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. 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. 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.   Discussion: Lynne Truss & Joanna Briscoehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Lynn_Truss_Joanna_BriscoeEnjoy hearing two of the UK’s leading novelists discuss their brand new novels with Dr Bernice Murphy, lecturer in Popular Literature at Trinity, as part of the Bram Stoker Festival on 26th October. From Lynne Truss, author of the bestselling Eats, Shoots & Leaves, comes Cat out of Hell, the terrifying tale of a cat with nine lives, and a relationship as ancient as time itself. Joanna Briscoe’s Touched is a chilling, deeply creepy novella, a waking nightmare in the home counties that is both erotic and claustrophobic. Briscoe is the author of the acclaimed, bestselling novel, Sleep With Me. Seeing the authors in the flesh is an absolute must-see for any fans of thrilling fiction. This event is support of Trinity College Department of English. Digging For Draculahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/DiggingForDraculaExperience a trip of sorts to deepest, darkest Transylvania, courtesy of renowned journalist John Sean Hillen and his epic adventures, in the Oak Room of the exquisite Mansion House. When veteran war correspondent John Sean Hillen was lured to Transylvania for more than a decade to write for The Times, The Irish Times and The Daily Telegraph of London, he began researching the intriguing story behind Dracula. Hillen’s presentation, based on his superb book, Digging for Dracula, is an esoteric tale of adventure across Europe and the USA on a search for literary truths and the meanings of centuries-old myths. Having been a journalist and editor for nearly 30 years, John Sean Hillen’s work has seen him from covering Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the dying days of the Communist regime in Romania, and the Gulf War. Hillen has also been a correspondent in medicine, science and archaeology. Admission is free but booking is essential for this fascinating talk. The Bram Stoker Literary Death Matchhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Literary_Death_MatchEnjoy a literary battle of words and wits at The Bram Stoker Literary Death Match, Smock Alley Theatre, 25th October.   Part of the Bram Stoker Festival’s lively programme of events, watch four authors face each other with fightin’ talk in a thrilling literary battle to a panel of all-star judges. With the judges boasting specialities in literary merit, performance and the intangible, the authors will be relying on comedic irreverence among other things, to pitch with the most prowess. Two finalists will be chosen to compete in the Literary Death Match Finale, a vaguely literary game, where the ultimate champion will be decided upon. Having been performed in 53 cities, over 330 times, this eerie edition features bestselling authors Lynn Shepherd and Ian Flitcroft, poet Erin Fornoff and MFA grad and debut literary sensation David Rudden. Judgely comment will be passed down from RTE 2fm’s Rick O’Shea, comedian, author and actress Tara Flynn, and the Stinging Fly’s Tom Morris. A fantastic evening of fun, frivolity and fighting fanfare await! ScĂ©alta na Samhna: Music, Stories & Songhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Scealta_na_Samhna_Music_Stories_SongCelebrate Halloween’s Celtic origins with Scéalta na Samhna, traditional music, song and storytelling at The Gleeson Theatre, DIT, Kevin Street, Dublin 8 on 24th October.   Showcasing the DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble and the DIT Early Music Ensemble, the audience will revel in these unique Celtic New Year festivities. The origins of what we now as Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the start of winter and the new year. Celebrate these ancient traditions with wonderful entertainment courtesy of directors Odhrán Ó Casaide, Kieran Hanrahan, Tom Doorley, and Laoise O'Brien. Tickets Full price €10 Concession €5 Lingo: Spoken Word Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Lingo_SpokenWord_FestivalGet ready for Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival, Lingo, and experience the country’s incredible underground spoken word scene as it rises to the occasion, from 17th - 19th October. Enjoy a weekend of lyrical festivities across three superb Dublin venues, Smock Alley Theatre, The Workman’s Club and the Liquor Rooms, as a light is shone on this burgeoning creative scene. Presenting a wonderfully eclectic programme that ably showcases the quality and diversity of contemporary performance poetry in Ireland, festival highlights include: Slam poetry sensation Polarbear Inaugural Lingo Poet Laureate John Cummins Derry poet Abby Oliveira Liberties based Karl Parkinson Current Chair of Irish Poetry Paula Meehan. Poetry brunch Panel discussions Poetry Bingo Mini showcases of well-known Irish spoken word events such as The Brownbread Mixtape, Nighthawks, and The Monday Echo. Lingo’s