The FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, CRH, Brown Thomas, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media.
Since its inception in 2000, and with the support and encouragement of the press, the festival has become a significant date in the annual literary calendar of Dublin.
The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public.
The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish Committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia.
Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers from different languages and cultures are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas around this theme in an informal setting. Debates, interviews, “cafés littéraires”, readings, book sales, signings, exhibitions and screenings take place over the three days of the festival.
Among the renowned authors invited since 2000, the festival has welcomed such writers as JMG Le Clezio, Amin Maalouf, Azouz Begag, Jean-Paul Kauffman, Sophie Fontanel and Frédéric Beigbeder. Our Irish guests have included Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, Sebastien Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Marina Carr, Paul Lynch and the late Seamus Heaney.
The Franco-Irish Literary Festival offers a rare opportunity to spend three days in an exciting and stimulating literary environment.
All events open to the public and free!