Anne Enright to headline opening event

5:00am | Wed 6 Sep 2023

Dingle Lit is thrilled to announce a remarkable lineup of acclaimed authors for its 2023 edition, kicking off with Anne Enright on the Friday evening. This year, the festival will take place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November, promising a captivating literary experience that transcends boundaries and ignites the magic of storytelling.

Tickets are now available to purchase for all English-language events; you can purchase day or weekend passes, individual tickets for the author events, and sign up for specialised literary workshops. Tickets for the Irish-language programming will be released later this month.

Acclaimed authors in this year’s festival include:

  • Anne Enright: Booker Prize-winning novelist
  • Kevin Barry: Recipient of the 2013 International Dublin Literary Award
  • Jan Carson: Winner of the European Prize for Literature for Ireland 2019
  • Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan: One of Ireland’s leading poets
  • Martin Doyle: Books Editor of The Irish Times
  • Mark Moriarty: An award-winning chef, TV host and cookbook author
  • John Banville: Banville’s contributions to literature include his novel The Sea which won the Man Booker Prize in 2005
  • Neil Jordan: Acclaimed Irish author and film director, who won an Oscar for his work on the script of The Crying Game

These accomplished authors together with many others, representing a diverse array of genres and perspectives, promise to bring their unique voices to the festival, sparking discussions, inspiring innovation, and captivating audiences with their stories.

Other authors participating during the weekend include: Nicole Flattery, Adiba Jaigirdar, Katie O’Donoghue, Victoria Kennefick, Chandrika Narayanan Mohan, Katriona O’Sullivan, Claire Kilroy, Sophie White, Karl Geary, Colin Walsh, Richie Piggott, Mike McCormack, Soula Emmanuel, Michael Magee, Richie Piggott, Cathal Póirteir, Patrick McCabe, Noel O’Regan, Tristan Rosenstock, Suad Aldarra, Chris Fitzpatrick, Mary O’Donnell, Emer Fallon, Grainne O’Brien and Máiría Cahill.

The festival features an acclaimed lineup of authors for Irish literary events including Róisín Nic an tSíthigh, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Beo ar Éigean, Celia de Fréine, and Dáithí de Mórdha. In addition, Irish journalist Sineád Ní Ullacháin will join Nadia Dobriansky in a bilingual morning of fun Gaeilge/Ukranian in collaboration with Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta.

Dingle Lit 2023 is doubling the number of events for children over the weekend. With storytelling sessions and activities on Saturday and Sunday it is expected that over 160 children will attend the festival.

Commenting on this year’s lineup, Festival Director Sheila O’Reilly says, “Dingle Lit 2023’s vision is about bringing together literature, language, and the natural surroundings to create moments that encourage storytelling, connections, and a sense of wonder. It aims to create a multigenerational community of readers and writers in one of the most beautiful and remote parts of Ireland, the iconic Dingle Peninsula.”

Dingle Lit Festival 2023 is hosted with the support of RTÉ Supporting the Arts and the Arts Council, together with the Kerry County Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Dingle Distillery.