These days it's easy to see ourselves as passive recipients of a wave of media representations: the world in crisis from extremes of faith or nature, our inclination to forget history - an embrace of materialism our new religion. It can seem difficult to hang on to our collective humanity, to seek to understand cultures that are new to us, or to focus on the simple things that shape us as individuals. Writers have always helped us to see both others and ourselves more clearly. This year's programme builds on the strong foundations of previous years, by including some of the world's finest writers of poetry and fiction, and developing new opportunities to engage with non-fiction writers through discussion and debate.
We welcome Alistair MacLeod and Timothy Taylor to Dublin in an exciting creative exchange, while Irish writers Nuala O'Faolain and Claire Keegan participate in the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Our partnership with The Ark allows both a programme for children and the opportunity for adults to remember childhood in the company of great writers.
Closer still to my heart is the double honour to celebrate the remarkable literary achievements of Thomas Kinsella, firstly through awarding him Freedom of the City in May, and now joining an array or writers and artists to pay tribute to him in our closing event, at the Gate Theatre.
Together with the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon, whose support we gratefully acknowledge, we invite you to join us in celebrating two of this city's fondest traditions — our joy in literature and our desire for debate.
Tá súil agam go mbainfidh tú taitneamh as clár na féile seo.
Lord Mayor of Dublin,
Councillor Vincent Jackson
t. + 353 1 222 7848
Dublin City Arts Office
The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1
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