Events - Readings & LecturesDarklight Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Darklight_FestivalVenue: Block T1 –  6 Haymarket, Smithfield Dublin 7 Dates and full programme TBC Darklight is the foremost festival for independent creativity in Ireland. It has been associated with new cinematic practices and creative technology for the past 15 years. Darklight has its origins in digital culture and new paradigms in film production, distribution and marketing. Each year, a new area in creative thinking and practices is explored during Darklight's three day festival. Darklight celebrates and encourages new work and provides a platform for emerging filmmakers and artists, while introducing new work to a core audience of cultural influencers and innovators.   Darklight is distinctive as it provides a unique experience for its audience, who can engage with speakers and contributors in an open and shared creative environment.  It showcases experimental work that attracts the curiously cultural and is not readily shown elsewhere in Ireland.  It is our mission to stay diligently informed of the practices synonymous with the continued evolution of moving image storytelling and share this with an engaged audience.  Darklight's vision is curating a programme that continues to capture the imaginations of the next generation of innovators. Franco-Irish Literary Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Franco_Irish_Literary_FestivalDates TBC The FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Ireland Literature Exchange, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, l’Institut français, CRH, Hennessy, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media and, in particular, RTÉ lyric fm. Since its inception in 2000, and with the support and encouragement of the press, the festival has become a significant date in the annual literary calendar of Dublin. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public. The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish Committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers from different languages and cultures are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas around this theme in an informal setting. Debates, interviews, “cafés littéraires”, readings, book sales and signings take place over the three days of the festival. Among the renowned authors invited since 2000, the festival has welcomed such writers as JMG Le Clezio, Amin Maalouf, Azouz Begag, and Jean-Paul Kauffman. Our Irish guests have included Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, Sebastien Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and the late Seamus Heaney. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival offers a rare opportunity to spend three days in an exciting and stimulating literary environment.   All events open to the public and free! Offsethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Offset_Grand_Canal_TheatreDates TBC Originally an initiative of The Small Print when it begun in early 2009, in only 5 years OFFSET has become one of the world’s most important creative events. Hosting a weekend of presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates with the very best of Irish and International designers, animators, illustrators, advertisers, artists, photographers and more live on stage. They speak about their work, ideas and inspirations and give incredible insights into their practices and personal perspectives. Independently founded and run, OFFSET has grown from 450 to 2000 delegates in its latest edition.  Each year OFFSET attracts visitors from across the globe to attend the 3-day conference and last year delegates made their creative pilgrimage from the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and as far as Australia. There are no VIP areaS and no green rooms at OFFSET, the space is a democratic one facilitating both speakers and attendees and allowing both to mingle freely and settle in for three days of inspiration. The intimate surroundings of the Second Room allows delegates to get a little closer to some of the legendary speakers, who will give interviews, contribute to debates and take part in group discussions on the topics that are at the heart of the creative agenda. Dublin Lectures 2015http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Lectures_2015Delve deep in to Dublin’s history and people with the Little Museum of Dublin’s acclaimed series Dublin Lectures 2015, curated by Kimberley Foy. Charting the fascinating history of Dublin and her people, and boasting a diversity of compelling speakers, these fascinating lectures each include a wine reception. The 2015 series features speakers such as broadcaster Joe Duffy, Master of the National Maternity Hospital Rhona Mahony and journalist Fintan O’Toole. Admission to all 20 of 2015’s lectures is €100, with individual tickets for the lectures occasionally released closer to the event time. Dublin Lectures 2015 28th January On Another Man’s Wound, Cormac O’Malley The Truth About Arthur Guinness, Patrick Guinness 18th February Women in Medieval Dublin, Gillian Kenny 1 Man, 1 Job: The Irish Marriage Ban, Jennifer Redmond 11th March An Unofficial History of