open mic events and the Lingo UNESCO City of Literature Poetry Slam, also provide a megaphone for new voices on the scene, with the highly coveted prize of opening for Damien Dempsey at the London Irish Centre up for grabs. By night the festival club will bring hip-hop and spoken word together for ‘The Late State’ in the Liquor Rooms, co-curated by State.ie. Another festival benchmark looks set to be  ‘Hero Hour’, a charity event in aid of Childline, which will see a panel of public figures such as Rick O’ Shea and Senator David Norris, share their favourite poem and then be interviewed by broadcaster Sean Rocks about their choice. Tickets Individual events €10 Day passes €16 Weekend pass €35 Hero Hour event €15   Open Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Open_House_2014The Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. The Beatyardhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_BeatyardNow celebrating it’s 10th edition, The Beatyard Festival returns from 16th - 26th October with a whopping 10 days of gigs, clubbing, expos, film, talks, workshops and a generous helping of good vibes. With the aim of bringing music, media and culture enthusiasts together so they can meet like-minded aficionados and make exciting, great discoveries; Beatyard passionately showcases the capital’s best and brightest. From the brains behind two of the city’s most beloved venues The Twisted Pepper and The Bernard Shaw, revellers will not be disappointed by the festival’s 10th outing. Taking place across vibrant city-wide venues such as Indigo & Cloth, Bernard Shaw, The Sugar Club, Whelan’s, 3Fe, Wall&Keogh, The Grand Social, The Workman’s Club, MVP and more, the stellar line-up includes: Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani exhibition Stephen Kellog Moanments of Happiness exhibition This Greedy Pig DJs Jacques Renault The Ha’penny Flea Souleymane ‘Cobra’ Camara drumming workshop Moon Boots Shabazz Palaces Tickets €5 - €22.50 depending on the event. One Young World Summithttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/One_Young_WorldThe foremost global forum for brilliant young minds, One Young World 2014 comes to Dublin from 15th - 19th October. Gathering the brightest young leaders aged 18-30 from all over the globe, it aims to empower them to make lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. Founded in 2009 by David Jones, Kate Robertson and founding corporate partner Havas, this UK-based not-for-profit organisation stages an annual summit where the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and a host of forward-thinking organisations, are joined by world leaders, assuming the roles of One Young World Counsellors. At the One Young World Summit, delegates debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues faced by the world today. The barrage of impressive past counsellors have included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Jack Dorsey and Arianna Huffington. The 2014 Dublin Summit’s counsellors boast an incredible line-up including Ali Hewson, Sol Campbell, Sam Branson, Boris Becker, Kirani James and former President of Panama Nicolás Ardito-Barletta, to name but a few. Following each Summit, the delegates, who are then known as One Young World Ambassadors, work on their own initiatives or lend the power of the One Young World network to those initiatives already in existence, spurring on the positive change and influence of this superb organisation.   Bonnie & Clydehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Bonnie_and_Clyde_DraiochtJoin Draíocht Film Club as they watch and dissect the 1967 crime classic Bonnie and Clyde on 15th October. Directed by Arthur Penn, a bored small-town girl (Faye Dunaway) and a small-time bank robber (Warren Beatty) leave in their wake a string of violent robberies and sensational newspaper headlines that catch the imagination of the Depression-struck Midwest in this telling of the legendary crime spree of these real-life criminal lovers. Long considered a landmark in film making, Bonnie and Clyde is said to be one of the first films of the New Hollywood era, with its breaking of cinematic taboos proving popular with the younger generation. Its success prompted other film makers to be more open in presenting sex and violence in their films, while the film's ending also became iconic as "one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history". Enjoy a brief intro by film scholars Ann Downey and Mary Gillan who also chair a free discussion, examining the legendary film, after the screening. Tickets Full price €7 Member €5 Member with concession €3 Milk & Cookies: Dublin Ghost Storieshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Milk_and_Cookies_Dublin_Ghost_StoriesAs Halloween approaches, this free open mic storytelling event is aptly renamed Milk & Spookies, so prepare for an eerie evening of ghosts, witches, vampires, goblins, ghouls, and, of course, cookies - on 14th October. With everyone encouraged to dress up and embrace the Halloween