The Red Line Book Festival returns despite some challenges

By William O'Connor

THE Red Line Book Festival launched on Tuesday its blended programme of events taking place both online and offline, in venues around South County Dublin.

An initiative of South Dublin Libraries and Arts, the Red Line Book Festival has returned, despite some challenges – due to the Covid-19 pandemic – with an ambitious programme.

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At the launch of the Red Line Book Festival in North Clondalkin Library was Emily Walsh and Henry Power Photo by Julien Behal

Immerse yourself in conversations, stories and workshops virtually and in-person, from some of the biggest Irish and international names in literature.

Participants this year include Sinéad Gleeson, Patrick McCabe, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Rob Doyle, Nicole Flattery, Elspeth Wilson, Debbie Deegan, Oein DeBharduin, Melatu Uche Okorie, Blindboy Boatclub, Patrick McCabe, Elaine Feeney and this year’s Red Line Book Festival Writer-in-Residence, Keith Payne among others.

Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Ed O’Brien said : “Red Line Book Festival 2020 is bringing the best of the literary world into the libraries and homes of South Dublin County this month with a fantastic programme of authors, speakers and workshops, safely delivered to you to attend or experience from the comfort of your home.”

South Dublin County Council Chief Executive Daniel McLoughlin said:

“The Red Line Book Festival has been enriching the cultural lives of south Dublin communities for many years.

This year, with so many events available online, it is accessible to people from further afield.”

Some of the online highlights:  The Art of the Glimpse, the official 2020 Red Line Book

Rob Doyle in conversation with Nicole Flattery;

Doireann Ní Ghríofa in conversation with Deirdre Sullivan where she discusses her bestselling prose debut A Ghost in the Throat;

Galway Stories: A special event marking Galway2020 and the anthology Galway Stories, this talk is hosted by co-editor Alan McMonagle, and features Patrick McCabe, Elaine Feeney and Danny Denton discussing stories from this exciting and diverse collection.

South Dublin EPIC: An exploration of South Dublin County as you’ve never experienced it before by poet Colm Keegan.

Some offline highlights: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me: Irish Popular Fiction

To Russia with Love: Debbie Deegan in conversation with Darragh Doyle

Writer-in-Residence Events;

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