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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

26th to 29th March 2020

We will be thinking and talking about The State of Us in 2020, you and me, Ireland, the world…  Download the festival programme here.

In The Lyric Note, poetry and music take centre stage under our spotlight. We will look at borders and the continuing polarisation of states in Present Tense. Read, draw, play and create with some of your favourite in our Schools & Families programme! Hone your craft with guidance from our writers in our Workshops. We will be #EachforEqual on March 6th in our celebration of International Women's Day.

All Festival Events are now onsale and there are no booking charges if you book tickets online.

Food for the Soul with Darina Allen

International Women's Day Event
Friday March 6th at 6:30pm
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Vicky Phelan in conversation with Maia Dunphy

International Women's Day Event
Friday March 6th at 8:30pm
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Family Traditions with Sadhbh Devlin

Schools Event (Age 2nd class +)
Thursday March 26th at 11am
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BOOT! With Shane Hegarty

Schools Event (Age 2nd class +)
Thursday March 26th at 11am
dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

BOOT! With Shane Hegarty - Show 2

Schools Event (Age 2nd class +)
Thursday March 26th at 12:45pm
dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

The State of Home

Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson. Chaired by Susan McKay
Thursday March 26th at 7pm
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True American: Curtis Sittenfeld in conversation with Maia Dunphy

Thursday March 26th at 8:30pm
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Festival Club: What to bring when we leave

Live performance by Tom French and Danny Diamond
Thursday March 26th at 9:30pm
The Library Bar, Haddington Hotel

Mother Tongue with Patricia Forde

Schools Event (Ages 5th/6th Class, 1st/2nd Year)
Friday March 27th at 11am
dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Beag Bídeach! le Sadhbh Devlin

Schools Event (Ages Junior Infants - 2nd Class)
Friday March 27th at 11am
dlr LexIcon, The Studio

The World of Tiny and Teeny with Chris Judge

Schools Event (Ages Junior Infants - 2nd Class)
Friday March 27th at 11am
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Poetry Workshop with Nell Regan

Friday March 27th at 2pm
dlr LexIcon, Room 4, Level 5

Rollicking Rhymes with Michael Rosen

Friday March 27th at 4pm
Pavilion Theatre

Apeirogon

Colum McCann, Síle Nic Chonaonaigh and special guests Bassim Aramin and Rami Elhanan
Friday March 27th at 7pm
Pavilion Theatre

Lemn Sissay: My Name is Why

Friday March 27th at 9pm
Pavilion Theatre

Polemical writing workshop: with Malachi O’Doherty

Saturday March 28th at 10am
dlr LexIcon, Room 4, Level 5

The American Bookclub with Curtis Sittenfeld

Saturday March 28th at 10:30am
dlr LexIcon, Room 3, Level 5

Irish Times Poetry Now Award

Supported by The Irish Times
Saturday March 28th at 10:30am
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Mary Cregan in conversation with Prof. Ciarán Benson

Saturday March 28th at 11am
dlr LexIcon, The Studio

Murder Most Foul

Jane Casey and Catherine Ryan Howard. Chaired by Sinéad Crowley
Saturday March 28th at 11am
Pavilion Theatre
Sold Out

Tiny and Teeny with Chris Judge

Free Event. Sessions starting on the hour; booking required
Saturday March 28th at 11am
dlr LexIcon, Level 3

Mná Amháin: New writing from Enda Wyley, Maureen Boyle and Jane Clarke

Saturday March 28th at 12pm
dlr LexIcon Project Room, Level 3

The State of India

BBC journalist Kavita Puri with Nikesh Shukla
Saturday March 28th at 12:30pm
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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Christy Lefteri in conversation with Sorcha Pollak
Saturday March 28th at 1:30pm
Pavilion Theatre

Belfast Stories

Wendy Erskine and Lucy Caldwell. Chaired by Paul McVeigh.
Saturday March 28th at 1:30pm
dlr LexIcon, Room 3, Level 5

Beyond the World of War

Peadar King and Clare Daly MEP
Saturday March 28th at 2pm
dlr LexIcon Project Room, Level 3

Family Traditions Workshop with Sadhbh Devlin

Saturday March 28th at 2pm
dlr LexIcon, Room 1, Level 3

Octavia Poetry Collective

Rachel Long, Amaal Said and Sumia Juxun
Saturday March 28th at 3pm
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The YA Word

Brian Conaghan and Nikesh Shukla hosted by Elaine Feeney
Saturday March 28th at 4pm
dlr LexIcon, Room 3, Level 5

The State of the EU

Fintan O’Toole and Professor Brigid Laffan. Chaired by Caitriona Crowe
Saturday March 28th at 4pm
Pavilion Theatre

Thomas McCarthy's Poetry Hour: Hosted by Nell Regan

Saturday March 28th at 4pm
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Carol Ann Duffy and Ella Duffy with Olivia O'Leary

Saturday March 28th at 5pm
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The (dis) United States: what would The Bard say?

Professor James Shapiro with Niall MacMonagle
Saturday March 28th at 6pm
dlr LexIcon, The Studio

Anne Enright with Marian Richardson

Saturday March 28th at 7pm
Pavilion Theatre

Roots and Radicals: with Jackie Kay and Peggy Seeger

Saturday March 28th at 9pm
Pavilion Theatre

Poetry Workshop with Maureen Boyle

Sunday March 29th at 10:30am
dlr LexIcon, Room 4, Level 5

Fifty Years On: The State of the North

Claire Hanna MP and Malachi O'Doherty. Chaired by Derek O'Connor.
Sunday March 29th at 12pm
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The Shine Strong Poetry Award

Sunday March 29th at 12pm
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XBorders Refuge: 2020 Showcase

Sunday March 29th at 1:30pm
dlr LexIcon Project Room, Level 3

Colette Bryce and Jackie Kay: chaired by Niall MacMonagle

Sunday March 29th at 1:30pm
Pavilion Theatre

Platform Seven

Louise Doughty with Madeleine Keane
Sunday March 29th at 2:30pm
dlr LexIcon, The Studio

The Summer Isles: A Voyage of The Imagination

With Philip Marsden and poet Nell Regan
Sunday March 29th at 2:30pm
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Rebecca Solnit in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson

Sunday March 29th at 4pm
Pavilion Theatre

John McAuliffe, Katie Donovan and Nidhi Zak (Aria Eipe)

In association with Poetry Ireland
Sunday March 29th at 5pm
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This is Happiness

Niall Williams and Mike Hanrahan
Sunday March 29th at 6:30pm
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Feminism Across Borders: Susan McKay

Sunday March 29th at 7:30pm
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An evening with Paul Muldoon and Lisa Lambe

Sunday March 29th at 9pm
Pavilion Theatre