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Brought to you by South Dublin Libraries
MAYOR WELCOME As Mayor of South Dublin County Council, I am delighted to welcome you to the third annual Red Line Book Festival, a wonderful series of events for readers, writers and book lovers organised by South Dublin Libraries. The Red Line Book Festival offers an opportunity for people of all ages to meet with first-class writers, poets and journalists from Ireland and abroad, some of whom are visiting South Dublin County for the first time. The Festival extends a warm welcome to international speakers Xiaolu Guo, Chinese author and film-maker, Alessandro Perissinotto, award winning crime fiction writer from Italy, and Tom Palmer, sports fiction writer for children from the UK. Particular Festival highlights include the ever-popular Readers Day with curators Dermot Bolger and CiarĂĄn Carty at the helm; the Great War Roadshow, presented by historian and RTE broadcaster Myles Dungan celebrating the music of the First World War; and of course the annual TEDxTallaght, an exciting element of the Festival which is always sold-out. This year the theme is Theatre of Curiosity and once again there is a line-up of eclectic speakers who will inspire and engage their audience. The Festival also offers an exciting range of events for schools and children so there truly is something for everyone! South Dublin Libraries have always fostered creative writing and the Festival supports this not only through the Red Line Poetry Competition but also by providing a platform for budding writers to enrich their craft with a series of workshops led by published authors in various venues. The spirit of the Festival is to engage and involve the local community as audience and as participants, both bringing the arts to the local community and also channelling art from it. The Red Line Book Festival has been pivotal in promoting literacy and a richer cultural life in South Dublin County. On behalf of all involved with South Dublin County Council I would like to pay tribute to South Dublin Libraries and the many organisations and individuals both locally and nationally who have helped to make Red Line Book Festival happen. I have no doubt that the quality of the programme and its accessibility will attract many new audiences to South Dublin County â€“ audiences such as the delegation from Uppsala University Sweden who we are delighted to welcome back again this year. With its wonderful venues including Civic Theatre Tallaght, Rua Red and South Dublin library branches, Red Line Book Festival is sure to place Tallaght and South Dublin County firmly on the national cultural calendar.
Tickets may sell out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment Book all events online at www.redlinebookfestival.com (no booking fee) Book at the festival venues: Civic Theatre, Tallaght 01 462 7477 firstname.lastname@example.org RUA RED Arts Centre, Tallaght 01 451 5860 email@example.com Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham
01 494 1900 Ballyroan@sdublincoco.ie
Castletymon Library, Tymon Road North, Tallaght
01 452 4888 Castletymon@sdublincoco.ie
Clondalkin Library, Monastery Road, Clondalkin
01 459 3315 Clondalkin@sdublincoco.ie 01 462 0073 Talib@sdublincoco.ie
County Library, Library Square, Tallaght Institute of Technology Tallaght
01 404 2206 http://bit.ly/yearoffestivals
Lucan Library, SuperValu Shopping Centre, Newcastle Road, Lucan Palmerston Library at Stewarts, Mill Lane, Palmerston Tallaght Hospital
Whitechurch Library, Taylorâ€™s Lane, Ballyboden
01 621 6422 firstname.lastname@example.org 01 651 8129 01 414 4852 email@example.com 01 493 0199
HOW TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL M50
PALMERSTON LIBRARY AT STEWARTS
LUAS RED LINE CASTLETYMON LIBRARY
COUNTY LIBRARY TALLAGHT
To Naas Road
Tallaght Hospital Vehicle Entrance
South Dublin County Library
South Dublin County Council Offices Civic Theatre Luas Stop
The Square Shopping Centre
Plaza Hotel Tallaght Bypass M50/Templeogue
THE HEART AND CRAFT OF STORYTELLING WITH NEIL HORGAN
11.00am Dublin Postal Sports & Social Club, Kiltipper, Tallaght Tel 083 150 0770 Neil made the life changing jump from a large travel firm to a full time biographical storyteller in 2012 when he graduated from the International school of storytelling. He has already had his own show in a city centre theatre, complimentary national radio and press reviews. With his first event in Tallaght, Neil is bringing storytelling to the 21st century.
SIMPLE STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR FINANCES WITH JOHN LOWE
1.00pm – 1.50pm Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission €5 For years, John Lowe’s finance books have helped thousands of people understand money, get to grips with the basics of budgeting and learn how to save cash in all areas of their lives. Let’s face it - we could all do with this! You can trust the Money Doctor to give you independent, straight-talking advice.
