International Literature Festival Dublin – May 22nd
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.
11:00: Diversity in Children's Literature
Diversity can be explored from many angles. In this special event, we explore ways to support excellence in children’s literature, while broadening our perspective on how children and cultures are represented.
Siobhan Parkinson is an award-winning Irish writer/translator, publisher (Little Island) and former Laureate na nÓg.
Sarah Ardizzone is an award-winning translator, festival curator and journalist reporting on multicultural and multilingual issues.
Raised in a Punjabi household in Leicester, author Bali Rai writes about teenage lives in multicultural, multi-racial communities in inner-city Britain.
Alexandra Strick is a consultant in books and disability issues. She is co-founder of Outside in World (the UK organisation dedicated to books from around the world) and Inclusive Minds.
18:00: Bodies That Can Never Tire
“That he follow with desire Bodies that can never tire”
In WB Yeats’ great play, An Baile Strand, Cuchulainn is asked to take an oath to defend the country. Against his will he agrees and sings the oath, including the lines above. Being half man, half god, Cuchulainn himself is a ‘body that can never tire’, but in these lines Yeats focuses on the artist’s inner drive to satisfy dreams, visions and supernatural impulses. These ‘bodies that can never tire’ are different for everybody and fuel ambition, obsession and revolution. They are central to artistic creation.
In celebration of Yeats’ 150 birthday, ILF Dublin presents the second of two special events inspired by Yeats’ words. Bodies That Can Never Tire gathers some of Ireland’s most remarkable figures – from community activists to hip-hop artists, social justice campaigners to poets – to explore what Yeats’ vision means to them. Featuring readings, music, poetry and dance, Bodies That Can Never Tire is a unique celebration of the legacy of Ireland’s great national poet.
We are delighted to announce Séan Doyle (Fair City), Aoife Duffin (What Richard Did, Moone Boy), Aoibhin Garrihy (Fair City, The Fall, Pride and Prejudice at Gate Theatre) Maeve Fitzgerald (Nominated for ‘Best Actress’ in the 2011 Off West End Theatre), Katie Donovan (Rootling: New & Selected Poems), Patrick McCabe (shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize, for The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, Deirdre Kinahan (playwright whose new play Spinning opened at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2014), composerTom Lane (HARP | a river cantata, Twelfth Night Abbey Theatre), Songs in the Key of D Choir and The Evertides will join us for this 150 year celebration of W.B Yeats.
20:00: Irvine Welsh
“you never know what you’re going to get with Irvine Welsh, other than guaranteed intelligence” - The Observer
Irvine Welsh has created some of the most memorable characters in recent British fiction, including Begbie, the charismatic psychopath of Trainspotting; Bruce Robertson, the cross-dressing alcoholic police detective in Filth; and Lucy Brennan, the crazed fitness trainer of The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. In his new novel, A Decent Ride – packed with his usual razor-sharp dialogue, black humour and zest for breaking taboos – Welsh reintroduces one of his most popular characters: ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, the uncontrollably libidinous drug dealer, taxi driver and self-styled “gonzo porn star” first encountered in Glue, who finds himself investigating the whereabouts of a missing beauty.
Welsh discusses Lawson’s return with journalist and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson.
20:00: Cré Na Cille: Tionscadal an Chadhnaigh / The Dirty Dust: The Ó Cadhain Project
Is dóigh le cách gurb é Cré na Cille príomhúrscéal na Gaeilge. Faoin bhfód atá na carachtair ach leanann siad leo ag cabaireacht agus ag tabhairt amach an t-am ar fad, an chúlchaint chéanna a bhí ar siúl acu i dtír na mbeo. Is é atá sa seó ilmheánach dhátheangach seo ná an leagan spleodrach fódúil a rinne Alan Titley den úrscéal, The Dirty Dust, agus Graveyard Clay, leagan sofaisticiúil den úrscéal a rinne Liam Mac Con Iomaire i gcomhar le Tim Robinson agus a fhoilseofar go luath. Chum Colm Ó Snodaigh ceol le haghaidh an léirithe, míreanna a sheinnfidh sé féin. Margaret Lonergan a bheidh i mbun na n-íomhánna ar scáileán.
Coimeádaí an tionscadail: Liam Carson, IMRAM Féile Litríochta Gaeilge.
Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille is consistently ranked as the most important novel in Irish. Its characters all lie dead in the graveyard, but continue the banter, backbiting and petty gossip that characterized their lives. This multi-media bi-lingual show features brilliant English versions by Alan Titley, from his just-published translation The Dirty Dust, and by Liam Mac Con Iomaire, who has collaborated with Tim Robinson on their forthcoming version, Graveyard Clay.
The show features music composed and performed by Colm Ó Snodaigh, and screen projections by Margaret Lonergan.
Curated by Liam Carson, IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival.
21:00: Alas Awake
Drawing on contemporary choral work, collage, improvisation, live electronics and installation this ambitious project is an abstract homage to one of literature’s great works of abstraction. The acclaimed composer and performer Seán Mac Erlaine presents a new site-specific setting of Finnegans Wake for improvising choir, woodwinds, electronics and film.
Presented as a theatre-style promenade piece, audiences will be led through an abandoned Georgian residence in a heightened environment conjuring the world and epoch of Joyce’s Dublin.
These innovative artists will work with the poetic elements of the book, without an overt attempt to translate the text, creating an atmospheric sound-and-image world both immersive and beautiful.
21:00: Festival Club with Dylan Tighe
“an exquisite songwriter” The Irish Times
Playwright, actor, musician: there’s not much Dylan Tighe can’t do, and few people were surprised last year when his debut album, Record, was met with a chorus of acclaim. Tighe’s assured songwriting encompasses everything from acoustic numbers to experimental soundscapes, all tied together by his hushed, warm vocals and dark lyrics. His live performances have earned rapturous receptions everywhere from the Liverpool Philharmonic to the Irish Arts Centre in New York.
Followed by a dj set from Siobhán Kane