The Art of the Book Review

siEeJZUDThe Art of the Book Review | Dublin Book Festival in association with Words Ireland

Date: Sunday 15 November | Time: 4.30pm

Venue: Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre

Free entry


with Martin Doyle, Ian Sansom, Juliette Saumande and Eithne Shorthall in conversation with Paula Shields

In the age of blogs and social media, are book reviews still important? Are we all critics now? Is there still an appetite for serious literary criticism? And how critical or generous do we expect book reviewers to be?

These are some of the questions that will be teased out during this session with our distinguished panel of writers, reviewers and editors, including: Martin Doyle, assistant literary editor of The Irish Times; Ian Sansom, writer for various publications, including The Guardian and The London Review of Books, and author of 12 books including Death in Devon(HarperCollins, 2015); Juliette Saumande, translator of children’s books and Reviews Editor for Inis magazine; and Eithne Shorthall, chief arts writer with the Sunday Times Ireland and regular contributor to RTÉ Radio’s Arena.

Join us for what promises to be a full and frank discussion on the art of book reviewing.