Well, I love the sound of the new Literary Village which will be located in Merrion Square Park, Dublin next month. The Dublin International Literature Festival, which celebrates a quarter century of stories, makes its appearance in its new home in the beautiful leafy space from 19-29 May.
or this 25th anniversary edition, readers and writers will gather in Dublin for an 11-day celebration of bibliophilia.
Bernardine Evaristo, Richard Dawkins, Damon Galgut and Jennifer Egan are part of the diverse mix of 175 authors, speakers, creatives and performers from over 30 countries with talks, lectures, debates and more for all ages and interests.
The full program is available now at ilfdublin.com.
May also sees the return of Bealtaine, a month-long national festival that celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. Some of the most notable literary events to mark are Colm Tóibín and Padraig Regan discussing their poetry and Manchán Magan in conversation with Marian Richardson.
The Bealtaine Book Club author for 2022 is historical novelist Peter Cunningham – watch out for his ‘My Life in Books’ section on these pages next week.
It is heartening to hear news of a new publishing initiative. Last week Bullaun Press sent their first title, I am Lewy, in the world.
Bullaun founder Bridget Farrell worked as an editor for Lilliput Press before joining Inis Mór a few years ago with her partner, writer Sean O’Reilly. She decides to create the first press in Ireland dedicated exclusively to translation work.
I’m from Lewy author Eoghan Ó Tuairisc died 40 years ago last August and Mícheál Ó hAodha has produced a fresh and engaging revival of his latest autobiographical short story. Fortunately, it brings the original text – as relevant, touching and humorous today as when it first appeared in Irish – to a wider audience.
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Future titles will feature additional languages. More information on bullaunpress.com.