Dublin Writers Festival

The full programme for the Dublin Writers Festival was launched on Tuesday in the Merrion Hotel.

Personal highlights include:

John Boyne (who has started blogging. Hi John) reading with Llyod Jones.
JP Donleavy.
Tom Stoppard.
The Irish Values debate with Ivana Bacik, David McWilliams and others.
Eiléan NíChuilleanáin and Harry Clifton.

The festival looks to cater for everybody, and certainly comes close with an impressive list of writers/critics and readers lined up.

More over on the festival site.


Dublin Writers Festival | Rushdie and more

The Dublin Writers Festival (11 - 15 June) has started to publicise names for the festival. The line up has two or three names that might make you pant heavily - Salman Rushdie (if he’s your cup of tea - I haven’t liked much of his new stuff), J P Donleavy (general upstart extraordinare) and Esther Freud.

Disappointingly the rest of the leaked line-up isn’t too invigorating - John Boyne, Ann Enright, Sebastian Barry (last years One Book, One City) and Marian Keyes have all appeared in readings, festivals and debates around Dublin since the New Year. All the same, I’m looking forward to the festival - and it is great to have Dublin City Council investing in literature and arts. Booking for Salman Rushdie at the Gate has already opened, here, and the full programme will be announced on 29 April.


on writing | RTE Arts Show

So the interview with RTE went well last week. Colm and I both answered a few questions for the soundbytes and were done in half an hour. (We even had time for a celebrity hunt in the canteen. No luck finding anyone though)

No one in RTE was quite sure if our ‘bytes’ would be broadcast but we told our Mammy’s and Gran’s to listen anyway. And they did.

Click here to have a listen.

The guests on the show, Fergal Tobin and Anne Haverty, disagreed with what I had to say. It was both unexpected and unfair and I would like to respond.

Anne Haverty’s opinion that the business end of writing is of no interest to writers seems nonsensical. Publishing, as both guests agree in the interview, has changed over the last 10 years and publishers, editors and agents look upon it from a much more analytical level now. I think the business of writing is very much the business of the writer, literary fiction or otherwise. That includes the general administrative aspects of writing - how to make a submission, where to submit work, help with making contacts as much as the financial ends.

Anyone with an interest in writing/publishing is aware of the market conditions - and Fergal’s suggestion that if I knew the numbers involved with publishing fiction I would probably stop writing is daft. All new writers speak to publishers in Ireland and the UK - each with varying degrees of pessimism - and most people submit manuscripts with the full knowledge of the difficulties.

I am looking at making a career in children’s writing - an ambition that is driven by the same need as Anne Haverty’s, as ‘someone who needs to write books‘. What I mean when I say career in writing, is that I want to continue writing and develop it with audiences and readers through as many outlets, technologies and books as possible for as long as I can. To reach that goal I need as much information about writing, including the business aspects, as I can find.

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Relevant link: American authour John Scalzi offers business advice to writers. (more)

Relevant quote: A friend, who has been submitting fiction for more than 15 years, sent this by email:

Every publisher/agent I’ve ever met has always begun the conversation with: ‘You know you’ll never get a book of short stories published, don’t you?’

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me me me | rightly or wrongly

Have you heard about the Dublin Book Festival yet? Its a book festival, organised by publishers from around Ireland, to promote books. It sounds simple but it was years in the making. But the festival starts this Friday in City Hall with a reading from childrens’ writer Marita Conlon-McKenna. Also reading on Friday is yours truly at half-past one. (17.5 on the nervous scale)

If your home tonight (or out and near a radio/pc or even a phone with earphones) I’m making a surprise appearance on the Arts Show on Radio One. It was recorded yesterday at PO Box 2222, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Weirdly I met Rick (grand poobah/king of all men/salty face). That’s not so weird really, considering he works there. But it was unexpected.

And if you don’t fancy hearing/seeing/doing anything related to me, go here and read about Fústar’s plan to rebirth Dreadful Thoughts. First up for us all to read is M.R. JamesOh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad. Discussion time is Monday March 10 at 8pm.


Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival website is up and has a full list of events. It will be running from 7 - 9 March and will act as a showcase of new and established Irish writing talent.
I’ve come up with a few highlights from the three days including:

Friday 7 -

> Author reading with emerging writers - Geraldine Creed, Alison Foster and David Maybury

> In Conversation: Anthony Cronin

> Author reading with Liam Ó Muirthile, Colm Breathnach, Deirdre Brennan and Cliodhna Cussen

> Up For Discussion: DeValera VS. Collins with Ryle Dwyer, Mary Banotti and Dr. Martin Mansergh TD, chaired by Eoin Purcell, Mercier Press

Saturday 8 -

>Treats for Kids with Tom McCaughren

>10th Birthday Celebration | International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)

>Author reading with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Medbh McGuckian, Pat Boran and Joan Newmann

Sunday 9 -

>Author reading with Kevin Barry, Geraldine Mills and Mike McCormack

In case you missed what I cleverly did there, have a second look at the first event on Friday. It should be an interesting weekend - so if you’re around drop in and have a read/listen to what ever is going on.

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