spirit, indulge in some trick or treating and you might just end up with some tasty baked goodies. Someone will also be awarded the Most Awesome Costume accolade, so be inventive and try nab a prize. Milk and Cookies is a free open mic storytelling event with lots of tea, coffee, and home-baked goods. It's for anyone who wants to tell a story or hear a story told well. There is a short set of guidelines (ask the clipboarded cookie crew on the night) but ultimately it’s a super chance for anyone to tell a story, be they urban legends, tales from the other world, ghost stories or non spooky if you wish. With a Bake Off competition too, why not bring along your delectably deadly desserts for a chance to win yet more prizes. So, stories at the ready... The Allergy & Free From Expohttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Allergy_and_FreeFrom_ExpoThe Allergy & Free From Expo, Ireland's only event dedicated to those suffering from allergies and/or leading a free-from lifestyle, comes to the RDS Dublin, 11th - 12th October. Devoted to allergy sufferers and those leading a gluten free, wheat free, sugar free and/or dairy free life, the expo is family oriented and brims with information, advice, seminars, cookery demonstrations, shopping and tastings. It also serves to showcase the best free-from suppliers both nationally and internationally. With free-to-attend seminars from leading experts offering the latest research and findings on allergies, coeliac disease, food intolerances and food labelling amongst others, the quality of information provided is second to none. Talks also include first-hand accounts from parents of children suffering from allergies and intolerances and detail challenges they face with normal, everyday activities. In the Kitchen Zone enjoy free cooking demonstrations, recipes and tastings from well-known chefs and nutritionists such as celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, Eddie Eriksson of Cornucopia, whole food and vegetarian restaurant, Lorraine Fitzmaurice from Blazing Salads, and Erika Doolan, nutritionist to Rustic Stone and Fade Street Social restaurants. Free 1-2-1 Advice Clinics are also available, allowing visitors the opportunity to speak privately to experts and discuss their concerns and/or to seek answers for any pressing questions or symptoms. The Asthma Society of Ireland’s nurse specialists will be on hand to provide advice, support and information on asthma including asthma in children, allergies, management and inhaler technique. While the Irish Skin Foundation’s dermatology nurses will give advice to people who suffer from skin conditions. Anaphylaxis Ireland will also be present at the expo on their mission to support those living with severe allergies. Delivering all the answers allergy and free-from sufferers may need, while making for a great family day out, the Allergy and Free From Expo has it all under one roof. Tickets Adults €10 Concession €6 Under-12s go free. (A)polloniahttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/ApolloniaA unique two-day theatrical event combining Polish dramaturgy and Irish theatre makers, (A)pollonia presents new dramatic forms that ably tackle complex historical and current issues. Part of the unrivalled Dublin Theatre Festival, catch the performance and its accompanying discussions at the Project Arts Centre and the Workman’s Club, 10th-11th October. 10th October, Project Arts Centre, 4pm Poland, with its war trauma, political upheavals, romantic megalomania and brutal neoliberal transformation for centuries used theatre to define its identity, to challenge the heroic foundation myths, to exercise empathy and to ignite revolutions. Now the most powerful Polish dramas reflecting the permanent crisis of modern times are available in an anthology, (A)pollonia – Twenty First Century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage. Join the editors – Joanna Klass, Krystyna Duniec – and the authors – Pawel Demirski, Dorota Maslowska, Sebastian Majewski – in the discussion about theatre’s political role and obligations. What new narratives are possible in the world of absurd standards of political correctness, Postmodern uncertainty and horrific social and political conflicts? How to disarm clichés, fight political cynicism and apathy? The discussion will be concluded with an abstract from (A)pollonia directed by Ronan Phelan, new Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre. 11th October, Project Arts Centre, 2.30pm Then experience a medley of topics, scenes and questions based on (A)pollonia, directed by the last year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards nominee, Rosemary McKenna. 