Key events for adults and children for Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2020 are on sale from Dec 13th 2019

Mountains to Sea dlr Festival are delighted to announce that 8 events for adults & children will go on sale on December 13th 2019 on The festival runs from March 26th to March 29th 2020.

‘The theme of this year’s festival ‘The state of us’ is as much a question as a statement, an acknowledgement of uncertainty. As we consider how we are faring out in these changing times and take stock of where we are, we celebrate the power of words to stimulate, unite, delight, inspire and agitate. Through poetry, novels and non-fiction events, M2C 2020 will see international authors share their stories and cultures’

                               Liz Kelly, Festival Director                                                                 

The events now onsale are:

True American: Curtis Sittenfeld in conversation with Maia Dunphy

Thursday March 26th dlr Lexicon 8.30pm €15/12

With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. It could be said that she writes what we’re all thinking - if only we could express it with the wit of a supreme satirist, the enchantment of an old-fashioned storyteller, and the vision of an American original.

Rollicking Rhymes with Michael Rosen

Friday March 27th Pavilion Theatre 4pm adult €7 / €5 ch Age 6 +

Join Michael Rosen, one of the world’s most loved children’s authors for a dose of infectious enthusiasm and hilarious tales. Great fun for everyone from six to sixty, you don’t want to miss this! In conversation with Sara Keating.


Friday March 27th Pavilion Theatre 7pm €15 /€12

Colum McCann, with special guests Bassim Aramin and Rami Elhanan Meet the National Book Award-winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann as he joins us for a discussion of his most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon - named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides. The novel is tells the intertwining stories of Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan who will join him onstage with documentary maker Sile Ni Chonaonaigh.

My name is Why - Lemn Sissay

Friday March 27th Pavilion Theatre 9pm €15/ €12

We are thrilled to welcome poet, performer & memoirist Lemn Sissay to Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival. In conversation with Evelyn O'Rourke, he will reflect on his childhood in care, on self-expression and Britishness; exploring the care system, race, family and the meaning of home and celebrating the redemptive power of creativity. There will also, of course, be a poem or two.

Anne Enright in conversation with with Marian Richardson

Saturday March 28th Pavilion Theatre 7pm €15/ €12

Anne Enright’s latest novel Actress is described as a brilliant and moving novel about fame, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother's hidden truths. Anne tells the story of Irish theatre legend, Katherine O'Dell, as written by her daughter Norah. It tells of early stardom in Hollywood, of highs and lows on the stages of Dublin and London's West End.

Roots and Radicals with Jackie Kay and Peggy Seeger

Saturday March 28th Pavilion Theatre 9pm €15/ €12

We are delighted that Jackie Kay will host Peggy Seeger for an evening of conversation and above all, wonderful song. Peggy Seeger is one of folk music’s most influential artists and songwriters. Steeped in music and left-wing politics she, as a US student in the 1950s, travelled to Russia and China – against US advice – before arriving in London, where she met the man with whom she would share three children and thirty-three years: Ewan MacColl. Together, they helped lay the foundations of the British folk revival and as Ewan’s muse, she inspired one of the twentieth century’s most popular love songs, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. She’ll be joined by Jackie Kay. Now three years into her stint as Scots Makar, Jackie Kay’s exuberance and insight have helped her bring poetry to the people.

Platform Seven - Louise Doughty with Madeleine Keane

Sunday March 29th Pavilion Theatre11am €15/ €12

Join novelist, playwright and journalist, Louise Doughty in conversation with Madeleine Keane about her writing career, including her latest novel, Platform Seven, a gripping, brilliant, original & eerily-timely novel, and her bestselling and critically-acclaimed title, Apple Tree Yard, which was adapted into a hit BBC TV series. Two deaths on Platform Seven of Peterborough Railway Station. Two fatalities in eighteen months - surely they're connected? No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die.

This is Happiness with Niall Williams and Mike Hanrahan

Sunday March 29th Pavilion Theatre 6:30pm €15/ €12

Hosted by Marian Richardson, join Niall Williams, acclaimed author of Man Booker-longlisted History of the Rain and author of the most enchanting novel you'll read this year, This is Happiness which is set in 1950s Ireland with the coming of electricity. Joining Niall and Marian will be former Stockton’s Wing member and author of Beautiful Affair to sprinkle some musical magic over the conversation.

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