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Cities & Stories

In 2018, we bring together writers who have been shaped and who in turn have shaped their work around the journeys they’ve made and the cities they call home. 
With millions of people traversing the globe in search of safety and new beginnings, we explore themes of movement and place, and the impact of these concepts and constructs on both ourselves and the writers whose stories reach out to us from the pages of their books.   We look at the world through the eyes of some of our greatest writers.  We’ve built a programme around their stories of humanity and perseverance, exploring how we live and connect globally through literature and ideas.


Wednesday March 21st 8:30pm By the Book: Ali Smith with Sinéad Gleeson Pavilion Theatre
Friday March 23rd 6:30pm Everyday Poetry: An evening with Robert Pinsky and Olivia O'Leary Pavilion Theatre
Saturday March 24th 11am Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Pavilion Theatre

Cities & Stories

This year, we make an imaginative leap of our own as we bring together words and music, presenting our new Lyric Note programme. In association with the TS Eliot Foundation and to mark Nick Roth's recent tenure as composer in residence at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, we present The Wasteland, directed by Adrian Dunbar and featuring Stranley Townsend, Orla Charlton, Frank McCusker and Anna Nygh.  We thread the Lyric Note into this year's festival, connecting writers with musicians over the run of the festival.   


Wednesday March 21st By the Book: Ali Smith with Sinéad Gleeson
Friday March 23rd Everyday Poetry: An evening with Robert Pinsky and Olivia O'Leary
Saturday March 24th Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine