The 21st International Literature Festival Dublin will bring a whole host of high profile authors to Dublin including Neil Gaiman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ruby Wax and Rachel Cusk.

Programme Director Martin Colthorpe looked at some of the authors due in Dublin next month for RTÉ Entertainment.

"We have Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun) who for me is one of the most important literary figures in the world right now. We have Neil Gaiman, one of the most respected and much-loved storytellers - he'll be closing the festival on May 27.

"We have a thrilling programme for young readers and young writers, with people like Michael Rosen and Oliver Jeffers part of that. So, as ever with the Festival, we are about celebrating the city of Dublin, Irish literature and bringing the world to Dublin."

Melatu Uche Okorie on Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge at Wednesday's launch

Marita Conlon-McKenna is the best-selling author of Under the Hawthorn Tree, her most successful novel for children, first published in 1990 and indeed the first part of her Children of the Famine trilogy. The Dublin-born fiction writer has written a plethora of novels since and her work has been translated into many of the European languages, as well as languages like Persian, Arabic and Malay.

"It's very important to have these things in Dublin, it gets the crowds in and people from all over. And the fact that there is a children's element too, it gets families and young children to come as well too. It's lovely to have a mixture of the old writers like myself and the new writers."

Melatu Uche Okorie is from Nigeria and she spent overt ten years in various Direct Provision residences in this country. Her debut collection of three short stories, published by Skein Press, will be launched during this year's Festival.

"I lived in Dublin for a bit, then I went off to Sligo, and I'm back in Dublin again," says the writer.This Hostel Life is one of the three stories in Melatu's much-anticipated collection. "I just wanted to capture the daily life of a woman in Direct Provision."

The 21st International Literature Festival Dublin takes place from May 19 - 27. See for the full programme of events.