POETRY CIRCLE WITH ENDA WYLEY
3.00pm – 4.30pm Whitechurch Library, Rathfarnham Booking @ 01 493 0199 Admission Free Enda Wyley is an award winning poet and children’s writer. She has published four collections of poetry, and her new collection is due to be published this Autumn. During her workshop Enda will inspire and encourage participants to look at poetry by established poets, create new work and to share their writing with class members … an inspiring afternoon for all poets! Places limited; book early to avoid disappointment!
THINGS MY GRANDMOTHER TOLD ME
MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP WITH MARION REYNOLDS 6.00pm – 7.30pm Ballyroan Library, Rathfarnham Booking @ 01 494 1900; Ballyroan@sdublincoco.ie Admission Free Join author Marion Reynolds for this memoir writing workshop where participants will be invited to discuss interesting aspects of their own family history and the possibilities offered for writing. Marion will read from her historical novel A Soldier’s Wife, and discuss practicalities and pitfalls of using family history as a stimulus for writing.
LIKE MAM USED TO BAKE: THE GREAT RED LINE BAKE-OFF
WITH SPECIAL GUEST ROSEANNE HEWITT-CROMWELL 6.30pm Clondalkin Library Booking@01 459 3315; Clondalkin@sdublincoco.ie Admission Free Calling all bakers! Come along with your cake creations to our annual bake-off competition! This year Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell (author of Like Mam Used to Bake) will face the daunting task of judging the competition. Roseanne has been locked in a love affair with cake and baking for as long as she can remember, from the early days listening as her mum sang happily in the kitchen, delicious sweet smells filling the house, right up to today, standing in her very own kitchen singing and baking more treats than her poor husband can eat. A tasty event for all cake-lovers!
THE WRITINGS ON THE BALL
WITH GAELIC FOOTBALL LEGEND LIAM HAYES 7.00pm St Judes GAA Club, Templogue Tel 01 4905255 Admission Free Former Meath footballer and journalist Liam Hayes is an award-winning sports writer, and the best-selling author of Out of Our Skins and Heffo: A Brilliant Mind. An evening not to be missed by all sports and GAA fans! In association with InTallaght Magazine
WITH ROB DOYLE, OONAGH FRAWLEY AND DANIEL SEERY IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH DAVIS-GOFF 8.15pm Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; email@example.com Admission €8/€6 Newly published in 2014, Rob Doyle (Here Are The Young Men), Oonagh Frawley (Flight) and Daniel Seery (A Model Partner) discuss everything about writing, from that first time putting pen to paper to becoming a published writer. Each author will read from their work in an evening that offers an exciting insight into the latest trends in contemporary fiction. The event is facilitated by Sarah Davis-Goff, founder of Tramp Press, Ireland’s newest publishing house of literary fiction.
THE MAGIC OF THE WINTER GARDEN WITH FIONNUALA FALLON
1.00pm - 1.50pm Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission: €5 Join horticulturist and garden designer Fionnuala Fallon, gardening correspondent for The Irish Times and author of From the Ground Up: How Ireland is Growing Its Own for a lunchtime of invaluable gardening tips to get you ready for the next growing season.
A YEAR OF FESTIVALS IN IRELAND WITH MARK GRAHAM, THE FESTIVAL MAN
5.00pm Institute of Technology Tallaght Booking @ 01 4042206; http://bit.ly/yearoffestivals Admission Free Meet Mark Graham, Conker Champion of Ireland, All Ireland Bucket-Singing Champion and the sixth bog snorkeler in Ireland. Rejected by the banks as he looked to start on the journey to home ownership, Mark started on an altogether more interesting and exciting journey to attend three festivals a week for a year. Throwing himself into the thick of these gatherings may have nearly killed him, but he survived his year of festivals, enjoyed almost every minute and was left with a tale or two to tell. This is an enjoyable evening not to be missed! In association with IT Tallaght
STONES OF DUBLIN: A HISTORY OF DUBLIN IN TEN BUILDINGS WITH LISA MARIE GRIFFITH
7.00pm County Library Tallaght Booking @ 01 462 0073; email@example.com Admission Free In ten of Dublin’s most historic buildings, we encounter the great periods of building activity, the people involved in their construction and the institutions that inhabited them. Behind the façades is the story of Dublin. Bringing together the story of these landmark buildings, Lisa takes us on a wonderful journey through the shifting social, political and cultural history of Ireland’s capital. Lisa Marie Griffith is the Co-ordinator of the Cultural Heritage Studies Programme at the National Print Museum in Dublin.
