Events - Readings & LecturesDarklight Festival 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 Festival 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! Offset 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 2015 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 Dinner 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 Readings 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 Confusion 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.   Author Jennifer Johnston In Conversation 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.   Smashing Science Screenings 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 Festival 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   Web Summit 2014 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 for details.   Hearing Voices: Tales from the Gothic Masters acclaimed Irish actors read extracts from the Gothic genre’s masters at the Samuel Beckett Theatre on 26th October. “I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul” Bram Stoker Leading Irish actors Phelim Drew (The Commitments, My Left Foot, The Risen People) and Owen Roe (Michael Collins, Glengarry Glen Ross, King Lear) read extracts from the masters, Bram Stoker, Sheridan Le Fanu and other authors, in a programme which highlights the immediacy and sheer drama of the spoken word. Adding a musical dimension to the readings is Belfast guitarist Colin Reid. This event is supported by Trinity College Department of English. Admission is free but booking is essential.   Discussion: Lynne Truss & Joanna Briscoe 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. New in the Old City Festival: Unravel of New in the Old City, an extended series of mini festivals in the historic heart of the capital, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar; Unravel celebrates the start of the colder, but cosier, months with all things felt, yarn and woolly. From 25th - 26th October pop down to some crafty installations around those cobbled streets, and even take part in fantastic felting and knitting workshops. Or see how the professionals do it, with plenty of handcrafted and designer fashion available from the Cow’s Lane and West Essex Street makers and retailers. Check out Viruses - a special installation of felted sculptures inspired by the microscopic shapes and vibrant colours of common viruses, created by felt-maker and designer, Niki Collier of Cow’s Lane Designer Studio. Her colds, flus - and even chicken pox - invite us to wonder how something really nasty can also be very beautiful. This installation will be open for the full weekend. All open-air workshops are located beside the Gaiety School of Acting, opposite The Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane. No registration required but workshop places are limited and on a first come basis. Programme Saturday 25th October Craft Bombing - Open session with artist Niamh Synott, 10am - 11.30am Meet outside The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane with your knitting and felting at the ready. Niamh will guide you as you decorate every available lamp-post and tree in Cow’s Lane. To get knitting in advance of the Craft Bombing, join our Knitwork sessions at the Queen of Tarts during October. Mini-weaving Loom & The Arty Weaver - Designer Mart, 11am - 5pm             Try your hand at weaving on The Arty Weaver’s mini-loom at her stall at the top of Cow’s Lane. Get inspired by her unique handwoven tweed hats! Ideal for all ages - children particularly welcome. A Good Yarn - Storytelling, 11.30am - 12.15pm Children’s storytime at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Giant Felted Wall - Open-air workshop, 1pm - 4pm                Artists will lead children in the ways of felting and weaving in this rolling, open-air workshop at the bottom of Cow’s Lane. Ideal for children aged 4 years and over. Family Knitting Stall - Open-air knitting, 1pm - 4pm   Knit a funky item at this open-air knitting stall and even add it to the craft bombing on Cow’s Lane. Or have a go at giant knitting with 2 metre-long knitting needles! Ideal for all ages. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm    Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (5.5 - 7mm are best), and some bright yarn that's easy to see (but not too fancy!) Sunday 26th October A Good Yarn - Storytelling,  12.30pm - 1.15pm                Children’s story-time at the Gutter Bookshop with a tangle of great tales for 3-7 year olds. