Mark O Connell, Dingle Lit 2019

The Dublin Literary Festival welcomed Mark O’Connell in 2020. Mark is the author of Notes from an Apocalypse, and To Be a Machine, which was awarded the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize, the 2019 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. He is a contributor to The New York Times MagazineSlate, and The Guardian. He lives in Dublin with his family.

Mark O'Connell Notes from the Apocalpse Dingle Literary Festival 2020

Dublin journalist Mark O’Connell’s Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back, sets out to meet the Doomsday prepares—men and women the world over who are busying themselves preparing for what they believe to be the certain and imminent end of civilisation as we know it. They are environmentalists who fear the ravages of climate change; billionaire entrepreneurs dreaming of life on Mars; and right-wing conspiracists yearning for a lost American idyll.

Mark was in conversation with Sarah Moss, the acclaimed author of Summerwater, and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at UCD’s School of English, Drama and Film.  Sunday 22 November at 12.00pm IST/GMT


The Dingle Literary Festival was established in 2019 to create an annual book festival to bring readers and authors together in West Kerry. It’s a literary festival that celebrates living writers as well as honouring the literary heritage of the area. Festival events happen in both Irish and English and range across all genres and age groups. We present both author events and writers’ workshops.

Our vision is of a festival where literature, language and landscape converge to create moments to share stories, to connect minds and allow magic to blossom. It’s a place that sparks discussion, fosters innovation and collaboration in the arts and creates a multigenerational community of readers and writers.

The Dingle Literary Festival is a book festival that elevates and celebrates the richness of Irish language and literature in contemporary life. We encourage a vibrant, relevant literary community to support both established and emerging writers.Follow this link for news of this year’s festival