MEET THE AUTHOR: CHRISTINE DWYER HICKEY 7.00pm Lucan Library Booking @ 01 621 6422; Lucan@sdublincoco.ie Admission Free Join award winning writer Christine Dwyer Hickey discussing her work. In her latest book The House on Parkgate Street and other Dublin Stories, Christine brings an intimate portrayal of the city and some of its people in her beautifully observed stories. An evening not to be missed!
GIRLS’ NIGHT IN
WITH SHEILA O’FLANAGAN, ZOE MILLER AND CIARA GERAGHTY 8.00pm Main Auditorium, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission: €8/€6 Join your favourite best selling authors for an engaging and entertaining discussion about writing, family, love and life. A Dubliner all her life, Sheila O’Flanagan went from a high-flying career in the financial world to riding high in the bestseller charts with over 4 million copies of her books sold. Her latest book If You Were Me was published in July 2014. Zoe Miller’s latest book The Husband’s Confession was also published earlier this year. Zoe loves exploring family relationships in her books which always feature memorable characters. This latest offering does not disappoint! Fellow Dubliner Ciara Geraghty joins Sheila and Zoe. Ciara’s fifth novel (published July 2014) Now That I’ve Found You is a beautiful, warm, honest and wise story of love, family and second chances
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: THE TRUE STORY OF IRISH SOLDIERS IN SOUTH LEBANON TOM CLONAN IN CONVERSATION WITH THEO DORGAN
8.15pm Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; email@example.com Admission: €8/€6 Tom Clonan, author and Irish Times’ Security Analyst, will bring you to Lebanon and back in this engaging talk. Taking you on an emotional journey, Tom will reveal the true nature of the Irish experience in the Middle East. Tom will be in conversation with award-winning writer and close friend Theo Dorgan and read from his bestselling book Blood, Sweat and Tears. “Tom Clonan brings to life the sights, sounds, smells and characters of southern Lebanon. His beautifully written book is in turns funny, gripping and heart-breaking” The Irish Times
IRELAND’S GOT MAMMIES WITH COLM O’REGAN
1.00pm – 1.50pm Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission: €5 Lighten up lunchtime with Colm O’Regan’s hit stand-up comedy show, “Ireland’s Got Mammies”, in which he brings the world of the Irish Mammy to life in a uniquely humourous way. Colm’s debut bestselling book Isn’t It Well For Ye, The Book Of Irish Mammies was nominated for an Irish book award. Its warm and funny observations are a hit with people of every gender, age and background. Colm’s second book of Irish Mammies That’s more of it now was published in October 2013. A perfect opportunity to treat your Mammy to a good laugh and ham sandwich at lunchtime!
INTERCULTURAL BOOK CLUB EVENT FACILITATED BY SUE HASSETT
4.00pm RUA RED Booking at 01 451 5860; email@example.com Admission Free RUA RED Book Club with writer Sue Hassett invites you to a lively intercultural debate. Two books, one by an Irish author and one by a writer from another country, will be discussed with a guest author, talking about cultural exchange and understanding through literature. In association with South Dublin County Council Arts Office
RED LINE POETRY COMPETITION PRIZEGIVING CEREMONY AND READINGS WITH SPECIAL GUEST NESSA O’MAHONY
6.30pm RUA RED Café Booking at 01 451 5860; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission Free The competition winners of our annual poetry competition will be announced and invited to read their poems. The event will include a reading by special guest, competition judge Nessa O’Mahony. Having spent 15 years in journalism and public relations, Nessa was one of the first writers in Ireland to complete a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2007. She teaches creative writing with the Open University and has published two collections of poems and a verse novel.
FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN WITH COLETTE CADDLE
7.00pm Clondalkin Library Booking @ 01 459 3315; email@example.com Admission Free Join best-selling author Colette Caddle for an enjoyable discussion about her work. Born and bred in Dublin, Colette came to writing late in life after a chequered career that included computer programming and marketing insurance products. She has produced thirteen bestselling novels. First We Take Manhattan is her latest title, a compelling, emotional story you won’t be able to put down!
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED: THE REALITIES OF WRITING AND PUBLISHING WITH JENNIFER BURKE
6.30pm Palmerston Library at Stewarts Booking @ 01 651 8129 Admission Free Join Palmerston book club for an event with new author and winner of the 2013 TV3 Write a Bestseller competition. This will be an informal and engaging chat with Jennifer Burke about starting to write, structuring your writing, helpful tools to complete your novel and pitfalls to avoid, how to approach agents and publishers and how the process of submission works in reality. When publishing Jennifer’s first book The Secret Son, Poolbeg Press created a new literary imprint called Ward River Press to cater for this new genre of accessible literary fiction. Jennifer’s second book with Ward River Press, Levi’s Gift, will be published in Autumn 2014.
CIVIL WAR IN DUBLIN WITH LIZ GILLIS
7.00pm Ballyroan Library, Rathfarnham Booking @ 01 494 1900; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission Free Join Historian Liz Gillis as she discusses the fighting in Dublin in June/July 1922 which signaled the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Thanks to the release of many new documents about the period, and with accompanying photographs, Liz tells the story of what happened over those eight days in Dublin which saw former comrades fight against each other and in doing so will tell a human story, not just telling of the events but the stories of those individuals, many unknown who took part.
LISTENING LAB: A BOOK CLUB GATHERING 7.00pm County Library Tallaght Booking @ 01 462 0073; email@example.com Admission Free This is a special evening for book clubs and readers who will be invited to discuss their favourite books in a relaxed atmosphere. Special guest for this event will be Aoife Curran, author of Searching for me – My adoption story. Aoife will read from her book introducing the audience to the world of adoption with her beautiful and compelling story.
TREVOR BYRNE AND COLM KEEGAN IN CONVERSATION 8.00pm RUA RED Booking: Tel. 01 451 5860; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission: €8/€6 concessions Poetry Ireland and South Dublin Libraries present Trevor Byrne and Colm Keegan in conversation. Dublin is a city of sounds, of voices, of stories. Author Trevor Byrne and poet Colm Keegan have always drawn inspiration from their home city: their uniquely vibrant imaginative work ranges across Dublin, dealing with class, economics, accents, geography, belief, drugs, family, and legends both ancient and urban. Byrne and Keegan will read from their work and discuss their distinctive approaches to writing and storytelling.
PUT THE KETTLE ON: IRELAND’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH TEA WITH JUANITA BROWNE
8.00pm St Aonghus Community Centre, Castletymon Booking @ 452 4888 Admission Free How do you take your tea? Tea leaves or tea bag? Weak or strong? Mug or fine bone china? Author and tea fanatic Juanita Browne will investigate our tea habits and the rules, the warmth, the comfort and the craic in every brew across Ireland. Join Juanita at an ICA session for a cup of tea in what is going to be a very relaxing and entertaining evening! In association with ICA
#TEDxTallaght TEDXTALLAGHT: THE THEATRE OF CURIOSITY 7.00pm Main Auditorium, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; email@example.com Admission €12/€10 concession South Dublin Libraries are delighted to announce the 4th annual TEDxTallaght, our TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) event showcasing the best of Irish and international thinkers and innovators. Topics covered include quantum physics, eating behaviours, playfulness, urban farming and more! It will be a truly inspirational evening. The speakers this year are Elaine Doyle, Adam Murphy, Andrew Douglas, Paul Gleeson, Jack Kavanagh, Darren McNelis, Gillian Riley, Ian Kingston, AnnMarie Steen…and finally some surprises with the Boomwhackers!!
AGING AND CARING: A GUIDE FOR LATER LIFE WITH DES O’NEILL
8.00am - 9.00am Education Centre, Tallaght Hospital Booking at firstname.lastname@example.org Admission Free Although it is something that affects all of us, directly or indirectly, ageing can all too often be perceived negatively. In his talk, Professor Des O’Neill will outline not only the challenges that can arise from ageing but also how active and rewarding life can continue to be in old age. His book Ageing and Caring is an essential, positive guide for older people, their carers and their families. Professor Des O’Neill is a consultant geriatrician at Tallaght Hospital. He is a contributor to national media and writes regularly in the Irish Times on ageing. In association with Tallaght Hospital Library and the Robert Graves Postgraduate Centre
WITH EILEEN CASEY, VALERIE SIRR AND GERALDINE MILLS; IN CONVERSATION WITH SUE HASSETT 8.15pm Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; email@example.com Admission €8/€6 Are literary women writers undersold and undervalued by the current literary universe? In 2014 a small American literary journal vowed to cover women writers for a full year. Then, artist Joanna Walsh’s #readwomen2014 project became a popular meme on social media. Join three Hennessy award winning writers, Valerie Sirr, Geraldine Mills and Eileen Casey in this lively debate as they assess and attempt to redress male writers’ dominance in the literary world. The event is facilitated by writer Sue Hassett.
AN EVENING OF IRISH MUSIC AND POETRY WITH DECLAN COLLINGE
7.00pm Áras Chrónáin, Clondalkin All welcome Join us for an evening of music and poetry in Áras Chrónáin, a magnificent Georgian house right in the heart of old Clondalkin village. Virtuoso musicians and poet Declan Collinge will bring the audience into a world of Irish melodies and rhymes for an all Gaeilge session for everyone to enjoy. In association with Áras Chrónáin
THE GREAT WAR ROADSHOW AN EVENING OF SONGS AND STORIES PRESENTED BY MYLES DUNGAN
8.00pm Main Auditorium, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission €12/€10 Written and presented by historian and broadcaster Myles Dungan, this stirring show tells the story of the music of the Great War – how and why the best-known songs came to be composed, who sang them, what the men in the trenches thought of them, and how they retaliated with music of their own. The songs will be performed by The Brook Singers, with soloists Brendan MacQuaile, Sadhbh Burt Fitzgerald and Jonathan Creasy and musical accompaniment by Rónán Murray. In association with South Dublin County Council Heritage Office
WRITING A BOOK: CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH DAVE LORDAN
10.00am – 1.00pm RUA RED Booking at 01 451 5860; email@example.com Admission €15 Covering plot development, theme, dialogue, setting and character, this course will suit both beginner and experienced writers. Award winning author Dave Lordan is a contributing editor for The Stinging Fly and he teaches contemporary poetry and critical theory on the MA in Poetry Studies at the Mater Dei Institute of DCU. In 2013, in association with RTE Arena and New Island Books, he designed and led Ireland’s first ever on-air creative writing course. In this workshop Dave will cover all aspects of planning, writing and editing any kind of book. His course is for the first time hosted in Tallaght and it is a must for aspiring writers, offering plenty of ideas also for the most experienced authors. Places limited; book early to avoid disappointment!
WRITING ALL AROUND US: SHORT FICTION WORKSHOP WITH SHAUNA GILLIGAN
10.00am – 1.00pm Lucan Library Booking at 01 621 6422; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission Free This half-day interactive and practical workshop on short fiction (flash and short stories) is for writers at all stages of their career. Participants will look at how the practice of authentic character writing can be encouraged by writing using their senses. Fun writing exercises using physical prompts that tickle our senses – smell, taste, sight, touch, and hearing – will encourage minds to play freely with words in the creation of character. Author Shauna Gilligan (Happiness Comes from Nowhere, 2012) is a volunteer with Fighting Words in Dublin and teaches creative writing at NUI Maynooth and at Masters and PhD level at the University of South Wales. She has given readings and workshops on writing fiction across Ireland, the UK, Germany and the USA. Places limited; book early to avoid disappointment!
Brought to you in association with the Arts Council
READERS DAY Main Auditorium, Civic Theatre Tallaght
The ever successful Readers Day returns this year offering you the opportunity to listen to and converse with a broad range of renowned writers during a relaxed and intimate day of readings and public conversations. Join us for the full day or book your favourite session for a literary Saturday not to be missed!
READERS DAY: CHAPTER ONE
10.30am – 1.00pm Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; email@example.com Admission: €8/€6 Presented by the author, editor and critic, Ciarán Carty - Chapter One of Readers Day will be a fascinating morning of conversation with award winning author Paul Lynch, Chinese novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and writer and poet Mary O’Donnell.
READERS DAY: CHAPTER TWO
2.30pm – 4.30pm Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission: €8/€6 Presented by the novelist and poet, Dermot Bolger - Chapter Two of Readers Day will be a relaxed afternoon of conversations, music and readings with award winning writer Donal Ryan, acclaimed author Nuala Ní Chonchúir and the virtuoso musician and poet John Sheahan.