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Felt your Foe or Fear -  felting with maker and designer Niki Collier, 1pm - 4pm Niki Collier, (Cow’s Lane Designer Studio) will show you how to make an exquisite piece of felt art from your old/orphan sock. Children can add their artwork to the craft bombing of Cow’s Lane or bring it home. Ideal for children aged 5 years and over. Please bring a lonely or odd sock from home with you to the workshop. Learn to Knit with Dublin Knit Collective - Knitting class, 2pm - 4pm         Diane will lead a knitting session for absolute beginners. Got a hankering for some new woollies? Take your first stitch in the right direction! Ideal for adults and children aged 12 years and over. Please bring: Knitting needles (size 5.5 - 7mm are best) and some bright yarn that’s easy to see (but not too fancy!) Enjoy yarn-fuelled fun for all on this woolly weekend. Digging For Dracula 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 Stoker Debate: Madness & Sexuality a compelling debate chaired by Bram Stoker biographer and former Irish diplomat Paul Murray, in the beautiful Oak Room of Dublin’s Mansion House on 25th October. Joining Paul Murray on this academic panel are Dr Jarlath Killeen and psychiatrist Dr John Griffin. Together they explore how Stoker’s health, both physical and mental, impacted on his writing. Paul Murray’s recent contribution to Jarlath Killeen’s book on Stoker examined syphilis in its contemporary context, in this discussion Murray will also delve into the duality of Stoker’s personality and mental state as reflected in his fiction. Fiction which could veer from sickly sweet to almost pathologically violent. Admission to this debate is free but booking is essential.   Halloween at Scarefield your witch’s broom or vampire cape and enjoy a feast of frightful activities as Airfield Farm & Gardens transforms into Scarefield especially for Halloween. With a host of haunted happenings and spooky scares for all the family from 31st October to 1st November, it’s the perfect way to celebrate this terrifying time of the year - with a few silly scares and some cackling craic. Delve into the haunted woodland and unearth the secrets of Airfield past. Experience ghostly encounters, spooky stories, and many chills and thrills. Feast your eyes upon the brilliant pumpkin lantern display, get your face painted or come in costume to join in some daring dance moves from beyond the grave. Halloween Programme: 25th - 31st October Monster Making Workshop (4yrs+), 25th - 26th: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm – Free (but ticketed) Halloween Tales (4yrs+), 25th - 26th: 12pm, 3pm – Free (but ticketed) Basketry Workshop (Adult), Saturday 25th: 11am-4.30pm - Tickets €60 Haunted House Workshop (5yrs+), Tuesday 28th: 11pm, 2pm - Tickets €10 Lantern Making Workshop (5yrs+), Wednesday 29th: 11pm, 2pm - Tickets €10 Mask Making Workshop (5yrs+), Thursday 30th: 11am, 2pm - Tickets €10 Special Effects Make-up Master Class (8yrs+), Friday 31st: 11am, 2pm - Tickets €10 Halloween Programme: 31st October - 1st November 5pm - 7.30pm €12 per person Children under two years - Free Haunted Woodland Walk Only the brave and fearless dare traverse the foggy threshold to Airfield's great beyond. As night falls on the deep dark forest, ghouls and ghosts awaken to tell the living tales and secrets of their pasts. Meet the Overend family’s butler and discover Airfield's untold stories. Keep a watchful eye out for the headless horseman, scarecrows and dancing ghouls that inhabit the surrounding fields. Pumpkin Pandemonium Further down the woodland path, hundreds of carved pumpkins peer out. Snake your way through this breathtaking display of blazing pumpkin sculptures and discover a sea of hand-carved creatures and towering infernos created by artist David Beattie. Zombie Thrills Join the dancing corpses in the red barn and bust some menacing moves to create a sinister scene – even the stiffest old zombies can take part! Location: Red Barn Times: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm Frightfully Fun foods & Traditional Halloween Games Try your luck at some traditional Halloween games. Attempt to take a bite from apples on strings; he who loses the flour game will have more than egg on his face; only the strongest stomachs will survive our ghastly smell experience; go bonkers with conkers… and much much more. Love terrific toffee apples? Find out how to make these delicious Halloween treats, taste our Barmbrack and discover your future fortune – will it be money, love or luck? Learn how to make this traditional Halloween treat with Airfield's Head Chef. Location: Airfield Market outdoor area - 5pm to 7.30pm Demonstrations take place at 5.30pm and 6.30pm each day. Event Details Please note that most Scarefield Halloween activities are outdoors