RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL

Red Line Book Festival


TEDxTallaght 2017: The Propagation of Ideas - 12 October 2017

Tickets on Sale Friday 1 September

Book here or through The Civic Theatre's Box Office (01 4627477) - To see who'll be speaking on the night, visit our 2017 Speakers page

"Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. 
Otherwise both will wither and die.
B. R. Ambedkar

The Red Line Book Festival 11th – 15th October 2017

The Red Line Book Festival is a celebration of all things literary.  It provides a programme of events and workshops aimed to attract culturally curious audiences of all ages and interests from both the local and wider community. The initiative is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.

The festival features events in a range of venues, from purpose-built theatre spaces (Civic Theatre, RUA RED Arts Centre), to historic buildings (Rathfarnham Castle, Pearse Museum at St. Enda’s Park and The Clondalkin Round Tower Centre), to our branch libraries, and even in a chocolate factory (The Chocolate Warehouse) and a local Pub Theatre, The Cherrytree.

With some 40 events organised for the 2017 festival, a selection of home-grown and international talent will be presented. Showcasing the best of Irish writing, Dermot Bolger will chat with John Banville (“The Sea”), Mike McCormack (“Solar Bones”), Sara Baume (“Spill Simmer Falter Wither”), Julie Parsons (“The Therapy House”), Lisa Harding (“Harvesting”) and the inimitable Mary O’Rourke (“Just Mary”) on Readers Day (Saturday October 14th).


Coordinating this year’s literary strand is Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin (also known as crime writer Sam Blake). This year, she has gathered an exciting group of writers including Tanya Farrelly, Catherine Brophy, Phyl Herbert, Kevin Toolis and David Butler who will delight audiences with their performances, talks and workshops. Poets also have much to look forward to with Nessa O Mahoney chairing a panel discussion on First Collections with Brian Kirk, Eamonn Lynskey and Phil Lynch.


Forming part of our schools programme, we are delighted to feature a talk by Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch with special guest Eoin Colfer; a fun, family event about The Myth and Magic of Harry Potter; as well as an exciting event about digital comics for teenagers.


Always a highlight, and returning to us in 2017, is RTÉ’s acclaimed Sunday Miscellany programme which will be recorded live during the festival with a host of local literary and musical content.


The festival has always had a strong theatrical strand, and this year is no different. Completing our schools programme will be a range of engaging theatre performances from Lyngo Theatre, Booster Cushion Theatre for Children, and Fíbín Theatre. Adults have their own set of theatrical delights in store with productions from Bruiser Theatre, Show in a Bag, Celia de Freine and Robert Gogan. We will also have a talk and live demonstration from chefs and authors, David and Stephen Flynn, of The Happy Pear.

Our ever-popular Red Line Poetry Competition and ITT Short Story Competition are now advertised and will be judged by Mary O’ Donnell and Colm Keegan respectively with prize-giving ceremonies held during the festival. Further details on the festival and competitions can be found at www.redlinebookfestival.com.

We look forward to seeing you at Red Line Book Festival 2017!

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2017 

Submissions now OPEN! 


South Dublin County Council is delighted to announce the opening of the annual Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. This is a hugely popular event each year which receives entries from all across Ireland. This year we are honoured to have Mary O’Donnell, a renowned poet and novelist of exceptional talent, as our judge for the competition. 


For more information on the rules of the competition and how you can enter click here


The closing date for entries is Friday 11th August 2017.

 We look forward to receiving your submissions! 

The ITT Short Story Competition 2017 


The short story competition, run in conjunction with South Dublin County Council and in association with the Redline Festival, is now open for submissions.

It is the intention of the organisers that the winning and short listed entries will be published in an anthology or other format. Non prize winning entries will receive no remuneration.

All entries must be in short story format – a short work of fiction. There is no restriction on theme or style, the only requirement is that the story should stir the readers spirit! The work should be completely the entrants own, written in English, original and unpublished.

Entries should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length – Falsification of information and/or identity, plagiarism, racial discrimination and bigotry will see entries disqualified.

Full entry criteria and submission forms can be found here


The Anthology of 2016 shortlisted entries  - Together: an anthology: 10 Short listed stories from the IT Tallaght Short Story Competition, 2016: Volume 1- has just been published and is available to buy online

Thank you!

Already looking forward to Red Line Book Festival 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the Red Line Book Festival 2016 especially all in the South Dublin Libraries who work tirelessly to create the exceptional programme, South Dublin County Council for their support, TL Marketing for their event management expertise, The Civic Theatre for the use of their venues and their staff and their help with the ticketing, all of our other venues including the local libraries, RUA RED, IT Tallaght, Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham Castle, The Chocolate Warehouse, The Coachhouse and Timbertrove Cafe. We would also like to thank all of our authors, performers and contributors for filling the event with life and celebrating the spoken word. Many thanks all of the local hotels, restaurants and businesses that offered discounts and packages to guests attending the events. And last but certainly not least we would like to thank all of you who attended our events and supported the festival, we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did! Looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

Sunday Miscellany at Red Line Book Festival 2016

Red Line Event Available Online 

The Sunday Miscellany Live event from Red Line Book Festival is now available to listen to online and details on the pieces featured can be seen by clicking here. It is an excellent combination of written word from some of our local South Dublin talent, as well as musical interludes.

Short Story Competition - 2016 Winners

Winner Announced

Firstly, we would like to thank IT Tallaght for coordinating this competition and congratulate them on the success of the competition with 134 entries in its first year across 14 countries. We would also like to thank Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin for taking time out of her busy schedule to judge the entries and select the eventual winners. Last but certainly not least we would like to commend all those who entered the competition, particularly our 10 shortlisted authors as the standard was exceptionally high. Last Sunday, at a great event, attended by the shortlisted winners, their families and members of the IT Tallaght and RLBF team we announced the 3 overall winners. See details below:

1st Place: David Butler - Aphasia
2nd Place: Neasa McHale - Playing on Fences
3rd Place: Andrew Watson - Hamlin