International Literature Festival Dublin

Love literature? Love writing? Then don’t miss the International Literature Festival Dublin which takes place from 20th – 29th May 2017.

The festival was founded in 1998 and has ever since invited the finest writers in the world to present their work, ignite debates, teach us more about the literary world or simply share their thoughts. The festival bustles with ideas once poets, playwrights, screenwriters, writers of fiction and nonfiction come together, writers who have been in the industry for a very long time as well as fresh faces and upcoming talents.

This year, International Literature Festival Dublin is proud to present a series of talks, readings, workshops, and much more.

The festival kicks off with Jo Nesbo’s presentation of his new Harry Hole thriller, The Thirst. His first book of the series, The Bat, was a massive hit with over 33 Million sold copies and was published in over 50 languages.

Are you an aspiring writer who wants to get his work published?

Join five of London’s top literary agents – Simon Trewin of WME; Polly Nolan of The Greenhouse Literary Agency; Sallyanne Sweeney from Mulcahy Associates; James Wills from Watson Little Ltd, and Millie Hoskins of United Agents – on the second day of the festival to find out more about contracts and editing. They will also give you a glimpse into the work of a literary agent.

New Writing in German introduces you to three writers who write in German and whose work have had a serious impact on the literary scene. Discover Swiss writer Dorothee Elmiger’s Bold of Heart, Sometimes I Lie and Sometimes I Don’t by Austrian writer Nadja Spiegel and Peter Wawerzinek’s novel Motherless Child.

Poetry -lovers should not miss the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series  in which upcoming poets are given the opportunity to showcase their work.

Another hot topic presented during this festival is the topic of translation. Several workshops and talks discuss for example the difficulties translations pose in literary works.

Meet Han Yujoo, who is one of the leading writers of South Korea’s literary scene, and find out more about her newest novel  “The Impossible Fairy Tale” which is about two grade – school girls, one lucky and spoiled, Mia, and the other neither lucky or unlucky, the Child. They live in a world which seems to be ruled by them. Adults don’t seem to play a role in their live and they have created a society with their own moral code and rules. The book explores the consequences of neglect and shows how it can manifest itself in violent acts.

The International Literature Festival Dublin features works of many other countries, as well as Ireland and children’s literature is also well presented.

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