The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is Ireland’s premier literary event and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress.

Attracting visitors from around the world annually, the festival is a destination for those who wish to celebrates the very best of Irish and international talent.

With readings, discussions, debates,workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it’s the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, International Literature Festival Dublin brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise and inspire.

Children’s fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. Come celebrate many specially commissioned events in the City of Words.

‘Looking for Bang Bang’
Date:  Saturday, 19 May
Time:  2:00PM
Venue:  The Complex
Price:  €5

Presented by Shadowbox, as part of Stories from the City

Looking for Bang Bang was originally devised from the stories and writings of older women from Dublin and surrounding areas. The piece was designed to be ever-evolving, incorporating new stories as well as improvisational sequences responding to audience reflections, enabling current stories to be interweaved with historical oral histories.

The play is generated from a collection of oral histories from people living in Dublin. Its potential to incorporate parallel contemporary stories means it is, at its heart, Stories from the City, depicting snapshots from different times of Dublin’s recent history, presented in an engaging and imaginative format.

Shadowbox was formed in 1998, with a commitment to creating theatre inspired by and created from real lived experience




‘We Love Ya! DeptCon @ILFDublin’

Date:  Saturday, 19 May
Time:  5:00PM
Venue:  The Complex
Price:  €20

A very special event featuring a galaxy of YA writers from Ireland and the UK! Eason’s DeptCon is Ireland’s biggest YA convention, bringing together some of the most influential authors and personalities of the YA literary world.

‘New Voices’ 5pm – 5.45pm, signing 5.45pm – 6.15pm

With Muhammad Khan, Emma Quigley and Mary Watson, chaired by Shane Hegarty. Muhammad Khan is an engineer, maths teacher, and author; Emma Quigley writes books and scripts for television and theatre; Mary Watson was on the Hay Festival’s 2014 Africa 39 list of influential writers from sub-Saharan Africa.

‘Nerd Alert!’ 6.15pm – 7pm, signing 7pm – 7.30pm

Movies, music, comic books and much more! Brian Conaghan, Derek Landy and Katherine Webber, chaired by David O Callaghan. Brian Conaghan’s new novel, The Weight of a Thousand Feathers is out in June; Derek Landy’s new Skulduggery book Midnight will be launched at an exclusive event on Saturday 26th; and Katherine Webber’s debut is the much-loved Wing Jones.

‘Dark Fairytales’ 7.30pm – 8.15pm, signing 8.15pm to 8.45pm

Things are bound to get deep sea dark when Louise O’Neill and Deirdre Sullivan discuss Twisted Fairy Tales with Elaina Ryan from Children’s Books Ireland. Louise O’Neill’s latest book The Surface Breaks retells Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid; Deirdre Sullivan’s Tangleweed and Brine won the Senior Category at the Irish Book Awards. Presented in association with David O’Callaghan from Eason’s DeptCon.

Presented in association with David O’Callaghan from Eason’s DeptCon.

‘Filming in Cuba with Werner Herzog’
Date:  Saturday, 19 May
Time:  9:30PM
Venue:  The Complex
Price:  €8 / €5

A selection of short films created by participants of Filming in Cuba with Werner Herzog, a 10-day masterclass in Cuba in March 2017. Filmmaker Bob Gallagher was the sole Irish representative invited to the workshop. He introduces the films, and talks to journalist and broadcaster Siobhán Kane about his experience of working with the legendary Werner Herzog, a headline speaker at ILFDublin 2017.