Cllr Mark Ward, Mayor of South Dublin County Council

As Mayor of South Dublin County Council, I am delighted to welcome you to the 7th Red Line Book Festival, an annual celebration of all things literary brought to you by South Dublin Libraries & Arts. The festival is an opportunity for people of all ages and interests in South Dublin and beyond to engage with some of the finest national, local and international literary talent.

To celebrate Votáil 100 – one hundred years of women’s suffrage in Ireland – there are a number of events celebrating the role of women in history and politics, society and literature. Highlights of this strand include Mná na hÉireann – a one-day series of talks on Saturday 14th October looking at the role of women in the revolutionary period, Internet Famous - an evening celebrating some of the best and most popular contemporary women writers – hosted by the amazing Alison Spittle, and many more.

The festival is being presented across our network of public libraries and in our Cultural Quarter, comprising the Civic Theatre, the County Library and Rua Red as well as in landmark historic venues – Rathfarnham Castle, the Pearse Museum and the Brú Chronáin Round Tower Visitor Centre, making it a properly county-wide festival.

The Red Line Book Festival continues to play a significant role in the enrichment of cultural life in South Dublin and in fostering creativity, the love of writing and the joy of reading. On behalf of the people of South Dublin County I would like to acknowledge the work that goes into producing the festival, in particular the work of South Dublin Libraries & Arts.

I invite everyone, whether you live in South Dublin County or are just visiting, to participate in as many of the events of the festival as possible.



South Dublin County Council CEO, Daniel McLoughlin

The Red Line Book Festival, now in its seventh year, offers a fantastic opportunity to the people of South Dublin to engage with all things literary, whether it be via the spoken, written, recited or performed word, right on their own doorstep. And as it grows in scale, as well as in the depth, range and diversity of the events on offer, it is growing in the numbers of culturally curious visitors it attracts from beyond South Dublin.

This year’s festival is a wonderfully eclectic mix of established national and international writers alongside fresh new voices. The line-up includes Andrew McMillan, Angela Nagle, Emilie Pine, Nuala O’Connor, June Caldwell, Dermot Bolger and Jennifer Johnston. The festival is also celebrating a greater diversity of genres. Killer Instincts is an evening which sees the internationally best-selling crime writer, Sophie Hannah joining some of the finest talent in Irish crime fiction. Comedic powerhouse Alison Spittle will host Internet Famous, a panel of funny Irish women writers who first found success on the Internet. Peter F. Hamilton, the No.1 best-selling science fiction writer in the UK is coming to discuss his latest novel, Salvation.

I am pleased to see that in addition to the public library network and Civic Theatre, the festival is again highlighting the richness of the built heritage of South Dublin. The stunning ballroom of Rathfarnham Castle will host a performance of the love poems of Thomas Hardy, complete with a string quartet. The Round Tower in Clondalkin is the backdrop to Anam an Naisiúin, a celebration through poetry, music and song of the Irish language and Clondalkin’s status as a Líonra Gaeilge.

The richness and diversity of this year’s expanded programme secures the place of the Red Line Book Festival in the cultural calendar.