International Literature Festival Dublin – May 19th
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.
18:00: Guantánamo Diary
“the global war on terror … has found in a Mauritanian captive its true and complete witness” – The Guardian
Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary is one of the global publishing events of the year.
Handwritten from his cell in 2005, and published after years of legal wrangling, it describes the
ordeal of a man who, despite never being charged, has spent fourteen years in the prison, subjected
to endless forms of torture under Donald Rumsfeld’s “special interrogation plan”.
Larry Siems, the book’s editor, joins Nancy Hollander, Slahi’s attourney (and one of the few people
to have got to know Slahi since his incarceration), to discuss how Slahi wrote the book and what life
is like in an institution that President Obama promised to close. This event will feature live and
recorded readings from the book by notable guests to be announced. Guantánamo Diary is one of
the festival’s must-see events.
18:30: Oliver Jeffers – Words & Pictures
“Jeffers’s illustrations delight, inspire and surprise with their variety and ingenuity” - The Guardian
Born in Australia, brought up in Northern Ireland and now living in New York, Oliver Jeffers’ work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited all over the world. Oliver’s picture books have been translated into over 30 languages and include Lost & Found, Stuck, The Hueys, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, The Great Paper Caper, This Moose Belongs to Me, The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt, and his most recent book Once Upon an Alphabet. He won an Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative work with MacPremo, with whom he co-directed the U2 video Ordinary Love in 2013. For a unique insight into his life and work, join him for a whistle-stop tour around the world of Oliver Jeffers.
19:00: Poetry Ireland Introductions Series
Since its establishment in 1989, Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series has offered talented emerging poets a chance to showcase their work. Many acclaimed poets have come through this series including Enda Wyley, Kerry Hardie, Alan Jude Moore, Pat Boran and Caoilinn Hughes.
This year, the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series teams up with the Irish Writers Centre, The Workman’s Club and ILF Dublin to reveal 16 promising new voices over three cabaret-style evenings that also feature specially selected accompaniment from emerging musicians, singers and songwriters.
Poetry Ireland in association with the Irish Writers Centre, The Workman’s Club and International Literature Festival Dublin presents Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2015.
20:00: Jon Ronson
“my God, he is funny” -The Observer
Jon Ronson is one of the most original (and funniest) investigative journalists working today. Whether hanging out with the Klu Klux Klan in Them, exploring the US military’s fascination with the paranormal in The Men Who Stare at Goats, or attending a UFO convention with Robbie Williams in Lost at Sea, his work exposes the paranoid, the deluded and the bizarre. But in his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Ronson tells the stories of ordinary people with ordinary flaws – people who, after making mistakes, have found themselves at the centre of a social media storm.
The age of Twitter is often said to have democratised justice but what, asks Ronson, if ‘justice’ really means ‘the mob’?
20:00: Cogaí / Wars
Damhsa, ceol, prós, íomhánna ar scáileán – léiriú ar an gcogaíocht agus ar an bhforéigean síoraí, bunaithe ar chnuasach gearrscéalta den teideal céanna le Dáithí Ó Muirí. Páirteach ann tá Fearghus Ó Conchúir, rinceoir agus fear cóirithe rince, giotáraí agus cumadóir Enda Reilly, agus Margaret Lonergan a bheidh i mbun na n-íomhánna scáileáin.
Coimeádaí an tionscadail: Liam Carson, IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge.
Exploring the theme of unending war and violence, Cogaí is a stunning multi-media show that fuses dance, music, prose and screen projections – and is based on the short story collection of the same title by Dáithí Ó Muirí. It features acclaimed dancer and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir, guitarist and composer Enda Reilly and screen projections created by Margaret Lonergan.
Curated by Liam Carson, IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival.