Dublin Book Festival 2011!!

If you found yourself out and about in Dublin's City Centre during this first week of March, then you hopefully found the time to participate in the 2011 Dublin Book Festival.  The Festival was held in a number of locations throughout Dublin, including the National Library of Ireland, The Gutter Bookshop, Cube at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin City Libraries, and in beautiful City Hall.

The Dublin Book Festival is an event organised and hosted by Publishing Ireland, the Irish Book Publishers' Association.  The DBF is a wonderful, five day event that seeks every year to promote and celebrate contemporary Irish literature.  This year was a huge success as the DBF offered a full and varied programmed with everything from writers' workshops to discussions on topics such as True Crime and Young Adult literature to book launches to a special performance by the Nighthawks!

The Festival was opened Thursday night with a discussion about Dublin's place in literature, with Liberties Press author Eileen Battersby as one of the conversants.  Eileen is author of Second Readings: From Beckett to Black Beauty, and we were thrilled to watch and support her as she helped launch the 2011 Dublin Book Festival.

We were also please to launch Paul Soye's debut novel, The Boy in the Gap, on Saturday evening in City Hall. Christine Dwyer Hickey (author of The Dublin Trilogy) launched the title, praising Paul's achievement in the novel of writing believable characters in a realistic environment with which readers will fall in love.  After Christine shared a favourite excerpt, Paul closed the event with a reading from his new novel.

Liberties Press would like to thank Publishing Ireland for putting on such a wonderful and extremely successful event, and we hope to see the Dublin Book Festival even bigger and better in 2012!

Both Second Readings and The Boy in the Gap are available here for purchase.
Photos courtesy of Seán Ó Mainnín