Bert Wright announced as new Curator of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2014
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce that Bert Wright has been appointed as Curator of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival which will take place this year from 12th-14th September 2014.
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival honours the unique literary landscape of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown by providing opportunities for the public to hear the very best of Irish and international writers read from their work. Now in its sixth year, this year’s festival promises the additional excitement of being part of the official opening programme of the new Central Library and Cultural Centre.
Bert Wright entered the book trade at the height of the bookstore revolution in the mid-eighties. Since then he has worked as a bookstore manager, marketing manager, book festival director and freelance consultant. He is currently Administrator of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book awards, Events Curator for The Dublin Festival of History and he co-curated the literary strand of the Bram Stoker Festival for the last two years. He has had a long, high profile association with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown to date, curating the superb series of dlr Library Voices since 2008 and he was also the Events Curator for the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2009-11. In addition to his curatorial skills, he is a regular contributor to RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany. He reads a lot between Arsenal matches, is married with two children, and lives in Dalkey, Co Dublin.
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Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2014 Curator’s Brief
Closing Date: Monday the 16th of December at 12 noon
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites applications for the role of Curator of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival. We are seeking a creative enthusiastic person with a strong literary background and significant experience in programming events or festivals. The closing date for applications is Monday 16th of December at 12 noon.
The 2014 festival will be a celebratory version of the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival specially tailored to the official opening programme of the new Central Library and Cultural Centre. It will take place over three days from the 12th to 14th of September 2014. It will encompass approximately 25 events and take place in the Pavilion Theatre and the Central Library and Cultural Centre in Dún Laoghaire.
We'd like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all who supported the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2013. We had a terrific festival with brilliant writers, poets, and moderators, a great festival team of curators - well done Maureen, Paul, Sarah and Tom, a fantastic team of volunteers and organisers (thanks to all at Artscope), our PR consultant (Dairne), social media coordinator (Jessica) photographers (Angélique, Ger and Mark), great venues, brilliant booksellers, Festival Friends and our many sponsors. Above all, thanks to everyone who came along to the events - it's the warm and appreciative audiences that make this festival so memorable and enjoyable. Our Writer in Residence, Declan Hughes has written a lovely report of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2013 so do have a look.
We'll keep you posted about podcasts from the festival - as soon as they're available to share we'll have a selection for you so you can relive some of your favourite moments. Watch out too for our Festival film coming very soon. Don't forget to fill out our Feedback Form below as we value your comments and feedback so that we can make it an even better Festival next time round! We look forward to hearing from you.
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Festival Review by Declan Hughes & Gallery of Festival Images
Exclusive New Short Story by Declan Hughes
The Mountains to Sea Writer in Residence has written a brand new short story which is available exclusively on our website. Upon The Stair is set at the festival and features Detective Ed Loy. Click here to download.
Press Release 2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
We in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are delighted to announce the lineup for the 2013 festival. Opening the festival will be the multi awarding winning Margaret Atwood who will read from the third book in her dystopian triology MaddAddam; Seamus Heaney is making a welcome return to the Poetry Now strand of the festival and Charlie Higson of the Fast Show will thrill younger audiences with his latest installment of zombie horror. Bookings open on 25th July 2013 (18th July for Festival Friends)
Festival Friends Scheme
Let’s be friends! This year we are delighted to launch our Friends Scheme. Become a friend of Mountains to Sea and avail of all kinds of benefits including priority booking, while giving vital support to the continuing development of the Dun Laoghaire Mountains to Sea Book Festival.
Spotlight on the Reader!
Are you in a book club but feel it has become a bit predictable and needs a bit of a recharge? Or, are you simply looking for a few tips to enhance your reading experience? Prior to this year’s festival, we are pleased to offer you four free sessions with highly qualified moderators, Kate Bateman and Niall MacMonagle.
Declan Hughes - Festival Writer in Residence 2013
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce that award winning playwright and crime writer Declan Hughes will be the Writer-in-Residence at the 2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival.
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Thanks to our Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival Writer in Residence, Declan Hughes for writing up a review of the many events he attended during this year's Festival. Declan was a cheerful presence, to be found on stage, backstage, in the audience, leading enthusiastic literary tours around Dún Laoghaire (during unpredictable weather conditions!) and generally extending a warm and generous welcome to authors and audiences alike during the Festival. Download Declan's review here.
Festival Photos 2013
Relive the excitement of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2013 by clicking here to view photos from the events.
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival are delighted to announce Dennis O'Driscoll's book Dear Life has won this year's Irish Times Poetry Now Award, and congratulations to Michelle O'Sullivan on winning the 2013 dlr Strong / Shine Poetry Award for her first collection The Blue End of Stars, published by Gallery Press.
Festival Book Club
This year we ran an Online Book Club featuring books by three of the authors taking part in the festival, The Blue Book by A L Kennedy, The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht and The Heart Broke In by James Meek.
Schools & Family Programme 2013
Schools & Family Programme 2013
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Mountains to Sea Family and Schools 2013 Podcasts (Episodes 1-3)
Join Gráinne Clear (RTÉjr's Little Pages and The Word) as she visits Dalkey School Project, meets with the Teen Curators, and interviews authors and illustrators featured at the 2013 festival. More info...
Festival Programme 2013
Click here to download the full programme of events for the 2013 Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival.
All at Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and Poetry Now were greatly saddened to hear of Seamus Heaney’s death. He was a long-standing friend of the festival and will be missed hugely. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Participation in Mountains to Sea
Mountains to Sea is a curated festival and participation is by invitation only with writers selected by the festival curatorial team.
The closing date has now passed for the submission of proposals and ideas for the Festival.
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