch of the Festival Programme Director, Liam Browne said,

This year's festival is truly international. As well as the Irish and UK participants, we're also welcoming writers from the US, Nigeria, South Africa, New Zealand, Spain, Israel, Canada, and Norway. With some making first visits to Dublin, some reading here for the first time, and many staying for a number of days across the festival, it promises to be a wonderful celebration of books and writing.

Other events in this year’s festival include; Writing the Nation with Damon Galgut, Helon Habila and Vicente Molina Foix; The Winner of the 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Eiléan NíChuilleanáin and Harry Clifton; Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels – a discussion with Bruce Arnold, Victoria Glendinning and John Mullan; John Boyne and Lloyd Jones; Justin Cartwright and Hugo Hamilton; Frank McGuinness and Thomas Lynch; Wayne Johnston and Glenn Patterson.

The Dublin Writers Festival is a Dublin City Council initiative supported by the Arts Council.

Volunteers Wanted

If you would like to be a volunteer for the festival, please contact Léan Ní Chléirigh at nichlels@tcd.ie

Advance Bookings

Project Arts Centre
(for all except Gate Theatre events)
t. +353 (0)1 881 9613 / 881 9614
or online here
Gate Theatre
(Gate Theatre Events Only)
t +353 (0)1 874 4045 / 874 6042
or online here

Festival Administration

t. + 353 1 222 5455
Dublin City Arts Office
The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1

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