The Dublin Book Festival has been celebrating Ireland's writers, illustrators and publishers for over 14 years - watch a selection of interviews with this year's featured authors below, via a series of films commissioned by Creative Ireland and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

Each year, thousands of people gather in venues throughout Dublin to hear the stories of our writers, mingle and with other booklovers, while families tuck up on beanbags to read books, draw alongside illustrators and listen to authors read their stories.

Despite all the obstacles 2020 has thrown our way, the Dublin Book Festival is presenting over 40 online events for schools, families and readers of all ages. Some events were recorded in the usual DBF haunts - National Library of Ireland, National Botanic Gardens, Kevin Street Library and new venues including Farmleigh House, MoLI and the Natural History Museum. The festival will bring over 70 writers, illustrators and facilitators into your homes, where you can stream the events to your TV and take part in the celebrations! 

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Watch: Luke O'Neill in conversation

The festival kicks off with a wonderful evening of music and conversation in MoLI  - an RTÉ Radio 1 Arena special with Sean Rocks in conversation with Kevin Barry, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Roddy Doyle. Music by Uly. (Friday 27th November, 7 pm - watch online via RTÉ Culture, or listen in via Arena on RTÉ Radio 1)

Be whisked out of your homes and into the beautiful surrounds of Farmleigh House to enjoy Marian Keyes in conversation with Roisin Ingle (Saturday 29 November 11 am - watch it live online via RTÉ Culture).

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Watch: Christine Dwyer Hickey in conversation

History Buffs can step (virtually) into the much loved National Library of Ireland to listen to Pat O'Sullivan Greene discussing his fascinating book Crowdfunding the Revolution: The Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence with Irish Times journalist Ronan McGreevy (Sunday 29th November 3 pm).

Elsewhere, meet one of Ireland's most celebrated scientists and Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine, Professor William Campbell as he discusses his book Catching the Worm, his life story with journalist Maria Delaney, and author Louise O'Neill will discuss her new page-turning thriller After the Silence with Dil Wickremasinghe in the National Library of Ireland. 

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Watch: Jennifer Rock (The Skin Nerd) in conversation

The schools' and children's programme has always been an important part of the festival and while we will all miss the line of buggies outside Smock Alley Theatre, the squeals of delight from the children meeting authors and the beautiful pictures created during the illustration sessions, schools and families can still get involved in storytelling, writing workshops and more!

Tuck the little ones up in their pyjamas, cuddle around the TV and watch familiar faces such as Marian Keyes, Gordan D'arcy, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu, Paul Noonan from BellX1 and Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn as they read Bedtime Christmas Stories.

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Watch: Patrick Freyne in conversation

Join author and illustrator Peter Donnelly for a storytelling and draw-along session as he reads his new book The Dead Zoo from the Natural History Museum (Saturday 28th, 10 am).

Have you ever wondered if a chicken actually flies, or how a sheep keeps warm in the winter? Join broadcaster Darragh McCullough in Farmleigh Estate as he gives us some insight into farm animals, and draw-along with The Great Irish Farmbook illustrator Sally Caulwell (Sunday 29 November, 11 am).

Staying at home doesn't have to be boring, take time to sink into the world of books with Dublin Book Festival from 27th November - 6th December - find out more about the programme here.