Dublin Writers Festival 2009 - 2nd to 7th June

Eibhlin Byrne, Lord Mayor of Dublin

Lord Mayor’s Address

by Eibhlin Byrne,
Lord Mayor of Dublin


Dublin is a living city of literature. In every one of us Dubs lies a story to be told but some of us actually get around to telling that story! These storytellers are the people who make us proud, in whose success we all rejoice and who make us secretly redouble our promise to write our own story.



Liam Browne

Programme Director’s Welcome

by Liam Browne,
Programme Director


In a special piece for this year’s festival brochure Colm Tóibín remarks that an intimate and nourishing relationship has developed over the last two decades in Ireland between writers and readers and that books festivals have played an important role in nurturing that relationship.  Whereas ordinarily a book presents, for both writers and readers, a one-to-one relationship, within the context of a festival it becomes a communal experience.  And it’s that sense of being part of a writing and reading community that makes live literature and book festivals such a joy.

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Dublin Writers Festival '09 — READINGS, DISCUSSIONS, TALKS, POETRY

FEATURING SEAMUS HEANEY, PETER MURPHY, AIFRIC CAMPBELL, ED O'LOUGHLIN, SIMON SCHAMA, ANNE MICHAELS, MELVYN BRAGG, ZOË HELLER, GEOFF DYER, COLM TÓIBÍN, JULIA O'FAOLAIN, CLAIRE KILROY, CHRISTINE DWYER HICKEY, WILLIAM FIENNES, MJ HYLAND, STEVE TOLTZ, PAULA MEEHAN, LEANNE O'SULLIVAN, THE FROST IS ALL OVER, SHANE CONAUGHTON, JOE QUEENAN, BRENDAN KENNELLY, KATE SUMMERSCALE, VAL MCDERMID, SARAH WATERS