Red Line Book Festival 2017

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the Red Line Book Festival 2017. The festival returns for a sixth year and runs from the 11th to 15th October in venues right across South Dublin County. The festival celebrates all things literary – be it written, spoken or performed. It also nurtures both readers and writers especially new and emerging writers. Please find below a few of the highlights of the festival. For more, go to


Lucan Library


Poetry First:

A celebration of first collections and Red Line Book Festival Poetry Awards  


Date: Wednesday 11th

Time: 6pm - 9pm

Venue: Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium

Admission: FREE


Renowned poet Nessa O’Mahoney chairs a panel discussing First Collections with Brian Kirk, Eamonn Lynskey and Phil Lynch. How do you get your name known as a poet today? What constitutes a collection and who should you approach with it? Packed full of vital information on how the business works and tips for getting your own work published, find out what it feels like to hold your first book in your hand.  

Following this, we have our Poetry Award Ceremony. This is a hugely popular event each year which receives entries from all across Ireland! This year we are honoured to have Mary O’Donnell, a celebrated poet and novelist of exceptional talent, as our judge for the competition. 


ITT Short Story Competition Awards 


Date: Thursday 12th

Time: 6pm

Venue: Civic Theatre, Loose End

Admission: FREE; booking essential.


We are delighted to host the award ceremony for a second year of the ITT Short Story Competition, run by the Institute of Technology, Tallaght in conjunction with the Red Line Book Festival. Last year saw a wealth of wonderful short stories submitted and this year we hope to see even more. We are delighted to welcome competition judge, Colm Keegan, who is a writer and performance poet from Dublin. Since 2005, he has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, for both poetry and fiction and won the All Ireland Poetry Slam in 2010. In 2015 he was awarded a residency in the LexIcon, Dun Laoighire. He is a creative writing teacher and co-founder of the Inklinks Project, a creative writing initiative for young writers.


Staccato Lite  


Date: Friday 13th

Time: 7.00pm – 9pm

Venue: Cherrytree, Walkinstown

Admission:  FREE; booking essential.


Inspired by the hugely popular Staccato event founded and developed by Tanya Farrelly and David Butler, Staccato Lite brings you a blend of established authors plus an opportunity for new voices to shine. Join award-winning writers Tanya Farrelly, David Butler, Phyl Herbert, singer-songwriter
Keith Burke, storyteller Catherine Brophy, and bestseller Sam Blake on stage for an open mic session that will celebrate all things written. Are you a poet? A short story writer? Come and join us and share your talent.



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.



Sunday Miscellany 


Date: Sunday 15th

Time: 6.00pm

Venue: Civic Theatre, Main Auditorium

Admission: €10/€8 conc. 


For nearly 50 years, Sunday morning on RTÉ Radio 1 has meant Sunday Miscellany. Reportage, appreciations, memory pieces, poetry, travel writing and personal accounts of events and happenings are the stuff of Sunday Miscellany. Each week, the programme presents a selection of new writing from both established writers and new voices, woven together with complimentary music. Sunday Miscellany is delighted to be returning to The Red Line Book Festival 2017 with an event that will feature local and well known writers, as well as the best in live music. The programme captures our times, passions and curiosities. 

We have an array of other events lined up for the week that you may also be interested in.
Please  visit to see the full range of events and to book your tickets. Tickets may also be booked through Box Office, by calling 01 4627 477