ILFDublin 2019

Posted on May 7, 2019 in Ireland

At the programme launch for ILFDublin 2019, Martin Colthorpe the Programme Director commented on how the publishing scene in Ireland is taking risks. In the programme he states that “if festivals and publishing offer a source of vitality and inspiration, the wider world is a more complex place.” This is reflected in the programme of events that will take place throughout Dublin between the 17th and 26th of May. There’s something for everyone, but we decided to look at some of the 10 most potentially interesting events for our SYP Ireland members (in no particular order):

  • Launch of The Stinging Fly Summer 2019 Issue, 7:30pm Tuesday 21st May at The Wild Duck. The Stinging Fly launches are always complete with fantastic readings and interesting chats with some well-known Irish literary personalities. A great publication that gets better with each issue and a good excuse to meet and network with writers and publishers.
  • Challenging Books with Roberto Calasso and John Banville. 6pm Wednesday 22nd May at the O’Reilly Theatre.
  • The Literature Producers Forum, 11am Thursday 23rd May in Smock Alley Theatre. This will be of special interest to anyone who is looking into the events and programming aspect of publishing. The opportunity to hear some insights from the who have worked on literary events in the past as well as new ideas for future audiences.
  • Books for Life: Arena and ILFDublin, 4pm Friday 24th May in Liberty Hall.
  • The Insider’s Guide to Getting Publishing, 10am Saturday 25th May in Smock Alley Theatre. One of ILFDublin’s returning events, this is a look at publishing both from the perspective of the writer and the publisher. It’s an insight into the publishing world and would be of great interest to anyone looking to get published or discover more about the publishing industry. This runs alongside the Date With an Agent event which is also run by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin from ie.
  • Ninety Years of Faber and Faber, 8pm Friday 24th May in Smock Alley Theatre. This is an opportunity to celebrate one of Ireland’s most prominent publishing houses.
  • Sea Chests from Across the World, or a Globalised Literary Landscape, 4pm Friday 24th May, Literature Ireland and the Long Room Hub. We are becoming a more and more global literary world. But what does that mean, especially for an island like Ireland?
  • Gunnhild Øyehaug, 6:15pm Tuesday 21st May in Smock Alley Theatre
  • The Independent Bookshop Tour, 3pm Saturday 18th & 25th starting at Ulysses Rare Books. This is an opportunity to show your support for some of the independent book shops around Dublin. Take the tour and maybe spot a new favourite spot. Bookshops and booksellers are such an important aspect of the literary scene and you never know what hidden gems you might find.
  • Zine Workshop with Lu Williams and Grrrl Zine, 2 hour workshop on Thursday 23rd or Friday 24th What goes into creating a zine? The physicality of the printed word and production is an aspect of publishing that can be difficult to gain insight into. So why not take the opportunity to see what exactly goes into it?
  • It Is A Proper Book! Writing and Illustrating for Children & Getting Published, 10am Saturday 18th May in the National Gallery of Ireland. Children’s books are a specialised aspect of publishing so the opportunity to observe the differences is something worth attending. A promising event that will open the doors to what goes into publishing books for children and why that is something to be celebrated.

Have you had a chance to look at the programme? Make sure to take the opportunity and let your SYP Ireland committee know … you may even run into some of us. ILFDublin is in May, but there are also events June; Campbell McGrath & Tracy K. Smith and Elizabeth Gilbert. Keep an eye on the website and social media for any changes to the programme

As Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin said “Tá súil agam go mbainfidh sibh uile taitneamh as an bhféile litríochta i mbliana.”