Dublin Book Festival 2018 | Emerging Writers Series

The Dublin Book Festival, in association with Words Ireland, is presenting an afternoon of Emerging Author event with some of Ireland’s finest debut fiction and non-fiction writers.

The two events take place on Saturday 17 November 2018. We hope you can join us at Smock Alley Theatre from 2.00pm onwards. Check out the full DBF 2018 programme here.



With Arnold Thomas Fanning and Emilie Pine

In Conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

In Association with Words Ireland

Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

Saturday 17 Nov | 2.00PM – 3.00PM

Ticket Cost €7/€5 Concession

For a new author, writing on denounced topics can be a risk worth taking. Mental health, substance abuse, sexuality and bereavement are just some of the topics discussed by emerging authors Emilie Pine – Notes to Self (Tramp Press) – and Arnold Thomas Fanning – Mind on Fire: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery (Penguin Ireland). Led in conversation by Sinéad Gleeson, journalist and author of Constellations (Picador), her debut book of essays to be published in spring 2019, they will discuss their experiences leading to the publication of their memoirs.




With Caitriona Lally, Darragh Martin, Aoibheann McCann and Sue Rainsford 

In Conversation with Sue Leonard

In Association with Words Ireland

Boys’ School, Smock Alley Theatre

Saturday 17 Nov | 3.30PM – 4.45PM

Free entry

In the second of our Emerging Authors events, expect a wealth of insights from four of Ireland’s most daring new voices. Caitriona Lally’s debut novel, Eggshells (HarperCollins), draws readers into the perspective of an eccentric, lonely woman as she wanders the streets of Dublin. Aoibheann McCann, with short story, non-fiction and poetry publications already to her name, has recently treated readers to her first novel – Marina (Wordsonthestreet), a moving account of its eponymous central character’s solitary existence. Playwright and children’s author Darragh Martin has explored new territory this year with his first novel for adults, Future Popes of Ireland (HarperCollins, Fourth Estate imprint), a searing account of a family’s escape from the control of the Catholic Church. Sue Rainsford’s debut, Follow Me To Ground (New Island), is a sinister tale that questions our preconceptions of predator and prey. The disparate voices of these four authors are drawn together by a shared focus on the isolated lives of characters who struggle to belong, and who are ultimately forced to carve their own paths. This conversation will be guided by eminent journalist Sue Leonard.