Readers’ Day, dlr LexIcon

03 November 2023 / Nuacht Leabharlainne
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Join us for a Readers’ Day in The Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon on Saturday 25 November.

dlr LexIcon Studio
Saturday 25 November

Bookings for events via dlr Libraries Eventbrite


Do you have a fiction addiction? Are you captivated by non-fiction?

Join us for a Readers’ Day in The Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon on Saturday 25 November.

Programmed by writer Martina Devlin on behalf of dlr Libraries, it features a sparkling range of writers and thinkers.


There are two ticket types available: a morning session ticket (10am-1pm) or afternoon session (2pm-4pm). Attendees can also book both if they would like to attend for the full day.


Book for Morning Session

Book for Afternoon Session


Morning Session (10am-1pm)

10.00am: History Girls

Emily Hourican and Hazel Gaynor talk about the remarkable true stories behind their bestselling books, both fast-paced novels full of love and danger.

Emily’s An Invitation to the Kennedys shines a light on socialite Kathleen Kennedy, sister to JFK, who married into the British aristocracy.

Hazel Gaynor’s The Last Lifeboat, shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, tells of a young teacher who escorts evacuees through dangerous waters in World War 2.

Chair: Zainab Boladale of RTÉ’s Nationwide


11.00am: Against The Odds

She swims, not for glory, but to find the person inside willing to risk everything.

Endurance swimmer Nuala Moore, who has done a relay swim around the Irish coast and swum through ice in Siberia, discusses self-belief, overcoming adversity and realising your potential in her memoir Limitless.

In conversation with neuroscientist, clinical psychologist and author Prof Ian Robertson.


11.50am: Good Friday Agreement Reboot

An exciting début reflecting on the Troubles in the 25th anniversary year of the Good Friday Agreement.

In his memoir Dirty Linen, Irish Times literary editor Martin Doyle, shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, looks back on a life spent under the long shadow of violence.

Chair: writer and academic Carlo Gébler


Afternoon Session (2pm-4pm)

2.00pm: The Women Science Forgot

There’s no one like Prof Luke O’Neill for demystifying science. But in his new book To Boldly Go Where No Book Has Gone Before: A Joyous Journey Through All of Science, he also explores overlooked women scientists and the important contribution made by them.

In conversation with Anne Cassin, journalist and broadcaster.


3.00pm: Desert Island Books

What do writers read? Martina Devlin hosts a lively conversation in which authors recommend their favourite books.

Panel guests: Martin Doyle, Emily Hourican and Carlo Gébler


Note: Dubray Books will be onsite on the day for book sales, with time for signings over lunch and at the end of the day.

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