Red Line Book Festival returns with a programme of over 80 events

14 Sep, 2021

Red Line Book Festival returns with a programme of over 80 events

Celebrating 10 years, the Red Line Book Festival takes to the shelves with its largest programme ever!

Images to be issued by Julien Behal at midday

11- 17 October, 2021


From eco writing and the Irish Civil War to daring debuts and obsessions, literary motherhood and gatsby themed gatherings. The Red Line Book Festival has launched its 2021 programme of events for literature lovers, history fans, families and the culturally curious.

Participants this year include: Diarmuid Ferriter, Colm Tóibín, Louise Nealon, Julia Quinn, Torrey Peters, Abigail Thorn, Sheila O’Flanagan, Megan Nolan, Jessica Traynor, Sarah Gilmartin, Seán Hewitt and Red Line Book Festival Writer in Residence, poet and biologist Jane Robinson.

Mayor of South Dublin County Council Peter Kavanagh commented on the programme saying: ‘I am thrilled that the Red Line Book Festival has returned to South Dublin County once again. It is remarkable that after a challenging 18 months, our organisers have put together such an impressive, high profile programme of events, running both online and offline and suitable for all ages’.


Roaring Twenties

  • Gatsby Night with the Cotton Club Quartet
  • 1920’s Book Club with Rick O’Shea, Emily Hourican and Selina Guinness


  • Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War Diarmaid Ferriter in conversation with Richard Crowley
  • Bridgerton: Julia Quinn in conversation with Sheila O’Flanagan ONLINE
  • #Obsessed: Megan Nolan & Eliza Clark in conversation with Sasha de Buyl
  • The Beauty of Brevity: Deirdre Sullivan, Louise Kennedy & Lucy Caldwell in conversation with Brian Kirk
  • Daring Debuts: Eimear Ryan, Louise Nealon, Luke Cassidy, Sarah Gilmartin in conversation with Claire HennessyPoetry Night
  • Detransition Baby: Torrey Peters in conversation with Abigail Thorn
  • Mapping (The Magdalene Series) Feat. Rachel Fallon, Sinéad Gleeson, Alice Maher & Stephen Shannon


  • New Collections: Amanda Bell, Eleanor Hooker and David Butler in conversation with Annemarie Ni Churreain
  • Horror, Hope, Healing: Literary Motherhood with Aoife Lyall, Victoria Kennefick & Jessica Traynor
  • Look, It’s a Woman Writer: Moya Cannon, Catherine Dunne & Mary Dorcey in conversation with Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Thomas Mann

  • Pure Magic: Colm Tóibín in conversation with Kevin Power
  • The Buddenbrooks Book Club with Colm Tóibín


  • Rewriting Nature: Lynn Buckle & Ryan Dennis in conversation with Jane Robinson
  • Glimpes: Nature Poetry Workshop: Nell Regan


  • How to Tell Depression to Piss Off with James Withey
  • Writing Happiness: Elspeth Wilson & Rachel Lewis
  • The Self-Love Habit: Fiona Brennan
  • Mind Full: Dermot Whelan in conversation with Fiona Brennan


An initiative of South Dublin Libraries and Arts, the Red Line Book Festival has returned, with a hybrid programme of events - its largest and most ambitious to date. Immerse yourself in conversations, stories and workshops virtually and in-person, from some of the biggest Irish and international names in literature.

Tickets for all festival events can be booked at

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THE RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL is an initiative of South Dublin County Council. Held in October each year, the festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. Taking place in venues across South County Dublin, the Red Line Book Festival provides a programme of events and workshops that appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms. The 2021 festival runs October 11th-17th.

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