Literature lovers who find themselves in Dublin this June will want to head to the pretty seaside town of Dalkey for the Dalkey Book Festival, an intimate literary event that writers and publishers love attending. Dalkey is a charming, picturesque village on the Dublin coast. In some ways it’s the Beverly Hills of Dublin (but colder): home to celebrities such as Bono, the Edge, and Enya, among others, and the sort of place you might bump into a Hollywood star having a juice or a First Lady having a pint.
Described by Salman Rushdie as “the best little festival in the world,” the Festival takes place June 16 – 19. Authors attending this year include Malcolm Gladwell, John Banville, Brian Eno, Sarah Webb, and Donal Ryan. June 16th is, of course, Bloomsday, a day to celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses. The famous Martello Tower where Joyce briefly lived and which is featured in the opening chapter of Ulysses is in nearby Sandycove.