Last night the International Literature Festival announced its line-up for 2015. The festival takes place across various locations in Dublin between May 16th – 24th.
Some of the bigger names set to appear include Jon Ronson, Irvine Welsh, Paul Muldoon and Anne Enright.
Author of such best-selling books as The Men Who Stare At Goats and The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson will be discussing his latest work So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed which deals with ordinary members of the public who found global infamy after their simple mistakes went viral. He will be appearing at O’Reilly Theatre on May 19th.
Irvine Welsh is a household name thanks to his darkly humorous classics like Trainspotting and Filth, both of which were turned into critically acclaimed films. Those who enjoyed his novel Glue will be interested in his newest release A Decent Ride, which sees a return for taxi-driving, drug dealer Terry ‘Juice’ Lawson. Irvine Welsh will be talking to broadcaster Sinead Gleeson at Liberty Hall on May 22nd.
Pulitzer-prize winning poet Paul Muldoon will appear at Liberty Hall two days before Welsh. Muldoon will be reading from his latest collection of works titled One Thousand Things Worth Knowing.
Ireland’s first ‘Laureate for Irish Fiction’ Anne Enright discusses her latest novel The Green Road, which sees children of an ailing matriarch return home for one final Christmas together. The Gathering – focusing on a large Irish family’s trials and tribulations – won her the Man Booker prize in 2007.
Other events to look out for include Iranian poet Sepideh Jodeyri and LGBT activist Ailbhe Smyth giving a talk about freedom of expression. Sepideh Jodeyri published a translated version of Blue is the Warmest Colour in her native Iran. Afterwards, she was severely threatened and forced to flee to the Czech Republic for safety. They appear at the Irish Film Institute on May 16th.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi wrote Guantanemo Diary during his incarceration at the infamous prison in 2005. After years of legal battles, it was finally published to critical acclaim. The book’s editor Larry Siems, along with Slahi’s attorney Nancy Hollander discuss how Slahi managed to write the diary and what life is like in the world’s most feared prison. This event takes place on May 19th at O’Reilly Theatre.
Taking place over nine days, the International Literature Festival will undoubtedly have something for everyone. You can see a full list of events over at their website.