the Irish Times, Peter Murtagh Tinker, Tailor, Shinner, Spy: Intelligence in the War of Independence, Ronan Fanning 15th April How Ulysses Can Change Your Life, Declan Kiberd The Children of 1916, Joe Duffy 20th May Spying on Dublin in World War II, Eunan O’Halpin Dublin’s Nazis, David O’Donoghue 17th June Up the Ban: The GAA in the 1960s, Paul Rouse A Republic Once Again? Fintan O’Toole 23rd September Ireland and the Great War, John Horne John Redmond: Right or Wrong, Conor Mulvagh 21st October The Billionaire Who Wasn’t, Conor O’Clery James Connolly: Greatest Irishman of the 20th Century? Padraig Yeates 18th November Citizen Welles: Orson it the Gate, Christopher Fitz-Simon Edmund Burke, Dublin & the Aesthetics of Terror, Luke Gibbons 16th December Hollywood Hussar, Trevor White Take Me Away from the Monto, Rhona Mahony   Wilde Christmas Dinnerhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Wilde_Christmas_DinnerEnjoy a dinner with a difference this December in the atmospheric surroundings of 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, courtesy of event-organisers extraordinaire - Hunt & Gather. "After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relatives" Oscar Wilde On the 5th, 6th and 7th of December indulge in a ‘good dinner’ while ringing in the Christmas season at a sumptuous event that takes inspiration from the romantic notions of the great Oscar Wilde. “I drink to separate my body from my soul” Oscar Wilde Friday & Saturday On the night of Friday 5th and Saturday 6th, a complimentary Teeling’s Whiskey reception awaits you at 7pm. In the elegant drawing room by a roaring fire, experience just one of the many heartwarming performances of the night. After cocktails, climb the 300-year-old staircase to rooms, which have evolved from high society status, to tenements buildings and back to today’s sheer opulence, to find an incredible banquet. Indulge in a wholesome seven-course meal provided by the unrivalled foodie folks at Gruel Guerilla, while enjoying intimate recitals, poetry readings, acoustic music and romantic performances by PettyCash. Sunday Sunday’s proceedings begin at 2pm with a Teeling’s Whiskey Reception, followed by a delicious Christmas Brunch. Join Wilde lovers and fans of fun festivities for a relaxed day sipping drinks, eating food, and enjoying fantastic performances at this one-of-a-kind event. Tickets Friday & Saturday Menu €50 Sunday Brunch Menu €40   Festival of Carols and Readingshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Festival_of_Carols_and_ReadingsCelebrate the season with some festive cheer at the Chester Beatty Library on 4th December. The Occasional Singers, conducted by Robin Moore, return to the serene city-centre venue for a festive performance of music and words full of yuletide sentiment and good will. Aromatic mulled wine and tasty mince pies will be served after the performance. Booking is essential.   Robin Ince: Blooming Buzzing Confusionhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Robin_Ince_Blooming_Buzzing_ConfusionLove a dose of science and a dollop of humour? Then make a date with comedian Robin Ince at the Science Gallery this November. In a fast follow up to In (and out of) His Mind, Sony Gold Award-winning comedian and science enthusiast Robin Ince continues to prod into our brains with a sharpened pencil to try and work out just how much free will anyone can have. Is anyone really a freethinker? Looking at Milgram, McLuhan and experiments into the mind, Robin tries to work out if we can arm ourselves against mass media despots and live life pragmatically, or will we always just be clumsy animals justifying each mistake with a well-honed alibi? Well, it will be something like that - basically, another night of shouting, gesticulating, gurning and enquiring - a curious mind and id on the rampage.   Science Week: Space Touristhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Space_TouristPart of a series of Curious Nights from the makers of the Festival of Curiosity, get scientific at Space Tourist, a one-off discussion in the superb Science Week programme. Presented by Dr. Niamh Shaw, Space Tourist is a unique event that delves into the possible future of space travel with special guests such as former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson and psychologist Professor Ian Robertson. Enjoy this lively discussion in Smock Alley Theatre on 23rd November. The content of this event is aimed at adults, so the recommended age for it is at least 14+. Under-16s can go free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets Adult €7 Student €4 Under-16 Free   Dylan Thomas at 100http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dylan_Thomas_at_100Celebrating the centenary of the Welsh poet and writer’s birth, enjoy an evening of all things Dylan Thomas at Dublin’s Unitarian Church on 21st November. At 6pm enjoy a public lecture in the beautiful 19th-century church on Thomas’ poetry by Professor John Goodby of the University of Swansea. At 8pm listen to an evening of readings and music with New Dublin Press – featuring Maurice Scully, Twin Headed Wolf, John Goodby, and Nerys Williams and Jonathan Creasy with Sadhbh Burt Fitzgerald