Readers’ Day in The Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon Saturday 25 November
Programmed by writer Martina Devlin on behalf of dlr Libraries, it features a sparkling range of writers and thinkers.
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
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.
Good Friday Agreement Reboot
Two exciting débuts from writers 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.
Michael Magee’s acclaimed Close to Home, winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Fiction, is a memorable, gritty account of life in Belfast for the post-peace process generation.
Chair: writer and academic Carlo Gébler
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.
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