NEW FRONTIERS: ALESSANDRO PERISSINOTTO IN CONVERSATION WITH CATHERINE DUNNE
6.00pm Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; email@example.com Admission Free South Dublin Libraries and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura are delighted to welcome award-winning author Alessandro Perissinotto to Ireland for the first time. Alessandro’s crime novels have been translated into several languages, including Japanese. His Blood Sisters is a gripping detective story, capturing Italy’s landscape and culture. Mr Perissinotto will be in conversation with best-selling writer Catherine Dunne. Her latest novel, The Things We Know Now was short listed for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and won the 2013 Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction. An enjoyable evening for everyone with a passion for crime fiction and all things Italian!
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS PRESENTED BY MIRIAM LAMBERT PUPPETEER
2.30pm Main Auditorium, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Admission €5 child / €8 adult; €20 family ticket Imagine a storybook that comes alive! Red Line Book Festival is delighted to present Miriam Lambert and her “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” where the story comes alive within her original twotier puppet booth. Peek and Boo, Miriam’s signature characters open the performance with their slapstick comedy. They then guide the children to the tale of a little girl who pays a visit to the home of the adorable baby bear. A very enjoyable afternoon for all the family!
ON ANGEL’S WINGS
WITH AUTHOR AIDAN STOREY 12 noon Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; email@example.com Admission €8/€6 In an inspiring story of hope and forgiveness, bestselling author Aidan Storey (On Angel’s Wings; Angels of Divine Light) vividly recalls how the presence of angels sustained him through years of great turmoil - years when his happy, carefree world turned into one of misery and torment. As he recalls the sexual and mental abuse he suffered in his childhood, and the desperate, dark days of depression and isolation which followed, he tells of how the Angels helped him to claw his way back to life and, through the power of angelic healing, taught him how to bring light and love into his life.
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EXHIBITIONS LANDSCAPES OF WAR AND PEACE 1914-2014 WAR POETRY AND PEACEKEEPING BY MICHAEL J. WHELAN
County Library Tallaght – 1st to 23rd October Enquiries at 01 462 0073 Admission Free An exhibition of an Irish soldier’s poems and images inspired by the poets of the Great War and Peacekeeping duties in modern day conflicts in the Middle-East and Balkans. The exhibition includes historical artefacts and documents of family history over the past 100 years, poems and other paraphernalia from World War One and UN peacekeeping operations. Michael J. Whelan is an award winning soldier-poet and historian living in Tallaght, a member of the Irish Air Corps and a veteran of United Nations peacekeeping operations in Lebanon and Kosovo with the Irish Army.
Schools’ Programme READING SPORT Tuesday 14th October, 10.30am Main Auditorium, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Suitable for 3rd to 6th classes Tuesday 14th October, 12.15pm Ballyroan Library: Class visit – Booking: tel. 01 494 1900 Wednesday 15th October, 10.00am and 11.15am Lucan Library: Class visit – Booking: tel. 01 621 6422 South Dublin Libraries are delighted to be joined for the Red Line Book Festival by acclaimed children’s author Tom Palmer. Tom is the bestselling author of three series of books for children, Football Academy, The Squad and Foul Play. He has also written a number of dyslexia friendly titles for Barrington Stoke. Described as “in the premier league of children’s authors” Tom’s event will appeal to a wide age range and should be a huge hit with all the children. Copies of Tom’s books are available as short term loans to schools attending. Please email email@example.com for details.
TALL TALES Thursday 16th October Clondalkin Library at 10.30am, 11.45am and 12.45pm Class visit – Booking: tel. 01 459 3315 Join us for this lively session with storyteller Patrick Ryan. Patrick has worked as a storyteller, writer and teacher for over three decades. His practice has developed through the influences of family and friends in America, Ireland and Britain where he has collected stories and studied storytelling all that time. 1st to 4th class children will be totally enthralled.
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WEATHERING THE FUTURE Wednesday 15th October, 10.30am Main Auditorium, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 462 7477; firstname.lastname@example.org Suitable for second level students - 3rd class upwards We still have time to alter our future. Our climate is changing and we are already starting to feel the effects of this in our everyday lives. But those effects are hard to understand and the science is incredibly complicated. It’s difficult to comprehend how small changes in temperature can cause catastrophic floods or droughts, heat waves and hurricanes. Can storytelling help achieve what scientists have struggled to do for decades – to convince us to act on climate change, work to reduce its effects and adapt to a world of more extreme and violent weather? Oisín McGann, Conor Kostick, Peadar Ó Guilín, and Dr. Anna Davies discuss how we can get the message across in a way that grabs people’s attention. Can we tell stories to help us all understand, and care, about how our planet’s climate is changing – and what it means for our future? This event is part of Weather Stations (www.globalweatherstations.com), an international project with Tallaght Community Arts and Collective Action exploring climate change through writing. It has been made possible by the Culture Programme of the European Union.