aka Carry On Troubadours. Words from Dylan himself will also be heard at intervals throughout the course of this atmospheric evening. This event is free with places on a first come basis. Venue Dublin Unitarian Church 112 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2   All for the Dead Man's Pennyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/All_for_the_Dead_Mans_PennyEnjoy a special event linking the past of World War I to the present day, with storytelling and music in All for the Dead Man’s Penny, 16th November. Settle in for an enveloping tale from world-renowned storyteller Liz Weir and fiddle player Ciaran Mulholland, as a story of lost youth and memories that span generations unfolds. A teenage girl explores her family history a century after World War I. Whilst 200,000 Irish soldiers fought in the war, this is the story of one young Donegal man who responded to that pivotal call to arms. Like the youthful warrior of Irish legend, Oisín, this young soldier left a world which would be irrevocably transformed during his courageous absence. Discover this fascinating tale and you might find that history is alot closer than we often realise. Suitable for ages 11+ This event is free but booking is essential.   Author Jennifer Johnston In Conversationhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Jennifer_Johnston_In_ConversationPart of the National Gallery of Ireland's superb exhibition Lines of Vision: Irish Writers at the National Gallery, see author Jennifer Johnston in conversation on 16th November. This free lecture titled Reading Between the Lines, sees RTE broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke speak to the renowned author of Shadows on Our Skin, The Old Jest, How Many Miles to Babylon? and more, in the beautiful gallery surroundings. This talk is free with no booking required.   Writers In Conversation: Dublin Book Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Writers_In_ConversationAn excellent opportunity to see acclaimed authors in conversation, this talk is part of the Dublin Book Festival and the National Gallery’s superb exhibition Lines of Vision. On 13th November see RTE Arena host Sean Rocks speak to renowned authors John Boyne, Donal Ryan, Kevin Barry and Alex Barclay in the exquisite gallery environment. Who knows, you might just get that tip you need to get your own novel on the bestseller list. Tickets Single ticket (includes wine reception) €10 Student ticket €7 Season ticket (for six talks, includes wine reception) €55 Smashing Science Screeningshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Smashing_Science_ScreeningsCelebrate Science Week at The chq Building, IFSC, Dublin 1, with Happenings’ trio of super screenings. Combining film, science, fascinating discussions and a few beers, this ought to be right up any scientist’s street. The Smashing Science programme is co-presented by Insight, AMBER, UCD Science Expression and Happenings who have come together to host this superb series of films from 13th - 15th November. Thursday 13th – Particle Fever Friday 14th – Moneyball Saturday 15th – The Man in the White Suit Enjoy these fun-fact-packed evenings of film, discussion and exploration, with each screening preceded by an inspiring short film to introduce the evening’s theme. Audiences can also participate in the dynamic post screening panel which includes contributions from leading scientists and thinkers. Particle Fever Celebrating 60 years of CERN (The European Organisation for Nuclear Research), opening night features a screening of this multi-award winning feature documentary. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. The post screening discussion, moderated by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, broadcaster and member of the School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin, celebrates discovery and reveals the very human stories behind this epic machine with Irish scientists who have worked and collaborated with CERN programmes over the years. Moneyball Exploring the functions of big data and analytics in sport and based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. While Hollywood is known for never letting the facts get in the way of a good story, it turns out that Moneyball is quite an accurate account of what Billy Beane did for the Oakland Athletics in 2002. Brad Pitt stars as Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's who has an epiphany - that all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane has to outsmart the richer clubs. Teaming up with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), they form an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It's more than baseball, it's a revolution – using data analytics to get ahead of the curve. The post screening discussion introduces the scientists from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics working with leading sports professionals in Ireland to improve understanding and performance at the highest level. What’s really going on behind the scenes in training and planning in cutting edge sports science? The Man in the White Suit This screening looks to the past to see how science, invention and innovation were