11th October, Workman's Club, 9pm Finally the Workman’s Club will host Ireland Talks Back - The Party, a club night of music, spoken word, live action role-playing games and Irish writers’ responses to Rosemary McKenna’s afternoon medley. These events are free but ticketed, early booking is advised. Banter: Who Cares About Privacy in 2014?http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Banter_Privacy_in_2014The latest edition of the Banter series of talks focuses on the issue of privacy in 2014. Hosted by The Irish TImes’ Jim Carroll, join the debate at The Twisted Pepper on 8th October. Privacy has become the new generation gap. What personal information or imagery is out there in the digital atmosphere, some just don't really care or think too much about. A legion of young people have come of age in an always-online world where they know those photos from wild nights out are floating around with so many other discarded digital snapshots. That's life, that's their life. Others wonder about how much private information they are giving away and why. They stop for a nanosecond to ask why does this or that company want this or that piece of private data. Banter’s panel looks at the changing perceptions about, and attitudes to, privacy. Are we happy about what happens to what we say, do and share online? The Privacy Panel Fiona Hyde (The Daily Edge/The Journal) Dearbhail McDonald (Associate Editor & Legal Editor The Irish Independent) Mark Smyth (Senior clinical psychologist at the Mater, Dublin) Rick O'Shea (2fm broadcaster) Tickets €4.99 Doors open at 6pm and the discussion gets underway at 6.30pm sharp.  Dermot Bolger in Conversation with Brian Keenanhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/dermot_bolger_brian_keenanDiscover more about the works and life experiences of leading Irish writers with Winter Tales, a series of intimate conversations conducted by renowned Irish author and poet Dermot Bolger. Presented by the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, the first edition sees Dermot talk to acclaimed novelist Brian Keenan. Brian Keenan grew up in Belfast. From 1990 he spent four years living in the West of Ireland, recovering from the previous four and a half years which he spent held hostage in Lebanon. Keenan’s first book, An Evil Cradling, an account of his captive years in Lebanon, won the International Time-Life PEN Award, The Christopher Award (New York) The Irish Times Award and the Ewart Biggs Award. Since then he has written two travel books, Between Extremes and Four Quarters of Light; a novel Turlough, and a memoir, I'll Tell Me Ma. Brian is currently writing a book of short stories inspired by his recent travels back in Lebanon. On the evening Brian will read from his work and discuss his life with Dermot Bolger in a conversation which will be opened out to the audience. A captivating night of literary discussion and human experience, be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.                                 Month of the Elephanthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Month_of_the_ElephantTo celebrate the arrival of three lovely Asian elephant calves at Dublin Zoo, the Zoo along with Dublin City Council and Kaziranga Forest Trail sponsor, The Natural Confectionery Company, have declared October 2014, the Month of the Elephant. With October set to be an ‘elephantastic’ month, get the family together and discover the exciting elephant-themed calendar of family fun days, events, workshops and keeper talks at the Zoo, and across the city’s schools and libraries. The celebration is even spilling out on to the streets with an Elephant Trail around Dublin city centre on 18th and 19th October. Families can take part in this free treasure hunt style event around the city and learn incredible elephant facts along the way. With the trail ending at Barnardos Square, trailers will be rewarded with an Elephant Extravaganza featuring keeper talks from the Dublin Zoo elephant team, face painting, elephant arts and crafts, and loads more fun of elephant proportions. Other Elephant Events Elephant Encounters: Keeper talks at Dublin Zoo Monday, 29th September - Friday 3rd October: 12.30pm Saturday 4th, 11th and 25th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Sunday 5th, 12th and 26th October: 12.30pm and 2.30pm Elephant Themed Parent & Toddler Mornings 1st-2nd, 9th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd, 29th-30th October: 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm Elephant photography workshop 4th and 11th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required ‘Giant Footsteps’ with Gerry Creighton Talk on the development of Dublin Zoo’s elephant care programme. 5th October: 3pm Pre-School Morning - ‘Colour Me Wild’ 7th October: 10am Elephant Sketching Workshop 10th October: 8.30am-10am, booking required see dublinzoo.ie Wake Up with the Elephants 12th October: 8.30am-10am (Dublin Zoo annual pass holder only) Elephant Weekend at Dublin Zoo 11th - 12th October Enjoy arts, crafts and face painting. Citywide Elephant Talks (booking required) 13th October: 11am - Charleville Library 14th October: 11am - Coolock Library 15th October: 11am - Ballyfermot Library 16th October: 11am - Finglas Library 17th October: 11am - Walkinstown Library 20th October: 11am - Pearse Street Library Elephant Trail and Family Fun Day 18th and 19th October - Barnardos Square. See www.dublinzoo.ie/elephants Elephant Month Family Talk - Elephacts! October 25th, 2.30pm-3.30pm, Natural History Museum. Celebrate Elephant Month with zoologist Catherine McGuinness as she shares fascinating elephant facts - including how they are linked to the legend of the cyclops! Suitable for age 5+, places are limited, booking required. Contact educationarch@museum.ie.  