Red Line Book Festival

Red Line Book Festival

The Red Line Book Festival returns with a celebration of all things literary; be it spoken, written or sung.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to South Dublin County for another Red Line Book Festival. 

This year, the Red Line Book Festival will present events in six different strands including ‘Family’, ‘Fiction & Poetry’, ‘Performance’, ‘Crime & Horror’, 'Lifestyle' and ‘History’. The festival programme is once again packed with wonderful authors and personalities such as John Banville, Gerry Creighton, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, C Pam Zhang and Andrea Mara to name but a few. We also look forward to meeting crime journalist and podcaster Nicola Tallant and authors Nick Foster, Sharon Lawless and Maresa Fagan in what is sure to be an intriguing insight into unsolved murders in Ireland.

There are over 40 events in fascinating performance venues including the Civic Theatre, Tallaght Stadium, Rathfarnham Castle, Pearse Museum, Brú Chrónáin-Round Tower Visitor Centre Clondalkin and The Coach House, Palmerstown with a variety of local cultural and historical offerings of events and workshops that will appeal to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms.


Festival Director: Paul Fusco, County Librarian

Festival Producers: Síle Coleman, Alison Yates & Gráinne Breen

Red Line Reps: Mags Lynch, Siobhan McCrystal, Ian Dorman, Mark Ward, Kathleen Munnelly, Mags Gargan, Karen Walsh, Ronan Murphy, Caroline Higgins, Eimear Hegarty, Helen McMahon, Paul Cullen, John O'Neill, Jennifer Scott.

Poetry Competition: Annemarie Ní Churreáin (judge)

South Dublin Libraries: Ann Dunne, Eleanor Ní Cheallaigh, Coleesa Humphreys and all the staff of South Dublin Libraries.

Arts Office: Orla Scannell, Maebh Butler and Chris Baker

Music Generation: Gerry Horan

Marketing, PR & Events Management: Diffusion Events

Design: Diffusion Events

Website: Diffusion Events

The Festival would like to acknowledge the financial support of the South Dublin Local Enterprise Office, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Special thanks to all our partners, authors, facilitators and volunteers of this year’s festival, and to the staff of the venues and libraries involved.

Brought to you by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.


The Red Line Festival sincerely thanks our partners for helping to bring together the Red Line Festival 2023.

Aleyex   South Dublin Local Enterprise Office   RTE Supporting The Arts   Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration
Noise Music Generation South Dublin   Department of Arts   Office of Public Works  


View the Red Line Book Festival 2023 and 2022 Programmes here