presented in the clever and often dark comedy The Man in the White Suit. In the 1951 film, timid Sidney Stratton, played by Sir Alec Guinness, is a brilliant research chemist and Cambridge scholarship recipient. Stratton is determined to create an ever-lasting fibre that repels dirt. His invention troubles the establishment, big business and the fearful public. Stratton goes on the run trying to outwit his detractors and defend his invention. The post screening discussion includes a lively review of the film in which materials scientists from AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) discuss where we are now in the race to create fantastic materials of the future through the wonders of nano science and technology. Free beers are included with admission. Dublin Book Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Book_FestivalCelebrate all things books at the annual Dublin Book Festival, from 13th - 16th November. One of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, this lively public festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing by programming, publicising and selling Irish published books, their authors, editors and contributors all in an entertaining, festive, friendly and accessible environment. With Smock Alley Theatre this year’s festival hub, the city’s bookworms and avid page-turners won’t be stuck for a place to hang out this November. Festival Highlights 13th November: Lines of Vision Authors Donal Ryan, Kevin Barry, Alex Barclay and John Boyne in conversation with broadcaster Sean Rocks. 6.30pm, National Gallery of Ireland, €10 14th November: Wally Cassidy - The Other Half Lives Drop-in photography exhibition. 12pm, Smock Alley - Winter Garden, Free. 14th November: Women in Historical Fiction Authors Martina Devlin, Lia Mills and Patricia O’Reilly in conversation with broadcaster Evelyn O’Rourke. 1.05pm, Smock Alley - Boys’ School, €5 15th November: The Art of the Short Story Sara Baume, Madeleine D’Arcy, Alan McMonagle and Billy O’Callaghan in conversation with Declan Meade. 1pm, Smock Alley - Boys’ School, €5 15th November: The Anti-Room @ DBF The journalists of The Anti-Room podcast, Anna Carey, Mary Costello, Léan Cullinan, Sinead Gleeson and Anna McPartlin, in discussion. 2.30pm, Smock Alley, Free 16th November: Victorian Dublin Walking Tour A fascinating walking tour of Victorian Dublin with Dr Frank Cullen. 11.30am, Front steps of Smock Alley, €5 16th November: The Irish Who Went to War - World War One Travel writer and historian Turtle Bunbury in Conversation with broadcaster Myles Dungan. 2pm, Smock Alley, Free   Science Week 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Science_WeekCelebrate Science Week 2014 with a whole host of super scientific events from 9th - 16th November. With the aim of Science Week being the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths' relevance in our everyday lives, who knows what fantastic things you'll discover with a new, scientific perspective? Gulp, 8th November  Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Brought to you by the makers of the fabulous Festival of Curiosity, prepare to lick your lips as award-winning science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea (RTE/Newstalk/TV3) and geek chef Ivan Varian (Dalkey Food Company) turn your taste buds upside down. The duo will talk about the science of eating and serve up some delicious – and not so delicious – treats. Eat raw lemons that taste sweet, chew on dung beetles, and find out if you are a supertaster in this interactive, hilarious and surprising show. The content of this show is aimed at adults, so the recommended age for it is at least 14+. However children under-16 can go free when accompanied by an adult. Space Tourist, 23rd November Smock Alley Theatre: 7.30pm, €7 Enjoy a lively, one-off discussion presented by Dr. Niamh Shaw. Space Tourist is a unique event that delves into the possible future of space travel and boasts special guests such as former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson and psychologist Professor Ian Robertson. The content of this show is aimed at adults, so the recommended age for it is at least 14+. However children under-16 can go free when accompanied by an adult. Science Tricks Family Show, 8th - 9th November Smock Alley Theatre: 12.30pm and 4pm, Free How do you balance a 10 pin bowling ball, make water vanish, or even explode a €10 note? With science of course! Enjoy an incredible show brimming with unbelievable science tricks and stunts that will leave everyone - young and old - gasping in amazement. Watch balloons get skewered with giant needles, see gravity defied, minds get read and pain overcome with optical illusions, flaming torches, a chair of nails, and even osmosis. A jaw-dropping show that explores science, technology, engineering and maths, learn how to replicate some of these super science tricks at home using easy to find, everyday materials. Smashing Science Screenings, 13th - 15th November The chq Building, IFSC: 6.30pm, €8 The Smashing Science programme is co-presented by Insight, AMBER, UCD Science Expression and Happenings who have come together to host this superb series of science-related