This year's Dublin Book Festival has a packed programme of events, almost entirely free of charge with readings, interviews, debates, book launches and workshops for adults, children and schools – as well as a number of special guest appearances. Events take place in and around Smock Alley Theatre which was, throughout the eighteenth century, predominantly home to printers and publishers.
It is very fitting that the Dublin Book Festival which celebrates Irish publishing and Irish-published authors should return to this area. The central aim of the festival is to create a community atmosphere in which to show the diversity, vitality and talent of Irish publishers and writers.
Wondering what to do with the children during the cold winter days? A vibrant children's programme of free weekend events is in store for them. Children will be able to hang out at the Children's Corner to read or try their hand at writing their own story.
You can get an early start on your Christmas shopping in the festival bookshop, learn more about Dublin's literary history on walking tours, listen to readings and talks from your favourite authors, ask the questions you've always wanted to, get your books signed and enjoy a cup of coffee with a good book. The Dublin Book Festival confidently promises something for everyone and – there is plenty to entertain and inspire this November.