Mayor’s Welcome
Cllr. Vicki Casserly

I am delighted to welcome you all to the eighth Red Line Book Festival, the annual celebration of the best local, national and international writing brought to you by South Dublin Libraries & Arts. We are honoured to have the Fiction Laureate, Sebastian Barry join us to celebrate what he describes as a ‘golden age’ for both readers and writers in Ireland. We are equally thrilled to be joined by Laureate na nÓg, Sarah Crossan to celebrate her poetry project for young people #WeAreThePoets. The cream of the Irish literary world will also be joining us - Kevin Barry, Joseph O’Connor, Hugo Hamilton, Anne Griffin, Catherine Dunne, Kathleen Watkins and many more.

The Red Line Book Festival continues to enrich the literary and cultural life of South Dublin by attracting both fresh new voices and household names and offering a programme for readers of all interests and ages.I invite everyone, from South Dublin County and beyond, to participate in as many events as possible.



South Dublin County Council CEO, Daniel McLoughlin

The Red Line Book Festival is a wonderful opportunity for people of South Dublin to enjoy the very best the literary world has to offer –right here on their own doorstep. It also presents South Dublin with a wonderful opportunity to showcase our county to the rest of the country and beyond – highlighting the richness of our built heritage by using historic settings such as Rathfarnham Castle and the Pearse Museum and the diversity of cultural venues such as Civic Theatre and Rua Red.

This year’s festival is, once again, an eclectic mix of established international and national writers as well as exciting new voices onthe cutting edge. The programme also aims to foster the talent of the new and emerging writers through workshops, competitions and, also, our inaugural Writer in Residence programme led by the critically- acclaimed author, Lisa Harding. The Red Line Book Festival continues to consolidate its firm position in the cultural calendar. With a rich and varied programme, it is certain to attract large and engaged audience making this a festival not to be missed