Red Line Book Festival Newsletter

Red Line Book Festival Newsletter

Hello everyone!

The countdown to the Red Line Book Festival has begun in earnest!  

From the 11—15 October, Red Line will celebrate all things literary with a programme of events that is sure to appeal to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to book worms. Here are just some of the highlights! For the full programme: go to

Strolling through Ulysses


Date: Wednesday 11th

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: The Coach House, Palmerstown

Admission: €8 (including a glass of wine)


Written and performed by Robert Gogan, Strolling Through Ulysses! tells the fun-filled story of Bloomsday – June 16th 1904 – the iconic day around which James Joyce’s Ulysses is based, guiding you through the curious events and quirky characters of Ulysses, in a humorous, entertaining and informative manner, with extracts from the novel which best illustrate the various aspects of Joyce’s writing – the comical, the descriptive and the complex – without compromising the integrity of the great book.



The Wonder of the Irish Wake With Kevin Toolis

Date: Thursday 12th

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Venue: Ballyroan Library

Admission: FREE


BAFTA-winning writer and film maker, Kevin Toolis recites and reads from his groundbreaking memoir My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die and reveals how the oldest rite of humanity can still teach us to live, love and die in grace.

Kevin Toolis is a filmmaker and author of My Father's Wake, and an acclaimed chronicle of the Troubles, Rebel Hearts. He has written for the New York Times and The Guardian. He is the founder of Many Rivers Films and playwright of the London West End political satire The Confessions of Gordon Brown.


To Hell in a Handbag


Date: Thursday 12th

Time: 6.30pm & 8.30pm

Venue: Rathfarnham Castle

Admission: €10/8 conc.


This production is cleverly intertwined with Oscar Wilde’s great play, The Importance of Being Earnest.  The time is 1895 and the place is the garden and rectory at the Manor House Woolton. Miss Prism gives her side of the story about the unfortunate incident all those years ago in Victoria Station, when she placed a baby in a handbag and left it there. Canon Chasuble describes how he is in possession, but not ownership, of a large stamp collection which previously belonged to the late Lord Woolton, the value of which is unknown to the beneficiaries.  Both are keen to improve their lot against their so-called betters in society and are not above skullduggery and deception.  The hilarity is intensified by the fact that White and Norton are perfectly matched as Prism and Chasuble.  It is all great fun and provides an uplifting hour of theatre.


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾
By Sue Townsend, Bruiser’s 20th Anniversary Production, Presented by kind permission from Sayle Screen on behalf of the Sue Townsend Estate


Date: Friday 13th
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium
Admission: €15/€12 conc.
Age: For ages 13 ¾ and up!


“Perhaps when my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a thirteen and three quarter-year old intellectual….”


All the agonies of Sue Townsend’s loveable loser are brought to life by the boisterous Bruiser Theatre Company.  Hilariously captured in his secret diary, adolescence doesn’t offer much for our Adrian.  His parents' crumbling marriage, spots, bullies, his unrequited love for Pandora, and the erratic behaviour of his dog - his teenage world is an outrageous triumph of deadpan humour and deadly accurate satire.

ABBA, Princess Di's wedding, punks, Monty Python, and the Falklands campaign - all the cultural pageantry of a keenly observed era marches past the unique perspective of Sue Townsend's creation: A. Mole, the unforgettable lad whose self-absorption only gets funnier as his life becomes more desperate.




Date: Friday 13th
Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Rathfarnham Castle
Admission: €10/ €8 conc.



Forgotten is a dramatic presentation of work by Celia de Fréine, Martina Devlin and Catherine Dunne on the theme of women whom history has forgotten. Featuring actresses Nicola Abernethy, Orna McDonald and Lisa-Ann McLaughlin.


The work featured will be approximately 50 minutes long and will include three short pieces:


Rose a play by Celia de Fréine in which flower-seller Rose laments her friend, Mary Duffy, killed during the Bachelor’s Walk Massacre in 1914 in which four civilians lost their lives;


Witch Fever, by Martina Devlin, in which an innocent young woman, Lizzie Cellar, has just been found guilty in a mass witchcraft trial. Surrounded by soldiers, she stands in a cart waiting to be carried to prison, gazing in bewilderment at the mob baying for her blood;


In Their Own Words by Catherine Dunne which features a selection of women’s voices from the emigrant generation of the 1950’s. A narrative thread will link the women’s actual words, dramatised from dozens of interviews conducted for ‘An Unconsidered People’. These women are unknown, in the sense that they have never had a  public profile, but their experiences illuminate Irish society of the 1950's, and its attitude towards women. Those who emigrated did so because of economic pressures, or unplanned pregnancies or, simply, in search of the freedom that Ireland did not offer. They voted with their feet.


Readers’ Day 2017


Date: Saturday 14th

Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Venue: Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium

Admission: €12/€10 conc. Early booking advised.


Join renowned writers for a relaxed and intimate day of readings and public conversations chaired by Dermot Bolger. This year's line-up features award winning authors including; Lisa Harding, Sara Baume, Mike McCormack, Mary O’Rourke, Julie Parsons and John Banville. Authors will be available to sign books on the day.



The Happy Pear Talk & Demo With Stephen and David Flynn


Date: Sunday 15th

Time: 4.00pm

Venue: Civic Theatre, Loose End

Admission: €10/€8 conc.



The Happy Pear started out back in 2004 with a small veg shop and a big dream. These brothers are all about inspiring a healthier, happier world and at the core of this is spreading their message.  Join us for a talk and demonstration, as David and Stephen share their experiences so far as well as some tips and tricks they’ve picked up along their plant-powered way.



We hope you can join us in our celebration of literary as it’s always nice to see familiar faces return!

To see the programme in full and book your ticket please visit our website – Tickets can also be booked by phoning our box office: 01 4627 477