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Dublin Book Festival 2023, Ireland

8 November 2023 - 12 November 2023

Free – €25

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From Joyce to Yeats and Wilde, Ireland has been renowned for its literary prowess, come this November you can meet the finest crop of the Emerald Isle’s bards at the Dublin Book Festival held from 8 to 12 November at various places around the Irish capital.

Anne Enright, John Connolly, Paul Lynch and Una Mannion are among the participants at the festival which features a diverse range of talent from the spoken and written word.

Since 2006, the Dublin Book Festival has been one of the leading literary festivals in the country, and with Dublin itself being a UNESCO City of Literature, what better place is there to celebrate the written word?

Dublin Book Festival 2023
John Connolly Author photo Ivan Gimenez Costa

This is a celebration of the wonderful writers, illustrators and publishers from Ireland, both well established and emerging.

Dublin Book Festival Programme

From talks to book launches, literary tours and even travel writing workshops, the Dublin Book Festival has a diverse range of activities to appease both young and old with panel discussions, with book launches, special celebration events, poetry, literary walking tours, a full free family and children’s programme.

Read the full schedule of events, here

Dublin Book Festival Hub and Venues

The main Festival Hub (10 to 12 November) is at The Printworks, Dublin Castle. It has  two events rooms, café and bookshop as well as a boutique tent in the main courtyard.

Dublin Book Festival 2023
Anne Enright

More than 100 events will be held across the city in venues such as at the Glass Mask Theatre, the National Library of Ireland, Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, the National Botanic Gardens, the Irish Writers Centre and the Royal Irish Academy.

Ticket Prices

Around three-quarters of the events are free, although registration is required for most. Some events cost €5 to €12, and most walking tours are €10, with a couple of professional development events costing €15 to €25.

Other Dublin Literary Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is not the only literary festival in the Irish capital. Discover more about the International Literature Festival Dublin, held in May.

Accommodation in Dublin

If you need accommodation in Dublin, then why not use our hotel booking portal. It will cost you nothing extra, but the small money we raise in commission helps with the running of this site.

Una Mannion will be at the 2023 Dublin Book Festival
Una Mannion

While in Dublin, why not try out some of the city’s wonderful, diverse attractions? Read Mark Bibby Jackson’s Things To Do in Dublin in 48 Hours.

Further information on the Dublin Book Festival

Click here for the official festival website.

Cover illustration by Jennifer Farley. All images provided by the organisers. 


8 November 2023
12 November 2023
Free – €25


Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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