ENCHANTED FAIRY WALK Wednesday 15th October, 10.45am Tymon Park, Tallaght (Assemble at Car Park, Castletymon Road) Booking at Castletymon Library tel. 01 452 4888 Suitable for 7-10 years old Join The Irish Fairy Door Company for a morning of magic and stories at the Enchanted Fairy Walk in Tymon Park, Tallaght. Children aged 7 - 10 are invited to visit Tymon Park where they will be guided though the Enchanted Fairy Walk and hear wonderful stories of fairies and magic. There’ll be art and colouring too! Many thanks to the Irish Fairy Door Company for their magic, and to SDCC Sports and Recreation Officer, Paula Swayne, for her help managing the event. Remember, this is an outdoor event and even the fairies cannot guarantee that it won’t rain!
Schools’ Programme READING HISTORY Thursday 16th October, 10.15 am Main Auditorium, Civic Theatre Tallaght Booking at Civic Theatre Box Office: Tel 01 4627477; email@example.com Suitable for 5th and 6th classes Join three of Ireland’s top authors for children for this wonderful event with a focus on reading and writing history. Nicola Pierce is the author of two books for children, Spirit of the Titanic and City of Fate, both featuring well known historical events. Her newer title City of Fate is set in Stalingrad during World War II and is described by Guardian Children’s Books as “gripping, exciting and unimaginably shattering”. Brian Gallagher is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. His first book of historical fiction for young readers was Across the Divide, set in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, followed by Taking Sides, set against the background of the Civil War, and Secrets and Shadows, an exciting spy novel that begins with the North Strand bombings during World War II. Rory McConville has been working in the comic book industry since he was sixteen. In that time he has written for DC Comics, Newbold Enterprises, Shadowline Comics and Fan-Atic Press. He is the author of Big Jim: Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lockout.
ALFIE GREEN: MEET WITH AUTHOR, JOE O’BRIEN Friday, October 17th, 10.30 am Loose End Studio, Civic Theatre Tallaght Class visit – 1st to 3rd class South Dublin Libraries are delighted to welcome back the very popular Joe O’Brien. He is the author of nine Alfie Green books as well as three books in the Danny Wilde GAA series for older readers and one fantasy novel, Beyond the Cherry Tree. Joe will be talking about his Alfie Green books and will go down a storm with all our readers from 1st to 3rd class.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Festival Director Kieran Swords
Graphic Design Silverbark Creative
Festival Producers Domitilla Fagan Patricia Fitzgerald Caroline Higgins
Bookseller Alan Hanna’s Bookshop Photographer Rob O’Connor @Rocshot
Schools Events Curators Laura Joyce Maria O’Sullivan Readers Day Curators Dermot Bolger Ciaran Carty Girls Night In Curator Rosemary Dawson, Dawson PR Supporting Team Mairead Brady, Edel Clancy, Sile Coleman, Catherine Gallagher, Coleesa Humphreys, Helen McMahon, Paula Murphy, Ronan Murphy, Emma Perry, Breid Ryan, Helen Ui Cheallaigh, Maeve Walsh, Alison Yates Funding Partners Arts Council Arts Office & Heritage Office, South Dublin County Council Poetry Ireland Event Partners Áras Chrónáin Civic Theatre Tallaght Collective Action EmuInk Gill & MacMillan Glashaus Hotel Tallaght ICA
IT Tallaght Istituto Italiano di Cultura Liberties Press New Island Books O’Brien Press Padraig Hyland RUA RED Arts Centre
Media Partners RTE Supporting the Arts InTallaght The Echo
Tallaght Community Arts Tallaght Hospital Library The Collins Press The Lilliput Press Tramp Press
Festival PR Communications Unit, South Dublin County Council
Special thanks to the staff of the venues and libraries involved, and all the authors and facilitators of this year’s programme. Xiaolu Guo is visiting Tallaght as part of Weather Stations, an international project with Tallaght Community Arts and co-producer Collective Action exploring climate change through writing. The initiative has been made possible by the Culture Programme of the European Union. South Dublin Libraries would like to thank South Dublin County Council and County Councillors for their support of the Festival.
