The Red Line Book Festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. Celebrating its tenth year the festival takes place in various venues across South Dublin County and is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.

This year’s festival returns with a blended programme of online and offline events.

Michael Smith John McAuliffe Red Line FestivalSelected Poems: John Mcauliffe in conversation with Michael Schmidt

Online event
Tuesday 12 Oct, 7pm – 8pm
Free. Booking required

Selected Poems is the occasion for a retrospect and a survey, trying to detect the shape of an oeuvre to date, identify its themes and directions. The centrifugal ‘moving out’ exemplified by John Mcauliffe’s developing poetry – a geographical, thematic, prosodic and formal expansion – is fascinating, and as a poet-critic he is able to see his own work in helpful ways. Join John as he talks to Michael Schmidt about this landmark collection. John McAuliffe has published five books with The Gallery Press, most recently Selected Poems in Oct 2021 and The Kabul Olympics (2020), which was a Guardian Poetry Book of the Month in June 2020 and a TLS and Irish Times 2020 Book of the Year. He grew up in Listowel, Co. Kerry, and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.Michael Schmidt is a publisher (Carcanet), literary historian and poet.


Red Line Book Festival New poetry collectionsPoetry Night New Collections: Amanda Bell, Eleanor Hooker and David Butler in conversation with Annemarie Ni Churreain

Venue: The Civic
Wed 13 Oct, 6pm – 7pm
Free. Booking required

A special night of poetry as part of the Red Line Book Festival. Join us for a panel discussion on New Poetry Collections by Amanda Bell, Eleanor Hooker and David Butler who will be in conversation with poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin.

Amanda Bell is a Dublin-based poet, author and assistant editor of The Haibun Journal. Her most recent poetry collection, Riptide will be published by Doire Press in October.

Eleanor Hooker is a poet and writer. Her poetry collection Of Ochre and Ash is due to be published with Dedalus Press in October.

David Butler is a poet,novelist, dramatist and short story writer. Liffey Sequence (Doire Press 2021) is his third poetry collection, after Via Crucis (Doghouse 2011) and All the Barbaric Glass (Doire Press 2017).


Liz Quirke & Annemarie Ní Churreáin in conversation with Jessica TraynorLiz Quirke & Annemarie Ní Churreáin in conversation with Jessica Traynor

Second collections often reflect a growth in the poetic voice: more assured, more risk-taking, and these books are no exception. Liz Quirke, author of How We Arrive in Winter, and Annemarie Ní Churreáin, author of The Poison Glen, will be talking about and reading from their recently published second collections with poet Jessica Traynor.




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