Panel Discussions: Dublin Theatre Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/theatre_festival_panel_discussionsChaired by broadcaster Sean Rocks and presented in association with RTÉ Radio One, enjoy three panel discussions addressing and examining some of the themes at play in the Dublin Theatre Festival’s 2014 programme. Whose Hamlet is it anyway? Bewley’s Café Theatre, 27th September, 4pm He may be one of the most famous characters in world literature, but he has also proved to be one of the most malleable. What is it that allows him to be our eternal contemporary? Imagining Australia Bewley’s Café Theatre, 2nd October, 4pm The showcase of Australian productions at this year’s festival reveals a theatre culture that remains largely unknown to Irish audiences. Does Australian theatre have lessons for Ireland in how it deals with cultural diversity and a colonial past? Playwriting – Making it Work, Getting it On Irish Writers’ Centre, 8th October, 4pm How do we identify talented writers with something to say and ensure that their work is staged? How can we ensure that playwrights have sustainable careers in theatre? This panel focuses on the role and opportunities for playwrights in Ireland today, with contributions from playwrights, dramaturgs and Irish theatre companies who develop and present new writing for the stage. These panels are open to the public and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena. Admission is free but ticketed, early booking is advised as seats are limited.   Dublin Festival of Historyhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Festival_of_HistoryThe Dublin Festival of History returns for its second outing from 26th September to 8th October with this year’s main theme being Dublin’s involvement in the First World War. A fascinating festival, it gives everyone with an interest in history the chance to discuss historical events with professional Irish and international historians, such as Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Mary Daly and David Dickson. As well as a superb array of free lectures, this year’s festival includes a specially commissioned piece of theatre narrated by actor Bryan Murray, and a new exhibition of First World War prints at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The festival’s main history talks take place at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, which include discussions on Viking Dublin, 20th century Spain, the Warsaw Uprising, women in war, and a Poetry Aloud session that sees the Great War brought to life. Festival-goers can also take a walking tour of Georgian Dublin’s hidden histories or get expert advice from lauded Irish novelist Martina Devlin in her Historical Writing Workshop. A plethora of films, talks, workshops and more, take place in Dublin City Branch Libraries as part of the festival too. Seize this wonderful opportunity to explore our riveting past.   44 Seville Placehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/44_SevillePlaceAs the 1960s begin, so does this wonderful, funny, warm and poignant portrait of Dublin author Peter Sheridan’s working-class family. An irresistible tale that immediately draws us into their lives and relationships with an unforgettable charm, follow the young Peter as his experiences reveal an individual, and a society, on the cusp of profound change. “I loved going on messages up town. I loved discovering places and finding short cuts. I loved the oul wans and the oul fellas. I loved the statues and the buildings and the shops. I loved Dublin. I loved everything about Dublin. I wouldn’t let anyone say a bad word about Dublin, especially country people. If Dublin was a woman, I’d marry her…” Performed by Sheridan himself, and directed by Maggie Byrne, take a trip back to old Dublin with this captivating story of childhood and family. Renowned playwright, director, author and screenwriter Peter Sheridan grew up in a family of seven, just a stone’s throw from the River Liffey on Dublin’s north docks. The enigmatic book 44 Seville Place is his account of his incredible and heartbreaking childhood. Becoming an instant classic on its publication, it featured on RTE’s Book of the Week and was nominated for an Irish Times Literary Award. “Dublin has rarely come to life as it does in Peter Sheridan’s memoir… his prose is as rich as his characters, ordinary and fabulous, tragic and hilarious” - Neil Jordan “It celebrates the idea of the family in all its chaotic wonder” - Sunday Independent Location The Sheds, Connolly's, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3. 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.