Helen McMahon, Red Line Book Festival programmer and librarian with South Dublin Libraries, looks forward to a jam-packed eighth edition of the festival, which runs Oct 8th – 14th.

The Red Line Book Festival is a fantastic opportunity for the people of South Dublin to engage with all things literary, right on their own doorstep. We also really want to throw open this festival and invite all of Dublin, and beyond, into Tallaght’s cultural quarter comprised of the Civic Theatre, Rua Red and the County Library, Tallaght, as well as our host of other venues across South Dublin County.

As is fitting for the year that marks one hundred years of women’s suffrage in Ireland, the festival strongly features some of the most striking and talented women writers in Ireland and beyond. We are thrilled to have writers like Emilie Pine, Angela Nagle, Sophie Hannah and Tara Flynn who, each in their own distinct way, are not afraid to speak to their minds.

Emeile Pine

Our Historic Heroines strand, in particular, marks Votáil 100 with a number of events celebrating the role of women in history and politics, society and literature. Victorian Mavericks sees Nuala O’Connor, Bernie McGill & Caroline Busher celebrating Victorian-era female characters who dared to break the mold. Mná and the Law finds Justice Marie Baker & Constance Cassidy SC discussing women in politics, the law and their prominence in our history. The commemorative project Mná na hÉireann, produced by the team behind Myles Dungan’s History Show, brings us a day-long programme of presentations on women in Ireland from 1918 onwards, with contributions from leading historians Liz Gillis, Sinéad McCoole, Dr. Kate O’Malley, as well as Joe Duffy.

Alison Spittle

Women again feature strongly in the festival’s Digital Worlds strand which delves into the often marvellous but sometimes murky world of technology. Creative powerhouse Alison Spittle hosts Internet Famous, a panel event with Tara Flynn, Aoife Dooley, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen which is bound to be both, by turns, wildly funny and deadly serious. Angela Nagle will appear in conversation with Rob Doyle to discuss her controversial book Kill All Normies: The Online Culture Wars from Tumblr and 4chan to the Alt-Right and Trump.

This year sees a greater celebration of popular fiction genres as we welcome Peter F. Hamilton, one of the world’s foremost science fiction writers, while bestseller Sophie Hannah joins Sam Blake, Louise Phillips, Cormac O’Keeffe and Patricia Gibney for a killer night of crime.

The festival’s Poetic Licence strand celebrates poetry and new writing. Guardian First Book Award winner Andrew McMillan visits the festival to celebrate the launch of his new poetry collection, playtime. The question of class is put front and centre in This Voice: Writing & The Working Class with Colm Keegan in conversation with Paul McVeigh, June Caldwell and Frankie Gaffney.

To celebrate the village of Clondalkin’s new status as a Líonra Gaeilge, we are hosting a celebratory evening of song, dance, poetry and music. Our Fear an Tí Peadar Ó Caomhánaigh will be joined by poets Caitríona Ní Chléirchín and Aifric Mac Aodha and some of the finest traditional musicians Dublin can boast.

We're delighted to welcome Pat Nolan and Rose Henderson to perform their hit @dublinfringe show-in-a-bag, 'Take Off Your Cornflakes', at @civictheatre on Thu 11 Oct. Equal parts heartfelt and hilarious, this is one #RedLineBookFest event not to be missed! https://t.co/BIichB96G0 pic.twitter.com/gYRVVv53c7

— Red Line Book Festival (@RedLineBookFest) October 9, 2018

Highlights of the Red Line Book Festival’s Signature Series include a live recording of RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Miscellany with an array of special guests. There will also be a performance of the hit theatre show Take Off Your Cornflakes, starring Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan, plus a special Red Line Book Festival edition of the Rick O’Shea Book Club, with guests Senator Lynn Ruane, Declan Lynch and Tony O’Reilly.

The Red LIne Book Festival runs October 8th - 14th and tickets for all festival events can be booked here.