Tuesday 14th October 10.30am Reading Sport with Tom Palmer 11.00am The Heart and Craft of Storytelling with Neil Horgan 12.15pm Reading Sport with Tom Palmer 1.00pm Simple Steps to Transform Your Finances with John Lowe 3.00pm Poetry Circle with Enda Wyley 6.00pm Memoir writing workshop with Marion Reynolds 6.30pm The Great Red Line Bake-off with Roseanne Hewitt-Cromwell 7.00pm The Writings on the Ball with Liam Hayes 8.15pm Contemporary Voices with Rob Doyle, Oonagh Frawley and Daniel Seery
Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium Dublin Postal Sports & Social Club Ballyroan Library Civic Theatre, Loose End Whitechurch Library Ballyroan Library Clondalkin Library St Judes GAA Club Templogue Civic Theatre, Loose End
Wednesday 15th October 10.00am Reading Sport with Tom Palmer 10.30am Weathering the Future 1.00pm The Magic of the Winter Garden with Fionnuala Fallon 5.00pm A year of festivals in Ireland with Mark Graham 7.00pm Stones of Dublin: A history of Dublin in ten buildings with Lisa Marie Griffith 7.00pm Meet the author: Christine Dwyer Hickey 8.00pm Girls’ Night In with Sheila O’Flanagan, Zoe Miller and Ciara Geraghty 8.15pm Blood, Sweat and Tears: Tom Clonan in conversation with Theo Dorgan
Lucan Library Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium Civic Theatre, Loose End Institute of Technology Tallaght County Library Tallaght Lucan Library Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium Civic Theatre, Loose End
Thursday 16th October 10.15am Reading History with Nicola Pierce, Brian Gallagher, Rory McConville 1.00pm Ireland’s Got Mammies with Colm O’Regan 4.00pm Intercultural Book Club Event facilitated by Sue Hassett 6.30pm Red Line Poetry prize-giving ceremony and readings with Nessa O’Mahony 6.30pm The Realities of Writing and Publishing With Jennifer Burke 7.00pm First We Take Manhattan with Colette Caddle 7.00pm TEDxTallaght: The Theatre of Curiosity 7.00pm Civil War in Dublin with Liz Gillis 7.00pm Listening Lab: A Book Club Gathering 8.00pm Trevor Byrne and Colm Keegan in conversation 8.30pm Put The Kettle On: Ireland’s Love Affair with Tea with Juanita Browne
Civic Theatre, Loose End Civic Theatre, Loose End RUA RED RUA RED Café Palmerston Library at Stewarts Clondalkin Library Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium Ballyroan Library County Library Tallaght RUA RED St Aonghus Community Centre
Friday 17th October 10.30am Alfie Green with Joe O’Brien 8.00am Aging and Caring: A Guide for Later Life with Des O’Neill 8.00pm The Great War Roadshow: An Evening of Songs and Stories with Myles Dungan 8.15pm #READWOMEN 2014 with Eileen Casey, Valerie Sirr and Geraldine Mills 9.00pm An Evening of Irish Music and Poetry With Declan Collinge
Civic Theatre, Loose End Education Centre, Tallaght Hospital Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium Civic Theatre, Loose End Áras Chrónáin
Saturday 18th October 10.00am Writing a Book: Creative Writing Workshop with Dave Lordan 10.00am Writing All Around Us: Short fiction workshop with Shauna Gilligan 10.30am Readers Day: Chapter One 2.30pm Readers Day: Chapter Two 6.00pm New Frontiers: Alessandro Perissinotto in conversation with Catherine Dunne
RUA RED Lucan Library Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium Civic Theatre, Loose End
Sunday 19th October 12.00pm On Angel’s Wings with Aidan Storey 2.30pm Goldilocks and The Three Bears presented by Miriam Lambert Puppeteer
Civic Theatre, Loose End Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium
Exhibition Landscapes of War and Peace 1914-2014 by Michael J. Whelan
County Library Tallaght
14-19 October 2014 - The Red Line Book Festival is brought to you by South Dublin Libraries, bringing literature and culture to South Dublin...
Published on Sep 9, 2014
14-19 October 2014 - The Red Line Book Festival is brought to you by South Dublin Libraries, bringing literature and culture to South Dublin...