South Dublin County Council CEO, Daniel McLoughlin

It is my great pleasure to invite and welcome all participants to this, our 10th annual Red Line Book Festival. In what was initially an enforced format, we are continuing with the now more established blended format of online and live events. This is our largest programme to date, with over 80 events delivered primarily through our libraries. In that regard, we are proud to have added two new libraries to our network in North Clondalkin and Tymon Tallaght since last year, which are an added dimension to this year’s event calendar. Once again, our Writer in Residence programme will support writers in their work and provide them with an opportunity to engage with our community.

Poet and Biologist Jane Robinson is this year’s Writer in Residence. There is understandably strong interest in her free five-week online course, where participants can learn about poetry, biology, and eco-poetry. The Arts has been severely impacted by events over the past 18 months. Please use this exciting and diverse calendar of events as your opportunity to reengage and most of all, enjoy the experience.