so please dress appropriately. Overends Restaurant will also open for a special Halloween themed family dinner. Pre-booking for these events is essential, to book please go to: The Bram Stoker Literary Death Match 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! Blood on the Streets: Performance-Lecture a blood-curdling performance while learning all about the medical practices of barbers of old at Blood on the Streets, a riveting performance-lecture happening right in the window of a city-centre barbershop on 25th October. As the story goes, Sweeney Todd bled his victims to death before discarding them from his barber’s chair and down into the basement. But the barbers this lecture focuses on didn't bleed to kill, but to heal. Brought to Dublin for one day only by the Science Gallery and Live Collision, The Butcher Barber at 11 Johnsons Court, Dublin 2, will host London-based artist Jamie Lewis Hadley (the evening’s Sweeney Todd) and Dr Natasha Malik as they expose the history of bloodletting as a medical practice, tracing its roots in ancient medicine, to the rise of the barber-surgeon and our current understanding of this incredible substance. With a performance that includes live text, projected images and re-enactment, the key figures, instruments and techniques of this gory practice will be explored. Located in an old alley The Butcher Barber is the perfect setting in which to reveal this blood-soaked history. While there’ll be no Sweeney Todd-style meat pies - there definitely will be blood. Please note, this performance-lecture involves one packet of blood being extracted from artist Jamie's arm. Admission is free, with no need to book. Little Museum of Dublin Walking Tour lovers of delightful Dublin on The Green Mile, The Little Museum of Dublin’s superb walking tour of St Stephen’s Green, every Saturday and Sunday morning at 11.30am. A brilliant insight into the history of St Stephen’s Green, an exquisite square that has been a veritable epicentre of Irish history for hundreds of years, tour-goers can explore the lush park with a new perspective. With an astonishing 8.1 million people stepping through St Stephen’s Green annually, this is one patch of Dublin earth that has seen its fair share of historic happenings. None other than James Joyce studied on the south side of the green, while the Irish Free State Constitution was drafted right opposite it, at the Shelbourne Hotel. Having long been a backdrop for public and private drama, as well as the setting for many a courtship and romance, experience this pretty city park like never before. The tour begins with a short presentation at the Little Museum itself (15 St Stephen’s Green), with participants then embarking upon a 90-minute walk in the company of an expert local guide. Brimming with memorable anecdotes, humour and theatre, these excellent tours are free with your admission ticket to the museum. For a taste of the tour, see here. Tickets Deluxe admission €12 (includes private guided tour) Adult €7 Senior citizens (over 65) €5.50 Students/Under-18s €4.50 Family €14 (up to 2 adults and 3 children) Jobseekers - Free Children under 3 years - Free ScĂ©alta na Samhna: Music, Stories & Song 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 The Stoker Lecture: Le Fanu & Stoker the Irish Gothic movement, the influences of writer Sheridan Le Fanu on Bram Stoker and more literary learnings at The Stoker Lecture, 24th October. The Bram Stoker Festival’s literary keynote address by world-renowned Gothic expert Professor William Hughes, takes place in the Chapel Royal of Dublin Castle. Introduced by author Paul Murray, this lecture reveals how Sheridan Le Fanu was one of the seminal influences on the Irish Gothic movement, and a huge influence on Bram Stoker. Professor William Hughes, a leading expert on Bram Stoker and Professor of Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University, will explore Le Fanu’s influence on Bram Stoker, 200 years after his birth. As an immediate Past President of the International Gothic Association, founder editor of the internationally refereed journal ‘Gothic Studies’, and author of seventeen books; Hughes’ keynote address will prove compelling and insightful. This event is free but booking is essential.   The Beatyard 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. Month of the Elephant 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 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 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  Writers in the Castle 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 Natura, Natura 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.