The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is thirteen years old. Who could have predicted such longevity
for the modest gathering of authors from two different cultures but sharing the same love of literature? Now a significant date in Dublin’s annual literarycalendar, The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is ready for its 13th edition, enriching the tradition that led to Dublin’s nomination as a UNESCO City of Literature. The event will take place in the Coach House in Dublin Castle on the 20th and 21st and in the Alliance Française on 22nd of April 2012.

The festival’s round-table discussions have in the past proved to be interesting and engaging events where, in an informal setting, writers from different cultures with different languages can exchange experiences and ideas.Public interviews of individual writers and cafés littéraires also help us to become more familiar with the invited writers. There are also readings to complete the experience. The popular Literary Brunch will take place once again in the Alliance Française on Sunday morning to close
the festival.

On this occasion, we will host Irish and French writers and also one each from Canada (Québec) and Germany. Authors include Salim Bachi (France), Kevin Barry (Ireland), Marie-Claire Blais (Québec), Pat Boran (Ireland), René de Ceccatty (France), Colette Fellous (France), Cécile Guilbert (France), Seamus Heaney (Ireland), Jennifer Johnston (Ireland), Claire Keegan (Ireland), Michael Kleeberg (Germany), Mathieu Lindon (France), Siobhán Mannion (Ireland), Thomas McCarthy (Ireland), Belinda McKeon (Ireland), Darach Ó Scolaí (Ireland), Chantal Thomas (France), Sabine Wespieser (France).