20 – 29 May


Yanis Varoufakis Competition

After a sold out show in 2016, Yanis Varoufakis returns to ILFDublin to discuss his new book Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment.

To celebrate, we're giving away two pairs of tickets to see him at the RDS this Sunday 28 May at 4pm. Alternatively, you can book tickets here.

Entries close Fri 26 May at 12pm. 

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Inua Ellams at ILFDublin 2017

We're thrilled to welcome poet, playwright and all-round polymath Inua Ellams to ILFDublin as our artist-in-residence for the 2017 festival.

On Sat 20th May, Inua invites you to An Evening with an Immigrant at The Complex at 8pm.

On Sun 21st May, Catch The Bus with Inua Ellams sees him join forces with Michael McDermott of Totally Dublin to lead a one-of-a-kind writing workshop on a bus travelling around Dublin City, departing Smock Alley at 3pm.

On Mon 22nd May, he joins co-curators Theresa Lola, Stephen James Smith and DJ Sid Mercutio for a night of hip-hop-inspired spoken word and poetry at R.A.P Party, which gets underway at The Liquor Rooms at 8pm.

We've got two pairs of tickets to An Evening with an Immigrant to give away. See below for entry details.

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Stories from the City Events at ILFDublin 2017

Back in February, we made an open call for a new initiative, Stories from the City, inviting members of the public to propose ideas for events at ILFDublin 2017.

We're delighted to confirm eight fantastic events happening throughout the festival. Most events are ticketed, but free to attend. Follow the links below for full event info:

Post from a Ghost | Sign up, free of charge, by Friday 19 May

Stray Lines Live Comic Reading | Instituto Cervantes | Mon 22 May | 6.30pm

Circle and Square | Tallaght Library | Mon 22 May | 6.30pm

The Hotel Room | The Good Food Store | Tue 23 May | 6.30pm

Between the Bookcases | Ballyfermot Library | Wed 24 May | 6pm

Home Is... | TCD Global Room | Wed 24 May | 7pm

East Wall to Everywhere | St Joseph's Co-Ed School | Mon 29 May | 9am

Culture and Identity - The Unspoken African | The Lab | Mon 29 May | 6.30pm


Children’s Events at ILFDublin 2017

Ed Vere & Grumpy Frog
Sat 20th May, 11am, The Hugh Lane Gallery

Twit Twoo School with Lydia Monks
Sat 20th May, 2.30pm, The Hugh Lane Gallery

Tom Angleberger
Mon 22nd May, 11am, Holy Child National School

Children's Book Ireland Book of the Year Awards
Tue 23rd May, 12pm, Smock Alley Theatre

Make a Raincloud Friend with Katie Harnett
Sat 27th May, 10.30am, The Hugh Lane Gallery

Lemuel Gulliver, Aventurer Extraordinaire
Sat 27th May, 11am and 1pm, Smock Alley Theatre

Giggles and Nursery Rhymes with Olaf Falafel
Sat 27th May, 12.30pm, The Hugh Lane Gallery


Werner Herzog Competition

Werner Herzog's appearance at the National Concert Hall on Sunday 21st May, as part of International Literature Festival Dublin, is now completely sold out.

However, we have two tickets to give away to a lucky winner. Details of how to enter are below. Entries will close on Friday 19th May and the winner will be announced.


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Date With An Agent 2017

Congratulations to the 75 Date With An Agent applicants who have been invited to participate in workshops at the How To Get Published Day at Smock Alley on Sat May 20th 2017, as part of International Literature Festival Dublin.

25 writers will also be invited on a 15 minute 'date' with one of our panel of agents.

Colleen Neligan

Joseph Boland

Phil Finnegan

Colin Weldon

Oonagh Fox

Robert Craven

Aisling Marie Cronin

Aoife Gray

Richard Doody

Gary McKenna

Paul Anthony Shortt

Freya Watson

Malcolm Blacow

Simon Fay

Clare B Daly

Eve McDonnell

Anne Learmont

Finbarr Howell

Jay Giebus

Cathy Boyle

Linda O'Sullivan

Joe Kelly

Jennifer Poyntz

Peter Money

Cora Sherlock

Frances Quinn

Stephen Cadwell

Teresa Doran

Brian Bennett

Dean McDowell

Frances Macken

Neil Sharpson

Luke Timmins

Helen de Burca

Susan Thomson

Elizabeth Doyle

Tadhg Coakley

Ellen Kelly

Paul T Lynch

Michael Donohue

Lorcan McNamee

Julian Judge

Mariana Coelho

John Verling

Karen Fagan

Kate Phelan

Liz Langen

Ruby Speechley

Aingeala Flannery

Rosita Boland

Ellen McCarthy

Joe Kavanagh

Bernie McQuillan

Janet E Sahafi

Bernadette Kearns

Helen Angela Thymides

Deirdre Cronin

Angela Kearney

Nuala Woulfe

Pamela G Hobbs

Jarlath Gregory

Paul Boyle

Mark Tuthill

Marie Laurie Neulat

Brian Keane

Thomas Moore

Abigail Browne

Chril McGale

RF Heeney

Lorna Barrettt

Sonya Dillon

Elizabeth Meehan

Brenda O'Broin

Jane Ryan

Emma Austin

Please note: all candidates who are shortlisted for a Date with An Agent have been contacted directly about their scheduled Agent Workshops and/or one-on-one Date with an Agent.

Agents:  Simon Trewin of WME; Polly Nolan of The Greenhouse Literary Agency; Sallyanne Sweeney from Mulcahy Associates; James Wills from Watson Little Ltd, and Millie Hoskins of United Agents.


Jo Nesbo Competition

On Friday 21st April, ILFDublin welcomes master of Nordic noir Jo Nesbo to The RDS in Dublin for a very special pre-festival event.

Nesbo will appear in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Hugh Linehan to discuss his fascinating career and share some insights on his latest Harry Hole adventure, The Thirst.

To celebrate this occasion, we're offering five lucky winners a pair of tickets to attend the event. Use the link below to enter and be in with a chance to attend this exciting event.

Entries close at 12pm on Friday 14th April.

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Volunteer Applications for ILFD 2017 Now Open

International Literature Festival Dublin would not be possible without the incredible work of our festival volunteers.

Would you like to join the team for this year’s festival, running May 20th – 28th? We’re looking for enthusiastic and reliable individuals to assist with front of house, audience research, social media and other aspects of the festival.

Know someone else you think might be interested? Make sure to let them know.

Applications are open until May 4th.

Please fill out our online application to become a 2017 ILFD volunteer by CLICKING HERE and clicking submit or alternatively download the form HERE and send it via email to volunteer@ilfdublin.com. Applications close May 4th.


Full programme announced April 11th

Full programme announced April 11th


ILFD 2017 VOUCHERS: A perfect gift for the book-lovers in your life!

Searching for a thoughtful gift for someone in your life? We’ve got the perfect solution: gift vouchers for the 2017 International Literature Festival Dublin are now available to purchase.

An ILFD gift voucher is the perfect personal gift for book lovers, literary enthusiasts or those who are looking to be inspired. The International Literature Festival Dublin runs from the 20th – 28th May 2017 and celebrates books, writers and literary excellency. Give your loved ones the opportunity to discover the best of homegrown and international writing talent at ILFD.

ILFD gift vouchers can be redeemed online or at the festival box office in advance of the 2017 Festival.

For orders made before Friday 9th of December, ILFD can post a special gift envelope containing your voucher. Please note you will also receive a voucher code by email.

Purchase vouchers here.

Terms & conditions apply.