There is a vastly experienced team behind DingleLit.

  • Festival Director: Sheila O’Reilly. A book industry professional for over 35 years, Sheila owned award-winning bookshops in South London. She was a member of Booksellers Association Management Council and is now a business mentor for independent bookshops on behalf of the BA.
  • Peter McKay. A publishing professional of over 40 years, Peter worked at board level for Thomson Reuters, Elsevier and latterly the CEO of The Publishing Training Centre for seven years.
  • Camilla Dinkel, owner of The Dingle Bookshop and founder of Ponc Press. A resident on the Dingle Peninsula for over 20 years, Camilla is a fluent Irish speaker.
  • Siobhán Prendergast. A publishing professional for 30 years, she founded her own company, Dingle Publishing Services six years ago. Siobhán is a fluent Irish speaker and a well-known figure on the Peninsula. 
    • Siobhán convenes the critical sub-committe that makes sure that the Irish language side of the festival happens. Meet them here.
  • Nicholas McLachlan is a writer and teacher of poetry and fiction. For fifteen years from 1995-2010, he was director of Dingle Writing Courses.
  • Deanna O’Connor is an award-winning magazine editor who now freelances for corporate clients, working from the inspiring office space at Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub. She also writes regularly for the Sunday Business Post. She is the founder of The Speak Up Club, a social enterprise working to empower women as leaders in business and the community.
  • Mia Colleran is an assistant editor at 4th Estate. She is an award-winning bookseller and writer, has worked at numerous book festivals and previously she reviewed books for The Irish Times, Guardian and Irish Independent among others. Mia is a fluent Irish speaker. In 2019 Mia was a winner of James Patterson’s Young Bookseller Special Achievement Award.
  • Irene Ní Fhlannúra is a Nutritional Therapist and owns Ré Nua Natural Health and Wellness Centre in Dingle. She writes for magazines about nutrition, health and wellbeing and has been a feature writer for West & Mid Kerry Live Magazine for over 10 years.
  • Lori Enright is a seasoned professional with extensive accounting and IT experience. Specializing in IT support and accounting with a focus on customer service. Successful history of improved process controls utilizing current technologies.
  • Melanie McDowell is the founder of Stint Ireland, arranging internships for university students since 2013. Melanie has a degree in English Literature & Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cape Town. Melanie is a voracious reader, wordsmith and poetry enthusiast.
  • Alanna Lawlor is a professional content writer for The Knot Worldwide with a degree in English Lit. & Theatre Studies from TCD. Proofreader and copyeditor in training, she has spent the last few years honing her skills with CIEP and working her critical eye through various genres of fiction.
  • Niall McDowell is a partner at a large Irish law firm who is bringing his legal and organisational skills to the Dingle Lit team. Niall holds a BA in Philosophy & Politics and in his free time writes and is an avid reader.

Advisory Patrons

Carlo Gébler B.A. NFTS, PHD Adjunct Professor in Creative Writing, Trinity College, Dublin, member of Aosdána.
Mary Black, singer and author of her autobiography Down the Crooked Road in 2015.

The Tech Team

The festival happens with the support of technical experts drawn from the local area including: Max Gay, Matt Griffin, Mickey Kelly,  John Kennedy, Shane Ó Ceallaigh, Kevin O’Sullivan and Peter Staunton.