We have a lot of exciting things happening this week.
Yesterday our Date with an Agent event concluded its first stage and right now all the submissions are being carefully read and assessed. The 75 successfully chosen writers will have the opportunity to pitch their books directly to leading literary agents on May 17th. Not only that but they will also be given invaluable advice and insight into how the publishing business works.
This week sees the start of our DWF-OFF THE PAGE series: two very special preview events happening before the main festival in May. Tomorrow, Saturday March 29th, Emma Donoghue will be appearing at The Printworks, Dublin Castle, and then on Wednesday, April 2nd, Anita Shreve will be at Smock Alley Theatre. These events should prove highly entertaining and informative as the writers take to the stage to talk about their lives and work. Tickets are still available for both events.
Remember that the main festival will be returning from May 17th until 25th, which means that this year you can enjoy an extended nine days of fantastic events. There is already a huge deal of excitement and anticipation about Ray Davies’ upcoming appearance at the National Concert Hall on Monday, May 19th. The rock legend, and former front-man of The Kinks, will take to the stage not to sing or play guitar but instead to sit down in conversation with Joseph O’Connor, discussing his life and his new book, Americana: the Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff.
AND WHO ELSE WILL BE PART OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL STORY? Well, we’ll have the answer to that question very, very soon. In fact, all will be revealed on Thursday, April 10th, when the full line-up is announced. Remember, for the most up to date festival news, keep an eye on our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The anticipation is really starting to build here now for what should be a really remarkable nine days in May of inspiring and entertaining events. We can’t wait for May, we hope you can’t either!