films. Thursday 13th – Particle Fever Friday 14th – Moneyball Saturday 15th – The Man in the White Suit Enjoy these fun-fact-packed evenings of film, discussion and exploration, with each screening preceded by an inspiring short film to introduce the evening’s theme. Audiences can also participate in the dynamic post screening panel which includes contributions from leading scientists and thinkers. Web Summit 2014http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Web_Summit_2014Having become one of the world’s most influential tech events in just three years, the Web Summit returns this November to transform the capital into the hub of the tech universe. With the main conference taking place at the RDS, along with 200 plus satellite events dotted across the city, Web Summit 2014 will showcase more than 500 globally acclaimed speakers, 10 stages including the Digital Marketing, Internet of Things, Enterprise, and Builders Summits, 2,000 worldwide startups exhibiting their ideas, 1,000 experienced investors, and 800 of the best tech journalists. "An extraordinary gathering of talent and energy with one goal: to help entrepreneurs network" - Wired Some of this year’s barrage of speakers include Dropbox founder Drew Houston, Survey Monkey CEO Dave Goldberg, The Guardian’s Head of Technology Jemima Kiss, and Google’s Vice President of Engineering Anna Patterson, to name but a few. Join 20,000 like-minded people interested in the future of the world and technology’s role in it at this incredible global gathering. "It was a conference that lived up to, and even exceeded, the hype" - The Wall Street Journal Ticket prices and packages vary, see www.websummit.net for details.   Writers in the Castlehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/writers_in_the_castleEnjoy a series of fascinating literary events in Dublin Castle this autumn with Writers in the Castle, presented by OPW and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Prisoners of the Crown Wednesday 10th September, 6.30pm Join best-selling author Morgan Llywelyn as she talks about some of Dublin Castle’s most famous and intriguing prisoners over the last 600 years. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. The Season at the Castle Wednesday 24th September, 6.30pm Social historian Turtle Bunbury and actor Kathy Rose O’Brien bring to life ‘the season’ at Dublin Castle. Learn all about those glamorous days from the journals of the debutantes who were presented at the castle, and discover just what the capital’s social scene was like in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. Witches not Warlocks? Wednesday 8th October, 6.30pm Innocent women or worshippers of the dark arts? Authors Martina Devlin and Robert Curran discuss with Dave Kenny the fate of suspected witches in Ireland, from the first to the last supposed ‘witch’ burnt at the stake. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. The Man behind Sherlock Holmes Wednesday 22nd October, 6.30pm Author Andrew Lycett explores the life of the renowned Arthur Conan Doyle and examines his involvement in the scandal which arose following the theft of the crown jewels from Dublin Castle in 1907. This talk is free and takes place in Dublin Castle's Chapel Royal. Resonances Wednesday 5th November, 6.30pm Enjoy the powerful connection between music and literature with dramatic readings courtesy of actors Rose Henderson and Bryan Murray. The readings will be accompanied by the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s acclaimed orchestra and singers in the beautiful surroundings of George’s Hall. Excerpts are compiled and presented by Rose Henderson. This event takes place in George’s Hall, Dublin Castle, admission is €5.   Tickets for all events can be booked via www.entertainment.ie Natura, Naturahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Natura_NaturaView an exhibition of brand new work in the surroundings of both the Cube space at The LAB Gallery, Foley Street and amongst the Irish Birds exhibit at the Natural History Museum, with Natura Natura. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson’s temporary residency at The Natural History Museum explores the vast diversity of species from the natural world featured in the museum's exhibitions and collections.   Developed in response to her residency and inspired by conversations with staff and time spent researching Irish wildlife, Gibson investigates our understanding and experience of nature in the dual settings of the rural and urban. A free programme of events at The LAB and The Natural History Museum accompanies this fascinating exhibition, exploring themes of art and wildlife.   Enjoy Lunchtime Conversations at The Natural History Museum on the topic of Ireland’s Changing Bird Population and Barrington’s Bird Collection.    Or trace a path between The Natural History Museum and The LAB thanks to CROW (City Right of Way), and join the hunt for urban wildlife between the venues. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson will also facilitate a family workshop at The LAB exploring the unique silhouettes of animals and architecture found throughout the city. Tickets These events are free but booking is required.