Mountains to Sea is delighted to announce Liz Kelly as new Director

25th April 2017

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival is delighted to announce Liz Kelly as the new Director of the 2018 festival. Liz Kelly has over 20 years experience as an arts and culture manager. At present, she is Curator of Literature and Performing Arts with the Age and Opportunity Bealtaine Festival, a freelance post which she has held since 2013. She was Programme Director of the Ennis Book Club Festival from 2014 to 2016. She has worked for a range of organisations including as Executive Director of glór, Ennis, Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór producing Irish Youth Choir, The Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick; The Vanburgh Quartet and Limerick City Gallery of Art. She has worked with numerous local authority arts offices and for The Arts Council in various management roles and as an adviser. She is a graduate of UCD and the University of Limerick where she is an adjunct lecturer at the Kemmy Business School and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Welcome from An Cathaoirleach

15th February 2017

Fáilte mhór romhaibh go léir go Féile Leabhar dlr Ó Chuan go Sliabh 2017. I am delighted to welcome you to Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2017, the 9th year of the festival, which has rapidly become one of the highlights of Ireland’s literary calendar.

This year we have some very special preview events. On February 28th we are thrilled to welcome renowned author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid and on the 13th of March, influential writer George Saunders will read at dlr LexIcon.

As part of International Women’s Day, we have award-winning columnist, author and feminist heroine, Caitlin Moran, politician and trailblazer, Harriet Harman in conversation with Keelin Shanley and Virago Publishing’s Lennie Gooding and Sarah Savitt in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson.

The festival weekend is filled with top-notch writers such as Chris Cleave, Joanna Trollope, John Banville, Kate Summerscale and Neil Jordan. Another event that will, I have no doubt, generate a lot of interest and discussion will be the political event focusing on the US election where Simon Carswell, Gary Younge and Amy Chozick will all contribute.

There’s a music event taking place on Thursday 23rd March with Paul Howard, Tom Dunne and special guests celebrating The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The much-loved Poetry Now festival takes place at the same time as Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival. This year we are delighted to host a particularly strong line-up of poets including Michael Longley, Fanny Howe, Paula Meehan and Nick Laird.

The festival has something for all the family and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome a true legend of children’s literature, Judith Kerr who is author of the classic stories The Tiger who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat. Joining her on the Family and School’s Programme are authors such as Holly Bourne, Chris Judge, Sarah Crossan, Roddy Doyle and Eoin Colfer.

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival partners with many creative individuals and organisations and in particular I would like to thank Fáilte Ireland, The Irish Times and Shine for all their support.

I would also like to thank our fantastic venues particularly the Pavilion Theatre, the municipal theatre for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and also the dlr Mill Theatre in Dundrum.

On behalf of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, I would like to welcome all of our participants and visitors to Mountains to Sea,
dlr Book Festival. I trust you’ll enjoy the superb line-up of literary events as well as the many wonderful shops, bars, restaurants and amenities that Dún Laoghaire has to offer.

I look forward to meeting many of you throughout the festival and I wish you a most enjoyable week of literature.

An Cathaoirleach,

Councillor Cormac Devlin

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival welcomes Caitlin Moran, Harriet Harman and the publishers of Virago for a special International Women’s Day Celebration on Sunday 12th March 2017

2nd February 2017

To mark International Women’s Day, Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival has curated a daylong celebration of women who have worked tirelessly and passionately to change women’s lives for the better.

The Virago Story 2pm 12th March 2017
Current Virago CEO, Lennie Goodings, once asked the publisher’s formidable founder, Carmen Callil, “why did you start Virago?” The answer came instantly: “to change the world, darling – that’s why.” Joining Lennie Goodings and Virago’s General Manager Sarah Savitt will be two young Irish publishing trailblazers, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen of Tramp Press. They will discuss the burning questions of the day about women’s writing, gender and the arts with Sinéad Gleeson.

Harriet Harman 4.30pm 12th March 2017
Well-known and outspoken British MP Harriet Harman will join RTÉ’s Keelin Shanley to discuss her life in politics. Harriet was elected Labour MP for Peckham in 1982 when the House of Commons was 97% male. Her book, A Woman’s Work is told with great warmth and a refreshing humility and offers the reader a rich and humorous story that shows how far we’ve come and offers ideas of where we should go next.

Caitlin Moran 7.30pm 12th March 2017
Award-winning columnist and bestselling author of How to Be a Woman and How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran will be discussing her recent bestselling collection, Moranifesto with Declan Hughes. In Moranifesto Caitlin deals with topics as pressing and diverse as 1980s swearing, benefits, boarding schools, and why the internet is like a drunken toddler.

Tickets are now on sale at

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2017- Tickets Now on Sale for Selected Highlights

12th December 2016

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2017 is delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for readings by Mohsin Hamid, Joanna Trollope, Michael Longley & Fanny Howe, Sarah Howe & Nick Laird, Judith Kerr and Ryan Tubridy & P.J. Lynch.

2017 is already shaping up to be another great year for the iconic Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival, which will run in various locations around Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown from 22- 26 March 2017.

Tickets are now on sale for several key events, including best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope who will read from her new novel City of Friends. In a fascinating pre-festival event on 28th February Irish Times writer Hugh Linehan will interview Mohsin Hamid, author of the prophetic The Reluctant Fundamentalist. In his new book Exit West, Mohsin describes a growing friendship between two young people in an unnamed war zone in the Middle East.

As always, the Poetry Now strand is an important keystone to the on-going success of the festival. In 2017 we welcome Michael Longley and Fanny Howe, two of the most cherished poets working today, for an evening of exquisite, peerless writing. Another poetry highlight is Sarah Howe, a British poet whose collection Loop of Jade won the 2015 TS Eliot Prize, who will read with Tyrone poet Nick Laird. Laird’s anthology, The Zoo of the New, edited with Don Paterson will be published in March 2017 by Penguin, along with a novel, Modern Gods, later in the year.

The Schools and Families’ programme once again brings the best local and international writers working in this vibrant sector to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. In 2017 we are delighted to announce that broadcaster and author Ryan Tubridy and Laureate na nÓg P.J.Lynch will present Patrick and The President, a gorgeous new picture book that evokes President John F. Kennedy’s return to his ancestral home in Ireland in 1963. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy called Patrick who wants to know what it would like to shake the President’s hand.

A true legend of children’s literature, 93 year old Judith Kerr, author and illustrator of The Tiger Who Came To Tea will also be visiting Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival. Judith will be in conversation with her lifelong editor and designer, Ian Craig.

Tickets for these events are now on sale and the full programme will be announced in mid February 2017.