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Programme 2020

With our Literary Festival spread across several months (and more to come!), this page shows everything we have organised throughout the year. For your convenience, we’ve added a What’s On page with just the events that are currently available to book.

You can opt to view What’s On, our full 2020 Programme, Personal Development events, Children & YA festival and listings by Writer and by Type by selecting the relevant links below.

You can also Meet our Writers here.

Thursday 9 April 2020

Virtual Interview Workshops

It' s the perfect time to catch up on your reading!
Date 9 April 2020
Location Online
Admission Free
Monday 4 May 2020

Interview Series - Deirdre Sullivan

Author of Perfectly Preventable Deaths
Date 4 May 2020
Location Online
Admission Free
Friday 15 May 2020

Interview Series - Juno Dawson

Author of Meat Market
Date 15 May 2020
Location Online
Admission Free
Friday 22 May 2020

Interview Series – Kelly McCaughrain

Author of Flying Tips for Flightless Birds
Date 22 May 2020
Location Online
Admission Free

ONLINE: Essays, Life-Writing and Memoir with Rachel Andrews

5 x 2 hour workshops, 11am to 1pm GMT Mondays
Dates 29 June to 27 July 2020
Time 11:00 am
Location Zoom
Admission €112

ONLINE: Words Allowed: Teenage Writers with Dave Lordan and E.R. Murray

Ages 14-17 - 10 x 1.5 hour workshops, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11.30am GMT
Dates 30 June to 30 July 2020
Time 10:00 am
Location Zoom
Admission €65

ONLINE: Travel Writing with Claire Nelson

4 x 2 hour workshops, 10am to 12pm GMT Mondays and Thursdays
Dates 13 July to 23 July 2020
Time 10:00 am
Location Zoom
Admission €112

ONLINE: Novel Writing with Paul McVeigh

Sessions twice daily 11am-12.30 pm and 3-4pm GMT
Dates 13 July to 17 July 2020
Location Zoom
Admission €112

ONLINE: Get Your Short Story In Shape with Cynan Jones

Daily online sessions
Dates 13 July to 17 July 2020
Duration 5 days
Location Zoom
Admission €112

Editor-in-Residence with Federico Andornino

Dates 14 July to 21 August 2020
Location Zoom
Admission €30
Wednesday 15 July 2020

Deirdre Kingston: From the Well

Date 15 July 2020
Location Online
Admission Free
Thursday 16 July 2020

Kate Burke: Literary Agent

Date 16 July 2020
Time 11:00 am
Location Zoom
Admission €10

Miriam Dunne: From the Well 

Date 16 July 2020
Location Online
Admission Free
Friday 17 July 2020

Alexandra Tyndale: From the Well 

Date 17 July 2020
Location Online
Admission Free
Tuesday 13 October 2020

Leslie Jamison in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

Date 13 October 2020
Time 8:00 pm
Location Online
Admission €8
Saturday 24 October 2020

Children’s Books Ireland Book Clinic

Age 0-17
Date 24 October 2020
Time 10:00 am
Location Online
Admission €5

Poetry Writing with Jane Clarke

8 workshops from 2pm IST Wednesdays
Dates 28 October to 16 December 2020
Time 2:00 pm
Location Online
Admission €225
Thursday 29 October 2020

Maeve Higgins: Maeve in America

7pm Irish time (3pm New York time)
Date 29 October 2020
Time 7:00 pm
Location Zoom
Admission €5
Thursday 19 November 2020

Tadhg Coakley, Louise O'Neill & Catherine Ryan Howard

7pm Irish Time
Date 19 November 2020
Time 7:00 pm
Location Zoom
Admission €5
Monday 30 November 2020

Sara Baume and Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Date 30 November 2020
Time 7:00 pm
Location Vimeo
Admission €5

Literary Advent Calendar 2020

Dates 1 December to 24 December 2020
Duration 24 days
Location Online
Admission Free

Online Crime-Writing Workshop with Catherine Ryan Howard

Dates 7 December to 11 December 2020
Time 7:00 pm
Location Zoom
Admission €225

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