Monday, 15 September 2014


A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE involved in making Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2014 a success.


Yasmeen Ismail, Steve Simpson, Aideen Howard, Sinead Morrissey, Lynn Barber and Sinead Gleeson
Photographers; Mark Granier and Ger Holland

A huge thanks to all the wonderful authors, poets, illustrators, musicians, singers, journalists, moderators, introducer's, publishers, booksellers (Gutter Bookshop and Books Upstairs) who helped to make Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2014 such a great success! Our Curators Bert Wright, Aideen Howard and Sarah Webb put a terrific programme together. Our venues were superb - the Pavilion, Maritime Museum, County Hall and in particular our fab new dlr LexIcon where we welcomed over 4,000 people over the weekend.

You can relive the memories with Ger Holland's and Mark Granier's photo record of the many events and we'll have them on our website soon, along with a selection of podcasts. Thanks to our many sponsors who made such a difference to the programme and in particular the British Council Ireland for bringing the Dylan Thomas Poetry Shed (and many associated events) to Dún Laoghaire.

Above all, we'd like to thank YOU, our wonderful audiences for supporting the programme and coming out in your droves to share the weekend with us. And remember, you won't have long to wait until our next festival when we return to our usual full length programme from 18th-22nd March. We look forward to seeing you!

The festival organisers would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all involved in Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2014. A full list is available here.

Picture Blog from Mountains to Sea 2014

Pop-up Poetry Soapbox at the Dylan Thomas Shed, on Sunday 14th September, with dlr Cathaoirleach Maire Baker, Aideen Howard; Poetry Now Curator, The British Ambassador to Ireland; Dominick Chilcott, Menna Elfyn, Nessa O’Mahoney, Colm Keegan and many more. Thanks to the British Council Ireland, Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Stena Line and the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival.

The British Ambassador to Ireland; Dominick Chilcott


Colm Keegan, dlr Writer in Residence


Aideen Howard; Poetry Now Curator



         David Melling who worked with Yasmeen Ismail on the Picture Book Picnic 
 outside the new library, dlr LexIcon

David Melling


   David Park and Sinead Morrissey in conversation with Gerald Dawe






My Birthday began with the water - The Legacy of Dylan Tomas, with Menna Elfyn, Nessa O'Mahony and Nery's Williams, chaired by Siobhan Parkinson









Sunday, 14 September 2014

Picture Blog from Mountains to Sea 2014

Saturday 13th September


Lynn Barber in conversation with Sinead Gleeson Saturday afternoon at the Pavilion Theatre







Kamilia Shamsie and Xiaolu Guo in conversation with Mia Gallagher on Saturday afternoon in the Pavilion Theatre





Inspired by To the Letter by Simon Garfield and Letters of Note by Shaun Usher, LETTERS LIVE happened in the Pavilion Theatre on Saturday Night. 




















Saturday, 13 September 2014

Picture Blog from Mountains to Sea 2014

Saturday 13th September

Sinead Morrissey, poet and winner of The Irish Times Poetry Award 2014, read at the beautiful Maritime Museum. Introduced by poet Jessica Traynor and Aideen Howard. Sinead is described as the "Outstanding poet of her generation"







Poet Michael Symmons Roberts introduced by Alice Lyons at Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival on Saturday in the dlr LexIcon







Menna Elfyn in conversation with Nessa O'Mahony, at the Assembly Hall, County Hall, on Saturday 13th September 








The Great Teddy Bear Library Sleepover on Saturday night in dlr LexIcon











Don Paterson and Vona Groarke at the Pavilion Theatre, Friday 12th September



           Don Paterson writing workshops at the new dlr LexIcon, Saturday 13th September



Aideen Howard, Curator of dlr Poetry Now with Don Paterson